Workshop and Show with Sumaia and
Amina Sunday, May 19, 2013
Workshop at 829 Elizabeth St. SF
Sumaia and Amina will teach a joint workshop Sunday,
May 19 from 2 - 6 pm.
Oriental choreography and technique, combos for improvisation to LIVE
music, the rhythms most commonly used in the dance and how to interpret
them in the dance, plus bringing out the emotion of the music and using
your body and expressions to deliver to and entertain your audience.
Workshop space is limited- - we want to keep the setting intimate to
allow for maximum interaction.
Please email to reserve.
You may also send a check (or Paypal to email@example.com)
to Aswan Dancers, 829 Elizabeth St. SF CA 94114. Early bird is $45.
After May 1 if still space $55.
Show at Pena Pachamama with Georges
1630 Powell St. San Francisco (between Union &
Green, near Columbus in San Francisco
four dancers-musicians/four aspects of the dance
A Complete Cairo Dance Show.
with Leila Farid,
Amina Goodyear and
July 26, 27,
Metronome Dance Collective
1830 17th St. between DeHaro
& RhodeIsland)SF CA 94103
Friday 7-10 pm, Saturday and Sunday 11-6 pm
Learn all the aspects of a typical Egyptian dance show in 6 different
History, lyrics, music, rhythms,culture, of
course DANCE and more.
All classes will feature the live drumming of Susu.
Friday, July 26 will be a reception followed by a
discussion featuring Leila, Debbie, Susu and Amina in a discussion of
Egyptian dance, moderated by Lynette Harris of Gilded Serpent.
FRIDAY July 26
7-8 pm: Reception
8-10pm: Panel discussion followed by Q & A- global perspectives
on Egyptian Dance
Moderated by Lynette Harris of GildedSerpent
SATURDAY July 27
11 am to 1 pm: Leila: Magensee (Oriental opening)
1 pm to 1:30 pm: Lunch break
1:30 to 3:30 pm: Amina: Folkloric
3:30 to 3:45- Water break
3:45 to 5:45- Debbie:Taqasim and improvisation
5:45 to 6:00- Conclusionand wrap up
SUNDAY July 28
11 am to 1 pm: Debbie: Tarab song
1 pm to 1:30 pm: Lunch break
1:30 to 3:30 pm: Susu with Amina: Drum solo
3:30 to 3:45- Water break
3:45 to 5:45- Leila:Shaabi/pop song
5:45 to 6:00- Conclusion and wrap up
How to register:
Until June 1st: $275
After June 1st: $325 - (no refunds will be given after June 1st)
Please send checks payable to
The Aswan Dancers, 829 Elizabeth St. San Francisco, CA 94114
To use Paypal, please add $5 to above prices for fees - pay to
For other questions or more information, please contact Amina at
About the teachers:
LEILA FARID is one of the top performers
in Egypt today. She can be
seen nightly in the best nightclubs and Nile cruises in Cairo. Leila
dances for the top Arabic weddings and parties in Egypt and throughout
the Gulf, Turkey and Europe. Leilas performances, both dancing
acting, on television and in the cinema have made her a recognizable
personality throughout the Middle East. She has produced some of the
best loved albums of Egyptian dance music on the market as well as
performance and teaching DVDs. Leila has taught dance workshops around
the world and is the creator of Camp Negum, a yearly live music and
dance event in Egypt that offers students the opportunity to work
closely with Egyptian musicians and superstar Egyptian teachers.
AMINA GOODYEAR has been a cornerstone of
Arabic dance and music in the
Bay Area for over 40 years. As a performer, teacher, musician and
producer she has influenced generations of dancers with her knowledge
and her example. Aminas performance career began at San Francisco's
famous Bagdad Cabaret, and over the years she has performed in
countless venues from nightclubs and theaters to museums,festivals and
fairs. In 1976 she founded the Aswan Dancers, her Egyptian dance
company now celebrating more than 30 years of performance. Aminas
as a choreographer and performer is loved for its uniquely Egyptian
aesthetic sensibility and sense of humor. In addition to five regular
weekly classes at her studio she has a full schedule of private
classes. As a life-long student and performer of Arabic music, Amina
has played percussion on the nightclub and theater stage with a number
of San Franciscos best-known Arabic musicians such as Reda Darwish,
the Georges Lammam Ensemble, Susu Pampanin, the Aswat Arabic Ensemble,
and more. She has served as a judge, panelist and committee member
numerous times in the Bay Area and nationally.
