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Upcoming Events (2022)

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Aziza in the Netherlands with Special Guests Badriyah and Siobhan Camille (October 29 and 30, 2022)

Rhythm Study Series with Issam Houshan and Siobhan Camille Online (August-September 2022)

Al Raqs Conference 2022 (September 28 – October 2, 2022)


Saturday October 29 and Sunday October 30, 2022: Aziza of Montreal (cA/USA) in Rotterdam

With Special Guests Badriyah (CZ/BE) and Siobhan Camille (NZ/NL)

YES! None other than the undeniable AZIZA will be joining us in Rotterdam for workshops and a show on Saturday October 29 and Sunday October 30, 2022!

Registration is OPEN!

Aziza is one of the brightest, most in demand stars of belly dance in the world today, known for her amazing ability to communicate the music by mixing the best of classical Middle Eastern dance with her own innovative twist!

Aziza of Montreal, formerly Portland, fell in love with dance at the age of 3. She continued to experiment with many styles and develop her skills as a classical dancer until she found her true love, the art of Middle Eastern Dance over three decades ago. Her devotion to and passion for the art has led to numerous awards and recognitions.

Aziza’s amazing improvisational skills and her unparalleled ability to inspire students to get to the next level make her the master artist and mentor audiences and students find memorable. A sought-after instructor but also a lifetime learner, Aziza continues to perform, teach and learn from students of all levels and audiences throughout South America, Asia, Europe, the United States and Canada. She has over 20 years of touring and teaching experience in over 55 countries.

She wakes up every day grateful to all of you for making her dreams possible. Aziza’s promise is to always be equally dedicated to helping you also realize your dreams in the art of belly dance!

Join Aziza (CA/USA), Badriyah (CZ/BE) and Siobhan Camille (NZ/NL) for workshops and a hafla on Saturday October 29 and Sunday October 30 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands!


Aziza in Nederland: Weekend Schedule and Location

Location

Dansateliers, ‘s-Gravendijkwal 58-B, 3014 EE Rotterdam

See Dansateliers on Google Maps here

Saturday 29 October:
  • 10:30 / 11:00 – 12:30 (ish): Brunch with Aziza (nearby restaurant, optional extra at participant’s own cost)
  • 13:00-14:00 Technique Tune-Up with AZIZA!
  • 14:15-15:15 Golden Era Combinations with Badriyah
  • 15:30-17:30  Undeniable Veil: Veil Technique and Choreography with Aziza
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  • 20:30-22:30 Hafla time! Belly dance party and show featuring Aziza, ANOTHER SPECIAL GUEST (stay tuned!), Badriyah, Siobhan Camille and YOU! (Snacks and refreshments provided)
Sunday 30 October:
  • 10:00-12:00: Precision and Intention: Footwork and Transitions with Aziza
  • 12:00-13:00 Lunch (Bring your own, some snacks and refreshments provided)
  • 13:00-14:00: There’s More to Mobility than Stretching! Lecture/Workshop with Siobhan Camille
  • 14:15-15:15: Putting It All Together & Setting Up for Success! Review of What We’ve Learned, Questions & Filming with Aziza to take home for personal practice

Meet your guest teachers!

Badriyah (CZ/BE)
Badriyah will be teaching a short workshop and performing at the hafla on Saturday October 29!

Badriyah is a professional Raqs Sharqi dancer, devoted mainly to Egyptian classical and folklore styles and the Golden Age of Raqs Sharqi. Most of all, Badriyah treasures the ten years of performing with Bellydance Evolution (BDE): an international belly dance – theatre show led by Jillina from the USA. Badriyah performed more than 60 shows with the company, both as a troupe dancer and a lead dancer.

Badriyah’s dream is to build up a real Bellydance Museum. As a start, she collects vintage items, such as newspapers, magazines, postcards, lobby cards, vinyl records and press photos depicting bellydancers from the 1700′ to 1970′. For now, she has started its online version, where she uploads the scans of the items. Her other dream of producing the Golden Era festival became true during the pandemic time when she organized Kan Zaman – Golden Era Music & Dance Festival.

Badriyah will be teaching: Golden Era inspiration


Enrich your modern Raqs sharqi with Golden Era style! In this workshop, you will learn Golden Era styling, several typical movements and a dance combination on the wonderful song Leylet Hob.

Siobhan Camille (NZ/NL)
Siobhan Camille will be teaching a short workshop and performing at the hafla on Saturday October 29!

Siobhan is a multi-award winning belly dancer and the founder of Greenstone Belly Dance. Her love of music is equaled only by her love of movement, making belly dance her perfect match. Her joyful movement and 1000-watt smile captivate audiences across the globe. Her dance training is primarily in Egyptian raqs sharqi, but she also has extensive training in American Cabaret and fusion styles.

Siobhan Camille’s precise movement and playful style have been winning her dance accolades since 2014, most notably a 3rd Place and Judge’s Award for Excellence in Presence in the Professional category at the Hamilton International Belly Dance Competition in 2020. In 2021, her hard work earned her the amazing opportunity of joining the cast of Bellydance Evolution’s performance of The Wizard Of Oz in Copenhagen as part of the Oriental ensemble.⁠

Siobhan Camille has an extensive background in exercise science with postgraduate level degrees in Exercise Prescription and Rehabilitation Science. She takes a particular interest in the safety, strength, and performance of dancers, and conducted the first-ever formal research on injury incidence in belly dancers. She draws on this background to emphasise safe dance technique and teaches her students how to find and activate muscles to create clear movement.⁠


August – September 2022: Rhythm Study Series with Issam Houshan and Siobhan Camille (ONLINE)

Don’t miss the opportunity to work with one of the best drummers in the world LIVE and online!

