News: Aziza Nawal says farewell to Awalim Dance Company!

They say all good things must come to end however endings often mean new beginnings. On December 8, 2013 – I will perform with Awalim Dance Company one last time at the Winter Showcase before taking an indefinite leave from the company. Being with Awalim Dance Company has taught me so many wonderful things about being a troupe member, allowed me to explore a variety of styles and provided some amazing performing opportunities. However my zeal for participating in outdoor activities with my husband, preparing new material for my classes and my full time job were becoming compromised due to my hectic schedule. Any new visual and performance art projects that I have wanted to pursue have also taken the back burner. Solving this dilemma required some careful consideration about what is important to me right now and how to nurture new creative paths.  The end result was a reduced restaurant performance schedule and departure from Awalim Dance Company.

I am looking forward to continue teaching my weekly classes at Muse for Life (Sandy Springs) and Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance (Midtown) – having more time now to research and choreograph new material.  My students will still participate in the Awalim Apprenticeship program and Ziah and I plan to co-produce more shows in the future. Be sure to follow me on facebook, twitter, etc. for my new classes, performances with Circus Combustus, visual art projects and more!

So please join us on December 8th for a show packed with Awalim choreography, original apprentice choregraphy and sooo many styles of Bellydance/Middle Eastern Dance! scroll down for details



December 8th  Awalim Dance Company – Winter Apprentices Showcase – @ Smith’s Old Bar!

Date: Sunday, December 8, 2013
Time:  Doors open at 7 PM for Seating | Show Starts at 7:30 PM
Address: 1578 Piedmont Ave, Atlanta, Georgia 30307

The Awalim Dance Company and students invite you to an evening of fun and dance at our Student Show Sunday, December 8th!

This is a Semi-Annual Student Showcase with range of tribal, classic, and fusion performances with a special focus on soloists and performances by the Awalim Dance Company.  Awalim was formed in 1999 under the Direction of Ziah Ali McKinney-Taylor as a group to bring Tribal Bellydance to the stages of Atlanta and the Southeast US. Awalim’s particular flavor of Tribal is decidedly upbeat and earthy while being sophisticated and urban, bringing what we feel are Atlanta’s strongest characteristics to the Tribal genre. They will also be presenting classic belly dance in its original form.

Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 day of show  buy now


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