Dance Calendar


February 22, 2020 Reyna Alcala of New York, Spanish Zambra Intensive Workshop 1-4 pm, ($40 in advance, $50 at the door)  (check in at 12:30 p.m.)

You can sign up at “”   Or, call to register in advance

at Ma*Shuqa’s dance studio: 15651 Camino Del Cerro, Los Gatos, CA 95032 (408) 356-9473

Reyna will teach: Posture, hands, arms, torso, head movements, total torso turns, use of legs with a full skirt. She will teach 2 Zambra choreographies. The intensive will focus on the use of Flamenco movements with the flow of Oriental dance. Reyna will expand your body knowledge in movement and awareness of the music. Reyna says, “You must FEEL the sound and move with it, in all of your dancing.”

Reyna Alcala is a well-known performer, choreographer, and teacher introduced to Middle Eastern dance by Jamilla Salimpour and who performed with the Bal Anat dance troupe. She studied Flamenco with Spanish Gypsy Rosa Montoya and with numerous teachers in Spain. Studying with the legendary Ibrahim Farrah for over a decade, Reyna performed with the Near East Dance Company at Carnegie Hall. Reyna danced in cabaret theaters in the US, Mexico, Spain, Greece, Turkey, and Egypt = and is famous for her image on the cover of the record album “Bagdad Cabaret” (a nightclub on Broadway, in the famous San Francisco entertainment district North Beach.) 


Middle Eastern Treasures Concert with Mary Ellen Donald, Saturday, February 29, 2020 at the Elks Lodge, Alameda, CA  1 – 4 pm.

Middle Eastern Treasures Concert, February 29th go on sale on Brown Paper Tickets this Saturday, February 1st. Just click on the link here and be one of the first to purchase your tickets.

Details about the concert are up at: and


6 Songs Every Belly Dancer Should Know Workshop with Ma*Shuqa

March 8, 2020 2:00-4:00 p.m. Ma*Shuqa’s Studio, 15651 Camino Del Cerro, Los Gatos, CA $20

Understand Arabic music musicality: rhythms, patterns, dynamics, accents, and musical modulation and dynamics.  Learn Arabic rhythms and play finger cymbals to complement the music and movements.  Learn how to easily coordinate finger cymbal playing with dance movement and to highlight performance with special zil techniques.

Learn how to match dance movements to instruments and styling (accordion/keyboard, violin, nai, kanun, and oud) musical patterns and music dynamics – the importance of phrasing. Musical selections covered in this workshop: Habibi Eyni, Alf Leyla Wa Leyla, Azziza, Enta Omri, Zeina, Leylet Hob   In this workshop you’ll get instruction, notes, and the opportunity to learn and dance to these classic pieces.  Bring finger cymbals – some available for sale at the workshop.


Ma*Shuqa Method ©10 Easy Steps to Playing Sagats (Finger Cymbals, Zills) Workshop

 Saturday, March  21, 2020  2:00-4:00 pm with Ma*Shuqa Mira Murjan $20

15651 Camino Del Cerro, Los Gatos, CA 95032 (408) 356-9473

Have you always wanted to be comfortable dancing and playing finger cymbals? This Ma*Shuqa Method workshop covers: Ma*Shuqa method to easily play finger cymbals, 3 ways to play zils when you dance, how to improvise performance and play zils, and includes 14 Middle Eastern Rhythms: Masmoudi Saghir, Maksum, Bolero, Zeffah, Ayub/Araby, Libi, Karachi, Fellahi, Malfuf, Shilto, Chifte Telli, Masmoudi Kabir, Karshilama, and Samai.  Bring finger cymbals, zaghaats available for sale at the studio.

Amaya "Star Power" Workshop, Saturday, May 16th, 2020  3:00-5:00 pm  $40/$45

Ma*Shuqa's Studio, 15651 Camino Del Cerro, Los Gatos, CA 95032 (408) 356-9473  Workshop followed by Potluck 5:30 - 7 p.m. at the studio -   

And Premier of Amaya's "American Belly Dance Icons" documentary, 7:00-9:00 p.m. with a lecture on history and development of American Belly dance, and clips of Amaya's "Legends of American Belly Dance" DVD.  $10 adv/$15 at the door (free to workshop participants).  Special event price: both DVDs for $35. Special opportunity to get autographed copies of the Icon documentary by: Amaya, Ma*Shuqa, Tamlyn Dalal, Karen Barbee, Angelika Nemeth...and others.  Join us to learn about the pioneers of American Belly Dance – come hear their personal dance journey stories - and share a fun workshop, potluck, and screening event.