Join Issam Houshan and Siobhan Camille for this ONLINE Rhythm Study Series on Sundays from August 28! Join us live from 10:00am Pacific time / 7:00pm Central Europe, and practise with the recordings between classes!

Sign up here.

Don’t miss the opportunity to work with a live drummer (and one of the BEST drummers in the world!).

Live online classes run August 28 – September 18 on Sundays at 19:00 CEST (Amsterdam/Paris/Berlin) / 10:00 Pacific (North America) time. Convert that to your timezone here!). Classes are 90 minutes in duration.

YES, recordings will be available to stream until October 9, 2022!

As belly dancers, it’s important we work on our musicality so we can better understand and interpret the music that we dance to. If we are not from Middle Eastern or North African countries, this can mean spending a bit of extra time getting used to new sounds!

And what better way to learn about and embody rhythms than working with a live drummer? Now you’ll have the opportunity to do so from your own home!

Join Issam Houshan and Siobhan Camille as they break down rhythms used in raqs sharqi over 4 weeks. You’ll learn the rhythms from Issam, and Siobhan will teach combinations to help you feel the rhythm in your body. There will also be plenty of chances to improvise, and you’ll get the chance to put what you’ve learned into practise by dancing to live drum solos played by Issam Houshan!


September 28 – October 2, 2022: Online Lecture at Al Raqs Conference

Siobhan Camille will be presenting: Injury Prevention and Improved Performance for Belly Dancers

Siobhan Camille is super excited to be a guest presenter for the Al Raqs Conference 2022! Find all the details on the Al Raqs Conference here. Registration is now open!

Siobhan will be presenting: Injury Prevention & Improved Performance for Belly Dancers

Dance allows us an outlet to express ourselves through movement. However, as professional dancers we often spend a lot more time on our dance practice than we do on maintaining the condition of our “instrument” – our bodies!

In this online lecture, we’ll be covering best practices to dance safely and strongly while improving our dance performance. We’ll be discussing:

  • What we know about injury in (belly) dance according to current scientific research
  • How to structure your practice (or classes) for optimal performance and injury prevention
  • A selection of specific exercises to help support our belly dance practice


Previous Events

August 1-7, 2022: Workshops at Aziza’s Endeavor Bellydance Dreamcamp in Quebec, Canada

Siobhan Camille has been invited by Aziza of Montreal to teach at the 2022 Endeavor Dreamcamp from August 1 until August 7. Siobhan Camille is honoured to be teaching alongside the stellar headliners Michelle Sorensen, Florence LeClerc, and Aziza herself. Siobhan will be teaching two workshops and a mobility session over the course of the week: Neuromuscular Warm Ups for Injury Prevention and Improved Performance; Range of Motion and Recovery; and a Recovery Mobility session!

May 14, 2022: The Musical Space: Online Musicality intensive and hafla for belly dancers

Read on to learn more about The Musical Space online workshop and hafla

APRIL 23-24, 2022: IN-PERSON WORKSHOP AND PERFORMANCE FOR MEDANZ FESTIVAL IN oREWA, nEW zEALAND

February 5, 2022: Online workshop & Hafla Featuring Aziza (CA/USA) and Issam Houshan (USA)

Join Aziza, Issam Houshan and Siobhan Camille for online workshops and a hafla on Saturday February 5, 2022. Recordings available!

March 1, 2022 – January 15, 2022: Aziza’s Year of You: 10 Month Online MentorShip Program – Sold out!

Absolutely thrilled to be on the teaching team again for Aziza’s 5th Year of You coaching program! Sold out. Find all the details on Aziza’s website.

October 2, 2021: The Musical Space: Belly Dance Workshop & Hafla in Rotterdam

Greenstone Belly Dance 3rd Annual Summer School 2021

Sa’idi (raqs al assaya), Strength in Practice (learn about your body and how to get the most out of it for dance!), and Luscious Layers (breaking down isolations then adding them all together!).

April: The Dancer’s Toolbox: Online Spring Workshops & Hafla Featuring Danielle Hutton (USA) and Siobhan Camille (NZ/NL)

Online Spring Workshops & Hafla featuring Danielle Hutton (USA) and Siobhan Camille (NZ/NL)!

April: Exclusive Workshops as part of Aziza’s Year of You, 2021 (Online)

Siobhan Camille is thrilled to be selected alongside Issam Houshan, Lisa Zahiya, and Devilla Raks as master instructors in Aziza’s 12 month group mentorship program for belly dancers: Year of You.

MUSIC IN MOTION: Online Belly Dance Workshops & Hafla featuring Chudney Raks (USA) and Siobhan Camille (nZ/NL)

Online lecture: Dance Strong: Injury Prevention & imPROVED pERFORMANCE for Belly Dancers

KONINGSDAG Online Belly Dance Party featuring Aziza, Badriyah, Amanda Pittoreska and siobhan camille

Drum Solo Secrets: Workshops & Hafla, March 14 2020

Autumn Belly Dance Workshops & Hafla feat. Amanda Rose (ES/US)

Summer Workshops & Hafla feat. Asiyah Suad (NL)

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Spring Workshops & Hafla feat. Badriyah (CZ/BE)

Winter Workshop & Hafla feat. Shems (USA)

In January 2019 Siobhan and Greenstone Belly Dance had the pleasure of hosting international dancer Shems (USA) for a raqs-al-assaya (saidi) workshop and hafla in Delft.