Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Lessons with Ashiya

Ashiya, the director of the Athenian Dancers, teaches two types of belly dance classes. Beginning Belly Dance is on Wednesday nights at 6:00 pm and Intermediate Belly Dance is on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm. Both classes are taught at Southeast Community College. The next session of lessons begins January 12th and ends March 2nd, 2011.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

January Classes with Della

(Della performing with the Lotus Dancers at the 2009 Omaha Renaissance Festival. Photo by Karnak.)
If you're interested in taking dance classes with Della in Omaha, NE, many of her classes begin in January, 2011. Her classes include Belly Dance Beginners, Mixed Level Belly Dance, Belly Dance Workout, Beginning/Intermediate Belly Dance, Intermediate/Advanced Belly Dance, and Improvisational Tribal Style Belly Dance. Check out Della’s website to find times and register.

Monday, December 27, 2010

New Year's Eve Belly Dancer

Magdalena Christina is going to dance at the Greek Islands restaurant in Omaha, NE on New Year’s Eve. Call (402) 346-1528 to make reservations!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Greek Belly Dancing New Year's Eve

On Friday, December 31st, many performers are going to be at the Parthenon Restaurant in Lincoln, NE. Ashiya and Naajida from the Athenian Dancers will be performing with Greek Folk Dancer Yianni and the Balkan Band Orkestar Majstori. The show begins at 7:30 pm. Call 402-423-2222 for more details.
(Poster from the Athenian Dancers' website.)

Friday, December 24, 2010

Aagaen Dancers December 31

The Aagean Dancers are going to perform twice on Friday, December 31st at the Greek Islands Restaurant in Omaha, NE. The shows will be at 7:30 and 8:30 pm. Reservations are recommended.
(Poster from the Athenian Dancers' website.)

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Belly Dance with Magdalena Christina

Magdalena Christina's next belly dance class begins January 11 and ends February 22, 2011. Classes are on Tuesdays and begin at 7:45 pm in Omaha, NE.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Middle Eastern Dance in Sioux Falls

Liquid Hip Therapy offers a few different belly dance classes at Dance Ballroom and Studio in Sioux Falls, SD. Belly dance is on Wednesday nights at 6:30 pm. Funky Fusion Belly Dance is also on Wednesdays, but it begins at 8:30 pm. On Sundays, there is another belly dance class at 5:00pm, but there is no class on January 2nd, 2011. An intermediate belly dance class called Belly Dance Bootcamp starts at 6:00 pm. Lessons are $12 each or $60 for six lessons.

(Liquid Hip Therapy at the 2010 Siouxland Renaissance Festival. Photo by Karnak.)

Monday, December 6, 2010

Give the Gift of Shimmy

Magdalena Christina is selling gift certificates on her website, which would make a great gift for any belly dancer in the Omaha, NE region. The gift certificates can be redeemed for group classes and private lessons. Additionally, 10% of the value of each gift certificate purchased before December 22nd will be donated to a local food bank.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

2nd Annual Bedouin Star Bazaar this Saturday

Saturday, December 4th will be the 2nd Annual Bedouin Star Bazaar at the Bedouin Star Studio, 800A Fort Crook Road South, Bellevue, NE. This is a great time to pick up belly dance costumes, supplies, jewelry, and other gifts at a great discount. The festivities begin at 10:00 am and end at 4:00 pm.
Even if you don’t want to sell, swap, or shop, there will be ongoing dance performances throughout the day.
Here is the performance schedule:

10:45am Bedouin Star (Belly Dance)
11:45am Bedouin Star (Belly Dance)
12:00pm The Lotus Dancers (Belly Dance)
12:15pm OmaHoop (Hoop Dance)
12:45pm The Lotus Dancers (Belly Dance)
1:00pm Nadine Davies (Belly Dance)
1:15pm Elle (Belly Dance)
1:30pm The Lotus Dancers (Belly Dance)
1:45pm Bedouin Star (Belly Dance)
2:15pm The Lotus Dancers (Belly Dance)
2:30pm Kirsten "Bunny" Graves (Hoop Dance)
3:00pm The Lotus Dancers (Belly Dance)
3:45pm Bedouin Star (Hula/Tahitian)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

2011 Cabin Fever Workshop

   (Flyer from the Karavan of Dreams website.)
Karavan of Dreams is hosting Hallie and Morgan from Basharaat for the 2011 Cabin Fever Workshop. The American Tribal Style dance class will be January 29 in Grand Island, NE. The workshop is $20, but the workshop plus meal is only $25. Visit the Karavan of Dreams website for more information and to register.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

November 20th Parthenon Show

There will be two shows at the Parthenon Restaurant in Lincoln, NE on Saturday, November 20th. The shows are at 7:00 and 8:00 pm. Ashiya and Naajidah will perform with many guest dancers. The other performers will include: the Athenian Dancers, the Aagean Dancers, Zuha of O’Neill, and Zoya of Omaha.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Weekender's Day of Dance Article

The Weekender published an article about tomorrow’s International Day of Dance in Sioux City, IA.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Sioux City Journal Day of Dance Article

The Sioux City Journal ran an article about the upcoming International Day of Dance, which will take place at Western Iowa Tech Community College on November 13th at 1:00 pm.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

20% off Sale at Bedouin Star Boutique

Between November 15th and November 20th there will be a 20% off sale at the Bedouin Star Boutique in Bellevue, NE.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

November 13th Parthenon Show

The Parthenon Restaurant in Lincoln, NE will host dancers Ashiya and Naajidah on Saturday, November 13th. They will be dancing with Ta Zorbas Greek Band. The shows are 7:00 and 8:00 pm. Call 402-423-2222 for reservations.

