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REGISTRATION IS OPEN

 One dancer $42.50 
(One dancer $40 + Paypal Fee $2.50)

 Two dancers $75.00 
(Two dancers $70 + Paypal Fee $5)

DESCRIPTION 

Egyptian Sha'abi is playful and flirtatious, with a strong folkloric influence. The term sha'abi, in Arabic, literally means "of the people". In this spirit, we will explore the Cairo daily life of the working-class people, common Egyptian gestures and how to interpret Sha'abi Chic with your own personal flare. Earthier movement will be the key, incorporating hip work technique, stylistic drills, and lyric translation, all to playful Sha'abi songs. In this workshop, the Cairo vibes will come to you as you learn a brand new Sha'abi Duo choreography by Natalie & Alura, as the Raks Al Zahra Workshop Series.

 

We will share useful techniques to improve your hip work, stamina, and joy while interacting with your best friend or paired partner.  The workshop includes: 

 

* Warm Up 

* Earthy Movement Technique

* Specialized Hip Drills 

* Song Translation

* Brand New “Duet Styled” Choreography 

SCHEDULE

Friday, September 30th, 2022

6:30pm - 8:30pm EST 

LOCATION

Ripley Grier Studios - Room 17A

520 8th Avenue 17th Floor (Between 36th & 37th Street) New York, NY

PRICE

One dancer $40 - Two dancers $70 

Payment must be completed to guarantee enrollment in the workshop.

*Space is limited reserve your spot.

Further details will provide once your registration is confirmed.

Contact email: raksalzahraevents@gmail.com

About the teachers:

Natalie Nazario 

Natalie is a Puerto Rican professional Raqs Sharqi dancer, teacher, choreographer, and producer. She is based between Puerto Rico and New York City, she specializes in Egyptian Oriental dance. She has regularly visited Egypt since 2015 in order to experience and understand the culture and modern life of Egyptian people in a deeper way. As a result, she started learning Egyptian Colloquial Arabic in order to interpret the music and dance in a more profound manner. One of the biggest accomplishments in Natalie’s dance career was when she was cast in the famous show Abla Fahita; an Egyptian production where she performed while speaking in Arabic at the Apollo Theater in New York City. Raks Al Zahra is the result of immense inspiration from Natalie’s travels through the Middle East and is also powered by the meaningful connection that is present between her, her dancers and the audience. Natalie’s motto is as follows: “I write my life with every dance movement. As I perform, I dance my past, present, and future to come.”  Instagram @natalie_hayat

Alura

Specializing in the art of Middle Eastern dance, Alura has 20 years of dance training in a variety of genres, including samba, Jazz and Afro-Caribbean dance. She is known for her infectious smile and lush hip movements, characteristic of her style. Alura is honored to dance as a key member of Raks Al Zahra under the direction of Natalie Nazario since 2019. Previously, she was one of the original dancers of the Dalia Carella Dance Collective and PURE in NYC.  Currently, Alura also devotedly serves as Artistic Director of CU Raqs Al Sharki at Columbia University, where she studies, teaches dance, and works full time as a database manager. She completed her MA in Socio-cultural Anthropology at Columbia (Graduate School of Arts & Sciences) in 2016 and continues to study as a post-baccalaureate student at Columbia's School of Professional Studies.  At the heart of Alura’s love for dance is a desire to continually learn, share, resonate and uplift. 

Raks Al Zahra
Sha'abi Choreography