Hard to believe it is already year’s end…. I’m grateful for all the wonderful dancers and fans that I met this year, in many cities and countries. Thank you for welcoming me into your studios and onto your video screens through my DVDs. It’s a great privilege to be able to share my love for the art of bellydance and Arabic music.
I’ll be sending out an end-of-the-year wrap-up e-mail and a tribute to some important people in “part two” of this newsletter. In the meantime, scroll down for info about my 7th Annual New York City Gala, happening Sunday December 18th, plus my international schedule preview for 2012, and New York city class updates.
Mailing List Updates
This newsletter goes to everyone on my list and has international as well as national and local event info; I send out fewer of these (about one per month). We had a list migration about a year and a half ago to a new service, and a few e-mails may have gotten transferred to the wrong list. If you are not in the New York metro area and only want the main newsletter, just say so! We’ll be happy to update you. And of course, you can unsubscribe or change your preferences at any time.
Shop Ranya.net this Holiday Season!
HAPPY FRIDAY FREE SHIPPING
Many apologies if you tried to use the HAPPYFRIDAY code on Black Friday! We had a problem with our shop settings, and so some people were unable to place their orders. We are extending the code from this Friday, December 9 through 12pm (noon) EST on Friday, December 16 — so shop happy, ship freely, and happy Friday!
Enter the code HAPPYFRIDAY when you place an order at www.ranya.net/shop for FREE shipping on all U.S. orders. Worldwide orders receive free shipping by using this same code for orders of two or more items.
Orders should be in by Friday, December 16, 12:00pm Eastern Time for Christmas delivery in the U.S.; contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for expedited orders after that date.
December NYC Events
DRUM SOLO WORKSHOP THIS SUNDAY DEC. 11
11:15am-2:15pm At Lafayette Grill, 54 Franklin St., New York, NY 10013
Ranya with live drummers Gamal Shafik (tabla), Hani Khafagy (dof), and A.P. Joseph (riqq). CLICK HERE for more details and registration
Open to all dancers. Participants are welcome to stay and watch our full band show rehearsal after the workshop!
AND IT’S SHOWTIME… NEXT SUNDAY DEC. 18th!
RANYA RENÉE’S 7TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY BELLYDANCE GALA – SUNDAY DEC. 18
7:00-10:00pm (doors open 6:30) At Lafayette Grill – 54 Franklin St., New York, NY 10013
RSVP to the Facebook event!
All-acoustic Arabic band:
Maurice Chedid (oud/vocals)
Mohamed Abdallah (violin)
Gamal Shafik (tabla)
Hani Khafagy (dof)
A.P. Joseph (riqq)
Dancers from Ranya’s annual Performance Prep Series:
Maggie, Lauren, Monet, Sabbi, Sonali Chapman, Amsah, Stephenie, Khadija, Kirah, Isabella Bali, Amy Staub
plus Ranya Renée and special guest dancer Sira
BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW at ranya.net/shop
$15 admission paid in advance/$20 at the door. Food/drink minimum of $15 per person; contact Lafayette at (212) 732-5600 for table reservations.
VIP preferred seating advance tickets $50 & $100 also available – we welcome your support to help us bring the great live music!
Online Baladi Coaching Group
…will begin in early January! A small group of people per class will call in together to a conference call line (check with us for inexpensive call options if calling internationally), watch each other’s videos, and get personalized feedback from Ranya. This will be a fee-based class, with attention to your needs and issues – like a long-distance semi-private lesson and study session in one. The pilot session we did in November went really well. If you are interested in joining, please send e-mail to email@example.com with Baladi Coaching Group in the subject heading. Join the Ranya Renée Baladi Video Study Group on Facebook to get updates on scheduling and plans.
Ranya’s International Schedule: 2012
READING, UK Wed. January 25
Ranya performs at Planet Egypt. She will also be available for lessons in London — contact her for details.
LONDON, UK Thurs. January 26
Ranya performs at world-famous showcase Planet Egypt, organized by Anne White.
Ranya will also be available for private and semi-private/small group lessons in London Tuesday through Friday– contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
PARIS, FRANCE February 4
Theatrical Intensive Day – en français – with Ranya, Anasma, Souraya Baghdadi, and Assia Guemra. Contact Anasma for registration info; visit the Theatrical Bellydance site for more about our work.
MONTPELLIER, FRANCE February 5
Workshop sponsored by Sylvie Aziyadé.
PARIS, FRANCE February 10-12
Show Friday eve, then Ranya teaches Egyptian-style workshops Sat. and Sun., sponsored by Myrto and Zekrayet.
NEW YORK CITY February 18-19
Special NYC workshop intensive. Stay tuned for more details!
ONTARIO, CANADA February 25
One-day Reda technique intensive sponsored by Joharah and BellyUp.
VICTORIA, BC, CANADA March 12
Specialty workshop sponsored by Pamela Ball.
RAKKASAH WEST FESTIVAL, RICHMOND, CALIFORNIA March 15-18
Ranya teaches and performs at Rakkasah West festival in the Bay Area – workshops on Friday afternoon & Sunday morning.
MIAMI, FLORIDA March 24-25
Workshops and show sponsored by Alexandra and Art of Bellydance.
FREDERICK, MARYLAND April 27-29
Workshops and show sponsored by Sitamun.
TORONTO, ON, CANADA May 2-6
Attending and performing at the International Bellydance Conference of Canada (IBCC).
PERTH, AUSTRALIA June 1-4
Teaching and performing in Australia for the first time at WAMED Festival.
CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND June 9-11
Ranya’s New Zealand debut, sponsored by Zumarrad.
CALL TO SPONSORS – ASIA — Ranya is available to teach in Asia or on the US West Coast in mid-late June, en route back from “down under.” Contact email@example.com with interest.
BUTTE, MONTANA September 14-16
Workshops weekend sponsored by Suzan and Copper City Beledi.
NYC Area Classes Update
GREAT NECK ADULT PROGRAM, GREAT NECK, LONG ISLAND
Wednesday afternoon bellydance classes in Great Neck resume on January 11 – REGISTER early! For more info: Great Neck Adult Program or (516) 441-4949.
FLUSHING YMCA, FLUSHING, QUEENS
Fun bellydance workout classes for all levels are ongoing on Saturdays 1-2pm, except for Dec. 24 and 31- no class those two days. Visit calendar for more info. The lovely Rayhana teaches this class when Ranya is on the road.
Hope to see you at an event soon! Happy dancing…