Events

Upcoming Events (2021 & 2022)

August 12-26 2021: Greenstone Belly Dance Annual Summer School: Online and in Delft

Greenstone Belly Dance’s annual Summer School is back for its 3rd year! Once again, we’re excited to bring your both online and in-person options to dance and learn about your body with us!

Greenstone Belly Dance Summer School is back! Choose from 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!).

Greenstone Belly Dance Summer School Schedule:

Delft: Sa’idi Sessions (Raqs al Assaya): Thursday August 12, 19, 26, 18:30-20:00

Join us for three Thursdays in Delft to learn raqs-al-assaya (“stick dance”)! The first 6 people to sign up will receive their own assah (stick)!

As belly dancers, we refer to a dance performed to music from the Said region (upper/Southern Egypt) as sa’idi. The more correct name for this dance is raqs-al-assaya (sometimes transliterated differently), which means stick dance. It is a dance that is based off tahtib, a combat sport/dance performed by men from the Upper Egypt region. This combat ‘dance’ is often followed by an improvised dance with the stick, so the dancer can further display his dexterity and skill. It has become commonplace for a belly dance to perform some staged version of “sa’idi” dance is their performance set.

This is an open-level class; a desire to grow and be challenged in a supportive environment is encouraged! See our belly dance class level descriptions here.

Classes are on Thursday August 12, 19 and 26 from 18:30-20:00, outdoors in Delft near the TU. (Exact location details will be sent to you after registration). Rain dates if classes must be rescheduled will be provided.

Online: Strength in Practice: Sunday August 15, 17:00-19:00 Amsterdam time

Join us on Sunday August 15 at 17:00 for this 2 hour lecture on Strength in Practice! See that in your timezone here. This lecture will be recorded and available to view for 2 weeks after the event.

Strength is an essential part of our dance (and of living!) – but why? Every athlete has a strength and conditioning program to support their performance and prevent injury. Mobility and strength can be a limiting factor to our dance performance, especially if dance is our only activity. However, just being strong isn’t enough to be a better dancer. Learn how to identify where weakness or strength imbalances may be blocking your growth, how to work on accessing your strength in a way that improves your dance, and how to begin to improve all these areas and keep growing!

In this interactive online lecture, we’ll be covering:

  • Common movement, strength, and range of motion issues that can contribute to both injury and decreased performance for belly dancers
  • How to strengthen these weaker areas and how to begin to “correct” our movement patterns
  • A selection of specific exercises to help support our belly dance practice
  • And more!

All led by Siobhan Camille, an exercise scientist and Strength & Conditioning Coach with over decade of experience in rehabilitation and athletic performance (who also happens to be a professional belly dancer!).

As a thank you for signing up, you’ll also receive a discount code for the 2021 Autumn Online Fitness Challenge for Belly Dancers!

Online: Luscious Layers: Sunday August 22, 9:00-11:00 Amsterdam time

Join us on Sunday August 22 at 9:00 Amsterdam time (see that in your timezone here) for Luscious Layers. Traveling, isolations, arms – all at once! We’ll start with isolation work and build up our speed and trickiness as we go. Let’s challenge our brains and our bodies!

A recording of this workshop will be available for 2 weeks after the event.

October 2, 2021: Save the Date: Workshops & Hafla

Save the date! We’re so excited to finally host another in person workshop and hafla event! We’ll be releasing more information in late July 2021. Registration will open on August 13th 2021, so watch this space!

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, David Abraham, and Aziza herself. Siobhan will be teaching two short workshops related to Safe Dance Practice for belly dancers.

Previous Events

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 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)

Amanda Rose hosted by Greenstone Belly Dance in the Netherlands, October 2019.

Summer Workshops & Hafla feat. Asiyah Suad (NL)

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

Learn about Golden Era Belly Dance in Rotterdam with Badriyah, hosted by Greenstone Belly Dance

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.

Copy of Shems Winter Workshop