Upcoming Events

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Sandi and Marsha Workshop Show
April 30th 2016
8:00pm
at the Home Builders Association
3515 Wathens Crossing
Owensboro, KY



5th Annual PlayThink Festival
June 15-19, 2016
Homegrown Hideaways
Berea, KY

Samira will be teaching the following classes:

You're Veilcome
Since veils were popularized in belly dance by Samia Gamal, they have added mystery and an ethereal quality to the stage. In the Egypt and Lebanon, they are used as an entrance prop and quickly discarded. However, in Turkey, it is popular to use them dramatically throughout the dance to conceal and reveal our movements, frame our bodies, and draw attention to turns. In this class, you will learn some combinations for keeping your veil with you for the duration of your dance.

Yes You Candle
Palm candles are an excellent prop to layer onto your dance performance. In this class you will learn statuesque arm frames, how to use candles to frame your body and show off particular movements, how to make a dramatic entrance and exit, and some tricks that will leave your audience wondering "How did they do that!?" We will also discuss various styles of palm torches and how to make your own.

Samira will also be performing in the Instructor Showcase.


FREE Little Miss and Teen classes at the Princeton Public Library
June 29th 2016
Little Miss Class at 10:00am
Teen Class at 3:30pm
124 S. Hart St.
Princeton, IN



Franklin Street Bazaar
June 25th 2016
9:00am-1:00pm
1331 W. Franklin St.
Evansville, IN
FREE CLASS with Samira and performances by The Turkish Delights at 11:00am


Franklin Street Bazaar
July 30th 2016
9:00am-1:00pm
1331 W. Franklin St.
Evansville, IN
FREE CLASS with Samira and performances by The Turkish Delights at 11:00am


Franklin Street Bazaar
August 13th 2016
9:00am-1:00pm
1331 W. Franklin St.
Evansville, IN
FREE CLASS with Samira and performances by The Turkish Delights at 11:00am


Franklin Street Bazaar
September 10th 2016
9:00am-1:00pm
1331 W. Franklin St.
Evansville, IN
FREE CLASS with Samira and performances by The Turkish Delights at 11:00am

Past Events


Belly Dance Gala
February 20th, 2016
Old Town Players Theatre and Arts Center
432 Broadway St.
Vincennes, IN
Proceeds will help local shelters for women and children. Donations accepted at the door for admission.


ISAMETD Winter Bazaar
January 24th 2015
Broadway UMC
609 E. 29th St.
Indianapolis, IN
This is a day of shopping, classes, belly dance swap-meet, drumming, and dancing. Watch Samira and The Turkish Delights in the shows throughout the day!


Hafla for Hope
November 29th, 2015 from 5:00-10:00PM
Toast
1550 Mesker Park Dr.
Evansville, IN
An evening of Middle Eastern Culture to benefit project Hope. Middle Eastern food, dance, and celebration to benefit those who have little to celebrate. Project Hope will be on the ground in Syria December 2015 helping refugees of war.


A Very Glittery Holiday Pin up and Burlesque Show
November 14th 2015
Germania Maennerchor
916 N Fulton Ave
Evansville, IN
Please join us for our very first holiday and winter themed Pin up and burlesque show on The Germanian stage!
DOORS OPEN at 7 pm, SHOW STARTS at 8 pm-?
This event will benefit abused and homeless animals of Vanderburgh County through the Spirit Medical Fund.The SPIRIT MEDICAL FUND assists with needed medical care for stray, homeless and abandoned animals that arrive at Evansville-Vanderburgh Animal Care & Control.



ATS Flash Mob
October 10th, 2015 at 1:00PM
Nona's Downtown Market
Owensboro, KY



Bellydancing for Birth
Evansville Birth Network Meeting
Thursday, June 11th 2015 at 6:30pm CST
Evansville-Vanderburgh Central Library
Come belly dance with us to learn great moves for labor and delivery with a special appearance by local belly dancing expert Laci Samira

Mermaid Studio Fall Hafla
Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 5:00PM CST
Germania Maennerchor
916 N. Fulton Ave. Evansville, IN 47710
Calling all Fans, Friends and Families! It is time for the Mermaid Dance Studio Fall Hafla. Join us for an evening of dancing and celebration with special guest performances with the lovely ladies of Sharaka Raqsa Belly Dance.
We are at Germania Maennerchor again this year. Doors open at 5:00 pm. Show starts at 6:00 pm. This is a potluck event, so feel free to bring snack or a dish if you choose. A Cash Bar Services will also be available.

