Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Warm Up with Winter Belly Dance Classes

Weekly classes start this week at NYU and the CUNY-Graduate Center. You must be a student at NYU to register for classes at Coles Gym. The Graduate Center classes are open to everyone! All of these classes are technique oriented with stretching and rhythm instruction. The Level 2 classes include longer choreographies. (Level 2 classes at the Graduate Center are taught by my friend Ranya Level 1 classes have short combinations. Come with a desire to learn how to love how your own body moves! For more information you may contact me directly at
CUNY Graduate Center Classes
Belly Dance for Body and Spirit
Wednesdays, January 28-March 4
6-7:30 p.m. Level 1
7:30-9 p.m. Level 2 (with Ranya)
Six sessions $90, $50 GC students, $20 single session
To register: 212-817-8215 or visit the website for Wellness Classes

New York University Classes
Registration: January 27-29
Tuesdays and Thursdays
Level 1: 4:30-5:25 pm.
Level 2: 3:30-5:25 p.m.
Level 1: 3:30-4:25 p.m.
Level 2: 1:30-3:25 p.m.
For information visit the NYU Recreation website.
Thanks to PunkDolphin for this great photo taken at last fall's Obama Fundraiser Event.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Reading: Stories from the Edge at the Cell Theater

A belly dancer in Brighton Beach accidentally participates in a thug's desperate set up in"Anatoly's Last Sting," the short story I'll be reading from on January 25 at the Cell Theatre. Though the excerpt I'll read won't get there, much of the drama happens on the Coney Island boardwalk (pictured here) in the shadow of the Wonder Wheel.
Reading Series: Stories from the Edge
When: Sun, January 25, 5pm – 7pm
Where: The Cell Theatre, 338 W 23rd St. (map)
Donation: $5
Readings by Helen Phillips, winner of this year's Italo Calvino prize; Jennifer Sears recounting desperate dancing in Brighton Beach; Nova Ren Suma on runaways and astronauts; and Dika Lam reading about two Chinese Canadian sisters and a chunk of meat. This series is organized by writer (and my friend and teacher) Karen Heuler.