Want new inspiration & excitement? Come, join “Morocco” on a Casbah Dance Experience:
Captivating Cairo & Incomparable Istanbul
June 24 to July 4 or 14, 2009 pricing below (land only: take off $1,200.00)
Cairo June 24-July 4: $3,100.00 Istanbul July 3-13: $3,200.00 Both: June 24-July 14 $5,100.00
HAVE IT ALL III – *JUST* CAIRO, *JUST* ISTANBUL or BOTH!!!!
GO WITH THE PROVEN TOUR ORGANIZER: MOROCCO WAS THE VERY FIRST TO PLAN & ORGANIZE DANCE TOURS FOR DEVOTEES OF MIDEASTERN DANCE.
YOU DESERVE THE BEST & SHE ALWAYS DELIVERS ALL SHE PROMISES & MORE
I: CAPTIVATING CAIRO *ONLY*: JUNE 24-JULY 4, 2009 $3,100.00 – 11 days, 10 nights
June 24/DAY 1: Meet “ROCKY” at JFK airport. Check-in & orientation, then onto our Egyptair jet for our overnight flight. Dinner, movie, nap.
June 25/DAY 2: CAIRO!!! Have $15 in cash for your visa, change some money, meet our Cairo agency rep. get our bags, go through Customs & get on our bus to our 5-star MENA HOUSE hotel, right AT the Pyramids!. Unpack & explore the area.
Dinner on your own, then meet in Morocco’s room at 9 pm to give her your class selection sheets & pay for your classes in US $ cash. Early to bed – we start in earnest tomorrow morning!
June 26/DAY 3: Buffet breakfast & onto our bus for an all day CITY TOUR: the Sphinx, Pyramids, Egyptian Museum, Citadel of Salah El Din & Mohamed Ali Mosque Lunch at world famous Felfela Garden Restaurant (pay for your own).while Morocco registers & pays for the classes you selected at Raqia Hassan’s AHLAN wa SAHLAN FESTIVAL! (Cost of individual classes not included, since it totally depends on your own individual choices!!!)
June 27/DAY 4: Buffet breakfast, then bus to KHAN EL KHALILI & marvelous Mahmoud’s “AL WIKALAH”, a hidden 4-story building filled to the rafters with beaded, sequinned dance goodies: everything from whole costumes to scarves, shoes, canes, parts & pieces. Shop till you drop! It’s up to us to balance the 2009 Egyptian National Budget.
Evening: GALA OPENING SHOW/DINNER included!, starring Cairo’s current favorite ORIENTAL DANCERS!
June 28/DAY 5 – July 4/ DAY 11: Buffet breakfast, then the SEMINAR CLASSES that you paid for or shopping on the premises (several Cairo dancewear merchants vend at the seminar.) Lunches & dinners on your own: there are restaurants in the hotel & a great pool that also has a cafe. Plenty of nearby restaurants too.
July 1/EVE 8: Early eve we are going to a fabulous DERVISH SHOW at the magnificent KHAN THEATER in KHAN EL KHALILI.
EVERY other evening during the Festival: a DANCE SHOW by the seminar participants, (Speak to Rocky about participating & what she advises …). There is a limited food & drink menu available in the dance room …
JULY 3/EVE 10: The last AHLAN wa SAHLAN Festival eve, there’s the optional FINALE GALA DINNER with ORIENTAL DANCERS galore! MORE of Cairo’s favorite dancers!!! Rocky will collect from those interested.
July 4/DAY 11: Breakfast. Early a.m. transfer to Cairo airport for your Egyptair flight back to JFK.
CAPTIVATING CAIRO TOUR INCLUDES:
AIR: JFK/CAIRO/JFK (Land only package does NOT include *any* flights)
ENGLISH SPEAKING GUIDES / AIR CONDITIONED MOTORCOACHES /
ENTRANCE FEES to INCLUDED HISTORICAL SITES
5-STAR HOTEL in CAIRO with DAILY BUFFET BREAKFASTS
AHLAN WA SAHLAN REGISTRATION FEE (all dance classes extra)_
OPENING GALA DINNER SHOW / DERVISH SHOW/ FESTIVAL DANCE EVES AS LISTED/ VISIT TO COSTUMER/ HOTEL SERVICE CHARGES / STATE & LOCAL TAXES
DOES NOT INCLUDE: VISA FEES/ FESTIVAL DANCE CLASS FEES/ LUNCHES & DINNERS NOT LISTED AS INCLUDED/ PERSONAL EXPENSES/ TIPS to GUIDES, etc.
