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Upcoming Events at Rakasseh Studio Guelph - June and July!

Ahhh!  The fresh breeze and the caress of the warm sun on bare arms is the sure announcement that summer is just around the corner.  I am looking forward to the wonderful months of warm weather ahead and even more excited about all of the amazing events happening at Rakasseh Studio this summer.  Who said dancing takes a break over the summer? 

I am very excited about the 24 workshops we’re having at Rakasseh this summer, the special Pilates courses, the parties and the nearly sold out Jillina workshops.  The incredible Jillina from Jillina and the Sahlala Dancers and The Belly Dance Superstars will be coming to Guelph for a weekend of Workshops over July 16th and 17th and a sure to be Spectacular Show.  Jillina’s Workshops are bound to sell out so don’t be disappointed and register today!  Check out to read about this beautiful dancer and see video clips of her dance company.

All of our events and performances are listed below so please be sure to scroll down to the events that interest you the most!

  1. Costume Making Workshops
  2. Belly Dance Classes and Workshops with Hiba in Guelph and Beyond.
  3. Jillina Workshop!!!
  4. Halawa Dance Company Performances

a)      Relay for Life –Milton

b)      Guelph Multicultural Festival

c)      Tapestry Festival – A Dance Through Arabia

d)      Rakasseh Studio Student Gala

e)      Workshops with Hiba at Guelph’s Groovy Hillside Festival


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1.                  June 25th  1-3pm ~ Costume Making Workshop  3-5pm Bra finishing and Beading Workshop  $30 each $50 for both.  Email to Register.  Space extremely limited.


Belly Dance Classes in Guelph for the summer.  Get your registration form at


Classes in the following will be taught over July and August:

Saiidi/Assaya, Folklore Refresher, Props Refresher, Drum solo, Introductory, Beginner1, Beginner 2, Intermediate1, Intermediate 2, Advanced 1, Advanced 2, Pilates, Improvisation, Veil, Zaar/Sufi, Choreography Intensive –Beg1/Beg2, Choreography Intensive –Intermediate/Advanced, Costume Making/Beading/ Videos, Hafla/Party, Arabic Language1, Arabic Language2, Drumming, Jillina Workshops, Jillina Show




2.                  July 16th and 17th The Amazing Jillina is best known for her performances on the IAMED Awards videos and for her work choreographing and performing with the Belly Dance Superstars who travel all over the world.  She will be coming to Guelph for a wonderful weekend of dance!  Yippee!

Saturday - Brand New Egyptian Choreography (not available on DVD)

Sunday - Drum solo and Various Drum Rhythms.

Saturday Performance Featuring Jillina (Location TBA)

One Day is only $70 but Two Days are even better at $120 if you register before June 1st!  $80 for one day and $130 for two days if you register before June 31st and $90 for one day and $140 for two days if you register afterwards.  More details and the registration form to come.


3.                  Halawa Dance Company Performances

ant to join our group?  Give us a call!



a.       Relay for Life –Milton 7-all night!  Halawa around 11:30pm

June 17th 2005             This wonderful event is to help raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society, and Halawa will be performing in the evening around 10-45pm where they will debut several new pieces including the debut of a very cool Shamadan performance.


b.      Guelph Multicultural Festival

June 18th 4:20-4:35pm Evening Performance of our amazing Shamadan piece at 9:30 or 10pm

June 19th 2:30-3pm


c.       Tapestry Festival – A Dance Through Arabia in Kitchener at the beautiful Victoria Park Pavillion Indoor Hall.  More details at, or 519.569.7139


d.      Rakasseh Studio Student Gala

June 26th 2005 Ukranian Centre 355 Elmira Road in the Melran Mall


e.       Workshops with Hiba at Guelph’s Groovy Hillside Festival

These cool workshops are free of charge if you pay for your ticket to enjoy the whole hillside festival (this is Guelph’s groovy music festival that takes place every year at Guelph Lake)

Belly Dance:  Gooey Waves and luscious circles - Saturday 11-12pm

Belly Dance:  Staccato Moves, Sharp flicks and Vibrant accents – Sunday 6-7pm



Belly Dance Improvisation Workshop July 27th 7-9pm


Acting Improv Workshop TBA


Do you teach dance, fitness or music classes, or are you an actor in need of a rehearsal space?  Rent the studio!

June 15, 2005 - Awalim Student Recital, Robinson Memorial Theatre, McMaster University, Hamilton, 730 PM. Advanced tickets required. Contact for details

June 4th  ~ Belly Dance Extravaganza in Stratford.


A beautiful assortment of egyptian coin and beaded hip scarves,  coin belts and stunning beaded belts $30-$60!!!  Turkish Belly Dance Costumes, Stunning high quality Egyptian costumes in the modern and traditional styles, Cds, Videos, DVDs, apparel and skirt and veil sets are available for sale and More!!!  Boutique times are by chance or appointment. Contact or 519 780 2945.



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