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Workshop with Faten

There's Folklore in my Oriental! Workshop with Faten

Join us on Saturday, August 16, in Fredericksburg, VA for an Egyptian folkloric and oriental master class with world-renowned native Egyptian instructor and choreographer, Faten. Learn the origins of Egyptian folkloric dance, its influence on modern bellydance, and how it will enrich your oriental and tribal bellydance performances.
(At least one year of dance experience is recommended for this workshop.)

Time: 1-4 pm     Location: Strictly Ballroom, Fredericksburg, VA    Cost: $65     Directions HERE     
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. Benefit from her years of experience with styles such as Saidi, Haggallah, Nubian, and Fellahi. After dancing with Faten for three hours, you’ll be hooked on her joyful style and enthusiasm!

Now $65, payable through PayPal, 

or check/cash the day of the workshop.

Our workshop location is the spacious Strictly Ballroom Studio, 125 Olde Greenwich Dr, Fredericksburg, VA, 22408. It is situated off of Lafayette Ave, about 10 minutes from I-95 exit 126A or 130A. There is plenty of parking available in the front lot.

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:  

CASA Fundraiser

Want to donate to Rappahannock CASA as part of our fundraising efforts this Saturday, but can't make it to our event at Aladin? Please send the funds directly to me via PayPal, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , without fees, & I will write a check to CASA for all funds received. Every $2 donated receives a raffle ticket. Indicate in the message which raffles you would like to enter.

Raffle items:
Pier 1 gift card $25
TJ Maxx gift card $25
Aladin gift card $25
Basilico gift card $25
Dancer's Wardrobe gift card $25
Bella Donna Ya Helwa choreography DVD (new)
Meaning in Movement DVD (new)
1-2-3 Belly Dance with Bahaia DVD (new)
Pink hip scarf with multi-color paillettes (new)
Orange hip scarf with holographic sequins (new)

Gifts for Bellydancers, Part 2

The holidays are here and many of you are wondering, "What can I get for my bellydancing spouse/friend/family member?" I put together my first list of suggestions a few years ago, now let's add to it:

For beginners (keep it simple, she's just getting started!):

  • Search for these items at square sequins scarf, turquoise finger cymbals (small or medium), chiffon veil.
  • Gift certificate to continue classes.

Advanced beginners (dancing at least 6 months) likely already have a few hipscarves and such, so try:

For intermediate/advanced dancers:

  • Cash for that workshop she's been talking about for weeks. (Wrap it up in a special little cymbal pouch from  Search for "zill bag.")
  • Gift certificate for your local cosmetics store (Ulta, Sephora, MAC).
  • "Egyptian Music Appreciation" set from
  • Ranya Renee's instructional DVDs, such as "Bellydance Taqasim."
  • "Rhythms of Oriental Dance" by Nesma of Spain.


Bellydance Events in Virginia

Even though I'm based in Fredericksburg, where I teach weekly bellydance classes and perform a couple times a month, I spend just as much time, some weeks more, dancing in the Northern and Central Virginia areas. If you are interested in finding classes and events within a 60 mile radius of Fredericksburg, Stafford, and Spotsylvania, visit these sites. Several of them have the option to sign up for a newsletter and/or connect on Facebook. - Severna Park, MD - Maryland - Washington, D.C. - Arlington, VA
QueensOfThe Universe - Richmond, VA - Sterling, VA - Baltimore, MD - Fredericksburg, VA - Richmond, VA - Chesapeake, VA - Richmond, VA - West Vienna, VA - Severna Park, MD - Winchester, VA

And so many more! A quick Google search will surely give you more results. Hope to see you at a workshop, restaurant show, theater event, or dance class soon.