Occustock - Feed the People
May 16-18, 2014
Lynnville Park
Lynnville, IN
Samira's Veil workshop will be at 3:00 Saturday
All proceeds benefit the Tri-state food bank
Admission is $5 plus a canned food item

Blackhawk Manor Renaissance Festival


Haunted Hafla
Haunted Hafla 2012
November 10th, 2012
Germania Maennerchor
916 North Fulton Ave
Evansville, IN

Toga Party

Toga Party to benefit the Alhambra Theatre Restoration Project
Friday, June 1, 2012
Doors at 8, Show from 9:00-11:45
Bokeh Lounge
1007 Parrett St.
Evansville, IN
This mythology based show will feature stellar gods and goddesses, mythic creatures, belly dance, star studded modern dances, comedy skits and more! Best Toga Contest to follow immediately after the show finale. Come dressed to impress the gods and goddesses and win prizes from your favorite local establishments! Wear your best toga, god or goddess costume, nothing is too elaborate or extreme!
Come see the talents of: Glitter in the Air Girls, Sharaka Raqsa Bellydance, Rabia and Company, Noonie Moonshine, J. Scott Meyer, SaSSquad, Nancy Kramer of Mermaid Dance Studio, Leah Robling and more to be announced!
DJ and Dancing to follow the show and contest!

Spunk in the City

Spunk In The City
Music Dance and Fire Stage
April 28, 2012
5-6
Bokeh Lounge
Evansville, IN


Mayhem in the Garden II
April 14, 2012
8am-10pm
Camp Pennyroyal
3095 Girl Scout Road
Utica, KY 42376
Samira will be teaching a class and Sharaka Raqsa will perform during Feast.

inspired by fire
Inspired by Fire
April 1, 2012
Four Freedoms Monument
Evansville, IN
Starting at 4pm, we will have performing arts of many styles, art walls, magicians, comedians, psychics, food vendors, live music, workshops... it's gonna be a spring celebration done to a Jester theme (April 1st, so why not?!).


Women's Retreat

Women's Retreat
Relaxation, Pampering, Over $1,000 in Prizes!
Saturday, March 3rd
10:00am to 3:00pm (Registration at 9:30am)
Vincennes University Campus
Intersection of Hwy 41 and Coal Mine Road
Fort Branch, IN

Education Sessions will include: Asthma and Your Child, Your Child and Drugs, COPD and How You Live With It, How Women Can Change The World
Demonstration Sessions will Include: Yoga, Bellydancing and Relaxation Breathing
Lunch will be provided
Sponsored by: Tobacco Free Gibson County, Gibson County Health Department, Doulos Family Services, Local Coordinating Council and Tulip Tree Family Health Care.


Mardi Bras
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Mardi Bras
Saturday, February 18th
7:00pm to 10:00pm Casino Aztar
Evansville, IN

Ticket sales start at $25 and include appetizers during cocktail time, pre-show entertainment, the style show and much more. Preorder your tickets

Area artists create wearable art in the form of brassiers and bustiers. The pieces are presented during a runway show and are sold. Proceeds are shared equally between the artist and ARG.

"When AIDS is stopped we will dance for joy. Until then we will dance for life."



Moonshine at High Noon
Noonie Moonshine Presents, a Noonie Moonshine Production, Starring Noonie Moonshine (& friends) in: MOONSHINE AT HIGH NOON
Bokeh Lounge Downtown Evansville
1007 Parrett St.
Evansville, IN
Saturday, November 5th, 2011 (Remember, Remember the 5th of November!)
$10 for Act 1, $15 for Act 2 or both shows, $25 for VIP - 50% each ticket goes to Tri-State Food Bank
7:00-10:00 PM - 2 shows:

LifeBox I
1hr starting at 7pm
PG if werent for bar setting
Live original music; Snake, Veil, Tribal Fusion & Gypsy bellydance; Poetry & Story-Telling Band: Brett Siler, Haley Shaberts, Zach Zint, Opyl Fly & possibly Brinton Powell Bellydancers: Samira of Sharaka Raqsa, Michelle Davis- instructor and performer of Mermaid Dance Studio & Noonie Moonshine, Poet.
Story by Cristine Dawson

LifeBox II
1hr starting at 8:45pm
Semi-naughty vaudeville acts
Live music, Strip Tease & Magic acts
Band: Brett & Friends
Burlesque: Contessa Kindfire, Noonie Moonshine, Ophelia Peters, Saki Tsunami & Stella La More
Magic by Joseph Franklin

Mermaid Dance Studio Haunted Hafla

Mermaid Dance Studio Halloween Hafla
Facebook Event
Saturday, October 15th, 2011
Doors at 6:30, show at 7:30
Washington Square Mall - The Civic Theatre Annex
1138 Washington Square
Evansville, IN 47715

This Event is Open to Family, Friends and Fans of Mermaid Dance Studio. Doors open for potluck dinner at 6:30pm. Show starts at 7:30pm. As always, there is no charge to attend. Bring a dish or drinks and come support the dancer in your life!

As always, the lovely ladies of Mermaid Dance Studio have been working hard on this year’s event. We are also honored to have Workshop Instructor, Nichole Hanna, from Gypsyville Bellydance and Panty Raid Burlesques sharing the stage! Participants from the day's workshops wishing to dance in the show should contact Michelle with music selections/bios, etc, by Wednesday, October 12th.

We invite audience members to come costumed and participate by being a part of the scene during our dance numbers. We have all the classics making an appearance -Vampires, Egyptians, Witches, Gypsies – OH MY! Frank’s Brides, Zombies and maybe even some Royalty (king, queen, princess, etc.). All manner of ghouls are welcome.