Friday, November 5, 2010

2010 Tribal Dreams

Don’t miss out on the last Tribal Dreams Festival this weekend. The workshops will be on Friday-Sunday, November 5-7. The venue changed, and it will be at the Lincoln Women’s Club, 407 South 14th Street, Lincoln, NE. On Friday night, there will be a going away party for Barb. The show will be Saturday night.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Parthenon Show November 6

Ashiya and Naajidah from the Athenian Dancers are going to perform at the Parthenon Restaurant in Lincoln, NE. The shows will be at 7:00 and 8:00 pm on Saturday, November 6th.  Call 402-423-2222 for reservations.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

2nd Annual Bedouin Star Winter Bazaar

The 2nd Annual Bedouin Star Winter Bazaar will be Saturday, December 4th from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. It will be at the Bedouin Star Studio, 800 A Fort Crook Road South, Bellevue, NE. This is a great event to buy Middle Eastern dance costume, accessories, and materials at a big discount. Dancers and costumers in the area will have a chance to sell new and used belly dance supplies. Contact Isis right away if you want to reserve a spot as a vendor. (You will need to bring your own table and chairs.) Additionally, there are 20 spots available for performers, so contact Isis if you want to dance.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Greek Islands Show this Friday

The Aegean Dancers are performing at the Greek Islands Restaurant in Omaha, NE on October 29th at 7:00 and 8:00 pm. Reservations are recommended.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Raqs Awn Halloween Show

Here is a sneak peak video of the Halloween show hosted by Raqs Awn in Omaha, NE. Close Encounters of the Shimmy Kind is Friday at 7:30 pm, but get there early to get a good seat!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Nov-Dec Bellevue Dance Classes

The next session of dance classes taught at the Bedouin Star Studio in Bellevue, NE will be 6 weeks and last from November to December. The classes are only $45/six weeks if paid ahead of time online. They're $50 at the door. Classes will include: Tribal Style Belly Dance, Cabaret Style Belly Dance, Fan Veils, and Costuming. In addition to Middle Eastern style classes, there will be Polynesian and Hula Hoop classes.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Bedouin Star Sale

Don't miss the 20% off sale at the Bedouin Star Boutique in Bellevue, NE. This would be a good time to buy dance skirts, hip belts, jewelry, finger cymbals, and more!

Friday, October 22, 2010

2010 Tribal Dreams Discount

(Photo of Benu from the Dancers Oasis website.)
Register for Tribal Dreams by October 31 for a discount. Tribal Dreams will take place in Lincoln, NE November 5-7. The instructors this year include: Blue Lotus, Sharon Moore, Joe Williams, Jawahara, Benu, and Hallie.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Flamenco Inspired Skirt Work Class

(Picture of Nichole performing with Liquid Hip Therapy at the 2010 Siouxland Renaissance Festival. Photo by Karnak.)
Nichole from Liquid Hip Therapy is going to teach a flamenco inspired skirt work dance class at Dance Ballroom and Studio in Sioux Falls, SD on Wednesdays at 8:30 pm. The class begins October 27th and ends November 17th. Skirts will be provided if you do not have one yet.

Monday, October 18, 2010

7 Week Dance Class in Omaha

The next 7 week course with belly dance instructor Magdalena Christina begins November 2nd and ends December 14th. Classes are Tuesdays at 7:45 pm in Omaha, NE.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Belly Dance to Electronica

Bedouin Star will be teaching at the 2010 Anime Nebraskon November 5-7 in Omaha, NE. They will teach Belly Dance to Electronica, which will feature a short choreography.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Close Encounters of the Shimmy Kind

(Poster from the Raqs Awn belly dance website.)
On Friday, Octber 29th, 2010, Raqs Awn will present a Halloween show. The show is called Close Encounters of the Shimmy Kind. The show will be at the Scoular Building Ballroom, 2027 Dodge St. Omaha, NE. Doors open at 7:00 pm. The show begins at 7:30 pm.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Photos and Videos from 2010 Riverssance and Art Splash

The History and Culture By Bicycle blog posted many photos and videos of the Sioux City Desert Angels belly dance troupe. The images and movies are from the 17th Annual Art Splash Festival and the 7th Annual Riverssance Renaissance Faire.

(Photo of the Desert Angels taken by Johnathan from the History and Culture By Bicycle site.)

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

October 16th at the Parthenon

The Athenian Dancers, Karavan of Dreams, and Magdalena Christina will perform at the Parthenon Restaurant in Lincoln, NE on Saturday, October 16th. The shows are at 7:00 and 8:00 pm. Call ahead for reservations: (402) 423-2222.
(Photo of Magdalena Christina from the Facebook event page.)

