More than 18 hours of programming!

THURSDAY EVENING SEPT. 24 – MEET-AND-GREET FOR ARRIVING ATTENDEES Contact Ranya for details if you are arriving on Thursday!
Need a hotel recommendation or want to share with other dancers?
Contact Ranya at! There are several hotels within a 5 or 10-block radius of our event locations, which dancers from previous events have stayed at, including: Hotel Pennsylvania, Hotel New Yorker, St. James Hotel… Different YMCAs also have safe, clean guest rooms at reasonable rates. Subway travel is easy in NYC, and generally very safe even late at night. LGA airport is a flat-rate taxi ride from Manhattan, or offers easy bus-to-subway connection in Jackson Heights so you can grab the subway to the studio. If you are arriving from JFK airport, the AirTrain connects to the E or A train that goes within two short blocks of our workshop location (34th St. stop; there is also a flat-rate JFK taxi option but it is more expensive). The studio is also located very close to Penn Station (easy transport from Newark airport to there, or from Long Island).


All workshops are at the fantastic Ripley-Grier Studios, 520 8th Ave., between 36th and 37th Sts., 16th floor ( There is a great café at Ripley on the same floor as our studios (, for coffee, tea, smoothies, sandwiches, soups, snacks, chocolate, etc. for easy breaks between classes. We will also offer an inexpensive catered option (probably Turkish meze) for the Friday evening dinner discussion. There is also a Pax café on the first floor of the building, which has a wide variety of options (including breakfast—omelettes, yogurt/granola, etc.; – check their location at 520 8th Ave.)

To go up to Ripley from the 520 8th Ave. building lobby, go through the security desk area, say that you are going to Ripley Grier, and take the elevators on the right to the 16th floor. Ripley café is right near the elevators and our studios will be close too.

FRIDAY DAYTIME SEPT. 25: (Registration and shopping 12-1pm)

Friday day-eve rate (6.5 hours of workshops with Ranya, Nany, & Eman, + dinner discussion panel): $135adv/$150

1:00-2:30pm RANYA RENEE – Technique tidbits for Classic Oriental Dance:

Set your old-school technique goals for the weekend, with tips on movement initiation in the body, completion of movements, styling, and musicality, along with comparisons between classic and modern-style Oriental dance  $30adv/$35after

2:45-4:45pm NANY – Awalem Style: This style represents the true roots of Oriental dance, and Nany’s take on it is amazing! Nany began her career at age 15 dancing with awalem dancers at weddings in Alexandria, Egypt, her hometown, following her older sisters into the dance profession.  Her unique perspective on the history of the Awalem from early 20th century to the present day is invaluable material in understanding the history of our dance. Her last awalem workshop in New York was so mind-blowing, we are having her cover new material on this topic for the intensive!  (And yes, there will be some more *seated* chair-dancing!!!)  $50adv/$60after

4:45-5:15pm Time for shopping and food procurement J Get food at the Ripley café or join in on our catering order. (Ripley menu here:; catering order likely will be Turkish meze; Pax Café is just downstairs too: – check their location at 520 8th Ave.)

5:15-7pm DINNER DISCUSSION PANEL: Featuring our instructors and invited guests – A conversation about the history of Oriental dance, where it’s been and where it’s going. Get your questions ready!  Free for full-package and Friday-package holders/$10 for all other workshop participants/$15 for others

7:00-9:30pm EMAN ZAKI – Golden Era – Cinema-style Technique: Long before she became famous as a costume designer, Eman began her own Oriental dance career as a classic style performer. Influenced by classic movie-star dancers and by her own dancer mother, who had performed with Samia Gamal, Eman’s dance even in the 1980s was considered by fans to be reminiscent of the older styles. She brings us her multi-generational perspective on the history of the dance, and a fantastic talent for explanation of the style development of Oriental dance. We’ll explore the dance through the mix of Oriental and Western styles (such as jazz, modern, Brazilian carioca), channeling famous dancers like Samia Gamal, Tahia Carioca, and Naima Akef.  Eman will be presenting new material for this New York visit!  $60adv/$70after

SATURDAY DAYTIME SEPT. 26: (Registration and shopping 11:30am-12pm)

Saturday day rate (6 hours of workshops w/Ranya, Nany, & Eman): $130adv/$145

Saturday-Sunday package (11 hours of workshops): $250adv/$275

RANYA RENEE – Retro Golden Age Sagat: Ultra-feminine and dainty! Warm-up drills using Ranya’s “Fearless Finger Cymbals” method, then we’ll work on a structured improvisation that evokes the spirit and style of the classy and refined Naima Akef.  Technique for single-hole cymbals—as opposed to the wide-elastic American-made versions—to learn how to hold and manipulate the cymbals well even when they are less stable in your hands. (Various sizes of traditional Egyptian cymbals available for purchase at a reasonable price at the workshop—arrive early to get yours or pick them up on Friday) $30adv/$35after

1:45-4:15pm  NANY – Oriental  Majensi:  Nany, a dance star whose career in Cairo spanned the end of the 1980s to the end of the 1990s, is preparing a brand-new opening piece choreography to classic music, with her trademark musicality, attention to rhythmic detail, and right-on-the-money footwork and transitions. She’ll address how to make precise transitions between the different rhythms of the majensi, how to present your dance for the audience, and how to use imagery for the different sections to get you into the mood! $60adv/$70after

