Spring in Pensacola

Third Annual Spring Raqs Pensacola featuring Tarifa Salem will be on April 28th!

Pensacola 2018 Show Flyer


“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 glwnolan@gmail.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 glwnolan@gmail.com 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.

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.

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