Nisaa is pleased to offer the following workshop 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!
Fall 2020 Workshop with Nisaa
Registration and Payment Information


$70 USD (includes Part One and Part Two)

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 link to the right for the session 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 BEFORE 12 PM US CENTRAL TIME on November 7, 2020.
  • Check your e-mail!  Nisaa will e-mail you the Zoom meeting link for each class on the same day as the class.  If you have not received an e-mail at least two hours prior to the start of the class, 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.​
Before Badia: An Exploration of Belly Dance at the Turn of the 19th and 20th Centuries

What do we really know about the history of raqs sharqi, the Egyptian concert dance form popularly known as belly dance?  In this workshop, Nisaa peels back the layers of myth and hearsay to reveal the actual historical development of early raqs sharqi.  Since 2009, Nisaa has conducted in-depth examinations of primary source evidence, as well as on-site investigations in Cairo, in order to advance knowledge of raqs sharqi in its earliest days.  This workshop presents the results of this work.  Through a combination of lecture, discussion, film, and movement practice, Nisaa sheds light on how and why raqs  sharqi emerged from the traditional dance styles of Egypt’s awalim and ghawazi.

In Part One, Nisaa presents the social and historical background of the dance and provides an overview of its technique, aesthetic, costuming, and performance format from the 1890s through the 1920s.  (Part One is primarily a lecture class.)  In Part Two, Nisaa guides participants through her reconstruction of the dance as it was performed in the entertainment halls of turn-of-the-century Egypt, based on comparison, contrast, and synthesis of the dance styles of the awalim and ghawazi in the present day and the professional dancers of the 1930s.  (Part Two is primarily a movement class.)

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

Choose one of the following sessions:

Session A
Part One will take place on Saturday, November 7, 2020, 7 - 9:30 PM US Central Time
Part Two will take place on Saturday, November 14, 2020, 7 - 9:30 PM US Central Time
​Please note that the US switches from Daylight Savings to Standard Time on November 1.

Session B
Part One will take place on Sunday, November 8, 2020, 10 AM - 12:30 PM US Central Time
Part Two will take place on Sunday, November 15, 2020, 10 AM - 12:30 PM US Central Time
​Please note that the US switches from Daylight Savings to Standard Time on November 1.
NOTE!  If you must miss a class in your session, you may attend the same class in the other session as a make-up.  (For example, if you miss Session A Part One, you can attend Session B Part One instead.)  Just be sure to contact Nisaa in advance in order to request the appropriate Zoom meeting link!