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August 22 & 29

2:30pm - 4:30pm

The Bellydance Refinery with Sadira Lady Liquid

This is a workshop using simple concepts to really take your dance to the next level. Whether you've been dancing for years or this is your first class, we will explore fundamentals and play with concepts to add depth to your dance.

Week One - Practice Makes Perfect
2 hours of drills, drills, drills! (drills for stamina-precision-fluidity)
- Open up range of motion
- Access juicy movement safely
- Create strong neuro-muscular pathways ...Oh, and...
- Sweat! 'Cause it's good for us!

Week Two - Commanding Your Dance
- Taking control of your body
- Creating sexy lines and a strong presence
- Work on adding drama to your dance

Whether your stage is in a theatre or your living room, we are gonna kick it up a notch! Yoga each week! Be sure to bring yoga mat, water, pen and paper. Heavy eyeliner and sparkles encouraged.

Only 20 slots available, so get them while they are hot!
PayPal to Info@danceessence.org

Price $30 in advance ($55 for both). $35 at the door (add 2.50 for papal fees please) Make sure to note which date you want with your payment if you only choose one.

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: $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.