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Tuesdays, August 5 - September 9

6:30pm - 8pm

Classical Dance Summer Series with Amanda

Explore the realm of Classical Dance from both Western and Eastern Classical Dance traditions. Structured as a Classical Ballet class with barre work and center work, this class will teach traditional Ballet technique while introducing and synthesizing elements from Armenian, Persian, and Central Asian dance styles. This series will provide students of all levels and genres an opportunity to explore and hone critical elements of line, form, and presentation -- accompanied by soaring orchestral music drawn from both Eastern and Western sources. Class will include technique and choreography, with opportunities for performance available for interested students (performing is not required). Register in class or in advance by contacting Amanda.

Tuesdays, 6:30pm-8pm August 5 through September 9

$13/class for single class $60/full series (6 weeks)

Halanda pass is accepted

Amanda trained in Classical Ballet for nearly 20 years prior to encountering raqs sharki and Near Eastern folk dance. Having then studied a wide range of Eastern dance -- across Oriental, Folkloric, and Classical genres -- for over 20 years, Amanda's "natural" style now encompasses elements from many traditions. This Classical Dance series is an expression of that personal interweaving of Eastern and Western Classical dance threads.

Visit www.amandadancer.com for more information.

Sunday August 24
1:30pm - 2:30pm


FREE Dabke Dance Workshop with Hala

Learn the line dances of the Levant; Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, Syria and western Iraq. Dabke is a great party dance. Explore social and theatrical styles. Learn the basic steps and start a Dabke line at your next party. Progress into fun theatrical steps that you can use in performance. A great workout!
Wear comfortable exercise clothes and shoes. Learn some Dabke rhythms and drumming patterns.

Hala grew up in Egypt and has been teaching and performing Middle Eastern dances since 1997. She studied Dabke with L'Emir Hassan Harfouche of Lebanon and Iyyad Abu Hajjaj of Palestine among others. Hala covers the social and cultural aspects of the dance as well as the physical aspects.

All ages, genders, skill and flexibility levels welcome.

FREE Workshop, part of our Community Hour program!

Saturday September 13
4:30pm - 5:30pm


FREE Hot Hula Fitness with Melissa

HOT HULA fitness® is a fun, new and exciting dance workout. It provides a “total body workout” in 60 minutes. HOT HULA fitness ® isolates your larger muscle groups, increasing strength and definition to your core with specific emphasis on the abs, glutes, quads and arms. Inspired by the dances of the Pacific Islands, HOT HULA fitness® incorporates easy to perform dance movements set to the sounds of traditional Polynesian drum beats fused with funky Reggae music, resulting in a modern, hip fitness workout. All ages and fitness levels will enjoy HOT HULA fitness®. No dance or hula experience needed just shake-it and ENJOY ! Join the hundreds of HOT HULA fitness® enthusiasts toward achieving weight-loss and fitness goals. You'll sweat away the calories while having FUN!!

What to bring: Participants should bring their lava-lava, water, towel and leave their shoes at the door!

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, November 159:15am - 12pm

Sunday, November 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.

Details 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.