Leila Farid in New England - Belly Dance Workshops
May 18-20, 2018 - Portland, Maine

Bright Star World Dance - 108 High Street, Portland ME - Corner of High & Spring

  • Saturday 5/19 show tickets available at the door starting at 7:30 PM.
May 18-20, 2018 Friday Saturday Sunday
11:00 AM-1:00 PM Workshop:
Egyptian Technique
Understanding Egyptian Classic Music
2:00 PM-4:00 PM Workshop:
Techniques of Improvisation
Beledi Progression
6:00 PM-8:00 PM Lecture:
Dancing in Cairo
8:00-10:00 PM Show:
Studio Show

Workshop Rates & Installment Plans
  • Full Package - Four workshops Sat-Sun - $260 (SOLD OUT)
  • Full Day - Two workshops Sat or Sun - $140 (Sunday SOLD OUT)
  • Single Worskhop - One workshop - $75
  • Friday lecture - Included for all pre-registered workshop attendees!

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Friday Lecture: Dancing in Cairo
  • Open to the public!
  • $15 till Thu 5/17
  • $20 at the door 5/18
  • Included for all pre-registered workshop attendees
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Saturday Show: Belly Dance Showcase
  • Open to the public! All ages welcome.
  • $10 till Fri 5/18
  • $15 at the door Sat 5/19
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Bright Star World Dance, 108 High St, Portland ME

Our bright and sunny studio is located in the Arts District at the corner of High and Spring. Look for the dark green door set back from the street next to the Little Tap House Restaurant.
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Workshop Descriptions - Friday, May 18 - Sunday, May 20, 2018
Lecture: "Dancing in Cairo" - Friday 6:00 PM

Leila will talk about her experiences as a professional belly dancer in Cairo for 13 years, including during the 2012 revolution. As a highly sought-after dancer, she performed in 5-star hotels, in cabarets, for government officials, in films, and in music videos. Q & A will follow. Open to the public! Click here for tickets.

Egyptian Technique - Saturday 11:00 AM

There is a beautiful subtlety to Egyptian dance in even when the moves are powerful. Discover the technique behind the grace and power. Leila will present the technique within the framework of musical interpretation so the "why" will also be addressed as well as the breakdown of "how."

Techniques of Improvisation - Saturday 2:00 PM

“I just kept doing the same move over and over!” How many times have you said that after improvising on stage? This class will offer insights into the mysterious world of improvisation. It will give techniques to overcome repetition and to keeping your audience engaged while still feeding your soul and creativity as an artist.

Understanding Classical Arab Music while Finding Your Own Style - Sunday 11:00 AM

This class will present some of the great classic singers of Egypt. There will be a breakdown of the music, lyric translation and historical background. Attention to each dancer’s personal interpretation of the music will be addressed: how to take the song and make it your own.

Beledi Progression - Sunday 2:00 PM

Beledi can be ultimate improvisation to the quintessential Egyptian music. Leila will deconstruct the Beledi to provide a firm understanding of the musical structure then build it back up as a dialogue between the music, dancer and the audience.

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About Leila

Leila teaches her exquisite dance style in workshops around the world. She draws on years of knowledge of the culture behind the dance as well as thousands of hours on stage in Egypt. She has a special skill for helping dancers learn the essense of Egyptian dance, explaining the differences between styles, techniques, and motivations.

Leila has been one of the most popular working dancers in Cairo for the last 13 years. While in Egypt she performed for parties, dignitaries, and weddings in Egypt and throughout Europe and the Arabian Gulf. She also danced continuously for Nile cruises, in the best hotels and concerts on television. Leila is also a well-known actress and model and is a recognizable personality throughout the Middle East being involved in hundreds of TV show, music videos, commercials and films.

Leila has produced some of the best-loved dance CDs today, utilizing a unique "live sound" in her productions. Her DVDs are the top selling belly dance DVDs on Amazon, as well as being thoughtful and sound Egyptian dance instruction. Leila was the founder of Camp Negum, a yearly live music dance festival in Egypt that focused on exposing dancers to the culture behind the dance. Her writings about dance and culture are utilized by scholars and dancers around the world.

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Payment plans are available below. If you choose the payment plan, you'll be automatically charged on the same day each month for the number of installments you sign up for, then it will automatically stop.

PAYMENT POLICY: Refunds are not available, but you can transfer your spot to another dancer with written notice via email from the original registrant.

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Show - Saturday, May 19, Doors 7:30 PM, Show 8:00 PM

Show Tickets: $10/advance till 5/18, $15/door
Location: Bright Star World Dance, 108 High Street, Fl 3, Portland ME 04101, corner of High & Spring, above the Little Tap House restaurant

Join us on Saturday, May 19 for a show featuring Leila Farid and belly dance soloists from all around the country! There will also be live music by a special configuration of The Dark Follies Band, so you'll get to experience the joy of improvised Middle Eastern music and dance, created in the moment.

Tickets available at the door on Sat 5/19 starting at 7:30 PM. See you there!

Full Package - 4 Workshops + Friday night lecture

Full package paid in full: $260

Full package installment plan: 2 payments of $131

Full package SOLD OUT. 2 full day Saturday and 2 Sunday afternoon workshops still available.

Full Day - Two Workshops + Friday night lecture

Full day Sunday SOLD OUT. 2 full day Saturday and 2 Sunday afternoon workshops still available.

Full day paid in full: $140

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Full day installment plan: 2 payments of $71

Installment plan no longer available.

Single Workshop - One Workshop + Friday night lecture

Sunday 11 AM workshop SOLD OUT. 2 full day Saturday and 2 Sunday afternoon workshops still available.

Single workshop paid in full: $75

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Single workshop installment plan: 2 payments of $38

Installment plan no longer available.