Perform with Banat Nawal

Already enrolled in dance classes and want to take it to the next level? Want to be a part of a commmunity of like minded individuals with a passion for music and movement? Want to show off for your friends? Whatever motivates you, consider performing with my student troupe Banat Nawal.

Banat Nawal
Aziza Nawal and Banat Nawal at 7 Stages Theatre

Banat Nawal consists of any level student of Aziza Nawal who possesses a working knowledge of Middle Eastern dance essentials, regularly attends class, rehearsals and participates in selected performances with the group. 

Being a part of this troupe is dependent on your commitment to rehearsals and class. Performance opportunities include festivals and studio sponsored shows.

Below are new choreography classes beginning April 2, 2024 and lasting 8 weeks – the show will be in June (TBA).

Absolute Beginner Choreo @ 5:30pm: This is a full package experience on your journey in belly dance. You will learn the technique and step combination for a wonderful choreography that will be performed at the sudio anniversary show happening in June. You will get tips on how to create your own costume, as well as makeup tips for the stage. Attendance in all classes and rehearsals is required to be eligible to perform.

Sword Chroeograpy @ 7:30pm: In this class you will learn how to use the sword in performance of this sultry and sleek choreography to be performed at the sudio anniversary show happening in June. This is a mixed level class that will also incorporate finger cymbals in warm ups. If you do not own a sword or finger cymbals, there will be some available for you to borrow in class. Attendance in all classes and rehearsals is required to be eligible to perform.

Issam Houshan Live Music Intensive

The King of Drum Issam Houshan returns to Atlanta and I have the honor of teaching and performing with him once again! This is a fabulous 3-Day event that features classes on drumming, finger cymbals, rhythms and movement!

REGISTER NOW

Check out the full workshop schedule below.

Friday January 19, 2024 

6:30pm-9pm ET Drumming Essentials with Issam

Learn basic hand strokes for tabla players, the latest Middle Eastern rhythms, and techniques to create a drum solo. Practice Issam’s approach to tabla artistry for consistent sounds, moving volume and intricate music. (Basic tabla skills required for this workshop. Issam will have a few to purchase)

Saturday January 20, 2024 

9:30am Warm up & Stretch with Aziza Nawal

Aziza leads us through a restorative stretch and warm up before workshops

10:00am-11:30am Rhythms with Issam and Aziza Nawal

Ancient Middle Eastern melodies are known for drawing us out of our seats to dance. Issam will teach why the structure of these rhythms are important to Middle Eastern music and calls us to dance. Understanding Middle Eastern rhythms allows dancers to move from emotion and connect with the music. Practice short combinations that accentuate the music and give dancers a feel for the rhythms and are ideal for improvisational and choreographed performances. 

11:30am-1:00pm Drum Solo Drum Solo Choreography Workshop with Aziza Nawal & Issam

This session will harness the work done in the rhythms class and incorporate those movements into an exciting new choreography set to one of Issam’s legendary drum solos. Learn layered movements and ways to interpret the intricate framework of a drum solo while making the best use of the performance space. 

1PM-2PM LUNCH 

2pm-3:30pm Zills (Finger Cymbals) for Dancers with Issam Houshan

Where the musician and the movement meet. There are so many ways to play the finger cymbals – what is the best way for you? Learn the history of finger cymbals, different techniques and sounds to enhance your dancing. Gain insight on appropriate times to play the finger cymbals and when to pause, when to interact with the drummer and when to be the spotlight. Practice techniques for incorporating zill (finger cymbal) playing into your dance. Ideal for dancers and musicians.

Sunday January 21, 2024 

9:30am Warm up & Stretch with Amani Jabril

10:00am-11:30am Dancing with a Live Drummer with Issam & Amani Jabril

As a dancer, how do you know what to dance to with a live drummer? How do you know when your drummer is going to change rhythms? Should you cue the drummer? As a musician, how long should you repeat a phrase? Should you control the dancer’s direction? In this workshop we will explore expressive and highly flexible movement combinations that pair deeply with our music’s structure. Beginning with foundation or “kernel” combinations, this class will get you moving on stage with grace and control through the use of flexible movement maps that can be used on their own or developed further for use in choreography. This is a unique interactive workshop featuring Issam and Amani Jabril. Ideal for dancers and musicians. Beginner to advanced. All Levels encouraged!