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Riverssance Video

Here is a video of the beginner belly dancers from the Yoga College performing at the 7th annual Sioux City Renaissance Festival.

Monday, October 4, 2010

2010 Bedouin Star Winter Bazaar

The Bedouin Star Winter Bazaar is a wonderful event for belly dancers to buy costumes, clothing, and any other Middle Eastern dance equipment. Since other dancers will be selling the items, there will be a lot of good deals and unique items.

Vendor space is free, but it is limited. Vendors will need to bring their own table (limit 1), chairs, table cloths, clothing racks (limit 1), and signs. All prices must be marked clearly.

If you are interested in selling, contact Isis.

Belly dance performances will also occur throughout the day. To reserve a spot, contact Isis.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Henna Artist at Sioux City Riverssance

There will be a henna artist at the Romani (Gypsy) Encampment at the Sioux City Riverssance Festival on October 2nd and 3rd. She is performing with the Desert Angels Belly Dance Troupe throughout the weekend, so make sure to head over between performances. Temporary henna tattoos can last 1-2 weeks after the henna is allowed to soak into the skin for several hours.
(Here is one of the designs that will be available.)

Also, check out the Gems and Jewels tent for belly dance costumes and accessories.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

2010 Riverssance Entertainment Schedule

Here are the schedules for performers on Saturday and Sunday at the Sioux City Riverssance Festival. The Desert Angels will perform several times throughout the weekend. Also, Danza Mystique from Des Moines will be performing. All of the shows are included in the gate ticket price. That's a lot of entertainment!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Bedouin Star Classes for October 2010

Think ahead to the October belly dance classes offered at Bedouin Star Studio in Bellevue, NE.
  • Mondays: Tribal Style Belly Dance Level II at 6:30 pm, and Tribal Style Belly Dance Level I at 8:30 pm
  • Wednesdays: Tribal Style Belly Dance Level I at 6:30 pm, Veil Choreography at 7:30 pm, and Tribal Style Belly Dance Level II at 8:30 pm
  • Thursdays: Tribal Style Belly Dance Level II at 6:30 pm, Tribal Style Belly Dance Level I at 7:30 pm,
  • Fridays: Costuming 101 at 6:00 pm


Sunday, September 19, 2010

Discount Riverssance Tickets

You can purchase discounted tickets for the 2010 Sioux City Riverssance Festival until September 29th at Hy-Vee stores. Save $3 instead of buying tickets at the gate. There will be a lot of entertainers, including the Desert Angels Belly Dance Troupe. The Renaissance fair will take place on October 2nd and 3rd at Riverside Park in Sioux City, IA.
(Picture of the Desert Angels at the 2009 Sioux City Riverssance Festival. Photo by Tani Russell.)

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Video from 2009 Riverssance

The 2010 Riverssance Festival is only a fortnight away!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

2010 Tribal Dreams

Tribal Dreams is a collection of workshops covering many belly dance topics in Lincoln, NE. This is a great festival for Tribal dancers as well as traditional belly dancers. The event will begin Friday, November 5th - Sunday, November 6th. The instructors include: Blue Lotus, Sharon Moore, Joe Williams, Jawahara, Benu, and Hallie from Basharaat. It is possible to register at the door, but the prices go up so it's a good idea to register ahead of time.

The Presenter's Show will take place on Friday night at 8:00 pm. The participant's show will be on Saturday night at 8:00 pm, and performance slots are first come first serve.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

2010 Riverssance

Keep your calendar free October 2nd and 3rd for Riverssance in Sioux City, IA. Riverssance is a two day Renaissance festival at Riverside Park. The fair opens at 10:00 am both days, but closes at 7:00 pm on Saturday and 5:00 pm on Sunday. There will be a lot to do and see. The festival is a lot of fun!

As usual, the Desert Angels belly dance troupe will perform a few times during the festival.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Siham Ali and Masani Azura Workshop

On Saturday, September 11th, Della is hosting the Siham Ali and Masani Azura Workshop in Omaha, NE. If you are still planning on attending, get your registration in as soon as you can!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

17th Annual Art Splash

(The Desert Angels at the 2010 Art Splash on Saturday, photo by Jim Lee from the Sioux City Journal.)
The Desert Angels belly dancers are scheduled to perform at Sioux City's Art Splash main stage on Sunday at 1:15. The time is an estimate and they may perform as early as 1:00. Remember to clap along and cheer when you see something you like!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Dance Your Prayers this Sunday

Dance your Prayers will be at Simply Ballroom in Omaha, NE starting at 10:00 am. Wear comfortable clothing, bring a yoga mat, and be ready to dance. A $5 donation will be collected to help pay for the rent of the room.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Sioux City Belly Dancers at Art Splash

Art Splash will take place Labor Day weekend in Sioux City, IA. There will be a lot of artists and entertainers, but make time to visit the main stage to see the Desert Angels Belly Dance Troupe.
(Photo of the Desert Angels Belly Dancers at Art Splash in 2009 from the facebook event page.)   
The belly dancers will perform at 1:15 and 4:15 pm on the main stage on Saturday, September 4th. They will also perform on Sunday, September 5th at 1:15 pm.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Basharaat's Virgo Party!

