Nisaa is pleased to offer the following lectures and workshops at her studio in south St. Louis.  Before registering, please read 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!

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Fall 2018 Workshops with Nisaa
Registration and Payment Information
Current students, you may also register at the studio.  At the studio, Nisaa can accept cash (exact change appreciated), checks/money orders (payable to "Belly Dance with Nisaa"), credit/debit card payments, and PayPal payments.

Liability Waiver and Release:
Please note that students are required to sign a liability waiver and release in order to participate. The liability waiver and release will be provided at the students' first class.
Baladi Basics
Saturday, September 29, 2-4:30p
The dance known in the West as “belly dance” originated as an informal social dance performed at happy occasions by men and women of all ages.  It wasn’t until the beginning of the twentieth century that this traditional dance – raqs baladi – and its variants – performed by the awalim and ghawazi – were transformed into raqs sharqi – the glamorous theatrical style of belly dance that audiences recognize today.  This workshop helps you to understand the essential stylistic differences between raqs baladi and raqs sharqi, as well as the underlying aesthetic and technical elements that unite them.  You’ll learn to identify the styles of music that call for baladi-style dance (including taqsim baladi and sha’abi), and you’ll explore when to infuse baladi-style dance into your raqs sharqi performance.
Target Audience: Middle Eastern Dance Students (All Levels)
Introduction to Awalim Dance
Saturday, October 13, 2-4:30p
The awalim of Egypt are a class of female dancers separate and distinct from raqs sharqi performers.  The dance style of the urban awalim, along with that of their counterparts, the rural ghawazi, provides a glimpse into what belly dance may have looked like prior to the influence of the raq sharqi pioneers of the early twentieth century. In this workshop, participants will explore the history of the awalim and learn the basics of awalim dance, music, and costuming.  This workshop focuses on the style of the awalim of Cairo’s Muhammad Ali Street.  Some of the more spectacular aspects of their dancing, including acrobatic feats and balancing acts, will be discussed, and we'll practice a few floor movements (optional to students who have difficulty getting down to the floor).  Finger cymbals are optional, but encouraged.
Target Audience: Middle Eastern Dance Students (Intermediate to Advanced/Professional)
National Folkloric Dance Troupes of Egypt: History, Technique, and Impact
Saturday, October 27, 2-4:30p
The second half of the twentieth century in Egypt witnessed the rise of two national dance troupes: the Furqa Qawmiyya and the Furqa Reda.  The technique and aesthetic of these troupes have had a profound impact on the development of contemporary raqs sharqi and have shaped the way that Egyptian dance is presented on stage.  In this workshop, you'll learn about the emergence and development of these troupes and the ways in which they've influenced contemporary Egyptian dance.  Most importantly, you'll gain a deeper understanding of their technique and style by learning and practicing dance combinations.
Target Audience: Middle Eastern Dance Students (All Levels)
Class size is limited!  Only students who register in advance are guaranteed a spot in the class.  Please register early in order to reserve your spot.

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.


There are two ways to register.

1. Print and complete the registration form, and mail it with your check or money order to Belly Dance with Nisaa, PO Box 26992, St. Louis, MO 63118. One form per student, please.


2. Register here with PayPal. Click on the links below for the classes of your choice. You don't have to have a PayPal account to use this method of payment.
Baladi Basics (9-29-18)
Introduction to Awalim Dance (10-13-18)
National Folkloric Dance Troupes of Egypt (10-27-18)
ALL THREE CLASSES (best value)
Nisaa's fall workshop series focuses on three Egyptian dance traditions that have been influential in the history and development of Egyptian raqs sharqi.

Each workshop will begin with a lecture and video introduction to the style, followed by applied dance practice.  Feel free to bring a pillow or cushion to sit on during the lecture/video portion of the class!
Shaping Raqs Sharqi: Foundations and Influences