DEBBIE SMITH is a dancer, cultural manager,
and writer based in Cairo,
Egypt. Currently she is the Program Manager at Al Mawred Al Thaqafy
(Culture Resource), an independent cultural organization that serves
artists and organizations in Egypt and throughout the Arab region. She
also works as a freelance consultant, grant writer and production
manager for other artists and organizations in Cairo. Debbie is
specialized in Egyptian raqs sharqi and folkloric styles and has
performed at numerous venues and shows throughout the US. She has
conducted workshops on Egyptian dance and interpretation of Egyptian
song and music for dancers, including as a teacher in Karim NagisRaqs
Egypt workshop. Before moving to Cairo in 2009 she worked as
CulturalProgram Manager for the Arab Cultural and Community Center in
San Francisco and was the Program Manager for Dance Brigades Dance
Mission Theater, a multicultural dance school and theater in San
Franciscos Mission district. She received her Bachelor of Arts
Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.
SUSU PAMPANIN is a master of all types
of percussion instruments and
her talent is especially evident in her work in Middle Eastern
drumming.Susu is well known for her virtuosity in Arabic drumming and
is one of the few female Middle Eastern drummers highly respected by
the Arabic professional music community. Her interest and studies have
taken her to Morocco and to Egypt where she had opportunities to sit
with bands there. She has worked and recorded with fusion ensembles
including Wild Mango, Keith Terry and Crosspulse,Stellamara, Jazayer,
Blue Nile, Vince Delgado Quintet, Susu and the Cairo Cats and most
recently, Holly Near. She also has a solo drum CD, Hands of Time. Susu
is a member of the Aswat Arabic Ensemble and The Pasha Band. Besides
teaching workshops throughout the U.S. and beyond, she also holds
weekly drum classes in the North Bay, the East Bay and in San
Francisco. She recently returned from Egypt where she performed
at Camp Negum with Safaa Farid's band.Upon her return she was invited
to perform with the Oakland Symphony in a commissioned piece.
For more information contact Amina at 415-282-7910 or Contact
Amina to reserve
IF YOU HAVE A FRIEND WHO MAY BE INTERESTED IN THIS, PLEASE FEEL FREE
Workshop with Soraya Zayed of Egypt,
in Palo Alto
Cairo is coming to us in the form of Cairo dance star Soraya Zayed.
Whatever the cost is here - it is cheaper and way less hassle than going
Cairo's new mega star Soraya Zayed who will perform in Los Altos on
June 1, ONE SHOW ONLY.
Soraya is currently at the top of her game. If you were in Cairo
and you wanted to enjoy the best dance show in town, you would book
an evening at one of the top 5 star venues. Chances are, Soraya
would be the headliner. She dances multiple shows a night,
every day of the week. In order to reach such status in the Bellydance capital
of the world, one has to perfect the art of Egyptian Oriental dance
which Soraya has done in a masterful way.
She's coming to us. You don't have to go to Egypt to see her show.
Dancers and dance teachers: Soraya will take your dance to the next
level of professionalism. She will change the way you think
about Egyptian dance. As artists, we always need to keep learning.
(in the other world - it's called continuing education in order to keep
your licenses.) You owe it to yourself to study with the masters. Your
audience, students and fans will notice and love the difference.
If you don't invest in yourself and your training, your fans will not
invest in you.
At "Ahlan wa Sahlan", the biggest dance festival in Egypt,
Soraya is a master teacher, which means her workshops are the most expensive.
We are fortunate she will be coming all the way to us.
With Soraya's schedule, popularity and fame, we're very lucky to have
her come at this time. This is her first visit to CA, if she's
not well received, she will probably not come back. As her fame grows,
it will be even more expensive the next time around. You can't
afford not to take advantage of this golden opportunity to see her and
study with her this time. Who knows what may happen in the future.
Support Soraya and support yourself. Egyptian styled dancers need to
learn from dancers who live and work in Egypt.
Remember to register and buy tickets before next Wed, May 15 as
prices will go up afterwards. I'm enclosing the workshop flyer
for more information.
Workshop with Zadiel,
July 14 in SF
Rhythm Workshop with Susu August 4 at COS
Taqsim Workshop with Atlantis August 4 at
Pasha Band at Al Masri
Some Sundays at 7
email for other
dates and info
Amina teaches at
Moon over Rakassah Sunday,
March 10, 2013
Aswan Dancers perform at Rakassah
Sunday, March 17 at 4:24 -
Rakassah weekend of dancing &shopping
Come to Pachamama
Sunday, March 17 at 8 pm
Enjoy the BEST
MUSIC EVER with
The Georges Lammam Band
and International and Award winning
Raksa April 7, 2013
TONYA AND ATLANTIS.
founders and presenters of the
BELLY DANCE OF THE UNIVERSE COMPETITION.