Diva Intensive Retreat 2020 with Ma*Shuqa and Carl Sermon

August 28, 29, 30, 2020, Ma*Shuqa’s Studio: 15651 Camino Del Cerro, Los Gatos, CA 95032

Registration open now for $100 discount on retreat fee.  See  Limited to 6 dancers – register soon to save your spot.  Enjoy a “get-away weekend retreat – intensive dance study – B&B dancer bonding – California BBQ feasting, Perform at Al Masri Egyptian Restaurant – receive photos and video of your performances.


Perform at “The Crepe Place”, Santa Cruz.

If you or any of your students or troupes would like to come and perform in our Bellydance community showcase at the Crepe Place this year please contact me with a show date request. I have already started booking dancers for this spring with some dates remaining open, so email me or give a call to be included in 2020. For information about the dancers featured on Saturdays for brunch diners at 1.30pm on the garden stage check out our pages on facebook for weekly updates at Belly Dancing at the Crepe Place   For more articles, photos, reviews and promotion of upcoming events you can see more on my page at:

Call  Helene at 831 335 4567 and leave me a message and I'll get back to you ASAP. I look forward to hearing from you.


Coastal Belly Fest, Santa Cruz, CA

We shall be celebrating our 5th annual Coastal Belly Fest on Saturday 19th September at the Vets' Hall downtown, and will be adding information about the dance workshops offered all day, extensive costume and accessories bazaar, festival dancing and spectacular evening Gala Show on our website soon.
Coastal Belly Fest 2019




Ma*Shuqa teaches weekly classes: Tuesday 6-7 pm Beginning, Tuesday 7-9 pm Mixed Level, Wednesday 1-2:30 pm Mixed Level, Wednesday 7-9 pm Mixed Level. $20 drop in, or 5/$60, 10/$110, 15651 Camino Del Cerro, Los Gatos, CA 95032 (408) 356-9473  All classes focus on musicality, stylizing individual performance, rhythm, dance, and finger cymbals.  Start any time.  See her articles on Professional Performance series in The Belly Dance Chronicles magazine (music reviews, event reviews)  An international performer who successfully worked with bands without speaking their language – presents a Ma*Shuqa Method to understand the structure of Middle Eastern music, rhythms, and styling and gives you the foundation to comfortably dance to live music.


Rakkasah West Festival, April 17, 18, 19, 2020 Concord Center, Concord, CA

Dancer sign up February 29, 2020


CairoShimmyquake Festival, June 5-7, 2020, Glendale Civic Auditorium, Glendale, CA

Sign up now open for workshops and performance time.  

Contact Emily (818) 512-6107  to pay for workshops and dancer registration fee


Hot Raqs Competition and Festival  June 26m, 27, 28, 2020, Clovis, CA Hot Raqs is an annual festival celebrating Middle Eastern music and dance, as well as fusion and transnational styles of dance. The whole weekend is filled with festival performances, all day shopping, food, games, prizes, parties, gala shows, competition, classes with international instructors, and of course, live music! It all happens in the thriving and sweet Old Town area of Clovis, CA! Free covered parking, hotel adjacent, restaurants & farmer’s market, and lovely air-conditioned venue! Produced by Andalee & Mike Owens at HOT RAQS, LLC


Middle Eastern Music and Dance Camp, July 11-18, 2020, Mendocino, CA


Carnival of Stars Festival, July 18 & 19, 2020, Alameda Elks Hall, Alameda, CA


Yaa HaLLa Y’all Festival, July 23 – 26, 2020, Grapevine Tx


Saturday, August 15th Fatima’s Summerfest with Shoshanna, Sacramento, CA


Coastal Belly Fest, Veterans Hall, Santa Cruz, CA September 19, 2020


Sirens Fest, October 2-4, 2020, Sebastopol, CA Subud Hall



Coming Soon:  Premier Showing of Amaya’s “Icons of American Belly Dance”

At Ma*Shuqa and Carl’s Studio, Los Gatos, CA











On Jan 6, 2020, at 4:33 PM, Ma'Shuqa Murjan <> wrote:


Mike and Andalee:


Do you have any " liner notes info" for this new release?  Any promotional materials or info?


