After the Spring: May marked a new chapter in my life as I made the decision to limit my activity in dance somewhat so that I can enjoy semi-retirement in my new home and be more available to my dear family (and fur babies) who have been there for me at every stage of my life….. at the best of times and at the very worst times. Dance is part of my soul so will ALWAYS be in my life, but will now take a back seat as I attempt to reignite the fire in other passions I have sorely neglected these past several years. That said, I will continue to teach Workshops & Master Classes in the traditional styles of my heritage and present my complete “Farrah Factor” for hosts who value the importance of maintaining traditional Middle Eastern Dance as well as those who wish to promote the legacy of Ibrahim Farrah, my beloved uncle and mentor. (Contracts must meet professional criteria and be booked at least 3 months in advance.) In the meantime, I will make myself available for private/semi-private study locally. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on scheduling and determining a space.
A Spring to Remember: I am so very thankful to the special students who found the time and energy to study with me regularly this past spring. I am also very grateful for my two favorite Gina’s who hosted me to teach workshops! Gina Marie Newman included me as part of the faculty for the 2018 Annual Sweetheart Gala Connection to teach Zar to a fabulous group of participants. I so enjoyed performing Ibrahim Farrah’s choreography to “Ayeela Tayha” on Friday night with my lovely students Farasha (Cynthia Goldson Harris) and Siya (Hydee Vanderpoole). It was a pleasure to debut new choreography in Saturday the night Gala for an incredibly lively audience. Gina Weatherman Nolan hosted me at the Third Annual Spring Raqs Pensacola where I taught part of one of my Oriental Choreographies utilizing veil and one of my “Raks Assaya” choreographies in which students were invited to perform it onstage with me for the finale! What a wonderful turnout and what an incredible time I had teaching and performing with these lovely dancers! SHUKRAN!!
Third Annual Spring Raqs Pensacola featuring Tarifa Salem will be on April 28th!
WORKSHOP CLASS TOPICS:
“Classical Oriental with Veil & Sagat”: 10AM – 12PM
This exciting little choreography which utilizes simple veil work and basic sagat patterns was choreographed specifically to showcase traditional movement sequences rich in “danse orientale” vocabulary, much of which has remained consistent over hundreds of years. Though the dance has evolved somewhat through modernization and acculturation, Oriental Dance has remained constant in its mystique and its ability to convey all the shades and tones of the eastern music into projections of theatricality. Whether performing on stage or in a nightclub the use of music that is representative of traditional Middle Eastern rhythms and instrumentation requires an understanding of that vocabulary so that one could easily modify choreography with improvisational sections or variations of the components of space, time and force. As always, Tarifa choreographs in the style of her mentor, Ibrahim Farrah as it is so ingrained in the depths of her being.
Workshop protocol is as follows:
- Center floor warm-up which will include isolations, undulations, soft arms, and fall/recovery exercises to warm up the spine.
- Short movement sequences and a mild stretch to prepare the body for more dynamic movements.
- Execution of travel steps which will include short segments of the choreography (with and without veil) Simple finger cymbal drills which will be used in the second part of the choreography
- Putting it all together (choreography)
*Please bring a 7 to 8-foot-long veil and sagat (finger cymbals).
“Raks Assaya”: 1PM – 3PM
The “Raks al-Assaya” is truly an Egyptian Dance that researchers believe originated in what is known as the “Saiid” or “Upper Egypt” which is actually in the southern part of Egypt between Luxor and Aswan. “Assaya” signifies a stalk of bamboo which is used by Saiidi men in a combat dance called “Raks Tahteeb”, from where the “cane” dance supposedly originates. The cane/stick had multiple uses in ancient Middle Eastern cultures, for example it is known to have been used in a martial art type combat, to exhibit dexterity skills and physical prowess, a tool used in herding and agriculture and to symbolize fertility or to ward off evil. Many believe the cane dance originated with the shepherd inhabitants of Egypt. When the cane (stick) is taken up by the woman, it becomes an exhibition of feminism to delight and charm the onlooker, even as they humorously mimic their male counterparts or the herders flock who stubbornly responds to the prodding of the stick. Tarifa’s choreography was developed for the 2013 “Celebrating the Life and Work of Ibrahim Farrah”, therefore she made a conscious effort to include steps that she was exposed to as a protege of Mr. Farrah. It has been modified to be more dynamic on stage for groups and was debuted as a group number by her students at Anais Belly Dance Studio last December at their annual recital.