Hallie and Morgan are celebrating their birthdays at the Joyo theater in Lincoln, NE with Basharaat's Virgo Party. Many artists will be there, including: SFS, MC Beth, Flowpulse, Charlie Coolwater, Karaoke Master Nicole, and Basharaat Dance Co. The festivities begin at 7:00 pm and the suggested donation is $5.
(Photo from Basharaat's Virgo Party! event page.)

Monday, August 23, 2010

2010 Tribal Dreams

This year’s Tribal Dreams festival begins Friday, November 5th and ends Sunday, November 7th. The presenters include: Blue Lotus, Sharon Moore, Joe Williams, Jawahara, Benu, and Hallie Marie.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Bedouin Star Drum 'N Dance Jam

The next Drum 'N Dance Jam at the Bedouin Star Studio is August 28th in Bellevue, NE. The festivities begin at 7:00 pm.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Cirque De Gothique Auditions

Auditions for the Cirque de Gothique are on August 28th at the Bedouin Star Studio in Bellevue, NE. The theme is time travel and the auditions are 2:00-6:00 pm.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Dance Show Tonight in Sioux City

Yesterday, the Sioux City Journal had an article about Kajira Djoumahna coming to Sioux City to teach and perform SGI (Synchronized Group Improvisational) Belly Dance.
(Kajira's photo from the Sioux City Journal.)
The show tonight is at WITCC, 4647 Stone Ave, Sioux City, IA. Use Parking Lot #4 and Entrance #14. Cost is only $10.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Belly Dance Show at WITCC this Saturday

The Belly Dance Show on August 14th at 6:45 pm on the campus of Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City, IA will feature a variety of performances. Kajira from Hawaii will perform Tribal style belly dance. The Desert Angels from Sioux City will perform a tambourine number. Ahva from Sioux Falls will do a fan and a Bhangra dance. Other belly dance troupes and dancers from around the region will be there: Liquid Hip Therapy from Sioux Falls, Troupe Sicorae from Lincoln, Dance Orientale from Omaha, Hallie from Lincoln, and Karnak from Sioux City will perform as well. There will also be a special appearance by an Egyptian Elvis impersonator, Amahl Shookup!
Tickets are only $10. The address is 4647 Stone Avenue, Sioux City. Park in Parking Lot #4 and use Entrance #14. The show is in the Cargill Auditorium, which is room D103.
(The Desert Angels. Photo by Sioux City phototrapher Tani Russell.)

MN Renaissance Festival 2010

The Silk Road is the Middle Eastern theme weekend at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. It’s August 28th and 29th. The weekend will include belly dance performances by the Sisters of the Sahara, free belly dance lessons, and a belly dance competition. Live music and open dancing will also be available. There will also be many vendors.
(Photo from the MN Renaissance Festival website.)
The Minnesota State Belly Dance Competition registration is due August 15th, but they usually let dancers sign up the day of the contest. The title sounds foreboding, but it’s pretty informal and low-stress. Anyone from professional dancers to beginners can win! (In 2008, dance teachers from SD won 1st and 2nd place in the 39+ age group. In 2009, beginners won 2nd place in the 16+ and 39+ age groups.) The 2009 contest was judged by the audience. Each dancer had about 20-30 seconds to dance with live drumming, and then the audience cheered for who they wanted to win. Gift certificates to Dahlal were given to 1st and 2nd place.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Lauritzen Gardens Art in Bloom

(The Raqs Awn logo is from the Raqs Awn facebook fan page.)
On Sunday, August 15th, some of the Raqs Awn dancers will perform at the Art in Bloom event in Omaha. They will dance at 11:00 am and noon.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Sioux City Dance Show Saturday

Don’t forget about the professional belly dance show in Sioux City this Saturday, August 14th! The headliner is Kajira of Black Sheep Belly Dance from Hawaii. Other performers include the Sioux City Desert Angels, Liquid Hip Therapy from Sioux Falls, and Troupe Sicorae of Lincoln. This will certainly be an entertaining performance, and no one within the Sioux City area should miss it!
(Liquid Hip Therapy from Sioux Falls, SD. Photo by Karnak.)
The dance show begins at 6:45 pm at the Cargill Auditorium, Room D103, at Western Iowa Technical College in Sioux City, IA. This room is in Building entrance #14, Parking Lot #4. Tickets are $10.00 at the door, which is about the cost of a movie but it’s a live show. It will also be a lot more entertaining. Be prepared to clap along to the music and cheer!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Belly Dance Show in Sioux City

There will be a professional belly dance show at 6:45 pm at the Cargill Auditorium, Room D103, at Western Iowa Technical College in Sioux City, IA. This room is in Building entrance #14, Parking Lot #4. The show is August 14th. Tickets are $10.00 at the door. Please help support these wonderful performers! Kajira from Hawaii will perform Tribal style belly dance with other Black Sheep Belly Dance troupe members. Other dancers from Iowa, South Dakota, and Nebraska will perform as well.

