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Greetings from the Ginger City!

New hairdo selfie, yes… and, besides that, it’s the time of year when things get cold outside yet still heat up! I hope the season is treating you well.

I’m wrapping up my school semester and planning for my 10th Annual Holiday Gala, December 7th Sunday evening - the last Holiday Gala! It’s bittersweet, as I have really valued running the annual fall Performance Prep Series leading up to the show, but ten years is a nice round number, and this feels like the right time to conclude the run and free myself up for other projects going forward, including more weekend and long-weekend workshops in NYC with live musicians that will be more accessible for the out-of-towners (see below for the next Save the Date – Feb. 2015!)

Nany is here in NYC, and you won’t want to miss her workshops Dec. 5-7 or her performance in the show Dec. 7. She is also available to teach private lessons. Scroll down for details.

We have 3 spaces left for dancers in the Performance Prep coaching series who want to perform in the 10th Annual Holiday Gala in NYC at Byblos on Dec. 7 (Sunday evening)! These spaces are for those preparing a piece through coaching with Nany and me over the next week and a half (contact me if you want more info- we can still squeeze you in if you join us this week).  See below for more info.

For those of you here in Amrika, enjoy your Thanksgiving!

Ranya Renée
Ginger City Productions

office@ranya.net
http://ranya.net
http://theatricalbellydance.com

Scroll down for the NYC local events!

Shop Discounts
‘Tis the season for shipping discounts! Free shipping on all US orders over $20. For international orders, it’s $15 flat-rate shipping: please select the international shipping & handling supplement in the Shop if you are ordering during our special promotion period. Any order over $20 is eligible for this discounted flat-rate shipping.  Expires December 15th, so get your orders in!  (Look for this lovely Turkish beach photo icon in the Shop for International orders. :-)   And, I just got brand-new old Best of Ahmed Adaweia CDs in stock, nearly impossible to find – not yet up on the shop, but email me for details!

U.S. and International

PRESIDENTS’ WEEKEND 2015 NYC INTENSIVE
Save Presidents’ Day Weekend Feb. 13-16, 2015 for the next NYC weekend intensive – and send your requests for topics to office@ranya.net – Full details will be sent out in late December!

CALL TO SPONSORS – BOOKING FOR 2015 and 2016
If you’re interested in bringing Ranya to your city, contact office@ranya.net to discuss options! Ranya and Nany are also planning a joint US-Canada tour for June 2015.

New York City

NANY IS BACK!
Click here for more info and to register! We are so excited to have Nany back in New York. She is already here and available for private lessons, and please come join in for some fun workshops Dec. 5-7with her. For those who don’t know Nany, she was a big star in Egypt in the 1990s, moved to Paris, left the dance world… until Ranya convinced her to teach with her two years ago, and the rest is history! Nany has been performing and teaching at festivals from Cairo to Mexico. Her style is unique and brings back a feeling of Oriental dance that is harder and harder to find amidst contemporary dancers: an elegant, womanly, warm, extremely musical (and sometimes cheeky) style that you are sure to love! Come dance with us…

Fri. Dec. 5th, 7-9pm Shimmy & Taqasim ($50 advance/60 door)

Sat. Dec. 6th, 2-6:30pm Awalem Style – Roots of Oriental ($60 advance/120 door)

Sun. Dec. 7th, 3:30-5:30pm Classic Oriental ($50 advance/60 door)

Full package: $190 adv/ $200 door

Workshops will be at CAP21 Studios, 18 West 18th St., between 5th and 6th Aves, on the 6th floor, in Manhattan. (see individual workshop listings for rooms – We’ll be in room 603 most of the time except for the 2-4pm portion of Saturday, when we are in 605 before moving to 603 at 4:30)
Facebook link for workshops
Join us for the big show Sunday evening! It’s an easy walk or transit ride from CAP Studios, at Byblos (80 Madison Ave. at 28th St.) Facebook link for show

10th ANNUAL HOLIDAY GALA – DEC. 7TH
After a wonderful 10-year run, this will be Ranya’s *last* Holiday Gala, so please come out to support and enjoy some holiday spirit with us!

Ranya Renée’s 10th Annual Holiday Gala featuring Nany and live Arabic band led by Maurice Chedid
Sunday, Dec. 7th, 7-10pm
AT Byblos Lebanese Cuisine
80 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016

(212) 687-0808 -call for table reservations

Note: You must buy tickets (Shop link here – or get your tickets from a show performer- list will be posted soon) and reserve seating (by calling Byblos) separately to guarantee admission to the show.
Your tickets will be waiting for you at the door, listed under your name; tickets will not be mailed. Bring your Paypal or shop receipt for confirmation of purchase.

