August 19, 20, 21, 2022 - retreat full

new August 12, 13, 14, 2022 -retreat full

(Pending COVID Pandemic conditions next year: all attending dancers must have proof of COVID vaccinations and a negative COVID test)

Ma*Shuqa Method An Intensive Performance Styling System

For Dancers ready to take their skills and performances to the next level with practical and useful information that will enhance their abilities!

Ma*Shuqa Mira Murjan & Carl Sermon Photography

Hidden Garden Oasis Dance & Photography Studio

 15651 Camino Del Cerro, Lost Gatos, CA USA 95032 www.mashuqa.com   (408) 356-9473

 An intimate retreat for intensive, personal professional dance development.

• Opportunity to perform and be photographed in a professional restaurant.

• Treat yourself to a learning vacation get-away! Limited to 6 dancers.

Perfect Your Inner Diva! - a well-rounded female who boldly displays the five virtues of: dignity, inspiration, vision, achievement, & sisterhood. Take away practical and useful information that will enhance your dancing.

Retreat Highlights: • Detailed Tips to: stylize dance steps & personalize movement for performance - learning is easy and fun! Also: a Personalized Dance Assessment and setting career/learning goals. • Middle Eastern Rhythms: dance, zils, drums, & frame drums ; Arabic Maqams, Tarab & Taxim: musicality, structure, and dance styling tips & technique. • “Famous Signature Raqs Sharqi” dance styling to make your own “signature dance styling”. • Performance Opportunities: Friday Welcome Party, Saturday at a Middle Eastern Restaurant, and Sunday at the Retreat Hafla with Drum Circle. • Gourmet Meals: lunches, dinners & snacks catered by Chef Carl ; All transportation to/from Retreat Activites are provided (no need to rent a car). • Free gift of still & video performance images from Carl Sermon Photography.

Diva Dancer Intensive Performance Styling Retreat Friday - Sunday, August 19-21, And new dates August 12 - 14, 2022 www.mashuqa.com  Diva Intensive Retreat is all-inclusive: dance instruction, rhythm review, makeup advice, performance opportunity, gourmet meals & snacks, Turkish Harem style B&B stay in the studio, performance photos and video, workshop notes, parties.

The Diva Dancer Retreat is held in Ma*Shuqa & Carl’s beautiful private Egyptian & Moroccan themed Hidden Garden Oasis Dance & Photography Studio in Los Gatos, California! The studio is replete with comfortable seating, oriental rugs, mirrors, cork floors, & virus air-filtration and air-conditioning! Enjoy learning & relaxing in a safe & welcoming environment - a verdant garden oasis with a peaceful Zen feel, soothing wind-chimes, Egyptian papyrus & al fresco dining California-style amidst an ancient grove of towering California redwood trees. Located at the foot of the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains near Silicon Valley & San Jose International airport.


  • Diva Retreat includes snacks & meals, daily dance workshops, class discussions, and presentations for 30 total hours of study and performance time. Retreat tuition is a tax-deductible educational business expense for teachers and professional dancers.
  • Classes include: warm-up/cool down, posture, dance & finger cymbal instruction, cultural roots of Raqs Sharqi/Oriental Dance, Middle Eastern rhythms & musical structure, costuming, stage make-up, choreography & dance styling for improvisation.

Tuition includes: All workshop instruction, food, class notebook with Ma*Shuqa’s instructional handouts and notebook, workshop certificate, gift of performance images, & video, water bottle and coffee mug, and gift bag.

Recommended Packing List:

  • dancewear (yoga pants or leggings, leotards, tank tops), hip sash, dance shoes (barefoot OK)
  • Finger cymbals, drum/doumbeq, frame drum or tambourine/riq (drums may be borrowed for those flying in, cymbals available to borrow or purchase).
  • Costumes, a costume cover-up, and Veils: both rectangular & circular.
  • Make-up for performance: dark colored lipstick, eye shadow, eyelashes & glue.
  • Comfortable California casual style clothing & shoes, evening dress & costume for Middle Eastern restaurant dinner & performance.
  • August summer nights may be chilly – bring a light sweater or wrap (typical weather: morning fog, afternoon sun, 55-95 degree temperature range 
  • Bring your recorder & camera. (Retreat bag, folder, workshop notes, pen provided)

Will I need any additional money? Retreat is all inclusive & includes: transportation between San Jose airport (SJC), studio & the restaurant, B&B overnight accommodations including breakfast, lunches, snacks & dinners at the Studio, & restaurant dinner (drinks, alcohol and tips at the restaurant are your responsibility).

Ma*Shuqa Method handouts, professional still images & video from your performance. Bring any special needs items: medication or dietary supplements required. Retreat menus catered to special dietary requirements with gluten-free snacks, vegetarian dishes, filtered-water, herbal teas, juice, espresso, coffee, fresh fruit, Persian pastries, wine & champagne.

