MARCH 21-24, 2019
ART OF THE BELLY
LEILAH MOON BIO:
Leilah Moon is an award-winning professional belly dancer for hire. You can catch her performing regularly at venues throughout the DC area including Marrakech Restaurant in Dupont Circle, Mint Restaurant and Lounge in Clarksville, MD, Sahara Restaurant & Lounge in Sterling, VA, and Bombay Nights in Perry Hall, MD. Leilah's genuine passion for dance and nuanced style is what audiences find most mesmerizing about her as a performer. Her style is firmly rooted in luscious and emotionally resonant Egyptian style dance, but anything with a strong drumbeat gets her hips going! Leilah Moon won First Place and People's Choice awards in the highest Professional Category at the 2018 East Coast Classic Bellydance Competition.
Leilah Moon started her dance career at the age of 17 with Susquehanna University Bellydance Circle in 2008, studying further under MiaNaja al Sephira, Naimah of Baltimore, Viviana of Delaware, Piper of the Daughters of Rhea, and various faculty of Sahara Dance in DC, including private instruction with Jennifer Tether and Shahrzad Raqs. She has also taken intensives and workshops with Luna of Cairo, Mohamed Shahin, Lubna Emam, Mimi Fontana of Manhattan Tribal, Tarik Sultan, Irina Akulenko, Autumn Ward, Zoe Jakes, Mira Betz, Princess Farhana, Katerina Shereen, and Bozenka. She holds certifications in Sahra Saeeda's Journey Through Egypt Levels I and II. She is a founding member of Zaida Rising Dance Collective, the Susquehanna University Bellydance Circle, and her former student troupe Raqs Rendezvous. She also performs regularly with Seven Egyptian Dance Company, a diverse ensemble specializing in folkloric Egyptian dance.
Leilah is part of the faculty at Sahara Dance in DC and teaches weekly classes and regular workshops. To register, please visit Sahara Dance.
Shamadan: From Street to Stage
Friday March 22
Explore the many applications of this prop in Egyptian dance. Learn to lead a zeffa (wedding procession), perform with a troupe, or add a candelabra solo to your performance repertoire. Participants do not need their own shamadans for this workshop. Several shamadans will be available for students to try, as well as other items for practicing balancing.
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"Kiyaana, known for her generous and elegant style, has warmly embraced the music, culture, and history of Middle Eastern dance for over fifteen years. Her primary focus has been on Egyptian Raks Sharqi and Egyptian folkloric dances. Kiyaana's affinity specifically for Raks El Shamadan has come from her studies with Faten Salama, Sahra Saeeda, and Scheherezade.
Kiyaana currently performs regularly throughout Northern and Central Virginia. Her over-500 shows include weddings, various private parties, and Middle Eastern restaurants. Kiyaana teaches weekly classes in Fredericksburg, Virginia and directs Sameeha Bellydance Collective. She emphasizes using dance to bring joy to one's self as well as to audiences.
Learn more at www.Kiyaana.com."
Bodacious Drum Solo Choreography
Friday March 22
Explore combinations of powerful shimmies, core isolations, and bodacious hip work in this original choreography to a Sayed Balaha drum solo. Leilah will break down the technique and movements step-by-step so you can bring home this signature choreography for fun or to add to your show routine