Monday, August 2, 2010

August Belly Dance with Magalena Christina

Magdalena Christina’s next belly dance class is August 15th from 1:00-3:30 pm in Omaha.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

August Workshops with Sanat Halck

On August 14th and 15th is the next time Sanat Halck is teaching workshops. The classes are at Motion 41 Dance, 2918 S 125th Ave, Omaha.
On the 14th, Hands and Arms is at 9:00 am, Ballet for Belly is at 10:00 am, Turns and Spins is at 11:00 am, the Art of Improvising for Solo Work is at 2:00 pm. On the 15th, Introduction to Swords is at 11:00 am and Introduction to Veil is at 2:00 pm.
On August 21st, The Secret to Egyptian Shimmies is at 9:00 am, Performable Combinations is at 11:00 am, and Pharaonic Dance is at 2:00 pm. On August 22nd, Beledi Specialized is at 9:00 am, Saidi Specialized is at 11:00 am, and Raks Asayah is at 2:00 pm.
Finally on August 28th, What is Melaya Leff? is at 9:00 am, Bring on Arabian Flamenco is at 11:00 am, and Enjoy the Ghawazee! is at 2:00pm.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Shimmy School with Magdalena Christina

(Photo from the Back to Shimmy School facebook event page.)
Magdalena Christina is going to teach a seven-week belly dance course in Omaha, NE. The classes begin September 14th and last from 7:45-8:45 pm each Tuesday. Preregister so the session is only $50!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Last Week of Belly Dance Artwork

(Hip Circle by Klaire B. L. Pearson.)
The "Women of Mystery" belly dance art exhibition will close this Friday, July 30th. The show is at the Silver of Oz in Omaha, NE, and some of the artworks are still available for sale. Stop by to take a look or make a purchase. These paintings, drawings, and prints are great for decorating a dance studio or giving as a gift to a belly dancer.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Cane, Drum, and Zill Workshop

On Saturday, September 11th, there is going to be a Cane, Drum, and Zill Workshop with a Hafla/Drum Circle in Omaha, NE. Siham Ali will teach a cane choreography from 12:00-1:45 pm, and Masani Azura will teach zill and drum rhythms from 2:00-4:00 pm. At 5:00 pm, there will be a hafla that includes a buffet dinner. Mail-in registration ends September 4th.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

August 7th Dance N' Drum

The Lotus Dancers Dance N’ Drum Circle is going to be August 7th at the Juba Restaurant and CafĂ© in Omaha, NE. The festivities begin at 7:00 pm.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Liquid Hip Therapy Summer Special

Liquid Hip Therapy in Sioux Falls, SD is offering a 6 class punch card for only $50. The punch card can be used in all Liquid Hip Therapy class.

There are two classes on Wednesday. Belly Dance Fitness is at 6:30 pm and Fusion Belly Dance is at 8:30 pm. On Sundays, Belly Dance Fitness is at 5:00 pm and Belly Dance Boot Camp is at 6:00 pm.

(Liquid Hip Therapy at the 2010 Siouxland Renaissance Faire. Photo by Karnak.)

Saturday, July 17, 2010

July Workshops with Sanat Halck

Sanat Halck from Omaha is offering many workshops this summer. On July 24th, there are three classes. Introduction to Cane and Cane Combinations is at 9:00 am, Putting a Drum Solo Together is at 11:00 am, and How to Build a Choreography is at 2:00 pm. Each class is $25, but all three are only $60. The classes are at Motion 41 Dance, 2918 S 125th Ave, Omaha.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Wild Wednesday

On Wednesday, July 21st, the Lincoln Children's Zoo will have belly dancers. The Wild Wednesday activities will take place between 5:00-8:00 pm at the zoo in Lincoln, NE.

Troupe Sicorae will perform at 6:15, and Basharaat will be there too.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

$105 for Kajira's Workshop

Registration for Kajira’s Tribal Belly Dance Workshop in Sioux City, IA is still open, but now the cost is $105. The class is Saturday, August 14th lasts from 10:30-4:30pm. Call Connie at 712-224-9642 to register for this amazing opportunity to learn Tribal belly dance from a nationally known instructor. Register before the price increases again.

July Open House in Bellevue

On Saturday, July 31st, Bedouin Star is hosting an Open House. The festivities begin at 10:00 am and end at 2:00 pm. There will be trial classes, prizes, and registration specials.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Sword Dance Belly Dance Choreography with Isis

A ten week sword class will be taught by Isis at the Bedouin Star Studio in Bellevue, NE. This class begins July 22 and ends September 23. The class will meet each Thursday at 7:30 pm. Only experienced dancers may enroll in this course.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Belly Dance with Hallie Marie

A new belly dance session at the Conservatory of Contemporary Dance in the Five Willows begins on July 15. Classes will be on Thursdays at 7:00 pm and will be taught by Hallie Marie.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Bedouin Star at OSFEST

Bedouin Star will be at OSFEST this year to teach two workshop classes on July 25. Belly Dance to Techno Music is at noon, and How to Dress Like a Real Belly Dancer is at 2:00 pm.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

July-August Raqs Awn Class

Basinah from Raqs Aws will teach her Just Beginner Class in Omaha, NE on Wednesdays at 7:15 pm. The next session begins July 7th and ends August 11th.

