You can come to belly dancing with no prior dance and learn a fun and enjoyable dance. -Grace

Dancing to 9/8 w/ Rhia


Expand your movement portfolio and gain a deeper understanding of the roots of Turkish bellydance! Turkish Romani dance as a social dance is the mother of Turkish Oryantal. Both Oryantal and Romani have pelvic articulations that aren't seen very often in Arabic styles, but Romani uniquely has footwork and gestures that are enthusiastic, expressive, and could melt a stone.  Many Turkish-style bellydancers fuse Oryantal and the Romani styling or, in a classic Turkish set, have a full 9/8 song. Whenever this dance is performed, keep in mind it is adapted for the stage. In this workshop, we'll get you dancing to 9/8 rhythm as we break down some of this fancy footwork, juicy pelvic moves, and gestures. An addition to your hip scarf, you may want to bring a pen and notebook. Open to all levels; some dance experience recommended.



About Rhia || Rhia is a local professional dancer and performs weekly at restaurants, lounges, and private events in the DC, MD, & Northern VA area. She has about 1,000 shows under her bedleh and almost a decade of study in Egyptian raqs sharqi, Turkish Oryantal, Turkish Romani, as well as other dances of the MENA region. The three teachers who have contributed most to her body of knowledge are Samira Shuruk, Artemis Mourat, and Yasmin Henkish. In addition to dancing and nerding out on dance history, Rhia teaches weekly yoga classes in the district, takes private Thai yoga therapy clients (some of them dancers!), and also nerds out on modern movement science in her free time. Having been blessed with strong, empowering, and highly respected teachers and mentors in both fields, she ventures to carry on the torch of historical/cultural context and professionalism.

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 4:00pm

$35 in advance | $45 day of

Saffron Dance - Clarendon
3260 Wilson Blvd
22201 Arlington , VA
Phone: 703-276-BELLY (2355)
Spaces designated for Saffron Dance before 5pm weekdays. Free parking in any available space after 5pm on weekdays, and anytime on weekends.