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Sunday, March 22

11:30am - 2:30pm

Drum Solo Technique & Choreography 'Ahava Style' with Ahava

For Intermediate, Advance and Professional dancers. Sponsored by Natika

Drum solos are the grand finale of a Bellydance show. This workshop helps students learn how to weave perfect technique and stage presence and how to leave the audience wanting more. The 'Ahava style' for drum solos has little to no floor patterns or traveling steps, but a lot of innovative pops, locks and shimmies that will be sure to draw the audience in and leave them on the edge of their seats. We’ll discuss choosing the right drum solo and how to find, create and keep your signature style!


Early bird (before March 10th): $50
After March 10th: $60
At the door: $65
Paypal to paypal@natikadance.com or send a check to:
Natika 1062 Lincoln Ave, San Jose, CA 95125

About Ahava:

Ahava is a multi-award winning performer from the San Francisco Area. She is well known for her graceful Egyptian style, commanding stage presence and crowd-pleasing drum solos.
Her dance journey began at the age of 9 with Senegalese dance. She also studied Ballet, Jazz, Modern and Hip Hop. In 2000, Ahava suffered injuries from a hit-and-run accident that took over two years to fully heal. At 16 Ahava accidentally discovered Bellydance and quickly realized that it is her true calling. Ahava is heavily influenced by Egyptian dancers, such as Samia Gamal, Taheya Carioca and Naima Akef for their grace, Mona Said and Sahar Hamdi for their beautiful arms and hands, and the one and only Fifi Abdo for her wit and boldness. (Ahava had the great honor of performing for Mme Fifi twice!) In 2007, Ahava was invited to perform at Cairo's largest dance festival, 'Ahlan Wa Sahlan'; She danced for an audience of nearly 2,000.
A true rising star, Ahava has won many titles, including the 2006 Queen of Raks Sharki, 2007 Egyptian Champion and the 2008 Belly Dancer of the Year. She is also the featured dancer in several DVDs, such as: Jillina’s Shape Up and Hip Out, Combination Nation (Cheeky Girls Productions), Belly Dance 007 (IAMED), and the popular By Dancers for Dancers volumes 2, 3 and 5.

Sunday, April 19
12pm - 1:30pm

Ballerina Girl - Ballet for Belly Dancers with Courtney

This course will feature ballet technique geared towards the belly dancer who is looking to polish her presentation. Courtney will focus on proper alignment, footwork, posture, basic turns and carriage that will benefit any dancer looking to raise her game.

Cost: $25 or $40 combined with Apr 26 workshop (below)

Registration and details!

Sunday, April 26
12pm - 2pm

I’m With the Band – a Finger Cymbal Intensive with Courtney

Dancing with zills (finger cymbals), is one of the most iconic images related to belly dance. Courtney will go over drills and exercises to build stamina, agility, and musicality to allow your finger cymbals to truly become another instrument in the band.

Cost: $25 or $40 combined with Apr 19 workshop (above)

Registration and details!

Monday, April 27 


Thursday, April 30

FREE Classes for National Dance Week
Once again, Halanda Studio is celebrating National Dance Week by opening many of our classes for FREE from April 27 to 30.

Participating classes are listed below:

Sunday, April 26
    9:30am-10:30am: Morning Flow Yoga, with Eme

Monday, April 27
    7pm-8pm: Egyptian Bellydance - All Levels, with Hala
    8pm-9pm: Egyptian Bellydance - Intermediate/Advanced, with Hala
    9pm-10pm: Egyptian Bellydance - Choreography, with Hala

Tuesday, April 28

    6:30pm-7:30pm: Bellydance Basic Moves with Natika
    7:30pm-8:30pm: Bellydance Drums and Rhythms with Natika
    8:30pm-9:30pm: Zumba with Kelly

Wednesday, April 29
    6pm-7pm: Bellydance with Setareh
    7pm-8:30pm: Hala Dance Troupe Rehearsal
    8:30pm-9:30pm: The Art of Bellydance, with Sumaia

Thursday, April 30
    7:30pm-8:30pm: Bellydance Cardio and Combos, with Jill

Saturday, May 2
    12pm-1:15pm: Bellydance Oriental Entrance, with Courtney

Only classes listed above are participating in National Dance Week.

Please check back regularly as we keep adding new classes!

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Studio Features

Features of Halanda Studio:

Front Door Interior View

Halanda Studio as viewed from Lincoln Avenue entrance


Curtains drawn for a Performance

  • 900 square-foot space
  • 40 feet of wall mirrors on one side
  • Cushioned laminate flooring
  • Stereo system with CD player, iPod charging dock, MP3 player, AUX & USB input, remote, and wall-mounted speakers
  • TV with VCR and DVD
  • Central Air Conditioning and Heating
  • Private bathroom with full-length mirror
  • Curtains for performance space, photo/video backdrop, and private changing area
  • 50 folding chairs available
  • Free-standing ballet barre available as needed: 6 feet long, double-sided, height-adjustable (please inform us in advance) 

Rates and Rental Policies

Studio Rental Rates

$31/hr for Non-Peak Hours
$39/hr for Peak Hours [Monday-Thursday 6-9pm, and Saturday 9am-2pm]

Discount Opportunities for Advanced Payment

  • 8 hours in a single day pre-paid: 5% Discount
  • 10-20 hours pre-paid: 5% Discount
  • 20-30 hours pre-paid: 10% Discount
  • 30-40 hours pre-paid: 15% Discount
  • 40 hours or more pre-paid: 20% Discount

In addition, a special rate of $22/hour is available for private practices or personal training involving one or two people only, during Non-Peak hours. Please contact us for more information.

Payment Terms

  • 30% payment (non-refundable) required to book rental. Full payment is required for Halanda to publish or promote your event
  • Total payment for rental term required prior to first use


Rental payments are not refundable, but if an event organizer needs to cancel the event after payment and notifies Halanda Studio at least one week prior to the cancellation, Halanda Studio can issue a monetary credit for the cancelled time, valid up to three months from the original event date. 

Studio Use Policies

  • Food and drink other than water are not permitted in the Studio, except with pre-payment of a $50 Cleaning Deposit. Deposit is refundable upon verification of a clean studio after the class/event. 
  • Alcoholic beverages are not permitted in the Studio under any circumstances. 
  • Animals are not permitted in the Studio.