in a unique and unforgettable day of music and dance!
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When
Where
September 14, 2019
Multi-Purpose Room
Shrewsbury City Center
5200 Shrewsbury Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63119
Belly Dance with Nisaa is proud to present
Yasmin Henkesh and Reda Henkesh
About Yasmin Henkesh
CEO and founder of Serpentine Dance Studios, Yasmin Henkesh has belly dancing in her blood, and over 40 years of experience.  As a performer, she danced professionally in Paris, London, and Egypt alongside Arabic superstars Sabah, Walid Toufiq, Ahmed Adawia, Mohammed El Aizabi, Hassan Abou al-Saoud, Khamis Henkesh, Mona Said, Shoo Shoo Amin and Sahar Hamdi.  While in Cairo, she also obtained a Master's degree in Arabic at the American University of Cairo and began a lifetime of research into Egyptian trance dancing.

In the 1990s, she returned to the Washington DC area and taught Egyptian style belly dance at Joy of Motion Dance Studio until she opened her own school, Serpentine Dance, in Bethesda, Maryland.  She is known for her lively, invigorating classes and widely acclaimed workshops, with their depth of research and easy-to-follow movement explanations.

In 2005, Yasmin created Sands of Time Music to share Egypt's rich, multifaceted music with Western audiences.  The Henkesh Brothers, from a long line of Cairo’s Golden Era Muhammad Ali Street musicians, agreed to help and can be heard on many of her label's albums.  Yasmin wrote extensive liner notes for most of these albums, which eventually led to her first book, Trance Dancing with the Jinn, published in 2016.

After being diagnosed with breast cancer and experiencing the physical and mental difficulties of treatment, Yasmin created a unique form of Restorative Dance based on the low impact, body friendly movements of Middle Eastern dance.  She offers these classes, affectionately dubbed "Jiggle Therapy," as well as trance dance and traditional belly dance, in her Bethesda World Dance studio.​

Learn more at serpentine.org
Registration
Workshop
The workshop takes place in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Shrewsbury City Center, 5200 Shrewsbury Ave., St. Louis, MO 63119.

Workshop participants are encouraged to wear dance shoes, as the floor of the Multi-Purpose Room is linoleum and can be a bit sticky for turns and spins.

Egyptian Rhythm and Percussion Intensive for Dancers with Yasmin and Reda!

Saturday September 14, 10 AM to 3 PM (with a one-hour break for lunch from 12 to 1 PM)

​10 - 11 AM Rhythms Every Belly Dancer Should Know
Most belly dancers are familiar with “The 3 M’s” - maqsoum, masmoudi and malfouf.  But do you know any others, like sama3i, bambi, zorofat, sinbati, wahda or fellahi?  You will after this class!  Specialty beats show up in Middle Eastern music like dew in the morning, embellishing the landscape, from classic Om Kalthoum masterpieces to modern mergence. Enrich your dance vocabulary, and avoid being caught off-guard by rhythms you’ve never heard.

11 AM - 12 PM Sagat Technique
Playing with one-holed finger cymbals is tricky.  This hour class will focus on the patterns used with common Egyptian rhythms and the techniques used to make the many different sounds these instruments are capable of.  For this class, it's OK to use two-holed cymbals.  But if you'd like to get more experience working with one-holed cymbals, Yasmin will have a limited supply on hand for sale, or you can order a set in advance and she will bring them with her!

1 - 3 PM Drum Solo Basics
Egyptian drum solos are essentially a series of percussive patterns, or “riffs,” that build in intensity to a climactic end.  In this workshop, Reda and Yasmin will teach the basic structure of a tabla solo, the common riffs drummers play and offer suggestions on how to dance to them - including 6 different types of shimmies.  You will learn how to anticipate what’s coming next, transition smoothly from riff to riff, polish your presentation with two-sided right/left movement repetition and apply the syncopated back-beat technique.  Reda will also share a few of his signature solos that Yasmin and the class will improvise to.
Find all details below!
Workshop Registration Information
Early bird pricing is available through September 1 (mail-in registration must be postmarked on or before September 1).

Fee

  • ​$125 (early), $155 (after September 1)

In order to create an optimal learning environment, class size is limited.  To secure your space in the workshop(s) of your choice, early registration is strongly encouraged.

Please note that workshop registration fees are non-refundable after September 1.

How to Register

1. Register here with PayPal (pay with a credit card, with a debit card, or with your PayPal balance) using the link below.  You don't have to have a PayPal account to use this method of payment.
Evening Performance
Enjoy an enchanting evening of Arabic music and dance, featuring performances by dancers from around the Midwest, a finale performance by Yasmin Henkesh, and live percussion by Reda Henkesh!

The performance takes place in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Shrewsbury City Center, 5200 Shrewsbury Ave., St. Louis, MO 63119.

Doors open at 7 PM.
Show starts at 7:30 PM.

Admission

$15 in advance (available through September 13)
$20 at the door (cash only)
Admission is free for children under 5!

Please note that performance tickets are non-refundable after September 1.

Invited performers, remember that you do not need to purchase tickets for the performance.

This is a curated performance.  Please, no unsolicited requests for performance slots.  Thank you for understanding!
About the Venue
The Shrewsbury City Center is located within minutes of a variety of St. Louis attractions, including Tower Grove Park, the Missouri Botanical Garden, the St. Louis Science Center, Forest Park, the St. Louis Art Museum, and more.

A variety of hotels are located nearby.  Two excellent options:

The Drury Inn and Suites Near Forest Park

The Hampton Inn and Suites St. Louis at Forest Park

A variety of restaurants to suit any taste and budget are also located within minutes of the Shrewsbury City Center.  Besides the usual fast food options, you'll find an incredible array of international cuisine in south St. Louis, from Afghani to Vietnamese!  If there is something in particular that you're looking for, just ask!
Questions?
Contact Nisaa by e-mail at [email protected] or by phone at 314-599-0506.
About Reda Henkesh
Watch out, it’s impossible to sit still at a Reda Henkesh concert.  Audiences have even been seen shimmying in their seats.  Not surprising, since this master percussionist has spent over 45 years playing with and for Cairo’s best; Nagwa Fouad, Shoo Shoo Amin, Mona as-Said, Wadia al-Safi, Ahmed Adawia, Hany Shaker, and Mohamed al-Helou are only a few.  As the fifth son of Cairo’s Golden Era band sensation Reyes Henkesh, he, too, followed his father into the music profession - at age six - along with his older brothers Sayed, the legendary Khamis, and Ramadan.  And with Khamis’s recent passing, Reda is now considered his brother’s percussive heir.  Reda is also known as a master tabla (darbouka) instructor, rhythm guru, and belly dance drummer. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to study with one of the greats!
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2. Print and complete an order form, and mail it with your check or money order to Belly Dance with Nisaa, PO Box 26992, St. Louis, MO 63118.  Your receipt will be mailed to you.   Please mail your order no later than Friday, September 6, 2019 to ensure that it is received before the day of the event!
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