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JCC hosts introduction to belly dance workshop Jan. 13

January 7, 2019

Experience the magic and mystery of Belly Dance with Sahira. Come try an Introduction to Belly Dance Workshop on Sunday, Jan. 13, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston. Learn the ancient art of Belly Dance while getting a great low-impact workout.

In this introductory class, participants will learn a bit about the world’s oldest dance and its beautiful and powerful movements. International performer and instructor Sahira will take dancers on a journey through the basics of the dance and share a short routine so they can go home shimmying! Participants should bring a water bottle and a hip scarf (some will be provided to borrow).

“For this workshop no previous belly dance knowledge is required,” Sahira said. “Just wear comfortable clothes (gym clothes).”

Sahira was practically born on stage, having studied music, drama, and dance since the age of two. The musicality instilled within her as a classically trained flautist and singer infuse her dance with a sophisticated quality that is admired by dancers around the globe. Her extensive training in Middle Eastern as well as Tribal, Modern, and West African dance gives her performances an intense and earth energy that has captivated audiences’ hearts and minds.

In 2005, Sahira released her first instructional DVD, “Arabian Spices” and has since been invited to teach and perform across the United States as well as Mexico, Indonesia, Australia, Germany, Canada, and Taiwan. In 2006 Urban Gypsy had the honor of being the first tribal instructors ever invited to teach at the largest belly dance festival in the world: Ahlan We Sahlan, in Cairo, Egypt.

In 2007 Sahira released two more instructional DVDs: “Ali” and “Bella Donna Ya Helwa.” When in Houston, Sahira performs with Bella Donna Dance. She is founder and director of Urban Gypsy.

In addition to dance, she performs regularly on flute and vocals with the award-winning world fusion music group Moodafaruka, as well as early music ensemble Istanpitta.

The fee for this workshop is $12 pre-registration online or $16 at the door. To register online or check out the complete listing of dance classes visit erjcchouston.org/dance or call 713-551-7217.

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