Spring is starting to spring in New York, and I’ve been enjoying some home time. I’m also very excited about a new New York Arabic performance series starting this weekend, and getting ready for my upcoming April stops in Miami, Nashville, and Maryland, as well as the Toronto IBCC.
Sending a shout-out to my longtime student and company member Leela Corman, now on her book tour for her absolutely engrossing graphic novel Unterzakhn, which kept me up late last night! Leela has had a difficult year with the loss of her young daughter, but thanks to a lot of support from peers and her own remarkable perserverance, she is moving forward, teaching dance in Gainesville, Florida, and will also be dancing with us at the IBCC, which i’m so happy about.
And this Monday, April 9th, is JeniViva’s birthday… I’ll be lighting a candle for her and remembering this generous, creative spirit, who still visits me and so many people in dreamland to give inspiration….
Dance happy, all!
New York City
Mailing List Updates
A week ago, we sent out a mailing intended for New York City recipients that may have reached some of our other mailing lists. If you’ve gotten some “extra” information, our apologies! If you are not in the New York metro area and only want main newsletters like this one, just say so! We’ll be happy to update you. And of course, you can unsubscribe or change your preferences at any time.
Upcoming NYC Events
WORKSHOPS WITH MUSICIANS
Saturday, April 7 & Saturday, May 12
Learn more about performing with live music and working with musicians at two day-long workshops with Ranya and some fabulous Arab musicians: accordionist Nabawy, violinist Mohamed Abdallah, and percussionists Mohamed Yhya and Said Fahmy. (We had thought that Ahmed Gamal would be joining us; unfortunately, he will not be able to.) Click here for details. At Jebon Restaurant, downstairs, 15 St. Mark’s Place, btwn 2nd and 3rd Aves, in the East Village. 12:30-4:30 (can take half of the day if you wish)
These will be limited-size workshops to give everyone performance practice time, so register today to grab your spot!
REGISTER NOW for early rates: for April 7th (or early early rate for May 12): $95 for the full day or $60 for two hours. Early registration closes at midnight Friday, April 6. Door prices will be $120 for the full day or $70 for two hours. (May 12 details will be posted soon on the website and sent to the NYC updates list – if you have only been getting the monthly newsletter and want to get the NYC update too, please let us know and we’ll add you.)Workshop participants will have priority for performance slots at Arabic Night at Jebon, so if you’d like to perform, be sure to attend. Ranya is also planning to offer coaching sessions similar to her annual performance prep series. E-mail email@example.com to express your interest in coaching sessions and/or performance opportunities.
ARABIC NIGHT AT JEBON
Wednesday, April 25 & Wednesday, May 23
Join Ranya for Arabic Night at Jebon, featuring live Arabic music and dance, hosted by Kaeshi of Bellyqueen! The musicians from the workshops – Nabawy, Mohamed Abdallah, Mohamed Yhya, and Said Fahmy – will be performing…and they are FANTASTIC!!! 15 Saint Marks Place, between 2nd and 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10003. Call 212-388-1313 for reservations. $10 plus only $5 minimum for food or drink. Performances begin at 8:30. Guest dancers to be announced soon.
NY ARABIC ORCHESTRA SPRING CONCERT & FUNDRAISER
Wednesday, April 18
On Wednesday, April 18, Ranya will be singing in the chorus of the New York Arabic Orchestra at their Spring Concert and Fundraiser. Click here for more information.
April/May International Events
MIAMI, FLORIDA April 14-15
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE April 21-22
FREDERICK, MARYLAND April 27-29
TORONTO, ON, CANADA May 2-6
Ranya will be a featured speaker and performer at the International Bellydance Conference of Canada (IBCC). Her group will also perform. This is a great conference, and it’s the last one Yasmina Ramzy plans to produce, so try to attend if you can.
ISLAND OF ISIS DANCE RETREAT IN LOVELAND, OHIO May 18-20
Ranya’s International Schedule: 2012
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.
BUTTE, MONTANA September 14-16
Workshops sponsored by Suzan and Copper City Beledi will be rescheduled.
RAKKASAH EAST, SOMERSET, NEW JERSEY October 8-14
Want to sponsor Ranya for a workshop event? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call Ranya at (718) 706-0037 to discuss options!
Long-Distance Baladi Coaching
Dancers from across the world called in to this Monday’s baladi teleconference. The format is a long-distance semi-private and study lesson in one – a small group of people call in together to a conference line, watch each other’s videos, and get personalized feedback from Ranya. If you missed Monday’s call but would like to join in, keep an eye out for updates on a teleconference series this summer. The Ranya Renee Baladi Video Study Group on Facebook will have updates on scheduling.
NYC Area Classes Update
FLUSHING YMCA, FLUSHING, QUEENS
Hope to see you at an event soon! Happy dancing…