II: INCOMPARABLE ISTANBUL *ONLY* JULY 3-13, 2009 $3,200.00
DANCE CLASSES & MOST MEALS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE!!! 11 days, 10 nights
July 3/Fri: For those only doing the Tantalizing Turkey portion, check-in for your flight at the airport, fly to Istanbul. Be at the airport at least 3 hours before departure time!
July 4/Sat: Arrive in Istanbul. Have $20 in cash ready for your visa. Get your luggage then you’ll be picked up and transported to our hotel. Unpack. Dinner in our Hotel Erboy www.erboyhotel.com/en/.Evening at leisure to change money and see the area.
July 5/Sun: Breakfast in hotel, guided tour of the amazing Aya Sofia and Cisterns. Lunch and afternoon on your own. Dinner in our Hotel. An orientation meeting with a fun and informative talk on Turkey and Turkish customs after dinner.
July 6/Mon: Breakfast in hotel, change money, guided tour of the amazing Grand Bazaar. Founded in 1453, it has over 4000 shops, restaurants, factories, banks and mosques. Lunch. Shop to your hearts content, then dinner in our hotel. Afterwards, we will loosen up with a party in the Turkish bath (“Hammam Sefasi”) with fruit refreshments, nargile (water pipe), live music and open dancing (optional massage too!).
July 7/Tues: Breakfast in hotel. A.M.: 1 1/2 hour dance class. Lunch in hotel. Two dance classes (1 1/2 hours each) in the afternoon. Master dance teachers include Sema Yildiz, Hale Sultan, Reyhan Tuzsuz, Tayyar Akdeniz and Egyptian master MOROCCO!
Eve: Oriental and Folk Dance show with dinner in a typical Turkish Cabaret known as a “Gasino”.
July 8/Wed: Breakfast in hotel. A.M.: 1 1/2 hour dance class. Lunch in hotel. Two dance classes in the afternoon.
Eve: Night out on the town to listen to some local music and practice our new dance moves!
July 9/Thurs: Breakfast in hotel. A.M.: 1 1/2 hour dance class. Lunch in hotel. Two dance classes in the afternoon. Dinner in hotel.
Eve: Boat tour – Istanbul by night! Cruise between two continents serenaded by our own live band! Lots of dancing and breathtaking views.
July 10/Fri: Breakfast in hotel, 1 1/2 hour dance classes in the morning Lunch in hotel. Two dance classes in the afternoon.
Eve: Dinner in KUMKAPI – the bustling seaport – serenaded by live Romany musicians.
July 11/Sat: Breakfast in hotel. A.M.: 1 1/2 hour dance class. Lunch in hotel. Two dance classes in the afternoon.
Dinner on your own, evening free to explore Istanbul – we will have lots of suggestions!
July 12/Sun: Breakfast in hotel, day free to make last minute purchases, or explore, lunch and dinner are on your own. Our hotel is in walking distance of Topkapi Palace, Aya Sofia and the Underground Cistern – all sights not to be missed!
Eve: our Goodbye Party and Teacher Show with live music – students are welcome to perform, lots of open dancing!
July 13/Mon: Breakfast in hotel, transportation from hotel to airport, beginning of optional tours.
All meals are included in your package deal (except *1*lunch a& *2* dinners during your free time).
Note: Day and evening activities are subject to change due to weather and other unforseen circumstances that will require flexibility in the schedule. For example, if it rains, the boat tour may have to take place on another night. We cannot tell you which days each dance instructor will teach because it is possible that a plane may be delayed, or an instructor may feel ill. We can, however, tell you when each class will be offered.
All music classes will be arranged on an individual basis by appointment with our instructors. Daily class schedule and itinerary will be posted in the lobby of the hotel every day. Our friendly staff has plenty of helpful suggestions and advice and we are happy to answer any questions you may have during our time together!
