Kiyaana's Blog

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.

United We Dance!

Our 4th annual combined-levels bellydance class at Strictly Ballroom begins August 4th! Join us on Mondays in August to practice bellydance technique and learn important skills for group dancing. Learn a fun, basic choreography that is suitable for beginners, but appropriate for experienced dancers, too. (Add finger cymbals to increase the difficulty level!) There will be an opportunity to perform this as a group in September or October.

Time: 7:30-8:30
Dates: August 4, 11, 18, 25
Location: Strictly Ballroom Studio, Olde Greenwich Dr, Fredericksburg, VA 22408
Cost: $48 if paying for all four classes OR $15 per class drop-in

Belly Dance Class at Strictly Ballroom Fredericksburg VA

Music: Min Gheer Kalaam (Without Words)

Min Gheer Kalaam CDBuy this album! I am always looking for new dance music and this is my latest favorite. I love the classics, but appreciate the efforts of modern composers, too. Leila of Cairo's new album, "Min Gheer Kalaam" (Without Words) is a welcome addition to my music library. Unlike her previous albums, there are no entrance songs, no familiar classics (except a few beledis), and no singing by Safaa Farid (of course, since it's "Without Words.") The CD has fifteen tracks that are taxsims, drum solos, and beledis. It still has the rich, slightly raw, quality of her other albums. Is it danceable? Of course, especially the under-four-minute tracks "Beledi Awady" and "Beledi Hassan" (both will sound familiar), plus several of the drum solos. I love the taxsims, I really do, and appreciate that so many instruments were included: violin, saxophone, qanoun, nay, and accordion. However, they are all around seven minutes (or longer), so not as performance-friendly as the other tracks. I definitely recommend that all dedicated bellydance teachers and students (especially those that claim Egyptian style in their dancing) purchase this album. It's a great learning tool for studying taxsims and beledis, plus you'll enjoy dancing to it. (Plus, it's a great way to support a fellow dancer and her orchestra. We need more music like this.)

Best price I have found is at Use code ADR22 to get 10% off. (Search for "Leila Farid" to find this and a couple of her other, also excellent, albums.)

Purchase from (get 10% off when you buy two or more). CD Baby also has Leila's albums, "Om Al Dunya" and "Tarab."

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