workshops

While you are welcome to register the day-of the workshop, pre-registration is recommended as any workshop with less than the minimum (by 9pm the Thursday prior) may be rescheduled. At Arabesque we pride ourselves on quality instruction and intimate class sizes, so a maximum student allowance may be enforced--1st Come, 1st Served. To reserve your spot in a workshop you may pre-pay at the studio with cash or credit card, or PayPal via our on-line store, or feel free to call with your credit card information. Please note tuition once paid is non-refundable. Walk-ins are welcome and if you'd still like to drop-in and register at the door/day-of PLEASE check this website before you leave home, to ensure the workshop is running and is not closed/full--this website is as painfully up-to-date as possible. (If it weren't, what good would it be?) Updates are also sent monthly through our Emailing List, so perhaps sign up today!
See schedule below for current offerings.



costume clinics

To be a dance performer it is very advantagous to know the basics of sewing & garment creation. By request, Sonya's annual costuming workshop has taken a hands-on form with Costume Clinics! Very social, for these 2-4 hours you will go thru the process of making a custom belly dance costume piece; from measuring to cutting, sewing to fitting & if time allows, decor/finishing. It is possible for everyone to leave with a completed project! If you so desire, bring pen & paper for notes (many projects include a hand-out) and also the appropriate fabric/thread/elastic/etc as we all help each other under the helpful eyes of a belly dance seamstress. If you can, please bring your sewing machine, it'll definately help your project go faster.
You will learn how to sew in these workshops, but only what is needed for the project at hand. Rudimentry sewing skills will help (ie: sewing on a button), but are not necessary--see project listing for difficulty level. Suggestions for future topics are encouraged! Pre-Registration is RECOMMENDED and cheerfully accepted by 9pm the Thursday prior & accompanied by a fabric shopping list. Drop-ins are welcome, however PLEASE check this website the day before to be sure the costume clinic is not cancelled or full--this website is painfully up-to-date! Reminders are also sent monthly through our Emailing List, so Sign up today!
See schedule below for current offerings.

1is for Easy
2is for Intermediate
3is for Challenging



costume swaps

Looking for good costuming but on a budget? Have too much costuming already & wish to unload some of it, or make room for more? Come to the FREE bi-annual Costume Swap at Arabesque, aka: The 2nd Hand Souk, always 3-6pm on the 1st Sunday of every April and October. You can not only meet & greet other local belly dancers and performing artists but also sell, swap or trade new or good condition used costuming for no fees or comission! This can include ANY items relating to Belly Dance, Tribal, Burlesque, and more, such as full costumes/bra & belt sets, silks, veils, textiles/fabrics/trims/fringe, books, videos/dvds, cds, props, instruments, decor items, fashion/costume jewelry, hair pieces & jewelry, crafts... anything of interest! Cash, check, and credit cards can be accepted. Reminders are also sent monthly through our Emailing List, so Sign up today!
See schedule below for current offerings.



Schedule

Wed July17th 20197:20-8:20pm Sword Dance w/Sonya$21 
Sat July20th 201912pm Secrets of Spinning w/Hayley$21 
Sat July20th 20197-10pm Cairo By Night Performance & Hafla $20 
Sun July21st 201912pm Fun with Finger Cymbals w/Christiana$21 
Sun July21st 20191:15pm Smooth Your Moves w/Eliza$21 
Mon July22nd 20197:20-8:20pm Double Fan-Veil w/Sonya$21 
 
Sat Sept14th 20197-10pm Cairo By Night Performance & Hafla $20 
 
Sun Oct6th 20193-6pm Open Stage, Costume Swap & 2nd Hand Souk  
 
Sat Jan4th 20207-10pm Cairo By Night Performance & Hafla $20 
Sat Jan18th 20202:30-5pm Saint VEIL-entine's Classic Veil Routine w/Sonya$40 





Sword Dance with Sonya
July 17th from 7:20-8:20pm
$21 Drop-in
Limited to 20 students