Come and see what Bellydancers do for Halloween!

Club Bellydance
Club Bellydance
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Friday, October 7th, 2011
Doors at 7, Concert at 7:30
Eifler Theatre inside the historic Clifton Center
2117 Payne St.
Louisville KY 40206
Tickets are $20 when purchased online ($2 off each ticket when purchasing 10 or more) and $25 the day of the show.

The CLUB BELLYDANCE TOUR is a six-week tour across Canada and the US, featuring five Bellydance Superstars (Sabah, Moria, Sabrina Fox, Stefanya and Victoria) AND local dancers for the Louisville show are: (ANU, Blythe, Crescent Moon Dance Company, Kelly Creagh, Laylia, Raks Makam, Ruric-Amari, Samira (Yours Truly), Samover Dance Company, Samover East and Sharazad Noir). This event will include some amazing dancing, and the price is half that of the usual BDSS show. All the BDSS material is new for the tour. This will be a spectacular event!


Inspired by Fire
Sunday, September 25th, 2011
3:00 PM - 10:30 (We are dancing from 6-6:45)
The 4 Freedoms Monument on the River
Evansville, IN

The Evansville Fire Family Presents: Inspired by Fire
The weather this time of year is perfect for outdoor living, days in the park, and of course... fire! Inspired by Fire is an event focusing on bringing artists of all mediums out to showcase what they're made of and express that burning desire within to create for you! From Musicians to Makers, from Painters to Poets, from Builders to Belly Dancers, this is an event to showcase entertainment of all types, concluding the evening with a burn from the Evansville Fire Family.


Colored Delusions Art Show
Saturday, July 22nd, 2011
4:00PM - 3:00AM
Marina Pointe (By the Cigartette Depot, off Water Works Road)
1827 Waterworks Roadt
Evansville, IN 47713

Celebrating The World Summer Reading Program
Performance
Wednesday, July 27th, 2011
9:00-11:30 AM
Princeton Public Library
124 South Hart Street
Princeton, IN 47670

The Gibson County Fair - before the fireworks
Saturday, July 2nd, 2011
7:00-8:00PM
Gibson County Fairgrounds
Carniby St. Stage
Princeton, IN

Celebrating The World Summer Reading Program
Demo and Class for Adults
Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
6:00-7:00 PM
Princeton Public Library
124 South Hart Street
Princeton, IN 47670

Inspired by Fire
Sunday, June 5th, 2011
7:00 PM - 7:30 or 8:00 (until it is dark enough for the fire show)
The 4 Freedoms Monument on the River
Evansville, IN

Beltane Art Exhibit by Renegade Productions
Saturday, May 28th, 2011
6:00 PM
The Main Gate
520 Main Street
Evansville, IN 47708

Carnival
Saturday, February 19th
The Event Gallery
956 Parett St. Downtown across from Haneys Corner
Evansville, IN
Doors Open at 4:00pm
Tickets will be $10 in advance or $12 at the door
To get your tickets by calling Corey Christy at 228-229-6145

The Funks 2nd annual Mardi Gras party in Evansville!!! With music from 5 of the hottest bands in the area, a full art show (complete with live performance artist), Gypsy Belly Dancing by Sharaka Raqsa, Fortune tellers and great food from Madeleines Fusion restaurant. You will think you are on Bourbon street for night!!

Mardi Bras
Sunday, February 27th, 2011
Doors open at 2:00, Show starts at 3:00
Casino Aztar
Evansville, IN
Tickets are $50 each, which includes appetizers during cocktail time, pre-show entertainment, the style show and much more. Preorder your tickets
Area artists create wearable art in the form of brassiers and bustiers. The pieces are presented during a runway show and are sold. Proceeds are shared equally between the artist and ARG. Bellydance performances by Noonie Moonshine and Lubaba (Sharaka Raqsa will be performing with Lubaba)
"When AIDS is stopped we will dance for joy. Until then we will dance for life."

The Oakland City Sweetcorn Festival
Friday, August 6th, 2010
6:00-6:30
Wirth Park
Oakland City, IN

The Gibson County Fair
Thursday, July 8th, 2010
6:30-7:00
Gibson County Fairgrounds
Carniby St. Stage
Princeton, IN

Mermaid Dance Studio Hafla
Saturday, June 12th, 2010
5:00 PM
Washington Square Mall - The Civic Theatre Annex
1138 Washington Square
Evansville, IN 47715

Aalim Dance Company Workshop Show
Saturday, April 10th, 2010
8:00 PM
The Club Room at Schlaffy
2100 Locust St.
St Louis, MO 63103

Otters Stadium Walk/Run
July 19, 2009
6:00
Otters Stadium
Evansville, IN

Kaos Fest
August 14, 2009
Time TBA
Gibson County Fairgrounds
Princeton, IN

Crescent Moon Dance Company Show
April 26, 2009
4:00-6:00 PM
Holiday Inn Express
New Albany, IN

Mermaid Dance Studio Spring Hafla
April 25, 2009
5:00-9:00 PM
at the Civic Theatre Annex in Washington Square Mall
Evansville, IN