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Amanda
Amanda. Photo by Michael Baxter
Hala
Hala Photo by Gladys White

Halanda studio is dedicated to all kinds of dance styles, fitness techniques, movement arts and cultures of the world: ethnic/international dance, folk dance, dance & theater arts, ballet, ballroom, aerobics, yoga, music, martial arts and more!

We offer a large, beautifully-decorated studio space for classes, workshops, rehearsals, performances, recitals, photo/video shoots, social gatherings, and more. Features of our Studio are detailed here.

Please peruse our website to learn about our diverse class offerings, our excellent teaching staff, and exciting parties, events, and workshops. If you have any questions, suggestions, inquiries, or proposals, please contact us.

Our Story

In May 2006, long-time friends Hala and Amanda (Hala + Amanda = Halanda) opened Halanda Studio to share their deep love for dance with the Bay Area. We both come from a lifetime of dance and movement activities. While our mutual passion is Middle Eastern dance, we both have years of experience with other styles -- ballet, ballroom, karate, yoga, and more -- that have fueled a desire to offer that variety of movement in our studio. The cultural diversity of the Bay Area is profoundly rich, and we hope to channel some of that marvelous diversity through Halanda studio.

In January 2014, Amanda stepped down from studio co-ownership due to her many obligations. She teaches regular classes at the studio.

We envision a space where a wide range of dance styles flourish and where a number of fitness and martial arts techniques are available in one place. We also support community outreach activities -- including music and dance parties and workshops -- so folks who might not normally experience these diverse styles could sample them, and learn more themselves. And so, with the opening of Halanda Studio and the tremendous help of our excellent teaching staff, eager students, and supportive musicians, we are watching this vision take form and grow with great joy.

We look forward to providing the space you need to express yourself and share your talents, skills, culture, and gifts with the community!

Links

Please contact us if you would like to exchange links, subject to approval: info AT halanda DOT com

Teachers at Halanda Studio

Hala, owner of Halanda Studio and director of Hala Dance Company: HalaDance.com
Amanda, co-founder of Halanda Studio and director of Karavansaray Dance Company: AmandaDancer.com
Terre Pruitt (Nia and Zumba): HelpYouWell.com
Farima Berenji (Persian and Central Asian Dance): FarimaDance.com  
Vanessa Kuly (Tribal Fusion Bellydance): OrchidDance.com
Michelle Reynolds (Fusion Bellydance): NoRulesDance.com
Natika (Tribal Bellydance): NatikaStar.com
Jizan (Tribal-Caberet Bellydance): JizanDancer.com  
Courtney (Bellydance): CourtneyBellydance.com  

Friends & Neighbors of Halanda Studio

Joe Kandalaft (Arabic music): JoeKandalaft.com
Sew Beadazzled (bead store): SewBeadazzled.com
Susan Frankovich (Tribal Fusion Bellydance): SusanFrankovich.com
Sue Flanagan and Keith Minton (Argentine Tango): TangoFantastico.com
Elizabeth Strong (Turkish Rom dance): StrongDancer.com
Alexandra King (Middle Eastern dance): AlexandraKing.com
Aisha Ali (North African dance): Aisha-Ali.com
Elias Lammam (Arabic music): EliasLammam.org
Miriam Peretz (Persian & Central Asian dance): MiriamDance.com
Supriya Gupta (Modern Bollywood Fusion): SGDance.com
Zora (American Bellydance): FloweringEnterprises.com
Adira Dance and Costume Shop: AdiraDance.com
Darrin Henson (Hip Hop / Music Video-Style Dance): DarrinHenson.com
Ma*Shuqa Mira Murjan (Oriental Dance): MaShuqa.com
Pamela Broyles (Hip Hop): PamelaBroyles.com
Adriana (Bellydance and Makeup Artist): AdrianaBellydance.com   
Shaheen (Bellydance Bollywood Fusion): ShaheenRaks.com    
Ashley Lopez (Tribal Fusion Bellydance): AshleyLopezBellydance.com
Raquel (Ricki) Anaya (Latin Dances):  SalsaDanceNow.com
Shahrzad Khorsandi (Persian dance):  DancePersian.org
Kami Liddle (Tribal Fusion Bellydance):  KamiLiddle.com
Helene Eriksen  (Dance Ethnologist): Helene-Eriksen.de
Carolina Lugo (Flamenco): CarolinaLugo.com 
Petra Pino (American Tribal Style Bellydance): InannaRaqs.com  
Dahlia Wist (Hatha Yoga): DahliYoga.com   

Organizations

Bay Area Belly Dance and Music Association: BABDAMA.org
San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival: WorldArtsWest.org
Ballet Afsaneh / Afsaneh Art and Culture Society: DanceSilkRoad.org
Bay Area National Dance Week: BayAreaNDW.org
Dancer's Group: DancersGroup.org