A "Props & Technique" class - The power of Sword Dance! Technique & choreography offered through this 3 week series, music & notes included. Moves for this auspicious prop will be broken down, named & learned through 1-on-1 help & drilling combos, reasonable for the long-time beginner & intermediate + dancer. Body angle & alignment will be reinforced, importance of the overall theme for Sword dancing & how it can showcase special skills through balance & poses. A great core workout! Please bring your sword* & wear typical workout attire & a hip sash if you'd like. *Instructor has 2 Panther Swords with sheath for borrowing in class, speak with her before class begins. Option to practice as a troupe to perform the routine for our 9/14 hafla! Questions? Email Sonya



Secrets of Spinning with Hayley
July 20th from 12pm
$21 Drop-in
Limited to 20 students

Does the thought of spinning turn your stomach? Do you falter or fall at more than 2 or 3 consecutive turns? Do you wish to learn the secrets of being able to spin with abandon? This 1-hour class is geared for the dancer who never really got drilled in the proper techniques of maintaining turns, beginner thru advanced. Hayley will focus on the how, when & why, while working together as a group (as well as one-on-one) to establish proper body alignment & posture, spotting techniques, and turns that travel in addition to stationary spinning. Every level of dancer (no matter what genre) will benefit!



Cairo By Night Performance & Hafla
July 20th from 7-10pm
$20 (get $5 off when you bring a dish to share)

Open to the public, our regular In-House Hafla (Arabic for "dance party") is a perfect chance for anyone to enter our oasis and enjoy the art of belly dance complete with chairs, lighting, & wine. Informally held at the beautifully appointed Arabesque, doors open 7pm for a mingling "meet & greet", 8pm starts with everyone in a circle dance or two, then starts the show! Raffle included in the entry for free classes & more - enjoy free easy parking, casual atmosphere & BYOB.Tickets just $20 - you can save $5 when you bring a lil something to share! Starring our award-winning staff and students, and special guest artists different every time, Click Here for more event info.
Upcoming Dates: Sept. 14 2019 * Jan. 4 2020
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Fun with Finger Cymbals with Christiana
July 21st from 12pm
$21 Drop-in
Limited to 20 students

Join Christiana for this special 1-hour workshop! Dancers will begin to work on the art of playing and dancing with finger cymbals! Theory, technique and review of basic patterns will be emphasized. Dancers will explore movement patterns while playing finger cymbals. All levels welcome. Dancers should have completed one session of Intro to Belly Dance. (Extra sets of finger cymbals will be available to borrow, & the studio sells sets of Saroyan cymbals if you desire to buy for home practice)



Smooth Your Moves with Eliza
July 21st from 1:15pm
$21 Drop-in
Limited to 20 students

When creating or executing a choreography, dancers often focus only on the individual movements that make up the dance, but a dance is more than just individual movements stacked next to each other. Similar to music, it's not just about the notes played, but the spaces in between the notes. As dancers, we can look at our execution of a dance and see the movements executed well, but still feel that something is missing. Often, that missing element is that space between the moves or transitions.In this 90 minute class, we'll learn a piece of choreography and video record that piece as a group. We'll then re-examine that piece focusing on those "spaces between the moves" and video record again. You'll be amazed at the difference in your execution of the two.



Double Fan-Veil with Sonya
July 22nd from 7:20-8:20pm
$21 Drop-in
Limited to 20 students

A "Props & Technique" class - The spellbinding mystery of making a set of Fan-veils work for you! Technique & choreography offered through this 4 week series, music & notes included. Moves for this special & modern prop will be broken down, named & learned in repetition of combos for the long-time beginner, or intermediate dancer & above. Arm positions will be reinforced, importance of the overall look/feeling of the fan-veil & how it can enhance fluidity while aiding in transitions through simple turns & spins. A great upper body & arm workout! Please bring 2 standard silk Fan-veils* & wear typical workout attire & a non-coined hip scarf if you'd like. *A few extra sets available to borrow for the class, preferably 2 of the same hand. Option to practice as a troupe to perform the routine for our 9/14 hafla! Questions? Email Sonya