E.g. Andalee you may have something you teach to a particular track or rhythm.


I'll write up the first draft - as I listen to the rhythms.


It's important to include information to educate - names of rhythms or drum riff patterns (do drum riffs have names - other than Hagala pattern for Arabic drum solos?)


Need images:

- of Mike and you dancing

- perhaps a video of Andalee that is your favorite (Carl has and can take clips from your Hot Raqs festival shows).

- the "CD? cover image" (what do they call it these days - just "download"?)

- good images of Mike playing


Always fun experience writing up a summary that captures you (both), your musical creation, your philosophy, your history...

I look forward to getting to know both of you better.


Of course it will be published in The Belly Dance Chronicles.  You might want to consider advertising in the issue in which this appears.


I can also send it abroad to Japan, London, etc.

Another reason we need to mention Hot Raqs event.


Ma*Shuqa and Carl



On Mon, Jan 6, 2020 at 3:06 PM Hot Raqs, LLC <> wrote:




Ma*Shuqa Mira Murjan
(408) 356-9473
Dance and Photography Studio

15651 Camino Del Cerro, Los Gatos, CA USA 95032




Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events

Weekly Classes with Ma*Shuqa resume on Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Start any time, drop in fee $20. Dance class cards: 5/$60 and 10/$110 (cards may be shared with friends and relatives, good for all classes and workshops with MaShuqa at the studio)
15651 Camino Del Cerro, Los Gatos, CA 95032 (408) 356-9473
Beginning class: Tuesday 6;00-7:00 pm
Mixed Level classes: Tuesdays 7:00-9:00 pm, Wednesdays 1:00-2:30 p.m. and
7:00-9:00 pm

MaShuqa and Friends Dancer Night at Al Masri Egyptian Restaurant
Saturday, January 12, 2019. Come enjoy a night of beautiful performances.
Be sure to make reservations for dinner at Al Masri, 4031 Balboa, San Francisco
Call if you want to perform. (408) 356-9473
Van pool leaves at 5:00 pm

Ma*Shuqa’s Weekend Workshops – open to all levels.
Sunday, January 13, 2019 2:00-4:00 pm “Rhythm, Cymbals, & Dance Workshop”
at our dance studio: 15651 Camino Del Cerro, Los Gatos, CA 95032 Fee: only $20.
(Dance Class Card may be used for workshop payment).
What will be covered in this workshop? For all levels beginners to advanced.
A Guide to Middle Eastern Rhythms and Zil Patterns
with 20 Different Cymbal patterns and 20 Variations
Rhythms, Pulse, Counterpoint, Syncopation, Melody, Lyrical Phrasing and Musicality.
Learn the Ma*Shuqa Method easily coordinating your dance movements with the rhythms, the melody, and the musicality.

Weekend of Workshops and Show hosted by Heaven
January 11 – 13, 2019
Friday, January 11 6:30-8:30 with Sadie
Specialty class with Sadie at Full out studios, Oakland
Saturday, January 12 with Sadie and Simon at Full Out studios Oakland
Sadie "Shimmy Time" 11am
Simon "Oriental Pop" 1pm
Simon "Lebanese dabke" 4pm
7:30pm Gala Show at La Pena Cultural Center Berkeley
Sunday, January 13 workshops with Sadie at Dance Mission SF
Sadie "Sadie's kick ass drills and luscious layers" 12 noon,
Sadie "Are you ready to drum solo?!" 2:45pm,