INCOMPARABLE ISTANBUL TOUR INCLUDES:
AIR: JFK/ISTANBUL/JFK (Land only package does NOT include *any* flights)
ENGLISH SPEAKING GUIDES / AIR CONDITIONED MOTORCOACHES /
ENTRANCE FEES to INCLUDED HISTORICAL SITES
3-STAR HOTEL with DAILY BUFFET BREAKFASTS, MOST LUNCHES & DINNERS
ALL DANCE CLASSES AS LISTED!!!
DANCE & MUSIC EVES AS LISTED/ VISIT TO COSTUMER/
HOTEL SERVICE CHARGES / STATE & LOCAL TAXES
DOES NOT INCLUDE: VISA FEES/ 1 LUNCH & 2 DINNERS NOT LISTED AS INCLUDED/ PERSONAL EXPENSES/ TIPS to GUIDES, etc.
III: HAVE IT ALL III – BOTH CAIRO *&* ISTANBUL – June 24 to July 14, 2009 $5,100.00
Leave JFK June 24 / arrive Cairo June 25
leave Cairo July 4/ arrive Istanbul July 4
leave Istanbul July 13/ arrive Cairo July 13
leave Cairo July 14 / arrive JFK July 14
21 days, 20 nights
HAVE IT ALL III TOUR INCLUDES:
Airfares: JFK/CAIRO/ISTANBUL/CAIRO/JFK (Land only tour does NOT include *any* flights)
Hotels: Cairo/ Giza – Mena House (5 star) & Istanbul (3 star: www.erboyhotel.com/en/), double occupancy.
Single supplement available.
Meals: Cairo: All buffet breakfasts & Opening Gala dinner show included
Istanbul: Meals included except for two lunches and three dinners during your free time!
Tours: those listed in Itinerary included
Dance shows: Cairo: Opening Gala & Dervish show at Khan
Istanbul: 5 eves include live music some with dancers or WE dance, Hamam
Dance classes: Cairo: pick & pay for your individual choices at Ahlan wa Sahlan
Istanbul: 5 days of classes, 4 1/2 hours a day, INCLUDED in price
Put both itineraries back-to-back & you have it!!! except for:
July 4/DAY 11: Buffet breakfast & off to the airport & our flight to ISTANBUL. Get your visa ($20) and go through Passport Control. Meet our agency rep & onto our bus to the 3-star, comfy & friendly ERBOY HOTEL. Check in, unpack & explore.
July 13/DAY 20: Buffet breakfast, morning & early lunch on your own. 12 noon off to the airport & our flight to CAIRO! Meet our Cairo agency rep for Passport Control, n.b.:additional $15 visa fee upon re-entering Cairo for the last night. Get our bags, go through Customs & onto our bus to the 3-star, comfy & friendly VICTORIA HOTEL, in downtown Cairo. Optional Egyptian dinner with Rocky in Alfi Bey, a famous local restaurant near the hotel. Cheap *&* fun!!!
July 14/DAY 21: Breakfast, then early morning transfer to Cairo airport for your Egyptair flight back to JFK
DOES NOT INCLUDE: VISA FEES/ CAIRO FESTIVAL DANCE CLASS FEES/
CAIRO LUNCHES & DINNERS NOT LISTED AS INCLUDED/
ISTANBUL: 2 LUNCHES & 3 DINNERS NOT LISTED AS INCLUDED
PERSONAL EXPENSES/ TIPS to GUIDES, etc.
in this studio – a Casbah Dance Experience
Morocco Does It Again!
Mark your calendar now:
August 7-13, 2010 in New York
For New Inspiration and Excitement!
a Casbah Dance Experience
at Morocco’s marvelous BIG Studio in the heart of New York City
6 West 20th Street (between 5th & 6th Avenues) – 2nd floor
Summer Weeklong Workshop!!
don’t miss this opportunity to study with master teachers for 6 1/2 days
Sign up NOW!
Last Weeklong sold out in advance … don’t miss out!
$150 deposit (non-refundable)
Technique & Choreography
Limited Places – Reserve Early!!!
*6* 1/2 days of class
5 hours daily
9:30 am – 3:30 pm
in climate-controlled studio
usable Oriental routines (+1 folk technique)
Shaabi technique by Tarik Sultan with
*6* very special Guests:
Badaweyah (Malika Zubeidah)
Carmine Guida – Drumming for Dancers
Delsarte Technique by Joe Williams
& a lecture-presentation by Shira!
