Nisaa is pleased to offer the following workshops online via Zoom.  Before registering, please read ALL the information below, and if you have questions, e-mail or call 314.599.0506 for more information.  Stay up-to-date regarding upcoming class sessions by following Nisaa on Facebook or subscribing to Nisaa's monthly newsletter!
December 2020 Workshops with Nisaa
Registration and Payment Information


Exploring Musical Interpretation through Ah Ya Zayn - $35 USD
Introduction to Ghawazi Dance - $40 USD
​Dancing to Taqasim and Mawawil - $35 USD
Introduction to Awalim-Style Raqs Shamadan (choose Session A or Session B) - $45 USD
​FOUR WORKSHOP PACKAGE (available through December 13, 2020) - $135 USD

Please note that class fees are non-refundable after the start of the session.  Classes missed in the current session may not be used as credit for classes in future sessions.  Registrations are non-transferable.


Register here with PayPal.  Click on the links to the right for the workshop(s) of your choice.  You don't have to have a PayPal account to use this method of payment.  Please be sure to register with a current e-mail address - Nisaa will e-mail the Zoom meeting link to this e-mail address!

Important Information:

  • Register at least 24 hours prior to the workshop(s) of your choice.
  • Check your e-mail!  Nisaa will e-mail you the Zoom meeting link for each workshop on the same day as the workshop.  If you have not received an e-mail at least two hours prior to the start of the workshop, please contact Nisaa immediately to request the Zoom meeting link.  Please do not wait till the last minute!
  • Classes will NOT be recorded for later access.​
Exploring Musical Interpretation through Ah Ya Zayn
December 15, 2020 7-9 PM US Central Time
$35 USD

Ah Ya Zayn is a traditional melody that is recognized throughout the Arab world, and it is a popular song in the Egyptian belly dance repertoire. There are innumerable different arrangements of this familiar tune, and each one is unique.  For this reason, Ah Ya Zayn is a great tool with which to explore the nuances of musical interpretation in Egyptian belly dance.  In this workshop, Nisaa will teach movement combinations using several different arrangements of Ah Ya Zayn, highlighting the particular characteristics of each, and illustrating how dance styling must be adjusted to reflect the "personality" of each arrangement.

Format: Dance
Target Audience: Middle Eastern Dance Students (Intermediate to Advanced/Professional)

Introduction to Ghawazi Dance
December 16, 2020 7-9:30 PM US Central Time
$40 USD

The ghawazi are a class of female entertainers from Egypt’s rural towns and villages.  Historically, they have provided singing and dancing at important social occasions such as weddings and festivals.  The dancing of the ghawazi is dominated by torso-based movements such as hip shimmies, and the ghawazi frequently accompany their dancing with finger cymbals.  The ghawazi of Lower Egypt, like their urban counterparts, the awalim of Cairo and Alexandria, also incorporate gymnastic feats and spectacular balancing acts into their dancing.  In this workshop, Nisaa presents an overview of the history of the ghawazi and introduces the basics of ghawazi dance, as well as appropriate musical accompaniment and costuming.  Special attention will be paid to distinguishing between Upper Egyptian and Lower Egyptian ghawazi dance styles.

Format: Lecture and Dance
Target Audience: Middle Eastern Dance Students (Intermediate to Advanced/Professional)

Dancing to Taqasim and Mawawil
December 17, 2020 7-9 PM US Central Time
$35 USD

Taqasim and mawawil are improvisational musical forms that are common in Arabic music and pose unique challenges for belly dancers. These beautiful and expressive improvisations embody some of the most fundamental and highly valued aesthetic characteristics of Arabic music.  Learn more about the features of these musical forms, how they fit within the Arabic musical tradition, and techniques for interpreting and expressing them through dance.

Format: Dance
Target Audience: Middle Eastern Dance Students (Intermediate to Advanced/Professional)
Introduction to Awalim-Style Raqs Shamadan
Choose a session!
Session A: December 19, 2020 7-10 PM US Central Time or...
Session B: December 20, 2020 10 AM - 1 PM US Central Time
$45 USD

Raqs shamadan, the candelabrum dance, is one of the most unique and spectacular Egyptian dances.  Though its exact time and place of origin is unclear, this dance has been strongly associated with the urban awalim of Cairo and with the rural ghawazi of the Nile Delta since the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.  In raqs shamadan, the performer wears a specially crafted candelabrum - the shamadan - balanced on her head.  She shows off her skill and dexterity by performing feats such as descending to the floor and playing finger cymbals while balancing the shamadan.  The shamadan is also frequently worn by Egyptian dancers when they lead wedding processions. In this workshop, Nisaa presents an overview of the history of this dance style, distinguishing between the original awalim/ghawazi style and later theatrical incarnations, and introduces the basics of the awalim style dance, as well as appropriate musical accompaniment and costuming. A shamadan is not required, but if you have your own, it would be very helpful!

Format: Lecture and Dance
Target Audience: Middle Eastern Dance Students (Intermediate to Advanced/Professional)
If registering for the four-workshop package, please e-mail Nisaa to indicate whether you would like to join SESSION A or SESSION B of Introduction to Awalim-Style Raqs Shamadan.