Soumaya MaRose in Portland, ME - Raqs Sharqi Workshop
November 9-10, 2018 - Portland, Maine

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

PERFORMANCE Fri 11/9: Tickets available! Click here to get your tickets.

WORKSHOP Sat 11/10: SOLD OUT! Email Rosa to join the waiting list.

November 9-10, 2018 Friday Saturday
12:00-4:30 PM Workshop at Bright Star:
Raqs Sharqi: Roots & Culture
5:00-7:00 PM Dinner at Babylon:
Q & A with Soumaya
8:00-10:00 PM Performance:
Hafla at Bright Star

Saturday Workshop Rates & Installment Plans
  • Workshop Sat 11/10, 12:00-4:30 PM: Roots of Raqs Sharqi
    Early bird till 9/30 - $130 OR $44 x3 installments
  • Dinner Sat 11/10, 5:00 PM: Q & A with Soumaya - Included for attendees + Meal charge at Babylon

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Friday Performance: Belly Dance Showcase
  • Open to the public! All ages welcome.
  • Friday 11/9, Doors 7:30, Show 8:00 PM
  • $15 online till Thu 11/8
  • $20 at the door Fri 11/9
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Bright Star World Dance, 108 High Street, Floor 3, 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 Description - Saturday, November 10, 2018
Raqs Sharqi: Roots & Culture - Saturday 12:00-4:30 PM

Dive into a cultural and geographical approach to the roots of belly dance! Learn about a wide variety of social origins and reasons for dance across North Africa and the Middle East.

During this 4-hour workshop, Soumaya will introduce us to music, teach us about social dances from both cultural and technical perspectives, and show us how they influence the raqs sharqi style in each area that we study.

We’ll learn to recognize the flavors of each area, understanding both their differences and their similarities. The workshop will conclude with Moroccan style, including Soumaya’s own roots and techniques.

Soumaya is passionate about sharing her culture. Come spend an afternoon with us!

NOTE: There will be a 30-minute break halfway through the workshop. There are lots of restaurants nearby but we recommend bringing snacks or a small meal so you can refuel and chat. Our fridge is available to share. We also have an electric kettle for making soup and tea.

Dinner + Q&A with Soumaya - Saturday 5:00 PM

After the workshop, we’ll head to Babylon Restaurant for dinner and a Q&A session with Soumaya.

There is no charge to attend this part of the event — just your dinner of choice paid to the restaurant. You can order from the menu OR take advantage of their wonderful buffet (roughly $16). The options at Babylon can accommodate many different dietary needs.

We can write our questions down and put them in a box. Soumaya will choose some questions to answer, and follow-up questions are most welcome.

Babylon is an excellent Iraqi restaurant at 1192 Forest Avenue, Portland, ME, at Morrill's Corner where Forest/Stevens/Allen/Bishop all meet. It's about 3 miles from the studio, 10-15 minutes by car. Carpools can be arranged!

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About Soumaya

Soumaya MaRose is a native Moroccan woman born and raised in Belgium. Her parents moved to Europe in the 1970’s. She grew up with her Moroccan community in Brussels and spent every summer with her family in Morocco.

As far as she can remember, she has always danced. Her community often said to her "dik Soumaya, ouhda shataha,” which means "This Soumaya is a dancer." When she was 13, Soumaya started playing tabla as well as drums and performed at shows, weddings, and events. She soon became a member of El Housna, a Moroccan girl-band, and for 15 years played with the band at events in Belgium, France, Germany, and The Netherlands.

As an adult, Soumaya began to study Raqs Sharqi and different types of folkloric dances from the Middle East with many native international teachers and people from the culture, as well as many non native and amazing master dancers and teachers.

Since she became established in Boston in 2014, Soumaya has dedicated her life to dance. In 2015 she finished in second-place in the folk dance competition at Rakass Istanbul International Festival organized by Serkan Tutar. She collaborates with local artists such as Atlas Soul (North African music), Club Mediteranée (Arabic and Balkan music), Salma Dance with Joanie Block, and many others.

Soumaya has studied, taught workshops, given numerous performances, and hosted discussions regionally and internationally on Moroccan dance styles, Raqs Sharqi, and Arabic culture. In collaboration with Boujemaa Razgui and Mohammed Mejaour for the first time in Boston, Soumaya produced a show dedicated to Moroccan dance and Culture.

Soumaya is a committed artist and believes that it is very important to work as a bridge between cultures. In order to share and spread her message, she appears on local TV, journals and gives interviews.

"For me, dancing means language. It is my way to share my culture and keep the Arabic woman in me alive."

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Show - Friday, November 9, Doors 7:30 PM, Show 8:00 PM

Show Tickets: $15/advance, $20/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 Friday, November 9 for a show featuring Soumaya MaRose, her troupe, and belly dance soloists from all around New England, including Alizah Afet (MA), Anabee (ME), Belleme (ME), Elise Becksvoort (ME), Joie Grandbois (ME), Mahsati Janan (VT), Natassia (MA), Rosa Noreen (ME), and Sehkmet (VT).

Tickets are available online till Thu 11/8, then at the door on Fri 11/9 starting at 7:30 PM.

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Saturday Workshop + Friday night show ticket


Workshop $130 + Show $15 paid in full: $145

Workshop is SOLD OUT. Email Rosa to join the waiting list.

Full package installment plan: 2 payments of $73

Workshop is SOLD OUT. Email Rosa to join the waiting list.

Saturday Workshop Only (No show ticket)


Workshop paid in full: $130

Workshop is SOLD OUT. Email Rosa to join the waiting list.

Workshop installment plan: 2 payments of $65

Workshop is SOLD OUT. Email Rosa to join the waiting list.