Kiyaana's Blog

Directions to Bodyworks in Downtown Fredericksburg

Bodyworks Athletic Club is in historic downtown Fredericksburg. The address of Bodyworks is 1027 Caroline St, but the entrance is actually in the back, from the parking lot, which is the corner of Amelia St. and Sophia St. For GPS directions, use 1017 Sophia St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401This is actually the address of The Happy Clam, which is across the street from the Bodyworks parking lot.

The entrance:
Bodyworks Entrance

The Happy Clam is the bright blue building, across the street. (Also a public parking lot.)

From exit 126A and exit 130A:
Your GPS will likely have you use exit 126A (onto Rte 1) or 130A (onto Rte 3). Follow directions into downtown Fredericksburg. When you are on William St. (one-way towards the river), make sure you are in the left lane when you reach Princess Anne St.

Drive through the Caroline St. intersection, then turn LEFT onto Sophia St, staying in the left lane. The Bodyworks lot and entrance will be on your left.

From exit 133A:
Your directions will likely lead you to use River Rd or Chatham Heights Rd, so you will use this bridge to drive over the Rappahannock River.

At the end of the bridge, turn right onto Sophia St. and get into the left lane. The Bodyworks parking lot will be on your left.

There *should* be room for you in the parking lot. However, if the lot is full, be aware that most of the nearby street parking has a 2-hour limit during the day. The lot across the street, next to The Happy Clam, is a public lot. There are more public parking lots and a parking garage within four blocks of Bodyworks, all off of Sophia Street. See the "P" marks on the image below (taken from here):

Parking in Downtown Fredericksburg, VA

Workshop with Faten "Dancing to the Classics"

"Dancing to the Classics" Workshop with Faten

Join us on Saturday, April 18, 2015 in Fredericksburg, VA for an oriental master class with world-renowned native Egyptian instructor and choreographer, Faten. Dance to the classics with someone who can guide you far beyond combinations and counting. Faten will help you dig into the roots of the music, explain the mood of the song, convey the meaning of the lyrics, and give you cultural context like few other instructors can.  
(At least one year of dance experience is recommended for this workshop.)

Time: 1-4:30 pm  (30 min. break)   Location: Bodyworks, Fredericksburg, VA    Cost: $75        
Egyptian Instructor Faten teaching folkloric and oriental bellydance







Selected at age 11 for the national folk troupe of Egypt dance school for children, Faten was one of the original dancers in Egypt’s National Folk Troupe. Her vast knowledge of folklore styles and their influence on oriental dance enriches her classic, yet innovative, approach to our dance. After dancing with Faten, you’ll be hooked on her joyful style and enthusiasm!

One spot left! Now $75, payable through PayPal. Or send a check/money order to me with this form.

Our workshop location is Bodyworks in downtown Fredericksburg, VA, appros. 10 minutes from exit 130A off of I-95. Find more details here about driving and parkingPark in the lot behind Bodyworks, off of Sophia (one-way street) and Amelia (also a one-way). **Use the parking lot entrance to get inside.** OR park in one of the visitor lots off of Sophia St. or the downtown parking garage (and walk several blocks to Bodyworks).

More about Faten:
Faten performs orientalAn electrifying performer, a generous teacher and authentic choreographer, Faten began dancing in Cairo at age 11 when she was selected to attend a dance school for children run by Egypt's first-ever National Folkloric Troupe (“Kowmeya”). While dancing full time and performing for heads of state, ambassadors, and royalty across the globe, she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in French Literature. With her husband, Shawki Naim, at the time the top soloist in Egypt and the National Troupe choreographer, they created their own troupe, which traveled and performed around the world, which continues to serve as the National Folkloric Troupe of Egypt. 

Now based in Arlington, Virginia, Faten teaches weekly classes at Saffron Dance and is highly sought-after to teach Egyptian dance workshops worldwide.  Faten keeps her choreographies and love of folklore alive with her dedicated students as director of two dance companies at Saffron Dance School and with her original group, Al Massraweya:  

Student Hafla Nov. 23 at Aladin

Join us for an afternoon of wonderful dancing, good food, and excellent fun! Student soloists for this event are Yaalini, Naida, Heather, and Eleya. Guest dancers include Suzana Nour, Sama, and Nadirah of Serenity Tribal.

This Aladin location is at exit 133B of of I-95. Immediately turn right. Drive between Wawa and Panera, curve to the left, then find Aladin at the end of the Target strip mall. Call 540-371-7500 to make a reservation.

Kiyaana's bellydance students perform Aug 23, 2014 in Fredericksburg

Student Hafla at Aladin Rte. 17

Aladin Fredericksburg, VA Bellydance Party

What: Performances by Kiyaana's students and featured guests, plus open dancing

When: Sunday, Oct. 5, 3-4:30 pm

Where: Aladin Rte. 17, on S. Gateway Drive, next to Target

Why: We love to share what we've been learning! Our joy for this dance is evident on the dance floor.