See and hear this dynamic duo in
action as they teach and give tips on how to improve your dance, your
stage presence and your technique. You will learn how to recognize different
rhythms and what to do with them, including 9/8 and 6/8 and you will
also learn how to do a terrific, fantastic, clean, polished, dynamic
and exciting drum solo.
All this information and fun will be crammed into a workshop at Al Masri
Restaurant on Sunday, December 9, 2012 from 3-6 pm. Working a room with
no room? Create your own space - through graceful glides, sensuous slides
and exquisitely tempured turns.
Learn To smoothy and effectively cover space and seamlessly travel from
one small area to another. Performance Location assessment will be addressed
as well as the focal points of the audience.
Remember, When You Dance, It's Not Just About You
Examine Everything you have to offer as an artist/ entertainer
to fulfill the audience needs, including your personal stage
dynamics, spontaneous combinations that add creativity diversity to
your live show or choreography and how to get out of those INTERESTING
situations that can arise on stage...like forgetting choeography or
not knowing the rythm played.
Learn to dance and perform in an actual dance performance space from
a couple of the very best in the field! They are the AWARD WINNING TONYA
AND ATLANTIS. Following the workshop will be a very special show
at Al Masri including past BDUC winners and an Egyptian Zeffa
for a very very special bride and groom. Come and see - you all know
The dancers include past BDUC winners, Shazereh, Courtney, Maria Sokolova,
Natika, Sumaia and more.
Of course the incomparable ATLANTIS will also perform.
Performances will be to CD with live drumming accompaniment by SUSU
Mention thisl and the workshop late
bird special is $55. Mail check made out to
The Aswan Dancers, 829 Elizabeth St. San Francisco, CA 94114 - (late
bird available until December 1)
(at the door it will be $60)
Show is all you can eat buffet for only $25.
Please reserve to ensure you get in.415 876-2300 (Al Masri)
The Henna Garden North African Ensemble
July 6, 6:45-8:45 at the deYoung
Gaultier was deeply inspired by North Africa. Journey
to the markets of Marrakesh with Bay Area master musicians and be transported
to the land that Gaultier loved. The Henna Garden North African Ensemble
will present North African/Arabic/fusion music. Instrumentation
to include: oud, kanun, violin, doumbek, and tambourine.That means Husain,
Jalal, Younes, Susu and Amina.
After you shake your hips, we invite you to celebrate
the evening and the region with a Gaultier-inspired
Henna Garden henna tattoo.
Zadiel - Well known Turkish Dancer
teaches 2 Turkish Workshops
Sunday, July 15 from 12 - 4:30 pm
at Mobu Studio 1605 Church St. San Francisco 941311
2 - 2 pm
Turkish Cabaret Style Bellydance with
and without Zills
It's Bellydance to a Turkish instrumental song
2 - 2:30 break
2:30-4:30 pm Turkish Roma 9/8 rhythm - Karsilama
$65 for both classes - $35/per class
- early bird by June 25
$75 for both class - $40/per class - late bird by July
or $45 cash only per class at door
Send checks to Aswan Dancers 829 Elizabeth St. SF CA 94114
Paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org (Please add $3 for their fee)
No refunds - but transferrable
Hassan teaches July 20-22
of Stars August
4 -5, 2012
Join the Side
Show at COS-
music, dancing, classes
New Additions at Side Show - zeffa-muled
Shop 'til you drop - Dance and/or be entertained-
to Dance to a Drum Solo with Atlantis - Sunday August 5, 2012
contact Amina for details or check back for more details
also be dancing Sunday evening at Al Masri with the Pasha Band
Atlantis of BDUC teaches Travelling
Sunday, August 5 from 11am-1pm
Early Bird $40 by July 1
$45 July 2 to August 1 - $60 after August 1
(Paypal add $4 to registration fee)
admission to COS
performance spot at After Party at
Susu teaches Rhythms for Dancers
with hands on frame drum
(accompanied by Amina)
5 from 1pm-2:30pm
(does not include admission to COS)
$25 advance by August 1
$30 at door
(Paypal add $2 to registration fee)
To reserve Atlantis or Susu workshops
Mail checks to Aswan Dancers, 829 Elizabeth St. San
Francisco CA 94114
or if paypal - email to aminajune@aol..com
Amina teaches free"Dellae" workshop at COS Sunday, August
5 from 2:30pm-3:20pm
Need to email Amina with rsvp
if you want a hand-out
It's best to email
Amina to reserve a spot at any of the the 3 above workshops
Pasha Band at
Bird & Beckett Bookstore
Sunday August 19, 2012
653 Chenery St. near Diamond in San Francisco
The Aswan Dancers,
829 Elizabeth St. San Francisco CA 94114
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