Cairo By Night Performance & Hafla
Sept 14th from 7-10pm
$20 (get $5 off when you bring a dish to share)

Open to the public, our regular In-House Hafla (Arabic for "dance party") is a perfect chance for anyone to enter our oasis and enjoy the art of belly dance complete with chairs, lighting, & wine. Informally held at the beautifully appointed Arabesque, doors open 7pm for a mingling "meet & greet", 8pm starts with everyone in a circle dance or two, then starts the show! Raffle included in the entry for free classes & more - enjoy free easy parking, casual atmosphere & BYOB.Tickets just $20 - you can save $5 when you bring a lil something to share! Starring our award-winning staff and students, and special guest artists different every time, Click Here for more event info.
Upcoming Dates: Jan. 4 2020 (more TBA by 11/1)
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Open Stage, Costume Swap & 2nd Hand Souk
Oct 6th from 3-6pm
Free Event

FREE Event! Open to anyone for selling, buying, looking, or just hanging out. All we ask is you help us SPREAD THE GOOD WORD about this event! Offered every April & October since 2004, usually the 1st Sunday of the month. No Kids Please. Please feel free to call or email Sonya if you have any questions. Next 'Swappagus' event is April 5th of 2020!



Cairo By Night Performance & Hafla
Jan 4th from 7-10pm
$20 (get $5 off when you bring a dish to share)

Open to the public, our regular In-House Hafla (Arabic for "dance party") is a perfect chance for anyone to enter our oasis and enjoy the art of belly dance complete with chairs, lighting, & wine. Informally held at the beautifully appointed Arabesque, doors open 7pm for a mingling "meet & greet", 8pm starts with everyone in a circle dance or two, then starts the show! Raffle included in the entry for free classes & more - enjoy free easy parking, casual atmosphere & BYOB.Tickets just $20 - you can save $5 when you bring a lil something to share! Starring our award-winning staff and students, and special guest artists different every time, Click Here for more event info.
Upcoming 2020 Dates: TBA by 11/1/19
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Saint VEIL-entine's Classic Veil Routine with Sonya
Jan 18th from 2:30-5pm
$40 ($50 at the door)
Pre-Register by 10pm on Wednesday, 1/15/20
Limited to 20 students

"...The Earth delights to feel your bare feet and the Wind longs to play with your hair..." - Kahlil Gibran
Finally! A workshop where the goal is to be playful and emote in a seductively stylish way! Take all that belly dance training & give the St. Valentine's gift that cannot be returned, nor would it want to be! Sonya will present a short and relatively simple routine with a 3 yard veil that is meant for *your Hunny's eyes only* packing the show with not the most difficult moves, but moves with attitude and coyness, being sweet yet sharp, bold but with humor. This workshop is for all levels, impressing that the delivery has just as much impact as the message itself!
Participants should have an understanding of fundamental belly dance movements to get the most out of this workshop. All steps will be broken down for technique; however the goal is to learn the veiled routine. You will not be removing clothing. Bring your Veil; Notes and MP3 is included in workshop price, & a variety of veils will be available for purchase. You may wear typical belly dance class attire; however feel free to dress up with the addition of a long/full skirt. (Please note that wearing velvet or coins tends to make the veil stick to you, so perhaps avoid it for this class.)
About the Instructress: Sonya is the owner of Arabesque and has been belly dancing since 1996, certified by Reda in Egyptian-style in 2006. Her goal has been to elevate the perception of the art of belly dance. In that goal, she seeks to remind us that dancing is passionate, seductive, fun, and light-hearted. With this workshop she hopes to show that her intentions are innocent, in offering a special dance for the purposes of seduction, tempered with humor. Sonya has a very strong history of choreography and hopes to help open the minds of those who think this dance, brimming with integrity, has no charm for your loved ones. Offered EVERY January since 2002!
Please feel free to Email Sonya for questions or concerns on this workshop's content.




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