Monday, June 28, 2010

2010 Bedouin Star Bazaar

(Image from the Bedouin Star Website.)

The Bedouin Star Bazaar and World Dance Day is Saturday, July 17th in Bellevue, NE. The classes include “Transform you Dance into Cabaret” with Ashiya, “Bollywood Choreography” with Malaika, “Smooth Moves” with Della, and “Energy in your Dance” with Isis. All of the classes are $35 at the door, but they are $25 with preregistration by July 10th.

The Menagerie of Movement show is also July 17th and will begin at 7:30 pm.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Belly Dance Art Show

For the whole month of July, belly dance artwork will be on display at the Silver of Oz in Omaha, NE. The show is called “Women of Mystery,” and there will be belly dancers present at the First Friday Event. The First Friday of July is on the 2nd and begins at 6:00 pm.
(Little Sisters at Kom Ombo by Klaire B. L. Pearson.)

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Kajira in IA Deadline June 30th!

Don’t forget to register for Kajira’s American Tribal Style Belly Dance workshop before June 30th. No registration applications will be accepted after the deadline.

Remember, Kahira is coming all the way from Hawaii, and it will certainly be a lot cheaper to take a class from Karija when she’s in Iowa rather than making the trip to Hawaii. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by!

Registration is due June 30! Signup as soon as you can before the spaces are filled and the deadline arrives.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Advanced Makeup and Arabic Eyes

On Saturday, July 10th there will be another professional makeup class at the Yoga College in Sioux City. This class is called Advanced Makeup and Arabic Eyes. Tani Russell, a professionally trained model and photographer, will teach how to apply Arabic makeup for stage performances. The application portion of the class will last from 9:00-10:30 am.
(Photo by Tani Russell from the Yoga College fan page.)
At 11:00 am, the Desert Angels Belly Dance Troupe will perform at Meet Virginia’s (306 Virginia Street, Sioux City, IA). Non-workshop participants are welcome to watch the show.
After the performance, the workshop will resume at the Yoga College. Tani will take photographs of the workshop participants.
Register online at the Yoga College website or call Connie at 712-224-9642. The cost is only $35. To see examples of Tani’s work, visit the Entity Photographic Imagery website

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Summer Bellydance Series Class #2

Join Magdalena Christina for a belly dance workshop on Sunday, June 30th in Omaha, NE. The class starts at 1:00 pm and costs $30. Discounts are available.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Raqs Awn at Benson Summer Arts Festival

See the Raqs Awn Belly Dance Collective perform at the Benson Summer Arts Festival on Saturday, June 12. They are performing on the main stage at 5:30 pm.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

June 26 Drum N’ Dance Jam

The Bedouin Star Drum N’ Dance Jam is Saturday, June 26th from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. It will be at Washington Park in Old Town Bellevue, NE.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Backpacks & Belly Dancers

(Flyer from the Raqs Awn website.)

On Saturday, June 26th, Raqs Awn will present a benefit for the Lydia House. The show is at the Pizza Shoppe Collective in Omaha, NE and doors open at 7:00 pm. The purpose of the show is to collect clothing donations for children for the next school year. Admission is $8, but clothing donations can merit a discount.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Shira’s Summer Sessions

Shira’s Belly Dance for Exercise class is in Iowa City on Wednesdays. The session begins June 9th and ends July 14th. The Beginning Belly Dance Class is on Sundays, starting June 13th.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Siouxland Renaissance Belly Dancers' Schedule

(Photo of the Little Sisters taken by Karnak at the 2009 Siouxland Renaissance Festival.)
The Little Sisters of the Desert Sands (a.k.a. Liquid Hip Therapy) will perform at the 2010 Siouxland Renaissance Festival June 5th and 6th. They will perform at the Castle Stage at 11:00, 1:45, and 4:00 on Saturday. On Sunday, they will dance at 11:00 and 1:45. Their shows are always entertaining.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

June Bellevue's Farmers Market

See Bedouin Star perform at the Bellevue Farmers Market on Saturday, June 5th. They will dance between 11:00 and 1:00 pm.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

2010 Midwest Renaissance Festival

The Midwest Renaissance Festival in Omaha, NE opens Saturday, May 29th and closes Memorial Day. It’s open from 11:00-6:00 pm. Gems and Jewels will be there for belly dancers who need to shop.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

13th JAV Renaissance Festival

Many belly dancers are going to perform at the James Arthur Vineyards 13th Annual Renaissance Faire on May 22. It lasts from noon to 8:00 pm and only costs $1. Raqs Awn and Benu are just two of the troupes performing in the afternoon.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Every Woman Matters

Many belly dancers are coming together on July 31st at 7:00 pm in Lincoln, NE for "Every Woman Matters." The venue, the Joyo Theater, is an old movie theater in the Havelock district of Lincoln. Tickets for audience members are $15.00. All proceeds from tickets, beyond cost of the site and advertising, will go to "Every Woman Matters" an organization that provides breast and cervical cancer screening to women. Nebraska troupes and soloists already agreed to participate are: Desert Angels, Benu, Tracy Risch, Sanet, Liezel, Daughters of Nefertiti, Karavan of Dreams, Christina, Prarie Moon, Hallie, Morgan, Athenian Dancers, the Whorl Winds, Duet Ashiya and Naajida.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Tomorrow is World Belly Dance Day