Workshop protocol is as follows:
- complete warm-up including center floor barre, isolations and dynamic stretching which will prepare you to challenge yourself without risk of injury
- Traditional steps and short sequences typical of Saiidi style
- Technique on use of the cane including but not limited to grips, poses, framing while isolating head, shoulders or hips, twirling & floor slaps
- Putting it all together (choreography)
- Total Body Cool-Down with Eastern Reverence
*Please bring canes and a long head scarf which can be twisted and knotted on the top of the head.
Spring Raqs Pensacola Showcase 2018: 5PM – 7PM
Workshop participants invited to perform in the show. First come, first serve sign-up. 5-minute time limit for soloists; 7 minutes for troupes. Please email Gina at email@example.com if you are interested in performing. Light hors d’oeuvres, water, and soft drinks will be served during the break; nearby restaurants are also available.
Vendors welcome! Please email Gina at firstname.lastname@example.org for registration information.
REGULAR PRICING (4/1/2018 – 4/28/2018)
Full Package: $100. Includes both 2-hour workshop classes and one free Showcase ticket.
A La Carte: $75 for one 2-hour workshop class.
SHOWCASE TICKETS: $10
Preferred method of payment is via Paypal to: paypal.me/GinaNolan (either click or copy/paste the link into your browser).
*Cash or Credit ONLY will be accepted the day of the event!
*Tarifa Salem Eastern Dance Arts will be relocating out of Florida this May therefore she will be putting her teaching on hold for a couple months. Stay tuned for class offerings in our new location (TBA later) and upcoming workshops for the fall which will be publicized upon confirmation.
Join Tarifa in Pensacola on April 28, 2018!
Tarifa’s Classes in Jacksonville, Florida
Small Group Class Sessions held at Tarifa Salem Eastern Dance Arts Private Space have a limited capacity. Therefore, students must secure their spot by registering by each sessions’ deadline. See how to register below:
- Make check or money order payable to Donna Smith and mail to 5820 Cedar Oaks Dr. Jacksonville, Fl. 32210
- Send $45 via PayPal Friends & Family to email@example.com
For more information on class content, location or payment you can email Tarifa at firstname.lastname@example.org or private message the Tarifa Salem Eastern Dance Arts page on Facebook. The small group class sessions being offered this spring are listed below. Scroll further down for other upcoming events.
- Session I: (Closed) Tuesdays 6:30 – 8 pm on January 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th
- Fee $45 (cash, check or via PayPal Friends & Family)
- Registration Deadline Jan. 5, 2018
- Session II: (Closed) Saturdays 10:30 am – 12 pm, Feb. 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th
- Fee $45 (cash, check or via PayPal Friends & Family)
- Registration Deadline January 30, 2018
- Session III: (Closed) Saturdays 10:30 am – 12 pm, March 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th
- Fee $45 (cash, check or via PayPal Friend & Family)
- Registration Deadline March 1, 2018
- Drop-in Fee $13
- Jazz Dance: (Closed) Wednesdays 6:00 – 7:30 pm, March 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th
- Fee $45 (cash, check or via PayPal Friends & Family)
- Registration Deadline March 2, 2018
- Drop-in Fee $13
Tarifa is available for private study by appointment only! (Fees Below)
- One Hour Private $60
- Two Hour Private $110
- One Hour Semi-Private $76
- Two Hour Semi-Private $130
Get Tarifa Fit:
Tarifa is a seasoned Personal Trainer and enjoys working with clients to help them reach all of their fitness goals. She runs 45 minute sessions at her private space or at Boone Park in the Avondale section of Jacksonville. Contact Tarifa for a free assessment at email@example.com. Fees for training are:
- 1 Training session per week – $35
- 2 Training sessions per week – $70
- 3 Training sessions per week – $90
Tarifa’s 2018 Workshops/Events:
Tarifa taught a two hour Workshop on February 23rd in beautiful St. Augustine, Florida at the exciting Sweetheart Gala Annual Event. She presented a workshop on the “Zaar” which is an ancient dance of healing which was and still is practiced in Northeast Africa and various other parts of the middle East. The ritual, an old pagan tradition, was thought to have originated in Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia. The folk that practice such rituals believe that the djinn has taken possession of the person who is deemed ill. The rhythmic movements aid the dancer in achieving transcendence that result in communing with the spirit which will eventually be convinced to leave this person chosen as its vessel. This ritual has been re-enacted on stage by many dancers and companies. Students learned movements typically seen in the Zaar ritual which can be incorporated into staged routines without being inappropriate or offensive. Tarifa performed Ibrahim Farrah Choreography to Ayeela Tayha with two of her lovely students, Cynthia Goldson Harris and Hydee Vanderpoole at the Friday night Hafla. Tarifa also performed her new solo choreography incorporating “Zaar” and “Dervish” type moves at the Saturday night Gala Performance. It was a wonderful event! Congratulations to host, Gina Marie Newman for her incredible success!
