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Fall classes begin September 6 and 8 at Studio Helix. Classes are body positive, inclusive, and fun. There are 3 levels for beginners through advanced dancers. Register online to join us!
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Avienn has just written a wonderful guest blog about the foundations of fusion dance. She is one of my mentee students and also trains with Elisheva and travels around the country to study with some amazing fusion dancers. She started with traditional belly dance styles and has spent a lot of time thinking about and planning her transition into the fusion dance realm, where her heart lies. Read her thoughts on the foundations of a fusion dancer here.
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This class will be a great introduction to the world of bellydance and will teach students bellydance movements, zill (finger cymbal) playing, and give an introduction to the music of the Middle East.
Day/time Thursdays 6:30-7:30 pm, July 14-28
​Level 1, no prior bellydance experience necessary.
Tuition $45 (3 classes), $18 per class drop in ​
http://www.sahinabellydance.com/class-registration.html
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This class will be a great introduction to the world of bellydance and will teach students bellydance movements, zill (finger cymbal) playing, and give an introduction to the music of the Middle East.
Day/time Thursdays 6:30-7:30 pm, July 14-28
​Level 1, no prior bellydance experience necessary.
Tuition $45 (3 classes), $18 per class drop in ​
http://www.sahinabellydance.com/class-registration.html
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This class will be a great introduction to the world of bellydance and will teach students bellydance movements, zill (finger cymbal) playing, and give an introduction to the music of the Middle East.
Day/time Thursdays 6:30-7:30 pm, July 14-28
​Level 1, no prior bellydance experience necessary.
Tuition $45 (3 classes), $18 per class drop in ​
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Aralia Pearl has designed some adorable t-shirts for me! We will be doing just one print run for now so if you would like a limited edition shirt be sure to order by June 1!

I have a firm commitment to fair labor practices and environmental sustainability. Both the fabrics and shirts themselves are all made in the US out of sustainable materials. The off the shoulder top is bamboo and organic cotton, and the tank top is a cotton/poly/rayon blend.

Aren't they just the cutest?!?!
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Sahina and Aralia are thrilled to host Hayam and her Photography guru Ashley Elizabeth for a day of exciting workshops! 

The day will end with a low key hafla at a location TBD. Details will be announced as we get closer.

Full day registration: $120
Sha'abi only: $45

Register here: www.sahinabellydance.com/summer-workshops

10:00am - 2:00pm
Fearless Photoshoots with Hayam and Ashley Elizabeth Photography (10 people max):
This workshop will be led by Hayam and Ashley Elizabeth Photography. Get a professional photographer’s advice on what to expect from your first belly dance photoshoot.The workshop will culminate in a photoshoot. Dancers are to bring one costume for a short practice shoot. Props may also be included. Includes three professionally edited photos.
Full description of workshop here: www.hayamraqs.com/workshops

3:00pm - 5:00pm
She Says She Wants Sha'abi:
Sha’abi is certainly a buzzword these days. It is known as a dance of the people, a down to earth and often gritty dance of common folk. It is important to learn how to carefully select sha’abi pieces for performances. In this workshop Hayam will lead dancers through a fun and lighthearted peek into sha’abi style. Dancers will learn a piece that is appropriate for public performances and can be enjoyed by all.
Full description of workshop here: www.hayamraqs.com/workshops

Register here: www.sahinabellydance.com/summer-workshops
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Sahina and Avienn are extremely excited to be hosting Elisheva of Connecticut for two amazing workshops in Northampton!

Full day registration: $80 by May 30th
Individual workshops: $45/each
Individual Registration opens June 1st

Register here: www.sahinabellydance.com/summer-workshops

Workshop Descriptions:
Strong, Sinuous, Sultry: 11am-1 pm
A powerhouse workshop combining drills, combinations, and stylization. 30 minutes of strengthening and drills, 30 minutes of combinations and movement across the floor, 30 minutes of stylized execution of movements that are feminine, soulful, and expressive. The workshop begins with a 15 minute warm up and ends with a 15 minute cool down.

Modern-Classical Bellydance Choreography: 2-4 pm
In this workshop, a complete three and a half minute choreography is taught. The choreography, set to a classical Arabic melody, is dynamic, fluid, and feminine and features a veil entrance. The piece features floor patterns that can be retained and used in choreographies and improv and provides a variety of options for formations, staggering, and staging if performed by a troupe.
Please bring a veil to this workshop

About Elisheva:
Elisheva is a belly dance performer, choreographer, and instructor, based in Hartford Connecticut. Emotional storytelling is how Elisheva defines her dance, a sublime communication of soul. Distinguished for her earthy expressiveness and feminine grace, Elisheva combines emotive interpretations with technical acumen. Ranging from traditional RaqsSharki to modern fusion bellydance, Elisheva treats each performance as a distinct and unique experience for her audience. More information can be found at http://www.elishevabellydancer.com/
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Sahina is delighted to invite you to an evening of vibrant bellydancing and beautiful music at the 4th annual Dancing into the Light bellydance student showcase! 

Dancing into the Light will be held on Sunday, May 15 at our new location, the Courtyard Marriot in Hadley. The show begins at 7pm and will feature group and solo works by Sahina's wonderful studentsl.

Ticket sales open April 1. Be sure to get your tickets early -- the student showcase is known to sell out and our new space has a lower seating capacity then our beloved Clarion Ballroom! Tickets are available for $15 in advance or $20 at the door.
www.sahinabellydance.com/student-showcases.html
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