A-Z Bellydance Celebration Tour

A-Z Bellydance Celebration workshops in Hawaii in July 2023! 

  • Join Keti Sharif & Sam Nascimento in Hawaii for LIVE A-Z Bellydance workshops to Celebrate the 25 Year Anniversary of A-Z worldwide!
  • Dates: Honolulu 15-16 July 2023 (plus new Arabic Drum workshop Fri 14 July)
  • Explore the newest A-Z concepts and enjoy Live Rhythms
  • Please enrol early as places are limited to 18 per workshop for quality tuition
  • *Contact Sammie at MEDAH for an extra 10% discount!

Aloha Dancesport Center

350 Ward Ave, Ste 200,
Honolulu, HI,
United States, Hawaii

Supported by Middle Eastern Dance Artists of Hawaii (MEDAH FB link)
Contact in Honolulu - Sammie, of MEDAH sammieinhawaii@gmail.com
Please email her if you need more local info!

Join this A-Z HONOLULU event group on FACEBOOK

Honolulu, Arabic Drum Workshop
7pm-9pm Friday 14th July

  • WORKSHOP: THE ART OF ARABIC DRUMMING (Darbuka & Dof) with Sam Nascimento
    7pm-9pm (2 hours) @ Aloha Dancesport Center
    Cost $60   BOOK   ** Bring your darbuka or dof (frame drum)
  • * Technique  * Egyptian Rhythms  * Bass Lines  * Play with Feel   
  • Join Sam's great Darbuka and Dof workshop, to learn how to harness the energy of each unique rhythm. Sam is a patient and knowledgeable percussion teacher, with students of all ages, who are deepening their Arabic drumming skills. Sam provides easy short-cuts to make it simple to remember each rhythm.

    He is the producer of 40 Arabic Rhythms - a double CD resource, that is the result of years of research in many towns and provinces around Egypt and the Middle east. With his own Arabic/Egyptian and Latin heritage, he embraces the cultural qualities and nuance in each rhythm. All levels welcome!

Honolulu, Day 1: REDA DRILLS
3pm-5pm Saturday 15th July

  • WORKSHOP 2: NEW REDA DRILLS (with 8 Live Rhythms with guest drummer Sam Nascimento)
    3pm-5pm (2 hours) @ Aloha Dancesport Center
    Cost $60   BOOK   ** Bring a Cane
  • * Robust Movement  * Egyptian Rhythms  * Floor Patterns  * Nimble Footwork   
  • "Mahmoud Reda's multi-rhythmic teaching method enhanced the proficiency of performing members and physically prepared newcomers to learn dances from the repertoire."
    ~ Farida Fahmy

    As part of the Original Reda troupe's daily warm up, dancers practiced a series of dance drills to 8 Live Egyptian rhythms, played on Darbuka. These essential sequences trained their bodies to understand the footwork and movement needed for stage. Learn 8 nimble sequences to Live darbuka, harnessing the energy of each unique rhythm. Keti provides easy short-cuts to make it simple to remember each sequence.

Honolulu, Day 2: LOTUS SERIES
11am-2pm Sunday 15th July 

  • WORKSHOP 3: NEW LOTUS SERIES (Pharaonic Theatre)
    11am-2pm (3 hours) @ Aloha Dancesport Center
    Cost $90  BOOK
  • * Symbolic  * Isis Allegory  * Feminine * Powerful *Explore Ancient Egypt
  • “A sacred circle of priestesses pay homage to Isis, the divine Maiden, Mother, Lover and Crone. The dancers embody three of the many faces of Isis; Hathor (Goddess of Love), Isis (Golden Goddess) and Serkhet (Scorpion Deity).”

    Learn to perform three dances depicting stories from ancient Egyptian mythology, through a blend of Bellydancing and symbolism.
 Discover sensual yet celebratory dance-arts inspired by the movements and postures of Ancient Egyptian dances (as researched by Professor Randa Baligh, Egyptologist). Learn how to create your own Pharaonic props and costumes if you wish to perform these dances at a later date for your school or student party. 

Honolulu Day 2: NEO RAQS
3pm-5pm Sunday 16th July

  • WORKSHOP 4: NEW NEO RAQS with Veil 
    3pm-5pm (2 hours) @ Aloha Dancesport Center
    Cost $60    BOOK    ** Bring a Veil
  • * Fresh  * Fluid  * Sensual  * Playful  * Refined
  • “Playfully feminine, Neo Raqs draws on Cairean / Egyptian temperament and aesthetics, blended with fusion elements. It is an opportunity to represent different characters we may have met on our journey, through dance, as we also celebrate a variety of expressions of self.”

    Expand your dancing into new territory as you embrace a fresh style of Raqs Sharqi that honours the classical roots of the art, whilst infusing it with a modern twist. Enjoy lyrical, conversational songs and new moves for stage or entertainment. Live drum accompaniment for energy and fun!