Intro to Raks el-Shamadan   

Aug 30, 2020 | 10am-11:30am (PST)
Online Class

Raqs el-shamadan is a famous balancing dance with roots in the Awalim culture of late 19th century Cairo. The dancer often performs standing and floorwork movements while playing finger cymbals and balancing a lit candelabra on her head. Learn about the roots of the Egyptian candelabra dance while exploring how the aesthetics of bygone eras can enliven contemporary art.

This 90min class will include an introduction to the history of the candelabra dance in Egypt, awalim movement aesthetics and technique as well as balance practice and tips. (No shamadan required, bring a book or other balancing object.)

August 30th, 2020
10:00 am to 11:30 am PDT

$14.99 for non-members
FREE for all members

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Contact Stephanya of the LA Bellydance Academy: 
(310) 854-3500 |


A Window Through Time     
Exploring Historical Dance Reaconstructions For Stage

Aug 15, 2020 | 9:30am (CDT) 8pm (IST)
Online Lecture



How do we interpret research and stage the unknown?
How do you create a personal connection to another time, culture,
ethnic group and present a dance authentic both to them and you? We’ll
develop the tools and methodology while exploring the challenges of
historical dance recreation, creating folkloric tableaux and characters
for the stage, through approaching dance as theater and living history
in order to bring our visions to life.


This lecture series is a FREE event. However, if you'd like to contribute, you can do donate to Samai Oriental Dance Company's ArtWithHeart fundraiser, where your contributions will go towards the NGO, "Animals Matter To Me" who are working tirelessly to support Covid-19 impacted animals.

You can register for the series by filling in the Google form (link below). This link also includes the link to our fundraiser! You can alternatively donate via

Hosted by Shruti Narayanan & SAMAI Oriental Dance Company
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Black & White Photo Music Event Concert

Awalim Movement [Part 2] Online Series

Mondays in September, 2020 | 7pm (CDT)
Online Classes

Open only to participants of Awalim Movement: Part 1


This class series will focus on layering new movement techniques with materials from Part 1 of the Awalim Movement course, musicality and creating personal expression within the aesthetic form of early 20th century awalim. Recordings will be available for enrolled students through Teachable until Jan 1st 2021.

Creative Variations: The Theory of Visual Interest

Wednesdays Sept-Nov, 2020 | 7pm (CDT)

Online Classes

Develop simple but important tools to create more captivating performances and a personalized dance voice by addressing 14 concepts in movement, attitude, eye line and intention. Recordings will be available for enrolled students through Teachable until Jan 1st, 2021.

12 week course starting Sept 9th
$120 (full course) or $45/mo (3 monthly payments)

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Mashaal 1970's inspired emergence choreography (aka mejance)

Sun Sept 13, 2020 | 1pm-4pm (CDT)
Online Workshop

Build your technique and understanding of the oriental emergence (aka mejance) with this vintage 1970's inspired choreography! 

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