Fabulous Four Day Folk Workshop
Aug 1 – Aug 4 all-day

Morocco Does It Again!

Mark your calendar now:

August 1-4, 2008 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


Fabulous 4-Day Folk Workshop!!


Don’t miss this opportunity to study with master teachers


Sign up NOW!

Last Workshop sold out over 2 months in advance … don’t miss out!


only $300

$100 deposit (non-refundable)

Technique & Choreography

Limited Places – Reserve Early!!!

5 hours daily

9:30 am – 3:30 pm

in climate-controlled studio



3 usable folkloric routines by Morocco:


Traditional Schikhatt

Modern Schikhatt (Mach Mach)

Tunisian Shaba

+ Guedra & Zar info & technique!!!



Videos of selected real &

theater folk dances

filmed on site/ in culture




Seminar Music CD and Choreography Sheets for Morocco’s dances and

***Certificate of Seminar Completion*** included!


Cheap, Safe Hotels Within Walking Distance

The LAST Summer Weeklong Workshop
Aug 7 – Aug 13 all-day

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!


only $550

$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)

by Morocco

Shaabi technique by Tarik Sultan with

*6* very special Guests:

Sabuha Shahnaz

Karima Nadira

Badaweyah (Malika Zubeidah)

Carmine Guida – Drumming for Dancers

Delsarte Technique by Joe Williams

& a lecture-presentation by Shira!


Opening Concert

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

Guedra Technique Seminar (Hanover)
Mar 16 – Mar 17 all-day

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

Oriental Choreography Seminar to “Saddakt Khalas”
Mar 24 – Mar 25 all-day

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.

Oriental Choreography Seminar to “Basboussa” (Salina, KS)
Apr 13 – Apr 15 all-day

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.

Calgary, Alberta (CA) Intensive with Morocco
Jun 7 – Jun 10 all-day



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 &

Morocco Seminar in Clinton, MD
Jul 27 – Jul 29 all-day

Morocco will teach a seminar in Clinton, Maryland – more details TBA.

Morocco in Vancouver, BC (CA)
Oct 18 – Oct 21 all-day

Morocco will teach a seminar in Vancouver, CA.  More details TBA – contact Christine for questions and further details.

Lecture by Morocco & Intensive by Kaeshi Chai & Lissa Michalak @ Nola Studios 11th floor, Studio B
Feb 28 @ 11:30 pm – Mar 1 @ 2:30 am


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:

Cost: $275 early bird by February 14th, $375 after.

When: Fri Feb 28th 6.30pm-9.30pm
Sat Mar 1st 10am-6pm
Sun Mar 2nd 10am-6pm

Where: NOLA Studios, 250 West 54th St, 11th Floor, Studio B, btw 7th & 8th Ave, NYC
What: Deepen your practice and understanding of bellydance with this 17 hr training. This course is ideal for serious students, current and aspiring teachers. Participants who pass the written and practical exam will be awarded a Bellyqueen Teacher Training certificate.
The Bellyqueen 2014 Teacher Training will be conducted by Bellyqueen director, Kaeshi Chai, anatomy expert, Lissa Michalak and dance legend, Morocco.
Kaeshi Chai co-founded Bellyqueen, PURE (Public Urban Ritual Experiment) and is a principal dancer with Bellydance Evolution. She has performed and taught all over the world and is an alumni member of the Bellydance Superstars. She has danced with Natacha Atlas, at BAM, Summerstage, and on the TV shows, Conan O’Brian and Blue Peter. She has hosted Tamaly’s Dallal’s Teachers Training for over a decade in NYC, is a 200 hr yoga certified instructor through Yogaworks and has undergone intensives through ACHPER (Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation), AFAA (Aerobic & Fitness Association of America), SEEDs (Self Esteem and Empowerment through Dance) with Myra Krien, Dancing through Pregnancy, Dances of Oneness with Banefsheh Sayyad, Sacred Circle Dance with Laura Shannon, People’s Improv Theater, ATS with Carolena Nericcio, Level 1 training with Suhaila Salimpour and is currently undergoing RMT (Robbins-Madanes Training) to become a life
Morocco is considered a leader in the field of Middle Eastern dance, is an internationally renown dancer, instructor and author. Since 1964, Morocco has written for several publications in her field and been reprinted in dance, medical and feminist publications internationally. A true pioneer in the field, she taught a 3-credit course in Middle Eastern Dance & Culture at the State Univerity of New York (Purchase, NY) in the mid 1970s. Her recently published 424-page reference book, “You Asked Aunt Rocky: Answers & Advice About RaqsSharqi & Raqs Shaabi” has received numerous 5-star reviews and is fast becoming the go-to book in the field. It has been translated into Chinese and German.

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


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
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

RSVP on Facebook here,

Seminar with Leila Molaei May 10, 11 & 12, 2014 @ CAP21 Studios Saturday & Sunday -Studio 603
May 10 @ 4:00 pm – May 13 @ 1:30 am
Leila Molaei
Leila Molaei

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.


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)
– Refreshments

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 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 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!!!

Leila Molaei in Lebanese Raqs al Assaya
Leila in Lebanese Raqs al Assaya