Saturday eve August 7, 2010
8:00pm (doors open 7:30pm)
by Morocco & her SPECIAL GUEST STARS
a true Casbah Dance Experience
Bring your friends:
their tickets are only $20 in advance,
$25 at the door (if space is available!)
Bring a costume – you will dance in
a major NY Club!
Seminar Music CD and Choreography Sheets for Morocco’s & the Guest Teacher’s dances areIncluded
***Certificate of Seminar Completion*** included!
Cheap, Safe Hotels Within Walking Distance
Morocco will give a detailed Explanation & Technique Class in GUEDRA & then do a Q & A re her book, “You Asked Aunt Rocky”. Get your autographed copy at the World of Orient Festival
Morocco will teach a beautiful, slow Oriental choreography to “Saddakt Khalas” by Saber Rebai, then Q & A re Morocco’s 5-star reference book, “You Asked Aunt Rocky”. Get your own autographed copy, followed by a participant’s performance – all at Husa Zahir.
Morocco will teach a joyful, varied upbeat Oriental choreography to “Basboussa” by Bassem Yazbek on Saturday (4 hrs) and a lovely, romantic choreography to “Khalik Fakirny” by Amr Diab on Sunday.
7-9pm – Q & A regarding Morocco’s 5-star reference book, “You Asked Aunt Rocky”. Get your own autographed copy. (Coffee, tea & treats incl.)
9:30-12 noon – Finger Cymbal Technique + a Short, Upbeat Choreogrphy
1:00pm – 2:30pm – Detailed Explanation & Technique Class in GUEDRA,
9:30-12 noon – Romantic Raqs Sharqi Routine – Fusing Movement to Music
1:00-3:00pm – Moroccan Schikhatt Technique
contact: Jumanah/ Caroline Butler & http://www.jumanah.org
Morocco will teach a seminar in Clinton, Maryland – more details TBA.
Raqs Sharqi (Bellydance) History & Culture Lecture
Where does this dance come from? How long has it been around? Who are the main pioneers that helped shape this beautiful art form? Dance legend Morocco answers these questions plus a lot more.
For the whole weekend workshop – Feb. 28-March 2, 2014:
When: Fri Feb 28th 6.30pm-9.30pm
Sat Mar 1st 10am-6pm
Sun Mar 2nd 10am-6pm
Lissa Michalak has been teaching movement for more than 23 years and is a confirmed anatomy nerd. She is a Middle Eastern dancer and is certified in both mat and equipment through IM=X Pilates, Pilates Institute of America, and the Kane School of Core Integration. Lissa taught teacher trainings at the Kane School before getting certified as a Dynamic Embodiment® practitioner. She is now a practicing Somatic Movement Therapist specializing in musculoskeletal injuries.www.somaticanatomy.com andwww.inspirationandexploration.com.
Required Text Book for the History and Culture Section
“Ask Aunt Rocky” by Morocco.
Bellyqueen Teacher Training students get $10 discount off her $45 book. Please pay $35 plus $7 (shipping and Paypal fees) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Send her your address and who you want the name you want the book dedicated to.
Recommended Additional Music Workshop on February 21st, 7-9pm “Essential Rhythms for Dancers by BradMack”
Questions? Please e-mail email@example.com
RSVP on Facebook here, https://www.facebook.com/events/632924270084830
To My Fellow Dance-Demented Darlings,
I only (& rarely) produce seminars by other teachers if I respect what they are doing and believe in their expertise. Those who have taken these seminars have been lavish in their praise of my guest teachers.
Over the years we have had many fine teachers of Egyptian style come to NYC, but as yet nobody who really knows Lebanese Raqs Sharqi from the inside.
NOW we have such an expert & I have seen & very much enjoyed watching her clear, fact & fun-filled teaching style, so I invited her to teach for me at an easily-reached Manhattan Studio on Saturday & Sunday & in my Brooklyn location on Monday eve.
***FROM BEIRUT TO BASRA***
LEILA MOLAEI in *3* SEMINARS in NEW YORK CITY!!!
