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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

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Sunday, August 9

10:30am - 1:30pm

Tribal Turns & Spins! with Kae Montgomery

This is the third workshop of FASCINATION - a TribalStyleBellyDance Workshop Series by Kae Montgomery

Add drama, improve body and foot positioning, and gain speed on your spins and turns! This 3 hour workshop will include the Barrel Turn, Sahra Turn, Wraparound Turn as well as the Arabic w/Double Turn, Calibrate Spins and more! Witness the secret beauty of Tribal Spins & Turns, Kae Style!
In FASCINATION workshops Kae shares her unique vision of this art form. Meld your body, mind and soul while building stamina, strength and flexibility. Bring your knee pads, yoga mat, yoga blocks and lots of water!

$50 before July 20th | $60 after July 20th | $65 at the door

Contact: kae@kaetribalbellydance.com or www.kaetribalbellydance.com

About Kae Montgomery:

Kae is a professional Tribal Style belly dance performer, teacher, and proud member of FatChanceBellyDance® & Gold Star Dance Company. Her graceful and powerful performance keeps her in high demand not only in the San Francisco Bay Area but also around the globe. She has been enjoying teaching and performing both locally and internationally. She has had the honor of performing and teaching workshops in Europe, South America, Asia, and various parts in the United States. You can catch her live shows every 3rd Friday at Tannourine Restaurant in San Mateo, California or watch for her upcoming performances and workshops near you on her website.

Saturday, August 22
7pm - 9:30pm

Arabic Tarab Concert with the Santa Cruz Arabic Music Ensemble
Directed by Elias Lammam

Join us for an enchanting evening of Arabic Music and singing with the Santa Cruz Arabic Music Ensemble directed 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.

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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.