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Sundays, June 7 - July 12
11:30am - 1:30pm
I speak Habibi – Arabic Language for Dancers & Musicians with Maher Sabry
Masri (Egyptian Arabic) for dancers level 1:
Get ready for traveling to Egypt. Dance and/or play music with more confidence and a deeper understanding of your music.
With the diversity of informal Arabic dialects, Masri (Egyptian Arabic) is the lingua Franca which dominates the media, songs and movies, and is understood by native speakers of Arabic in all 22 countries of the “League of Arab States”. Upon completion of this course, students expect to learn to read and write the complete Arabic alphabet, proper pronunciation and be able to recognize words of some of the lyrics they dance to and love. There is no book required for the class, all handouts will be provided by the instructor. We will use popular dance songs and learn how to have a casual conversation with the natives. Feel free to bring your favorite song to class.
Maher Sabry is an Egyptian filmmaker, writer and cartoonist. He published poetry in various Arabic language publications and his first poetry collection, "Marionette" was published by Garad Books in Cairo in 1998. In 2008, he directed the first all-gay award-winning Egyptian film "All My Life" (Toul Oumry). As a native speaker, he has been teaching Arabic as a second language in the San Francsico bay area for the past thirteen years. Maher has helped many local dancers with their Arabic language needs.
Cost: $300 if paid by May 30. $350 after May 30. $60 Drop in.
Mail check or money order (payable to Halanda Studio) to:
Halanda Studio, 1062 Lincoln Ave, San Jose, CA 95125
OR pay by Credit Card via PayPal using button below (PayPal fees apply).
Saturday, August 22
7pm - 9:30pm
Arabic Tarab Concert with the Santa Cruz Arabic Music Ensemble
Lead by Elias Lammam
Join us for an enchanting evening of Arabic Music and singing with the Santa Cruz Arabic Music Ensemble lead by world-renowned Arabic musician, composer and singer Elias Lammam of Lebanon.
Popular Arabic music representing many countries and rhythms. Tarab music as well as popular dance tunes including songs of Om Kolthum, Fairuz, Abdel Halim Hafez, Mohamed Abdel Wahab and the Rahbani brothers. The Ensemble includes several known bay area musicians including veteran jazz bassist Cary Nichols and surprise guest artists.
Come swing & shimmy with the Santa Cruz Arabic Music Ensemble, or just sing along on your favorite classic Arabic tunes.
Cost: $15 in advance. $20 at the door.
There will be space for social dancing. Family-friendly show. All ages welcome. Open seating.
Saturday - Sunday, September 26 - 27
Egyptian Mega Star Sorraia Zaied's Dance Workshops
We are very proud to present Egyptian Mega Star Bellydancer, choreographer & teacher, Sorraia Zaied in 2-day dance workshops. A great opportunity to study with and watch the world renowned mega star.
Sorraia mixes her fiery Brazilian training with her passionate deeply moving Egyptian expressions forming her unique style that touches the hearts and souls of her audience. Sorraia will teach her very unique techniques of Egyptian Oriental dance, the fiery Sorraia touches that infuse her Latin roots, her signature captivating shimmies and drum solos AND *NEW THIS YEAR* Iraqi Kawliya dance.
Sorraia Zaied is always featured as a star headliner at "Ahlan wa Sahlan" gala shows as well as a master teacher at the festival. "Ahlan wa Sahlan" is the largest dance festival in Egypt.
The workshops are open to all levels of dancers.
Saturday, September 26, 2015: Oriental Technique & Choreography
9.30am - 10.30am : Registration and Shopping
10.30am - 12:30pm : Sorraia teaches Classical Oriental Style
12:30pm - 1:30pm : Lunch break
1:30pm - 3:30pm : Sorraia teaches Classical Oriental Style
Sunday, September 27, 2015: 1: Drum Solo. 2: Iraqi Kawliya
10.30am - 11.00am : Registration and Shopping
11.00am - 1:00pm : Sorraia teaches Drum Solo
1:00pm - 2:00pm : Lunch break
2:00pm - 4:00pm : Sorraia teaches Iraqi Kawliya Dance
No food allowed in studio. Many restaurants within walking distance.
Registration details Here! Space is limited.
Visit www.HalaDance.com for more information.
Features of Halanda Studio:
Halanda Studio as viewed from
Lincoln Avenue entrance
Curtains drawn for a Performance
- 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
- 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
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
- 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
available for private practices or personal training involving one or
two people only, during Non-Peak hours. Please contact us
for more information.
- 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
at least one week prior to the cancellation, Halanda Studio
issue a monetary credit for the cancelled time, valid up to three
months from the
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
- Alcoholic beverages
are not permitted in the Studio under any
- Animals are not permitted in
We offer this picture gallery in the
hope that past events at Halanda inspire you to visualize your own.
Arabic Karaoke & Bellydance Night with Live Music by Joe Kandalaft on April 12, 2014
Tito's Event October 6, 2013. Photos by Carl Sermon
Halanda Holiday Party on December 2, 2012:
Ozgen's Show on Saturday, September 22, 2012
a DVD of Ozgen's Show here!
Ozgen's Workshops on September 22 and 23,
Pangia's Live music and dance show on
September 8, 2012
Halanda Holiday Party on December 11, 2011:
Halanda Holiday Party on December 11, 2011
Stasha's "Weekend Wonder" Costume seminar on
August 21, 2011
Tarik Sultan teaching "Balancing" and
"Baladi" on August 14, 2011
Crystal Silmi teaching "Layering Skills with
Drills" on March 27, 2011
Bellydance Superstar Kami Liddle teaching
"Turn up the Drama" on January 22, 2011
Tito's Egyptian Oriental Dance workshop on
October 8, 2010
Live Arabic music, singing and dance
night with Joe Kandalaft on August 22, 2010: Video
Live Arabic music, singing and Bellydance
night with Lebanese one-man-band, Joe Kandalaft on August 22,
Egyptian Dance teacher, choreographer and performer, Mohamed
El-Hosseny's workshop on July 16, 2010
Hip Hop Star, Darrin Henson's workshop on
March 1, 2009