Don't forget about World Belly Dance Day at Metamorphosis Belly Dance Studio in Omaha on Saturday, May 8th. The address is 1108 Jackson Street Omaha NE 68102. The festivities begin at 1:00 pm. There will be dancers and vendors, and the proceeds will go for charity.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Professional Makeup and Photo Shoot Workshop

(Photo by Tani Russell at 2009 Riverssance. Originally posted on the Yoga College fan page.)

This workshop is on Saturday, June 5th, at 1:00pm at the Yoga College. Tani is a professionally trained model and modeled in Europe for 2 years. She is an amazing photographer and took many of The Desert Angels performance and workshop photos. Tani will show us how to enhance our look with makeup and then take our individual photos with her portable photography studio right at The Yoga College. To register call Connie at 712-224-9642 or Please register and settle up by May 17th. Cost is $35.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

May Classes at Bedouin Star

There are many classes for interested belly dancers to take at the Bedouin Star Ethnic Dance Studio in Bellevue, NE.

Mondays: Intermediate Belly Dance, Costuming 101
Tuesdays: Belly Dance 101
Thursdays: Belly Dance 101
Fridays: Low Impact Choreography for Beginners, North African and Middle Eastern Percussion

Preregister for a discount.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

May-June Just Beginners Belly Dance

Basinah from Raqs Awn will teach a beginner belly dance class in Omaha starting May 19. The session lasts 6 weeks.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Shimmy Tea

At the Metamorphosis Studio in Omaha, Vickie will teach a free two hour belly dance workshop called Shimmy Tea on May 29th at 11:30. Reservations are required.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Summer Belly Dance Series #1

Magdalena Christina will begin teaching monthly belly dance classes in Omaha, NE. The first class will be Sunday, May 16th at 1:00 pm.

Friday, April 2, 2010

April Belly Dance Class with Morgan

On Saturday, April 17th, Morgan will teach another monthly belly dance class. The class begins at 4:00 pm and will be at Yoga Body and Balance in Omaha, NE.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Saturday, March 27, 2010

New Bedouin Star April Classes

There are many new classes offered at the Bedouin Star Ethnic Studio and Boutique for April. If you preregister online, you’ll save some money.

Mondays: Beginner Basics

Thursdays: Belly Dance Choreography, Cane Dance Choreography

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Clawfoot Workshop with Hallie Marie

In Lincoln, Nebraska, Hallie Marie will teach a beginning belly dance workshop. The class is May 15th from 2:30-4:50 pm at Clawfoot House and costs $25. At 8:00 pm, there will be a dance show that will feature local belly dancers.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Triple S Dance Contest

Karnak  will be competing at the Triple S Dance Contest on Saturday, March 20th at 10:30 am. The contest will be at Orpheum Theater Center in Sioux Fall, SD.

The competition will begin at 9:00 am, and awards will be about noon.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Morgan’s Belly Dance Class

(Photo from the Facebook event page for Morgan's class.)

On Saturday, March 20th, Morgan will teach a belly dance class at Yoga Body and Balance in Lincoln, NE. The class is from 4:00-5:00 pm. Preregister to save $5!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

2010 Northland Belly Dance Forum

The last day to register for the 2010 Northland Belly Dance Forum in Minneapolis, MN is March 15th. Get a discount by registering earlier.

(Picture from the NBDF's website.)

Friday, April 9th
The contest is cancelled due to lack of interest.

Saturday, April 10th
7:00 to 7:30 Registration
7:30 to 8:15 Khalila: Yoga
8:30 to 10:00 Julianna: Sword Technique and Choreography
10:15 to 11:45 Aziza: Upper Body Technique
11:45 to 12:30 Lunch (Bring your own lunch)
12:30 to 2:00 Aziza: Cacophony of combinations
2:00 to 3:30 Aliyah: Dynamic Drum Solo
3:30 To 5:00 Tamarind: Divine Tribal Duets

Sunday April 11th
7:00 to 7:30 Registration
7:30 to 8:15 Khalila: Yoga
8:30 to 10:00 Aziza: Lower Body Technique
10:15 to 11:45 Aziza: Traveling Steps
11:45 to 12:30 Lunch (Bring your own lunch)
12:30 to 2:00 Mirah Ammal: Sha’abi Chic
2:15 to 3:45 Ayperi: SteamPunk Fusion Fabulous

Sunday, March 7, 2010

2010 World Belly Dance Day

World Belly Dance Day is a global event celebrated on the second Saturday in May that helps people in need. This year, it is May 8th. Metamorphosis Belly Dance Studio in Omaha is hosting a charity event for the Omaha Food Bank, Global Fund for Women, and Heal Africa. The festivities will last from 1:00-4:00 pm. Last year’s event was wonder, and this year’s should be even better!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Bedouin Star Promotional Video

If you’re interested in taking classes at the Bedouin Star studio, here is a preview video of some of the classes and instructors.