Tarifa will be the featured instructor/artist on April 282018 at the Annual Spring Raqs Pensacola hosted by Gina Nolan. This event will include two 2 – hour workshops taught by Tarifa and a Gala Performance featuring Tarifa Salem, Gina Nolan and many workshop participants. The first workshop will be an Oriental Veil/Sagat piece in which Tarifa will focus on strong execution of movement themes without sacrificing essence of the folk. The second 2 – hour workshop will be Tarifa’s widely popular Assaya choreography that was introduced in 2013 at the “Celebrating the Life and Work of Ibrahim Farrah” Workshop. For more details on how to register and how sign up to dance in the Showcase that evening, go to https://www.facebook.com/events/297757590648344/
Ah’lan wa Sah’lan!
Fall is in full swing and Tarifa is enjoying the season with all of her beautiful students at Anais Belly Dance Studio as they prepare for the December 17th Winter Concert which will feature her two new choreographies. Tarifa performed three of her traditional Middle Eastern Dance choreographies on November 4th with students Cynthia Goldson Harris, Catherine Clayton Smith, Chanel Callin and Katelyn Graw at the Global Jax Taste the World Event which was an incredible experience. Tarifa and her husband will be preparing to move this spring so she will not be continuing her regular large group classes after the holidays, however she has two exciting workshops coming up in the spring (flyers below) and she will be available for private & semi-private study.
Group Dance Classes: Join Tarifa every Thursday evening this fall for group dance classes at Anais Belly Dance Studio. Each class will learn a choreography to be performed this coming December. Adult Ballet/Lyrical students will be guided through a basic barre warm-up, simple adagio and traveling steps before working on segments of the class choreography. The 7 pm Middle Eastern Dance Class will execute a warm-up that includes isolation exercises, dynamic stretching, undulating movements of the arms and torso and basic finger cymbal drills before exploring common axial & locomotor sequences. Students will be required to work with veils and candles this term which will be employed in the mystical choreography Tarifa has prepared for this class. Go to www.bellydancejax.com or visit the studio at 6320 St. Augustine Rd!
3 Week Mini Sessions for 3: Gather 2 of your friends and sign up for 3 consecutive weeks of 80 minute dance sessions at Tarifa’s Private Space at an agreed upon time between the hours of 11 am an 8 pm and an agreed upon day which must be on a Tuesday, Friday or Sunday. The group fee is only $75 and you get to enjoy class with your best dance friends in Tarifa’s personalized environment where she is most comfortable! These sessions will only be offered from September through the end of November this fall season. Students will be expected to bring finger cymbals and veils to each class. Groups may choose which style of traditional Middle Eastern Dance choreography you would like to focus on. Email Tarifa at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call (561) 801-5783 and leave a detailed message stating your interest in scheduling a Mini Session and the best time for your call to be returned.
Train with T: Tarifa maintains certification as a Personal Trainer so that she can work with clients to achieve their personal fitness goals in order to lead a better quality of life. Many dancers don’t have the time to cross train, therefore set themselves up for higher risk of injury or less than adequate level of cardiovascular endurance and muscular strength which affects the quality of their performances. She also enjoys working with senior clients and clients who are interested in lowering body fat content. Regardless of what your goals are, Tarifa will design a program that is safe and challenging, physiologically sound and motivating so that you can reach those goals. You can choose between 1 session/week ($35) or 2 sessions/week ($50) programs. You can also purchase a 6 session package for $125 which has an expiration date of 2 months from date of purchase.
