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Harlem Hafla

October 10, 2020 (New Date!!!!)

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Coming to New York for its 4th appearance, Harlem Hafla is an exciting day of belly dance workshops and performances---with soul! Headlined by Master Performers and Instructors Khadijah (CO), and Yasser Darwish (Alexandria, Egypt), Harlem Hafla brings daytime dance workshops and an evening stage performance with an accomplished lineup of dancers, Uptown! The workshops, led by our headliners, take place at National Black Theatre Institute of Action Arts (2031 National Black Theatre Way, New York, NY 10035 @ 5th Ave). Later that evening, an array of accomplished belly dance performers take the stage, with special performances by our headlining instructors!

Specials!

We are running some special package deals for 2020!

  • Get all three workshops for $130.
  • Get both of Khadijah's workshops for $85.

Discounts reflected at checkout and are only available on advanced sales.

Schedule

  • 9:30 - 11:30am: 'Nubian Style Dance' with Yasser Darwish
  • 11:30 - 12:00pm: Lunch break and Shop with Vendors.
  • 12:00 - 2:00pm: 'Musicality in Oriental Dance' with Khadijah
  • 2:00 - 2:30pm: Break and Shop with Vendors.
  • 2:30 - 4:00pm: 'Persian Bandari Dance' with Khadijah
  • 4:00 - 7:00pm: Break and Shop with Vendors. Auditorium will be closed.
  • 6:00 - 7:00pm: Sound Check and Lighting (All Dancers REQUIRED Backstage)
  • 7:15pm: Showtime!


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NUBIAN STYLE DANCE WITH YASSER

9:30 - 11:30am
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The day begins with one of Harlem Hafla's most sought-after instructors, Yasser Darwish, of Alexandria, Egypt. Yasser will lead a workshop in a native Egyptian topic which was part of his upbringing: Nubian Dance! This centuries-old, folkloric dance is created by the Southern-Egyptian and present-day Sudanese Nubians. It is most typically seen in their social gatherings like weddings and other large family celebrations. The Nubian people have kept their dance culture alive using their own tribal movements, instruments, multiple languages and rhythms which are differ greatly from those performed by the Egyptian Arabs. Bring your sense of joy to this unisex workshop! Yasser will lead the class through steps which may be used for groups or soloists wanting to add the unique style of the Nubians to their movement vocabularies. Suggested for the ladies: please bring a sturdy veil or long head covering and a few clamp style hair pins to help get into character.

Workshop Price: $50.00.

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Nubian Bride and Groom, courtesy of see.news.

 


MUSICALITY IN ORIENTAL DANCE WITH KHADIJAH

12:00 to 2:00pm
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Colorado-based Khadijah learned much about North African and Middle Eastern dances while growing up in Saudi Arabia. This included the language, music, dances and culture of the region. In this workshop, Khadijah shares her knowledge about how to properly explore movements, subtle nuances, expressions and listening skills necessary to interpret classical Egyptian songs. During this workshop, we will use an Om Kalthoum selection and apply the what, when, where, how and why of the movements to the music that will take your audience on an emotional journey with you. Are you ready to take your motion and emotion to the next level during a song? This amazing Musicality workshop with Khadijah will forever change your relationship with music when you dance and set you apart as a performer. Your audience will appreciate you for it!

Workshop Price: $50.00.

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PERSIAN BANDARI DANCE WITH KHADIJAH

2:30 - 4:00pm
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Are you ready to shimmy, jump and turn things up a notch? In Farsi, Bandar means “harbor”. This high energy Southern Iranian folk dance from the Persian Gulf not only reflects its ties to the Arabian Peninsula but from traditional African dances that were brought to the Persian Gulf by the slave trade. Come learn abdominal movements and undulations, graceful arm and hand movements, shimmies fun spins and turns to bold Persian Beats! Bring a water bottle, and a small towel for this high-energy dance!

Workshop price $40.00.

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Khadijah Performing a Bandari Number.

 


Harlem Hafla Performance: Premium Seating

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Join our workshop teachers and an array of wonderful dancers from around the country in our celebratory performance!

These seats are in the first three rows.

Doors open at 7:00pm and show starts at 7:15pm.

$35 per seat

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Harlem Hafla Performance: General Seating

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Join our workshop teachers and an array of wonderful dancers from around the country in our celebratory performance!

These seats are in the fourth row and beyond.

Doors open at 7:00pm and show starts at 7:15pm.

$25 per seat

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National Black Theatre Institute of Action Arts

If you are coming in from out of town, we recommend staying at the ALoft Harlem. The phone number is 212.749.4000. The address is 2296 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York NY 10027, and it is located about a quarter mile from our venue.

 

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