Monday, March 1, 2010

March 6th at the Parthenon

Ashiya and Naajidah of the Athenian Dancers will perform at the Parthenon Restaurant in Lincoln, NE on Saturday, March 6th at 7:00 and 8:00 pm.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

March 6th Dine, Dance, & Drum

On Saturday, March 6th, Della is hosting Dine, Dance, & Drum Circle in Omaha at 7:00 pm. All musical instruments and dance styles are welcome, and there will be a focus on Middle Eastern and African rhythms.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Belly Movie and Workshops

(Image from the Belly event on facebook.)

On Friday, March 12th there will be a screening of a documentary about belly dance called Belly in Omaha, NE. On Saturday and Sunday, there will be various workshops for all skill levels, even beginners. There will also be a hafla on Saturday night.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Belly Dance with Hallie Marie

On Mondays, in Lincoln, NE, Hallie Marie will teach an Egyptian belly dance choreography class at 7:30 pm. Classes will be at the Conservatory of Contemporary Dance, and the session will last 8 weeks. The class will run from March 1st until April 26th.

On Thursdays, starting March 4th, Hallie Marie will teach a Drills Class at 7:00 pm. You may register for 4 classes, twelve, or just pay the drop-in rate.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

February 27, 2010

There are three belly dance events happening on February 27th, but they are in different locations.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Valentine's Day at the Greek Islands

The Sirens from Raqs Awn are performing at the Greek Islands restaurant in Omaha this Saturday, February 13th for Valentine's Day. They are performing from 7:45-8:15 pm.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

2010 Triple S Dance Competition

The Triple S Dance Competition is an event that has an open class that belly dancers can enter. There are different age groups, including an adult class, and props are allowed. The contest has many different locations including Cedar Rapids, IA for March 12-14, Sioux Falls, SD for March 19-21, Fargo, ND for March 26-28, Minneapolis, MN for April 16-18, and Greenbay, WI for April 23-25. Costs range from $45 for a solo to $22/group member for larger troupes.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Rainbows of the Desert Workshop & Dance Extravaganza

The Rainbows of the Desert 2010 workshop is April 10th and 11th. Jim Boz is making the trip from California to Iowa to teach Egyptian choreography on Saturday and music theory on Sunday. The Extravaganza is Saturday night at 7:00 pm. Register by March 1st to get a discount, t-shirt, and free lunch!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Bedouin Star Grand Opening in NE

(Image from the Bedouin Star website.)

The Bedouin Star’s Grand Opening will occur February 27th in Bellevue, NE. The festivities begin at 10:00 am and end at 4:00 pm. The day will be filled with performances, a free lesson, and cake!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Basics of Bellydance with Morgan

On Saturday, February 27th, Morgan will teach the Basics of Belly Dance at Yoga Body and Balance in Lincoln, NE at 4:00 pm. If you preregister through Yoga Body and Balance, the cost is only $15.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Raqs Amore

(Poster from the Raqs Awn website.)

Raqs Amore is a belly dance show in Omaha, NE on Friday, February 12th at 7:30 pm. It’s hosted by Raqs Awn, and it will be at the P. S. Collective on 60th and Maple. This is a benefit for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Omaha.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Drum N’ Dance Jam in January

January 30th, from 6:00-9:00 pm, there is a Drum N’ Dance Jam at the new Bedouin Start Studio in Bellevue, NE. This event is free! All drums and musical instruments are welcome, as well as all dance styles.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Thursday Drum Circles in Omaha

Della hosts weekly drum circles in Omaha. The drum circles are Thursdays at 6:30 at the 1st United Methodist Church. Call (402)556-6262 before attending.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Bedouin Star Ethnic Dance Studio January Classes

There are many new classes being offered at the new Bedouin Star Ethnic Dance Studio.
On Thursdays, Fun and Flirty Belly Dance will be taught by Isis. It is a choreography class and it lasts from 6:30-7:30 pm. It lasts from January 7th until February 11th. You may drop in during the first two weeks.

Also on Thursdays, from 7:30-8:30 pm, Vickie Hughes will teach a 10 week choreography class for fan veils. Classes begin January 7th.

On Fridays, the Hand Drumming class will run from 6:30-7:30 pm. The class will be taught by Isis.

Beginner Belly Dance: Moms and Daughters, will be on Saturdays from 10:30-11:00 am. This 6 week session begins January 8th.

Beginner Belly Dance Basics with Isis is also on Saturdays. It is from 11:00-12:00 pm and begins January 8th.

If you register online, you’ll save about $10. Isis also has amazing student and military discounts!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Beginner Class with Basinah in January

Starting on January 13th, the Just Beginners dance class starts. The instructor is Basinah from Raqs Awn, and classes are Wednesdays at 7:15 in Omaha, NE.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

LHT at Renaissance at the Improv

Saturday, January 16th, Liquid Hip Therapy is performing in Sioux Falls at 7:00 pm for the Siouxland Renaissance Association. Other Renaissance festival performers will be at the Ivy Room too, and tickets are $10.