Workshops with Hadia June 8-9

Hadia is one of Canada’s natural jewels , with the energy of a five year old, the wisdom and candour of an old woman, and the ageless spirit of a true artist.  A multi-genre, multi-lingual performer, teacher, and choreographer, she is the winner of numerous awards, and is in great demand internationally. Her vast experience and training make her an unparalleled master instructor.  Hadia’s ingenious teaching skills blend careful disciplined technique, attentive application to rhythm and music, and encouragement of artistic expression.  Dedicated to educating dancers, she has a fullness and depth to her teaching that challenges and  inspires.  She’s an inspiration for aging with style, sass, and ferocity! Hadia delivers, without filters, clearly and “from the hip”.     She draws upon her multi-faceted, 40+ year career as a dance artist ,as well as 20+ year career as a registered practitioner/ instructor of massage/manual therapy.  She skilfully applies her extensive knowledge of anatomy and kinesiology to thorough, clear and disciplined breakdown of all techniques. Her understanding of the arts and cultures of the Middle East is reflected in her attentive application of rhythms, instruments and phrasing, and her ability to encourage emotional and artistic expression. Her teaching embodies her deep love and respect for our art form as it challenges, inspires, and accommodates all levels of students – novice to professional. Hadia also conducts tours to Turkey and Morocco, and intensive pro courses for performers and teachers.   Her students include Nicola of Winnipeg,  Anya of Edmonton, Hala Jamal of Camrose, Oksana of Grande Prairie, Nath Keo of Victoria, Suzy and Dafne of Calgary, Melissa Gamal of Toronto, Salome of Montreal, and many more.  She has worked with Natacha Atlas, Khomeyya Group of Egypt, Rehan of Turkey, Raqia Hassan, Mme. Denise Enan, Roula Said, Jalilah Zamora, among others.   We are truly blessed to be one of her rare Canadian appearances!

WORKSHOPS           Orient Express 6


Content is paced for intermediate and above dancers, but all are welcome

This is priced as a not-for-profit , educational event. 

Hadia can provide instruction in multiple languages.          

Sneak peeks of Hadia’s instruction, including choreo, on her YouTube channel: 

Saturday June 8  

check-in/shopping 1:30 pm 

2-4:30  pm  Q & A  4:30-5 pm        

Embolden, Embellish,  & Emancipate Your Dance: 

How do you get from this to that, here to there?  How can you settle in and let dance “happen”?  How can you refresh, “clean up”, and shake off bad habits?  Relevant, real,  genuine technique and correct anatomy for Egyptian raks sharqi and bellydance, delivered with Hadia’s candour, passion, and clarity.  Experience her magical method for accessing movements, freeing your body and finding the “yum” in your dancing.   Whether improv or choreo,  “Tante Hadia” has solutions.    

Hadia really, truly does want you to be your best, and find your “yum”.  

Sunday June 9       

Hadia’s teaching style is a dynamic combination of bold, direct, and organic, combining Western “breakdown” with more Eastern “do as I do”.  Clean out and clean up your dancing—Hadia confronts and debunks the nonsense so common in the bellydance world.  Her infectious and humorous dancetalk will have you “dumshakkadum”-ing , “tippy-toe”-ing,  “blah-blah-blah”-ing, and “lady jogging” your way through freer movements.    

check-in/shopping 1:30 pm   

Manifesting the Music   —     whole day recommended for the best experience  

A day for dancers to dive deep and GET REAL! 

Connect more meaningfully with the delicious music of the Arab world, and let it move through you in new and nourishing ways. Hadia’s Savvy Body methodology combines authentic interpretations, self-care, anatomical awareness, and respect for cultural aesthetics.  

Gain a deeper understanding of music used for raks sharqi from this award-winning dancer and choreographer.  Explore deeper with focus on flow and transition.   Sow seeds in your dance garden for years of bountiful blooming. 

2-5 pm    Heart:  Arabic rhythms    

Authentic Arabic rhythms for dance, as the Egyptians interpret.   Explore the relationship between dancer, beat, tempo, and rhythm.   Dum, teks, kas, and rolls— what drums say and how that informs our movement.   

~dinner break/shopping/mingle 5-6  pm 

6-9 pm       Soul:  Melodies & Musical Instruments   

Oud, nay, accordion, violin, qanun, cello, and more— the structure, phrasing, and patterning of Arabic melodies,  modes, and the nature of each instrument invite you to dance with textures, emotions, and moods. 


Saturday only   $60   

Sunday afternoon   $60  

Sunday evening   $60  

Sunday all    $110

Saturday and Sunday BEST  DEAL!   $165

adult tickets $20 each

kids’ tickets $10 each (12 & under)

      *ticket pick up is during Saturday workshop, or at the door, starting at 6:45 pm

deposit/partial payment of minimum $20 holds your spot and locks in the Regular Rate. *You may make up to 3 payments for the workshops.    

  • All payments are due in full by June 7 at 5 pm.*

PAYMENT METHOD:     Paypal   or etransfer* (to or cheque (Canadians only)   

*please remember to provide your security question answer*

Leave a Reply