Lebanese Oriental Style a la Samara (3 hours)
Saturday, May 10 from 12 noon – 3:30 (two 15-minute breaks)
Born in Basra, and adopted by the Lebanese, Iraqi dancer Samara was one of Beirut’s hottest stars of her time. She was a glamorous icon of her day and even though she has stopped performing, she is still popular.
Graceful, feminine and innovative, Leila grew up admiring Samara’s performances. She will be sharing some of her signature technique and combinations that made Samara so popular.
Performance Sat. eve, May 10, 6:00pm – $10 in advance, $15 at the door.
Levantine Cane Dance Choreography (3 hours)
Sunday, May 11 from noon – 3:30 (two 15-minute breaks)
(this timing leaves the rest of Sunday for celebrating Mother’s Day!)
Incorporating elements of oriental, bedouin and folkloric styles, this fun choreography provides an equally lively alternative to Egyptian cane dance. Please bring a cane.
Saturday’s and Sunday’s Seminars & the performance showcase are at
(18 West 18th Street – 6th floor)
between 5th & 6th Avenues
The seminars are in studio 603, the performance is in “The Shop”, also on the 6th floor.
Trains: 14th Street/ Union Square stop on the Q, N, R, 4, 5, 6, L, 1 (18th Street stop), 2, 3, A, C, E, F, M (most have a 16th Street exit that gets you even closer to the studio!)
Buses: all 5th, 6th & 7th Ave buses, 14th & 23rd Street crosstown buses, any bus that stops in the vicinity – there are dozens!
& in Brooklyn:
Iraqi Romany Dance (Raqs Ghajari) (2 1/2 hours)
Monday, May 12, 7-9:30 pm at my private studio in Brooklyn.
(Q & B trains to Newkirk Plaza station, #49 & 8 buses – I’ll give specific directions to those attending)
***Monday’s class size is limited to 8 students, so sign up ASAP!!!
For the fourth time, Leila Molaei, a native and expert on Iraqi dances and a lover of Lebanese folklore, will be teaching another series of workshops in New York.
Leila will once more be teaching Raqs Kawlee on Monday – this class is ideal if you are either new to this style or want a refresher (new material). You will cover dagger work, hair tosses and head spinning, as well basic technique and combinations. Leila will support this with information on musical interpretation, improvisation and choreography.
This workshop is the perfect introduction to Iraqi gypsy style or to solidify your technique.
What to bring/wear/prepare:
– Comfortable clothing, minimal jewellery
– Dance shoes – bare feet for Monday’s Ghajari only.
– Hip scarves are optional
– Note pad/pen
For Monday’s Raqs Kawlee/ Ghajari:
– Hair down, and if possible, straightened
– Hair extensions are great if you want to feel/see the real effect of hair tossing
– Two butter/plastic knives (Monday’s Ghajari only)
For sale at the workshops: costumes, thobes, CDs and accessories, payable by cash or PayPal (no checks).
Special Packages: early bird price good till March 31 only!
(that means the money is in my Paypal account or the check, made out to MOROCCO/ CASBAH, is in my hands by then!!!)
One workshop $75
Two workshops $130
Three workshops $190
ALL payments for the seminars go to firstname.lastname@example.org by PayPal. Send it as “friends and family” to avoid fees.
If you must send a check for the seminars, e-mail me for my snail address.
Performance slots will be given to those attending at least 2 seminars.
Leila will also be available a limited number of private lessons.
For the Performance & special private classes with Leila, arrangements & payments go through Mark Balahadia: Please contact email@example.com for those details & also send it as “friends and family” to avoid fees.
About Leila Molaei
With her Arab/Iranian roots from the Persian Gulf (Al Ahwaz), Leila Molaei has been internationally performing and training students in Arabic dance since 2005. Based in the United Kingdom, she runs Layali Academy, one of the busiest Arabic dance schools in London covering the dances of Iraq, Iran, the Persian Gulf, Egypt and the Levant.
One of only a few natives of Iraqi, Arabian Gulf and Iranian dances outside the Middle East, and popular in the Arab community, Leila has taught and performed various high profile clients around the world, including the Bellydance Superstars at Raqs Britannia, Sheraton Hotels and the Destinations Show at Earls Court.
Her aim is to preserve and promote the authentic roots of Arabic dance, and this feeling is conveyed in her performances and teaching.
I hope to see many of you there!!!