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About Us

Dance Aşkına is a Workshop & Showcase produced by Hips and Dips Bellydance. Coming all the way from Turkey, Athena Najat will kickoff our event filled weekend teaching 8 hours of workshops in Houston! Click here to learn more about Athena.

Event Details

  • Thurs. Jan. 12th 7 - 9pm - Egyptian Raqs Sharqi

  • Sat. Jan. 14th 10 - 12pm - Romantic Veil

  • Sat. Jan. 14th 1 - 3pm - Turkish Oryantal

  • Sun. Jan. 15th 10 - 12pm - The Art of Improvisation

  • Sunday Jan. 15th 7pm - Showcase

All workshops will be held at the Hips & Dance Bellydance Studio.


Click here to learn more about performing. ​




Raqs Sharqi

This class focuses on the technique and inspiration of Classic Egyptian Dance developed by Mahmoud Reda and Farida Fahmy, which further influenced our Oriental Dance vocabulary with the style of Mohammed Kazafy.  


We will work on posture, traveling steps, turns and techniques to be used in classic Egyptian bellydance. This style gives a clear technical quality to the dance, offering elegance and musical expression, as well as a sense of precision in dancing solo, or when composing duets or group patterning.

Level: Int/adv 

Date: Thursday January 12th, 2022

Time: 7pm - 9pm



Key tips and more advanced veil technique for oriental veil dance. With a luscious melody, we will be flowing with breath, posture, and feel-good movements for seamless partnering with the veil.


(Please bring a silk or chiffon veil of at least 3 yards-almost 3 meters) in length.

Level: (Experienced dancers)

Date: Saturday January 14th, 2022

Time: 10am - 12pm



The Turkish Oriental dance has evolved and changed in various characteristic eras, with its golden age and divas of the decades.  In this workshop we will familiarize ourselves with the style and movements made famous by the Turkish stars.  


Floor work will also be incorporated with Turkish music, allowing the dancer to sink and rise from the floor in various ways and explore the body movements and transitions on the horizontal surface.

Level: All Levels

Date: Saturday January 14th, 2022

Time: 1pm - 3pm

The Art of 


“Shapes, Pathways, and Flavors: A Spatial-Linear Approach to Oriental Dance 


Don’t panic!  Improvisation can be fun, fascinating…and easy! Using basic movement-theory principles, we will experiment with visualization and somatic movement techniques.  


Useful for all dance forms, this class will focus on explorations in isolations, shapes, dynamic changes, transitions and most importantly…pauses and stillness! 


We will also explore methods of combining the whole-body movement to improvise within oriental dance rhythms and melodies as well as expressive taksims.

Level: (Experienced dancers)

Date: Sunday January 15th, 2022

Time: 10am - 12pm

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Performance Opportunity

  • All performers must purchase at least ONE workshop to be able to perform

  • Those who wish to perform must send proof of purchase and email to requesting to perform

  • Music and performance Form must be received by December 31st, 2022. 

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