Looking Ahead: Tarifa has two upcoming workshops this spring in! As always, she enjoys sharing her knowledge with dedicated students of the dance and is very honored to have been invited to teach at these fabulous events. To register, please follow the links on below!
To register go to Sweetheartgalaconnection.com
For Registration information go to https://www.facebook.com/events/297757590648344/?active_tab=about
Tarifa presently teaches all of her group Dance & Fitness classes at Anais Belly Dance Studio at 6320 St. Augustine Rd in Jacksonville, Florida. To view the studio’s entire schedule and to sign up for Tarifa’s classes or the many other class offerings, please go to www.bellydancejax.com. Tarifa’s private/semi-private classes and personal training sessions are by appointment only. Those sessions are held at Tarifa’s private space or at Anais Belly Dance Studio before or after her group classes, for those registered there.
Tarifa will be presenting a 2 hour “Zaar” workshop at the February 2018 Sweetheart Gala at the Holdiay Isle Oceanfront Resort in St. Augustine, Fl. This event is being hosted by Gina Marie Newman of Blue Lotus World Dance Company and Sweetheart Gala Connection. There will be many incredible instructors presenting workshops at this event. Sign up early for special discount rates. There will be a Friday night performance for participants and a Saturday night Gala featuring many of the featured artists and professional dancers participating in this event. For more information on all event activities, go to http://www.sweetheartgalaconnection.com/
Tarifa will be the featured instructor/artist at The Third Annual Spring Raqs Pensacola Workshop & Show hosted by “Oriental Dance by Gina” on April 28th, 2018. She will teach a 2 Hour Classical Oriental Workshop with veil & sagat and a 2 Hour Assaya (cane) Workshop. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/297757590648344/?active_tab=about
Recent Past Events:
On June 25th, 2017 Anais Belly Dance Studio hosted Tarifa Salem in a SOLD OUT event to present “The Farrah Factor” Intensive for the last time in Florida. Content included a 3 hour intensive dance workshop featuring Ibrahim Farrah’s Choreography to Ayeela Tayha, the Farrah technique of playing Sagat (finger cymbals) AND a 2 hour PowerPoint presentation on the personal and professional life of Mr. Farrah from Tarifa’s perspective. Not only was Ibrahim Farrah Tarifa’s uncle, he was her professional mentor who continues to inspire her in all that she does in sharing his (and her) art. As a gifted Dance Artist and Editor of Arabesque Magazine, he contributed so very much to the history and development of Middle Eastern Dance in America. It was his passion to maintain a professional standard when representing the Middle Eastern and North African Cultures through Middle Eastern Dance.
This workshop was the first workshop to be held in the new Anais Belly Dance Studio and was promoted in conjunction with the Anaïs Belly Dance Studio Annual Hafla. Tarifa presented a poster of the Ibrahim Farrah Near East Dance Group 1981 Town Hall Performance in which she performed as a special gift to the new studio and in appreciation for the studio’s enthusiastic promotion of the ”Farrah Factor” Intensive. Some of our participants in this workshop performed at the Evening Hafla held at Layalina – Our Nights Restaurant in Mandarin. All participants who attended the hafla were invited to get up and dance with Tarifa in performing the Ibrahim Farrah “Ayeela Tayha” choreography taught at the workshop! Go to the link below to see the video.
