Habibi Raks - Bellydance Show

Date: Saturday, April 12, 2014
Time: 8 p.m.
Phone: (517) 645-7664
Habibi Dancers to Host Legendary American Bellydancer, Dahlena, During Annual 2-Day Bellydance Workshop and Performance, Lansing, MI %u2013 March 8, 2014 %u2013 The Habibi Dancers and special guest artist, Dahlena present "Habibi Raks," a weekend of bellydance workshops and performance on April 12 and 13, 2014, at Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Rd. East Lansing. The weekend will feature Middle Eastern Oriental, Sai'di, and tribal fusion. The Habibis will play host to legendary guest artist Dahlena, a dancer and choreographer. Dahlena started dancing in Boston in the early 60's and has performed in nightclubs across the U.S. plus France, Syria, and Iraq. Her experiences working with some of the finest musicians and dancers from the Middle East have influenced her style of dance, and today her choreography and dance style is modern Middle Eastern, based on a solid foundation of the past. "Dahlena is truly an icon of Middle Eastern dance," said Yasmina Amal, Habibi artistic director. "We are thrilled to provide this opportunity for dancers in Michigan and the Midwest to study and learn from her." On Saturday, Dahlena will provide an oriental technique class of drills and combinations unique to her signature style, followed by a Sai'di styling class in the afternoon focused on Luxor style dance without the cane. Sunday she will teach a Spanish fusion technique and combinations class. nn"Habibi Raks," Saturday's evening performance, will feature the Habibi Dancers, Dahlena, and a number of sister dance troupes from around Michigan and the Midwest. The show will feature dances from American tribal to Oriental cabaret, using a variety of traditional choreography and props including, veils, swords, and zills.