Baraka Dance



Upcoming Workshops
What To Wear
Past Workshops
Workshop Video Clip
Interested In Having Baraka Teach a Workshop?

Upcoming Workshops

Please check here for future workshop listings and updates.

What To Wear:

Please wear loose comfortable clothing. If you wear a skirt please make sure that it is ankle length, loose, and flowing (tight skirts do not allow for the necessary freedom of movement). Sweat pants or spandex pants are also acceptable. No jeans please! Also, you need to bring something you can tie around your hips (a scarf, strip of cloth, even a long sleeve shirt).

Past Workshops

  • "Shake Your Hips With Grace," Little Buffalo Festival, Little Bufflao State Park, Newport, PA, October 4, 2014
  • Goth/Dark Fusion Dance Workshop, Baraka Dance Studio, Athens, Greece, Sunday, April 8, 2012
  • Dark Fusion Dance Workshop [flyer], Booze Cooperativa, Center of Athens, Greece, Saturday, Nov 26, 2011
  • Dumbek workshops by the world renowned dumbek virtuoso, Raquy Danziger [PDF flier]
    A two part workshop hosted by Baraka at Echoes Footprints Studio, Psirri, Athens, Greece
    • Intermediate/Advanced Dumbek Workshop, Saturday, April 2, 2011
    • Beginners Dumbek Workshop, Sunday, April 3, 2011
  • "Tribal Rhythm Fusion" Drum and Dance Workshop[PDF flier]
    A two part workshop with Baraka and Heleniq Argyrou, Saturday, July 3rd, 2010, The Beat of Footprints Studio, Psirri, Athens, Greece
    • 1st PART: "Tribal Rhythm Fusion" with Heleniq (Druminspired Trance African Drummer and Sound Therapist)
    • 2nd PART: "Fusing Tribal Dance & Rhythm" with Baraka
  • "Tribal Fusion to Touch the Soul" Two part workshop series. Essence Human Space, Psirri, Athens, Greece, June 12 and 13, 2010.
    --"Fundamentals of Movement," Saturday, June 12, 2010
    --"Putting It All Together for Self Expression," Sunday, June 13, 2010
  • "Zill/Kymbala Workshop," Artistic Studio Oriental Expression, Athens, Greece, Sunday, May 23rd, 2010
  • "Bellydance for Pregnancy" Two class seminar series. The NeoHumanist Center, 46 Themidos St, Marousi, Athens, Greece.
    --"All About Hips," Friday, May 22nd, 2009
    --"Graceful Curves, and Putting It All Together," Friday, May 29th, 2009
  • "Zill Thrill" Workshop [PDF flier], Oriental Expressions, Athens, Greece, Saturday April 4, 2009
  •   "Tribal Fusion: An Evolution of Bellydance," CID 22nd World Congress on Dance Research, Athens, Greece, Saturday, July 5th, 2008
  • Beginning Bellydance/Tribal Fusion workshop in honor of International Dance Day, Booze Cooperativa, Athens, Greece, Tuesday, April 29th, 2008
  • "Bellydancing--Wiggle Your Hips With Grace" (week long workshop), Touchstone Center for Crafts, Farmington, PA, July 7-12, 2003
  • Pensic, Coopers Lake, PA, August 9-17, 2002 (classes: "The Art of Dancing with Stuff on Your Head," and "The History of Middle Eastern Dance")
  • "Women's Week," Deer Valley YMCA Camp, Fort Hill, PA, June 2-7, 2002
  • Pittsburgh Whole Health Expo, Expomart, Monroeville, PA, April 20, 2002
  • Speech--"In the Steps of Salome: An Historical Analysis of Middle Eastern Dance," East End Food Coop, Pittsburgh, PA, April 1, 2002
  • Gulf Wars, King's Arrow Ranch, Lumberton, MI, March 12, 2002
  • Girl Scouts, Crafton United Presbyterian Church, Crafton, PA, March 10, 2002
  • "Women's Weekend," Deer Valley YMCA Camp, Fort Hill, PA, January 11-13, 2002
  • Winchester Thurston School, Pittsburgh, PA, November 28, 2001
  • Pensic, Coopers Lake, PA, August 13, 2001
  • Blackstone Raid, Charleston, WV, April 21, 2001
  • University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, Febuary 12, 2001

Tribal Fusion Workshop (Armenian Dance Travel Step)

Saturday, July 5th, 2008, CID 22nd World Congress on Dance Research,Athens, Greece
At the CID 22nd World Congress on Dance Research, Baraka taught a workshop entitled, "Tribal Fusion: An Evolution of Bellydance". This clip from the workshop shows how to exicute an Armenian dance travel step.

Interested In Having Baraka Teach a Workshop?

Baraka is happy to teach a variety of workshops at many different levels. Varying dance styles are available for workshops, ranging from Tribal Fusion, to Goth Bellydance, to ethnic dance. Workshops can also focus on specific techniques; like how to dance to live music, dancing while playing zills, or using various props (especially those that can be balanced). Lectures, in brief or at length, on the cultural/historical background of the dance additionally are offered. Please contact Baraka for further details.

Please feel free to view:
my resume
my past performance sampler
my video clips


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