Belly Dance Workshops

Belly dance workshops are a great way to focus in on technique, musicality, choreography, or a bevy of other topics.  They are usually two or three hours long and provide more than can be provided in an hour weekly class.  I am a teacher and I am also a student.  I am an utter nerd when it comes to belly dance and I simply want to know it all – from movement to history to styles to props to cross training.  You name it, I’m into it.  Lately I have been teaching more and more workshops that focus on an aspect of belly dance that I feel compelled to share.  I also have been hosting dancers from out of town and abroad so that I can share some of the experts with my Portland belly dance community.  Whether you are attending a workshop that I am giving or you are coming to learn from a visiting teacher, you’ll see everything that’s coming up on the right sidebar of this page.

What can I expect from a workshop with Henna?
The belly dance workshops that I offer are usually around the topics of Egyptian music and raqs sharki (belly dance).  I think that there are many resources online and in town that provide good technical movement instruction.  My basic technique training is available on Datura Online, in fact.  You can expect to access the information I present in multiple ways.  My teaching philosophy seeks to guide you closer to movement and expression that feels natural to you, while maintaining the principle elements of raqs sharki, and providing historic and cultural data that supports and rounds out the movement exercises.  You can find a list of my workshop offerings on the Workshops with Henna page.  Upcoming workshops are listed in the right side bar of this page.

What can I expect from a workshop that is hosted by Henna?
I host dancers, musicians, and lecturers with whom I have personally studied.  Therefore, I only host talent that I have been truly moved and inspired by.  I choose them because they are not only great at their art, but also generous teachers, and kind people.  I do not make my living by putting on events, and I have a full time dance career of my own, so you can bet that I am hosting them because I feel a NEED to offer what they have to the bellydance community.  That being said, you can expect top-notch, world class talent in one of the most popular cities in the United States.  I use either Datura Studio or N.E.W. Studios, which are both dancer owned spaces with mirrors on the east side of Portland.  I believe in boutique sized classes with a max of 30 dancers in each workshop.  I want you to get your money’s worth and am present at all bellydance workshops to answer questions, facilitate your learning, and help with the logistics of traveling in Portland.

Upcoming Belly Dance Workshops

Joana Saahirah of Cairo – The Soul of Egyptian Dance
Oct. 21 – 23, 2016
Friday Night Show, Sat. & Sun. Workshops
New Expressive Works (N.E.W.)
810 SE Belmont St., Portland 97214
Pricing Varies

Journey Through Egypt Part 1 & 2 with Sahra Saeeda
Jan. 13 – 15, 2017 – Part 1
Jan. 20 – 22, 2017 – Part 2
Datura Studio
1847 E Burnside St. Suite 103, Portland
$275 EARLY BIRD – paid in full by Oct. 1, 2016
$315 after Oct. 1, 2016