General admission tickets at the door will be $25, cash-only – Buy online ($21.50) by Dec. 1 or from a show performer ($20) for advance rates.

Please consider becoming a VIP for the show! There are $50, $75 and $100 tiers- VIP ticket holders will receive the best reserved seating; $100 VIP ticket holders will also receive a choice of one of Ranya’s DVDs. Most importantly, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that you’re making a difference in our ability to stage this show with a fabulous Arabic band – led by the wonderful Maurice Chedid. Your contribution helps us to pay these artists. Thanks for your support!

NYC Ongoing

PRIVATE LESSONS
Can be scheduled with Ranya for this fall. Skype lessons and video/phone coaching available, as well as in-person lessons held at Ranya’s Sunnyside Salon studio in Queens or at rental studio in Manhattan. $100/hour for 1-person private lessons with different rates for two or more students. Packages are available–ask for details.

FLUSHING YMCA, FLUSHING, QUEENS
Fun bellydance workout classes for all levels are ongoing on Saturdays, 2-3pm. Contact for more info. The lovely Rayhana teaches while Ranya is out of town. We are preparing for our next student show, Saturday Dec. 20th (save the date!) after the big success of the last one, so join us to get in on the fun!! Ranya will be teaching a choreo to Ghannili Shewayy Shewayy, and Rayhana will start her choreo this Saturday when she teaches at the Y.

Hope to see you at an event soon! Happy dancing …
Ranya Renée
Ginger City Productions

Aug. 1, 2014

RANYA’S AUSTRALIA-NEW ZEALAND TOUR TO BE SCHEDULED FOR 2015.

AUGUST 23-24, 2014:  RANYA IN SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
Saturday & Sunday workshops and Sunday evening performance at Pachamama. Sponsored by the lovely Monica Berini.  http://www.monicaraqs.com/ranya2014.html Facebook event

AUGUST 29-SEPTEMBER 1, 2014 (LABOR DAY WEEKEND): RANYA IN FAIRBANKS, ALASKA
Friday evening performance, Saturday evening potluck lecture discussion, Saturday through Monday workshops. Sponsored by the intrepid Lara and Alaska Awalim.  http://alaskaawalim.com/special-events/ Facebook group and event

NOVEMBER 2, 2014: RANYA IN BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS
Sunday afternoon workshops and evening private/semi-private breathwork and performance coaching. Sponsored by the amazing Johara. http://www.joharasnakedance.com/join_us.htm Facebook event

NOVEMBER 7-9, 2014: RANYA IN RICHMOND, VIRGINIA
Friday evening hafla, Saturday evening show, Saturday and Sunday workshops. Sponsored by the fabulous Women of Selket.  http://www.womenofselket.com/event-list/details/2-ranya%20renee-workshops

MORE DATES WILL BE ADDED HERE SOON – PLEASE CHECK BACK

Jan. 28, 2014

NYC: Nany of Egypt/Paris-THIS WEEKEND Feb. 1-2; Discount packages for Theatrical, NYCairo

Dec. 12, 2013

NYC: Holiday gala w live band SUNDAY 12/15 – tickets available now!

Nov. 29, 2013

“Black Friday” coupons; NYC wkshp SUN. 12/1 (w/live music!), Annual Gala 12/15

Oct. 22, 2013

Celebrating my birthday tomorrow with Arabic Night! 10/23 + updated fall series news

Oct. 2, 2013

Ranya in Seattle THIS WEEKEND; Arabic Night NYC 10/23; fall series updates

Sept. 17, 2013

NYC: Arabic Night WED 9/18 + performance prep series

Aug. 27, 2013

Arabic Night Game Show THIS WED. in NYC + Las Vegas, Seattle, fall series info

Aug. 14, 2013

NYC: Shaabi workshop w/ Nany FRI 8/16 + class w/ Ranya THURS 8/15

Aug. 3, 2013

NYC: Summer Moon show THIS SUNDAY; workshops TODAY w/ Ranya, Nany, musicians

July 22, 2013

NYC: Oum Koulsoum intensive – last day for early rates TODAY, JULY 22

July 9, 2013

NYC Oum Koulsoum Intensive & Shows – full details! July 31-Aug. 5

June 25, 2013

NYC: Arabic Night 6/26; help support Theatrical Bellydance by 7/1