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Sunday October 19
5pm - 6pm

FREE "Performing for Beginners" class with Maraj

Don't wait to begin sharing your love of dance. Performing at any level of your dance career is possible. Come learn some performing basics, talk about fears and strategies to get you working a crowd as easily as you work yourself out in class. Bring a piece of music that you might want to use to bring your love of dance to the world!
We will cover the following topics:
Choreographing a do-able routine
Music selection and tips to really learn your music
Costuming or “I Don’t Have $300 to Spend on a Costume, Now What?”
Creating a Performance Persona
Body Image Issues or “How To Perform Even When You Feel Like Your Belly Looks Like the Grinch Who Stole Christmas”
Please join Maraj for an hour to talk and practice, share stories and dreams.
All are welcome!

Maraj is a student of Hala and Sumaia of Halanda Studio. She has performed dance over the years and is now exploring the ways that performing deepens her dedication to a personal practice of dance!

FREE Workshop, part of our Community Hour program!

Sunday, November 2

10am - 5:30pm

Sassafras presents: Dance Workshops with Lisa Zahiya

10:00am – 12:00pm: I’ve Got 99 Problems, But a Shimmy Ain’t One
The shimmy is a quintessential and defining part of bellydance and creates a dynamic and interesting performance. Lisa will cover a variety of shimmy techniques, proper usage, creating variety, level changes, layering and more. 1:00pm – 3:00pm: Salty & Sweet
Dynamic dance performances call for us to create contrast in our performances. Learn how to add both “salty” and “sweet” movements, combinations and moods in this workshop.
3:30pm – 5:30pm: Hip Hop Fusion
Start with basic hip hop movements and techniques and how to effectively fuse them with bellydance, then learn a combination. Learn the style that won Lisa the title of Tribal Fusion Belly Dancer of the Universe! Be prepared to get funky and sweat.

Lisa Zahiya is an innovative, award-winning performer, in-demand instructor and successful studio owner. Working in the genres of bellydance, Indian dance (Bollywood & Bhangra) and hip-hop dance, Lisa travels nationally and internationally teaching and performing. Lisa is an alumni of the University of Maryland Dance Team and has a background in musical theater, jazz and hip hop. In 2008, her strong powerful style earned her the title “2008 Tribal Fusion Bellydancer of the Universe” and she went on to win the Alternative Category at the Wiggles of the West bellydance competition in Las Vegas, Nevada. Lisa’s unique style and fusion dance forms has gained her recognition in the International bellydance community. She travels, teaching workshops, performing and developing curriculum.

Registration online at Sassafras Presents Lisa Zahiya

Saturday, Nov 15
9:15am - 12pm
Sunday, Nov 16
12 - 5pm

Basimah presents: Dance Workshops with Zana

Zana is an accomplished international professional Bellydancer who has performed in the U.S., UK, Brazil, Argentina, Hungary, Germany, Sweden, Croatia, Belgium, Slovenia, & Spain, and has taught in the U.S., UK, Norway, Argentina & Brazil.


Saturday 9:30 - 11:30 am: Modern Egyptian Technique:
How to Make it Your Own? Don't be a copycat! Learn what makes it "Modern Egyptian" and how you can incorporate your own personality in this technique-based workshop. Once the technique is grasped, you will learn a short choreography, making sense of what you have learned.

Sunday 12:30 - 2:30 pm: Iraqi Kawleeya:
Come learn this fun, energetic folkloric dance that is quickly becoming popular among Bellydancers. Originating from Southern Iraqi Nomads, you will learn all about travel patterns, foot stomping and hair swinging in this high-cardio workshop.

Sunday 3 - 5 pm: Shaabi Fun:
Learn proper Shaabi style and have fun at the same time! We will briefly explore the sub-genres of shaabi music and what makes it shaabi style before diving into a fun Shaabi routine.

Early bird: $30 per workshop or $75 for all 3 until September 30
Regular prices after September 30: $35 per workshop or $90 for all 3
Drop-Ins: $45 per workshop at the door (Cash Only please)

Register online at: zana-workshops.eventbrite.com.

Saturday, December 13

3pm - 7pm

FREE Annual Halanda Holiday Party & Show

Halanda Studio teachers & students invite you to celebrate the holidays with music, dance, laughter, food, drinks & lots of holiday cheer!

Dance performances from all over the world; Halanda studio classes recitals, live music and drumming, open floor dance, food, drinks & more!

Dance performances include: Egyptian, Turkish, American & fusion belly dance, Hula, Persian & Central Asian dance, Tribal dance plus more!

FREE event! Open to the public. Family friendly. All ages welcome!

Full line up coming soon...

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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 5-CD changer, iPod charging dock, MP3 player 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 for rent (please inform us in advance)
  • 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

$28/hr for Non-Peak Hours
$35/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: 10% Discount
  • 10-20 hours pre-paid: 10% Discount
  • 20-30 hours pre-paid: 15% Discount
  • 30-40 hours pre-paid: 20% Discount
  • 40 hours or more pre-paid: 25% Discount

In addition, a special rate of $20/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 and 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.