4:30pm-6:30pm EMAN ZAKI – “How to WEAR a Song”: Kayfa tartedi al-ughniyya!Lebis al-ghannua” is an old-style Egyptian expression for “wearing a song.” Eman will cover dance and acting techniques to help you connect with the feeling of a classic Oum Koulsoum song, with all its mood changes – not just dancing to it but really inhabiting it, “wearing” it. Performing with a song that has words is quite different from performing to a purely instrumental song intended for dance alone.  $50adv/$60after

SATURDAY EVE: free time to enjoy NYC nightlife, or schedule coaching/private/semi-privates with the instructors at the studio, in preparation for the Sunday show (contact Ranya for coaching details) Coaching will be at Ripley-Grier: $50 per 15-minute block (includes studio rental share)—get feedback from the instructors on your piece, with an audience of fellow show performers. Additional coaching blocks available after everyone has performed the initial 15-minute blocks, at $40 per additional 15-minute block (includes studio). Grab something to eat from the café to bring in while watching other performers’ slots. Fees not included in full or day packages.

SUNDAY DAYTIME SEPT. 27: (Registration and shopping 11:30am-12pm)

Sunday day rate (5 hours of workshops w/Nany, Eman, & Nabawy): $125adv/$140

Saturday-Sunday package (11 hours of workshops): $250adv/$275

11:30am-2:00pm NANY – Old-style Shaabi: Contemporary shaabi music as applied to dance has gained dancers’ interest in Egyptian working-class and “street” music.  But one could say it all started decades ago with Ahmed Adaweya, who came from a poor background, carrying the music stands for the musicians, until one day the singer didn’t show up…and the rest was history. Adaweya became the first Egyptian singer to sell over a million records, and all shaabi singers who came after him owe their debt to this master of mawwal (vocal improvisation) and song. Nany will lead us in dancing to his music, and bring out the earthy, emotional rawness of classic old-style shaabi. $60adv/$70after

2:30-5pm EMAN ZAKI (with master accordionist NABAWY)- Beginnings of the Baladi in Oriental Dance: Baladi style reflects the way regular Egyptians dance in their homes or at parties, and many dancers will be familiar with the taqasim baladi (or taqasim accordion) portion of the classic Oriental dance show. But this was not always a part of the show! Eman says that incorporating baladi into the glamorous, classy, “snobby” Oriental dance show became more popular starting in the 1960s. In our workshop, Eman will start with a cheeky 1960s baladi song by Mohammed Rushdy, exploring the time when dancers started to incorporate a baladi popular song in their Oriental show, “just like any Egyptian girl dancing to express herself.”  We’ll move into baladi accordion with special guest Nabawy, an expert player for dancers who worked closely with Fifi Abdou and toured with Samia Gamal before settling in the New York area in the early 1980s. And bring your canes (with hook): Eman will lead us in a baladi assaya, and explaining the role of the assaya for baladi people and why the legend Tahia Carioca started dancing with assaya in her shows. (Some canes will be available for purchase for those that need them.) $70adv/$80after

PLEASE NOTE: the show originally scheduled for Sunday is being postponed till 2016. Sorry for any inconvenience. If you already purchased tickets, these will be refunded to you via Paypal. All workshops are still running and we’ll still have an informal social dinner on Sunday for participants and their friends.


You can freshen up and put on makeup at Ripley-Grier, and head over to the show venue just a few blocks away! It’s just a 10-15 minute walk or short taxi ride from the studio; go east along 36th St. to get there.

6:30-9:30pm SHOW at Arabesque (4 East 36th St., just east of 5th Ave.; ), with full live band featuring singer/oudist Maurice Chedid and Nabawy on accordion; dance solos beginning at 7pm.  Our own private room!! Enjoy your fellow dancers’ artistry, and boogie down with Nany and Eman during the open dancing, in an up-close setting with excellent food and ambiance. Show admission fee of $20 advance/$25 door and pre-fixe dinner package ($40) required of all guests per our agreement with the restaurant. You will enjoy their artistically presented, delicious menu: appetizer, entrée, and dessert included; drinks, tax & tip extra.

–  Dancers will be able to pick their music in advance, and listen to previous versions of the music by the band. Dancers are encouraged to perform classic style pieces rather than very modern ones, in keeping with the theme of the event. We will have a wonderful acoustic band to inspire you!
–  Please note: Seating in the private room we have is limited to 50 people. So in order to cover the costs of our wonderful live band, dancers in attendance will need to purchase a show ticket even if they are performing (but you can earn a free ticket for yourself if you sell 5 or more advance tickets to friends or family).  Dancers who wish to sit at a table, as per our agreement with the restaurant, must purchase the pre-fixe dinner package.


If you didn’t get enough yet, you can schedule optional additional coaching or performance feedback with any of the instructors on Monday or days before and after the workshops. J  COACHING Monday or days before or after with any one of the instructors —$100/hour for workshop participants; if not registered for any workshops, rate is $150/ first hour, and $100/hour for additional time; plus studio rental fee if applicable. These are rates for one-person lessons. Contact Ranya for semi-private and small-group rates.



FULL PACKAGE: early rate – $299. Payment plan: To spread out your payment, submit $100 deposit to hold your space, by Aug. 20th; balance of $199 due by Sept. 15th; deposit is nonrefundable and may only be used for the full package, not for individual days/workshops.

If not on payment plan, full Fri-Sat-Sun weekend of workshops is $299 if paid in full by Sept. 1st. Full package, if paid after Sept. 1st: $325. After Sept. 15th, space permitting: $350. Discounts available for groups of friends registering together and for teachers with students—contact Ranya for details.

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