Ma*Shuqa’s Workshops open to all Dancer Levels
Saturday, February 9, 2019 2:00-4:00 pm
“Performance Improvisation Workshop” Part 1
Part 1 Analyzing Music Structure for Improvisational Dance - Dance Styling,
Arms & Poses
at our dance studio: 15651 Camino Del Cerro, Los Gatos, CA 95032 Fee: only $20.
(Dance Class Card may be used for workshop payment)
What will be covered in this workshop? For all levels beginners to advanced.
10 secrets to creating performance dance magic:
1. understand and interpret Middle Eastern music, instrumentation, and music dynamics,
2. understand the rhythms, riffs, and musical accents,
3. creating original and innovative sequences that match musical phrases
4. a style that incorporates your favorite steps with logical transitions

Middle Eastern Treasures concert and feast Saturday, February 23rd at the Elks Lodge in Alameda. Potluck 1:30 pm Concert 2:00-5:15 p.m.
Concert features:
Cuadro Flamenco: Bianca Rodriguez and Mareni Orduña, dancers; Melina Berkov-Rojas, Cante; Gopal Slavonic, guitar
Arabian Passion Band: Nazir Latouf, oud and vocals; Khadar Keileh, keyboard; Reda Darwish, tabla; Imad Mizyed, percussion
Arabic Band: Younes el Makboul, violin and vocals, Bouchaib Abdelhadi, oud and vocals; Sarah Michael, kaanoon; Reda Darwish, tabla
Belly Dancers Extraordinaire: Hannah Romanowsky and Andalee
Fifteen piece percussion ensemble with tars, doumbecs, tambourines, cymbals and dancers.
Remember, as usual this is a potluck feast – bring and enjoy delicious dishes.
Tickets: $25 in advance and $30 at the door.
Flyer with ticket info will be out on and by mid-January.
Contact Carl and Ma*Shuqa if you wish to join the vanpool to this event.
On Saturday, February 23, 2019. We leave at 11 a.m.

Sirens Studio and TerriAnne Gutierrez invite you to a
Winter Workshop day with an evening performance on February 24, 2019.
Workshops and show will take place at Sirens Studio and Theater in Sebastopol, Ca. from 10am to 5pm with the show starting at 7pm.
10:00 - 11:00 - Theresa Jade - 9/8 w/zills
11:15 - 12:15 -Terry del Giorno - Egyptian
12:15 to 1:15 lunch
1:15 - 2:15 - Ashera - Egyptian combos
2:30 - 3:30 - Ma’ Shuqa Murjan - Drum solo (Hagala rhythms)
3:45 - 4:45 - WildCard - ATS
7pm Show
Dance to the live music of Pangia
Performances from teachers and participants
COST: $95 advanced, $120 after February 15, 2019
Or you may mail a payment to TerriAnne Gutierrez at 4 Grandview Ave. Petaluma, Ca. 94952
Participants are invited to perform in the evening show either to the live music of Pangia or to CD.
COST: $95 advanced, $120 after February 15, 2019
Or you may mail a payment to TerriAnne Gutierrez at 4 Grandview Ave. Petaluma, Ca. 94952
Vanpool to the event from Los Gatos with Carl and Ma*Shuqa – send an email to for meet up time on Sunday, February 24, 2019.

Ma*Shuqa’s Workshops open to all dancer levels
Saturday, March 9, 2019 2:00-4:00 pm
“Performance Improvisation Workshop” Part 2
Part 2 Building Blocks of Middle Eastern Music
(no requirement to attend Part 1 to take Part 2)
What will be covered in this workshop? For all levels beginners to advanced.
Building Blocks of Tradition – musicality of Arabic Music: a) melodic theme, b) rhythms, c) melodic units/phrases, d) lyrical phrasing, e) rhythmic Leit motifs – ta dahs, syncopated pops, locks, f) idiosyncratic stylistic considerations – genres, customary movement to instrumentation and time signature, and a personal and stylistically individualized ways of moving g) acceptable limits for variation

Hafladira Schedule below (all Sundays). All begin at 1:00pm.
Adira’s Dance and Costume, 1202 Lincoln Avenue, San Jose, CA (408) 280-0110
March 10, May 19, July 14, Oct 20, Dec 8, 2019
Contact Adira to sign up to perform.

2019 Diva Intensive Retreat, August 9-11, 2019 – registration full
Contact Ma*Shuqa if you are interested in attending on another weekend in 2019. to schedule a retreat to fit your schedule and calendar.

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