11:30am-1:00pm Middle Eastern Rhythms Choreography Workshop with Amani Jabril and Issam

This workshop focuses attention on creating and structuring your choreographic “story” from its foundation. As the “director” of their own choreographic “story”, students will analyze the music structure of a particular performance piece and will be taught ways to effectively align dance movement and character with the “larger” message of the piece. Dancers will also focus on building highly personal “little moments” into their work, giving their final choreographies special moments that allow the audience to connect with the performer both as an individual and as an entertainer. In this workshop we will work with the song “Gawaly” from the album Issam Houshan & the Damascus Bellydance Orchestra.

5PM-7PM THEATER SHOW – Info TBA

Raqs Glitterati

Aziza Nawal hosts this spectacular showcase of talented artists with a focus on Oriental Dance aka Belly Dance. The show features select performers presenting their work in a longer format than a typical showcase, allowing full expression of their craft.

The next Raqs Glitterati date will be announced soon!

Past Shows:

Tribute to Mohamed Abdel Wahab April 2023 – Featured performances by Amani Jabril, Karma Karmelita, Luci Kade and Aziza Nawal

Love Edition in February 2023

Raqs Glitterati April 30th

Tribute to the Music of Mohamed Abdel Wahab

Aziza Nawal hosts this spectacular showcase of talented artists with a focus on Oriental Dance aka Belly Dance. The show features select performers presenting their work in a longer format than a typical showcase, allowing full expression of their craft.

Featuring performances by Amani Jabril, Karma Karmelita, Luci Kade and Aziza Nawal

Tickets: $30 includes dinner – Buy Now

Doors: 4:00pm
Showtime: 5:00pm

Raqs Glitterati – Feb 26

Aziza Nawal hosts this spectacular showcase of talented artists with a focus on Oriental Dance aka Belly Dance. The show features select performers presenting their work in a longer format than a typical showcase, allowing full expression of their craft.

Featuring performances by Faaridah, Heidi Baila, Prianca and Aziza Nawal

Tickets: $30 includes dinner – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/raqs-glitterati-feb-26-tickets-523077477817

Doors: 4:30pm
Showtime: 5:30pm

Banat Nawal – Share the Journey

Banat Nawal is a regularly performing troupe is open to any of Aziza Nawal’s class participants who display passion and dedication. They represent a variety of dance backgrounds and experience levels that promote enrichment in their shared artistic journey.

Members of this troupe share a common goal to learn the fundamentals of Middle Eastern Dance technique, musicality and culture. Through this education, they strengthen their bonds of friendship and build a community of dance siblings.

Please enjoy these performances by Banat Nawal featuring original choreagraphy by Aziza Nawal:

In Person Classes Return!

Aziza Nawal will be back in-person teaching hybrid classes stating in September!

Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance Studio going HYBRID!!! IN PERSON CLASSES AHVE RESUMED!!! As we work on finalizing plans for our new physical location (pheeeeew it has been a journey), we are extremely grateful for the opportunity to join the AREA|Atlanta’s Resource for Entertainment & Arts family (starting September 1) for in-person classes.

Location:

2303 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA 30309, close to Piedmont Hospital and next door to Apt 4B (restaurant) with plenty of parking in the back of the building.

Most classes will continue to meet via Zoom with in-person options on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays!

Aziza Nawal will have two new class offerings beginning November 1 (no class on election night Nov 8):

Hardcore Belly Dance Technique and combos Tuesdays @ 7:30 – all levels welcome

Hardcore Finger Cymbals Tuesdays @ 8:30 – intermediate to advanced levels

Register for classes at:
https://atlantafusionbellydance.as.me/schedule.php

Rak the Casbah Show!

An theatre show featuring a variety of belly dance stylizations! A journey through the Middle East, Latin America and US!

Rak the Kasbah: AFBD’s 13 Year Anniversary Show Sunday September 25, 2022

Marietta’s Theatre in the Square

Doors open at 4:30pm. Show starts promptly at 5:00pm

Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance (AFBD) celebrates its 13 year anniversary with a stellar theatre show featuring performances from AFBD instructors, students, dance companies and special guests!!! Its a belly dance reunion! Join us for this celebration followed by a group dinner in Marietta Square!

Get tickets now – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/raks-the-kasbah-afbd-13-year-anniversary-show-tickets-384099882087