Khadijah, featured 4/11, International Dance Day Event

April 29-30, 2011MEDGE is proud to sponsor the renowned Khadijah in this celebration of International Dance.  Khadijah will present a lecture, perform in a show with other professional-level dancers, and teach two workshops.

Friday, April 29, 7:30 p.m. – Gala International Dance Day Show, Agate Hall on the University of Oregon Campus, 1787 Agate Street, Eugene, OR.  $10, all ages.  Doors open at 7:00 p.m.  FREE PARKING in lots 38 and 29 near campus.  (Parking map of UO campus can be found here.)

Saturday, April 30 – Workshops at Celebration Belly Dance and Yoga, 1840 Willamette Street, Suite 206.  10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. – Khaleeji dance 101: True culture and tradition: “Khaleeji” refers to the style of dance and music from the Persian Gulf, or the “Khaleej” region, which includes Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE. The dance is largely improvisational, performed by pairs or groups of women for their own entertainment at special celebrations, such as weddings. As this dance represents many countries of the Gulf region, Khadijah will instruct proper costuming, musicality, posture, history, background, and much more!  1:00-3:00 p.m. – Persian Bandari: In Farsi Bandar means “harbor.” This high energy Southern Iranian folk dance from the Persian Gulf not only reflects on ties from the Arabian Peninsula but from traditional African dances brought to the Persian Gulf by the slave trade. Come learn abdominal movements and undulations, graceful arm and hands movements, with shimmies and fun spins and turns!i.  MEDGE member:  $30 each, $50 for both; non-member:  $35 each, $60 for both.  Workshop registration form (pdf).

Saturday, April 30 – Free Lecture:  “How Dance is Viewed in the Islamic Middle East” – 6:00 p.m. at EWEB Training Center, 500 E 4th Ave., Eugene, OR.  “EWEB provides public meeting rooms as a community service and does not sponsor or endorse activities or groups using EWEB public facilities.”

Khadijah is a diverse world class performer/ instructor that has set the stage for herself as an upcoming star of Middle Eastern Dance and beyond. She has become a highly sought after performer, instructor and choreographer due to her ?unique and energetic Egyptian style. Khadijah started her extensive training in Middle Eastern dance many years ago around the world and in various places here in the US. Khadijah has been seeking knowledge from many different instructors from many different backgrounds in the Middle Eastern dance world. Some of those many instructors include: Raqia Hassan of Egypt, Randa Kamel of Egypt, Ansuya of Miami, Morocco of New York, Eva Cernik of Denver, Suhaila Salimpour of California…and the list goes on and on! Khadijah is continuously studying and seeking knowledge on a regular basis with the worlds’ most renowned dancers and musicians of Middle Eastern dance and music.  For more information, please see Khadijah’s website – www.khadijahdancer.net.

See an interview with Khadijah from YouTube here.