NOT included in the Retreat fee: Travel costs to Los Gatos; lodging costs to/from/ during the retreat (if you do not stay with us in the B&B studio accommodations); , drinks, alcohol, tips at the restaurant ; any merchandise purchased from Ma*Shuqa ; and other travel and incidental expenses are a personal cost and personal arrangement. EXCEPTION: If you fly into San Jose Airport, we will pick you up, and back to the airport for your flight home. All dancers stay at the studio  (with no additional B&B cost).

Friday, ARRIVAL DAY and Welcome Dinner and Party ºº Airport pick-up from San Jose International airport ºº *Optional visit to the Egyptian Rosicrucian Museum ºº

 1:00 pm Orientation & snacks at our Hidden Garden Oasis Studio ºº Introductions and Dance Background & Experience Sharing ºº Ma*Shuqa Method Class: Warm-up, Flow & Movement Analysis, Ma*Shuqa Method 10 Step Styling, Professional Performance Projection ºº Welcome Dinner Party – Dance off jetlag and travel weariness ºº Learn about your “Ikigai” understand your passion for dance & life

Saturday, CLASSES, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Performance ºº 9 am Warm up, Finger Cymbal Rhythms and Dance Secrets & Patterns ºº 9:30 am Ma*Shuqa Method: Stylize Your Dance - make it unique and beautiful! ºº Noon: Enjoy Lunch & Dance Discussion, Plus: spectacular performance videos ºº 1 pm Maqam, Musicality, & Rhythms – Arabic Music: Structure, Maqamat explained, Aesthetics and Dance Movement, Review Dance Music and Rhythm, Musical Styling, Secrets to Improvisation – bring your zils! ºº 3 pm Secrets & Structure for Improvisational Dance, Make-up Tips ºº 4 pm Get Ready for an evening of Performance and Dance! ºº 5:30 pm  Dinner & Performances at a Middle Eastern restaurant

Sunday, CLASSES: Dance, Breakfast, Lunch, Tarab & Performance, Choreography, Dinner & Hafla ºº 9:30 am Egyptian Zar Warm Up and Yoga ºº 10 am Drum Solo Rhythms, Riffs & Secrets, Qaflas and Finales ºº Noon Lunch & See Your Dance Images from your restaurant performance! ºº 1 pm Ma*Shuqa teaches Taqsim Structure & Creating Tarab ºº 2 pm Musicality and Improvisational Movement - Music from “Cairo Nights” ºº 4 pm Classic Musical Pieces and Famous Raqs Sharqi Styling Techniques ºº 6 pm BBQ Dinner by Chef Carl and al fresco dining under towering Redwood trees. ºº 7 pm Performance Secrets, Isis & Veil Dancing, Arms & Hands Technique ºº 8 pm Dance Your Passion Hafla & Drum Circle

Monday…Fond Farewells and DEPARTURE DAY ºº Transportation to departing flights from San Jose International Airport ** Visiting from overseas? Inquire about local touring options.  www.MaShuqa.com Ma*Shuqa & Carl welcome you to our private Hidden Garden Oasis Dance & Photography Studio - a safe, beautiful, and nurturing setting for learning and having fun!

Ma*Shuqa shares her SIGNATURE DANCE SECRETS and her MA*SHUQA METHOD : an Intensive Performance Styling System. A professional dancer with over 48 years of performing ; instructor on the national & international workshop scene ; sound educational instructional expertise ; and a proven instructional method, Ma*Shuqa brings all of her knowledge, experience, and skills to her teaching. She has international performing experience with live bands in Greece, Germany, and Egypt ; and an amazing history of coaching competition winners and professionals! Enjoy sharing dance experiences while learning -- Dance, laugh, and bond with your dance sisters --

JOIN US TODAY! Only $450/person (Early Bird $350: by April 30,2022 ; Late Bird $400: by June 1, 2022) $100 deposit reserves your spot. Limited to 6 dancers. (Ask about our Time Payment Plan.) 

Fee includes: airport pickup & drop-off, ground transportation to/from the studio, Intensive dance classes, workshop notes, breakfasts, lunches plus snacks, all dinners at the studio, dinner at the Middle Eastern restaurant dinner, and complimentary photos and video of your performance. Special Turkish Harem style B&B studio stay makes the experience more fun and saves the high cost of hotels in Silicon Valley.  When you register, be sure to let Ma*Shuqa and Carl know of your travel plans: arrival date & time and airport/airline information - and departure date & time and airport/information. (Fee does not include airfare) (No drop ins, pre-registered full weekend workshop participation only)  

* Can't attend the August 2022 dates? Special Intensive Retreat for just 4 dancers may be scheduled on other dates by arrangement. Questions/More Info: Ma*Shuqa (408) 356-9473 MaShuqaDancer@gmail.com Diva Dancer Intensive Retreat Location: Ma*Shuqa's Hidden Garden Oasis Studio: 15651 Camino Del Cerro, Los Gatos, CA USA 95032 (408) 356-9473