My last workshop of 2016 was an event I will never forget! Students present were passionate about Traditional Middle Eastern Dance and very knowledgeable about legendary dance artists who dedicated their lives to upholding and maintaining a standard for Middle Eastern Dance in America. Born into a Lebanese American family and being the niece and protege of Ibrahim Farrah, I am passionate about sharing my art, my experiences growing up where Middle Eastern dance and music were central to all family and community gatherings AND about the life of my dear uncle, a pioneer in bringing the art to the stage in America. My graduate and undergraduate studies in Dance Education and my many years experience in the business have given me the tools to challenge and inspire students, regardless of level, to excel as dancers, choreographers, instructors and scholars in many genres of dance. I find that students do not always show up to learn, but come to be entertained. This event, however gave me renewed faith that many students want more! This group exhibited a thirst for knowledge and so much enthusiasm for the “Farrah” AND “Salem” choreography. I cannot remember the last time I was so inspired! I am so grateful to Riskallah Riyad, a gifted instructor and dance artist in her own right, for enthusiastically hosting me and for promoting the event as to the importance and value of the content. Participants gave so very much of themselves in the Friday Master Class the 2 Sunday Workshops. The icing on the cake was that my uncle’s life partner and protege, Phaedra, and Jajouka, also his protege, both of whom were long time dancers with the Ibrahim Farrah Near East Dance Group were there to support me. They are both artists I looked up to for many years and I credit them both with helping me develop as a dance artist. It was a wonderful reunion and great opportunity to meet new people who were incredibly kind and are so very dedicated to this art. Though I have decided to stop traveling this year, I hope to have an opportunity to teach a few workshops that involve “total education” (technique/choreography in the styles of my ancestors with academic components addressing culture and historical implications) closer to home in 2017. I do want to thank all of those who hosted me this past year. (Valerick Molinary, Melanie LaJoie, Jennifer “Jemeena” Marino, Kweilin Nassar and of course Riskallah Riyad) Each workshop had it’s own special magic! So much for retirement!
Tarifa’s Group Classes at Anais Belly Dance Studio
Thursday 6 pm – Adult/Teen Ballet/Lyrical
Class Protocol: Students will Warm up and Stretch for 20 – 30 minutes with Classical Ballet Barre exercises which will be followed up with a Center Floor Basic Adagio and “Across the floor” steps and turns. Culminating activity will be a short Lyrical sequence utilizing ballet vocabulary specific to which travel steps are taught and what is introduced in the Adagio portion of class. Ballet slippers, soft sole jazz shoes or half sole modern dance shoes are recommended but not required.
Thursday 7 pm – Adult Belly Dance Technique
Class Protocol: Students will begin class with a complete center floor warm-up which will include the drilling of isolation movements typical in traditional “Raks Sharki”, basic layering and beautiful travel sequences that will be repeated across the floor. Finger Cymbal (Sagat) drills will be included in every class so that students will become proficient in their ability to play them while dancing. Basic Veil work will also be included. Culminating activity for each class will be a short sequence applying the specific skills that were addressed in class. Students should come prepared with finger cymbals and a veil to every class.
Go to http://www.bellydancejax.com/ for information on class fees and multiple class cards for your savings.
Private & Semi-Private Study with Tarifa
- Tarifa is available for Private and Semi-Private Study by appointment only at her private space located on the Westside of Jacksonville on Tuesdays, Wednesday, Fridays & Saturdays between the hours of 12 – 4 pm.
- Private Study at other local studios is possible depending on Tarifa’s availability. (Students are responsible for booking the space and covering the rental fee at the particular space.)
Sessions are 60 minutes unless otherwise specified. Fee will be adjusted accordingly. After scheduling your class with Tarifa, you must confirm by sending the appropriate payment to https://www.paypal.me/tarifasalem. If you prefer to pay by cash, credit or check please email Tarifa for instructions. (see fees below)
- Private Class – $60
- 2 hr. Private – $105
- Semi Private – $76 ($38 each)
- 2 hr. Semi – $130 ($65 each)
- June Farrah Factor Workshop – $77.75 before 6/15 or $88.00 after 6/15
*All Private and Semi-private classes must be booked and confirmed at least 2 weeks in advance. (No refunds.)
Get Fit in 2017 with T!
Tarifa is a certified Personal Fitness Trainer who works with clients (dancers and non-dancers alike) committed to reaching optimal health goals! Start 2017 off right and Schedule your training sessions TODAY! Tarifa schedules training sessions around her hours of availability on Mondays through Saturdays. All sessions run for 1 hour. Tarifa trains at her private space on the Westside of Jacksonville unless client prefers to meet at one of her favorite outdoor locations. If you prefer outdoor training, it is preferable to schedule morning or evening sessions during summer hours. See Fees Below:
- One session/week $35
- Two sessions/week $60
- 10 session card $250 (must be used within 3 months of purchase)