ONLINE ZOOM CONFERENCE

AL RAQS

The only conference you need! Professionals of MENAHT dance region sharing their experinece and know-how so you can learn everything that is not usually included in the dance class.

Let’s talk!

Hi, I am Sheyla – Raqs Sharqi dancer, Egyptian folklore researcher and life enthusiast! And I know we – dancers of MENAHT region dances – can do a better job to talk about important things that are not usually part of dance workshops. So, I created this conference!

5 days of conference

 

Each day is dedicated to one major subject with 6 speakers to present their experience and know-how in 50 min long Zoom lecture/talk (with 30 days stream access). Every day we will have a round table to wrap up the subject and answer questions.

History & Research

What is more than learning about (and from) history of the dance? We also present current research subjects.

Marketing & Business

As dancers we also need to have a basic knowledge about running our business and marketing.

Wellbeing & Psyché

Mental health and psychohygiene should be part of our dance training too! Let’s focus on that!

Inclusivity & Culture

There is never enough to learn about inclusivity from different angles. Are we inclusive enough?

Being professional

What it means being a professional dancer? How to choose our way and stay unique?

Professional speakers

All of the speakers are experienced and skilled dancers, researchers, musicians and professionals in their field. Some will present their research, some will talk about their experience and all will give you useful tips to be more consious dancer, teacher and human being.

Esmeralda

Uniqueness of dancer

Raïssa Leï

Culture invisibility

Yalia

Body acceptance

Karim Nagi

What Should The Name of This Dance Be

Amanda Rose

Dance therapy

Ebony

A Beginners Toolkit for Well-Being

Aubre Hill

Inclusivity in Dance

30 speakers

Learn more about the conference speakers who hold their lectures/talks, some will be yet announced!

Timetable of lectures

Check your time zone www.worldtimebuddy.com and do not forget that you get 30 day stream access to all lectures after the conference. Each lecture/talk is 50 min long.

28th Sep

History & research

8 AM CEST

Sigrid van Roode

Dancing with Heritage. Traditional jewellery from North Africa and Southwest Asia
9 AM CEST

Karina Chistova

Dance research in the Oases of Egypt's Western Desert
10 AM CEST

Badriyah

How to approach performing Golden era raqs sharqi
6 PM CEST

Jessica Prestes

Dom people in Egypt
7 PM CEST

Shining

The Banat Mazin: A Legacy of Egyptian Traditional Dance
8 PM CEST

Nisaa

What’s Past Is Prologue: Understanding the Present of Egyptian Belly Dance by Exploring Its Deep Past
9 PM CEST

ROUND TABLE

29th Sep

Marketing & Business

8 AM CEST

Sheyla

What makes a good website?
9 AM CEST

Katie

REELS 101
10 AM CEST

Jrisi & Tristan

The ABC’s of video making, producing and creating
6 PM CEST

Samantha Karim

What it Means to Be A Business Owner
7 PM CEST

Anoukh

Engaging your audience: The guide to successful email campaigning
8 PM CEST

Cera Byer

Is it a gig or a company - why most dance professionals are overworking and under earning
9 PM CEST

ROUND TABLE

30th Sep

Wellbeing & Psyché

8 AM CEST

Amanda Rose

Dance Therapy & Therapeutic Capacities of Oriental Dance
9 AM CEST

Sharon Kihara

Eating disorders in the life of a professional dancer
10 AM CEST

Christine Yaven

A talk about body acceptance
6 PM CEST

Shruti

Behind The Curtain, Under The Make Up - Mental health And Bellydance
7 PM CEST

Dhara

The Creative Psyche
8 PM CEST

Ebony

A Beginners Toolkit for Well-Being
9 PM CEST

ROUND TABLE

1st Oct

Inclusivity & Culture

8 AM CEST

Kamrah

Crash Course in LGBTQIA+ Inclusivity In Dance Spaces
9 AM CEST

Panaiyota

The Cultural Politics, Identity and Power of Greek Bellydance
10 AM CEST

Raïssa Leï

Culture invisibility: why are north-african traditional dancers less visible than western dancers
6 PM CEST

Karim Nagi

What Should The Name of This Dance Be
7 PM CEST

Aubre Hill

Inclusivity in Dance: how the narratives we hold can restrict who participates
8 PM CEST

Khadijah

What is the definition of being a true Ally?
9 PM CEST

ROUND TABLE

2nd Oct

Being professional

8 AM CEST

Jasirah

Being Invited - how to work professionally with festival organizers, event agencies, sponsors
9 AM CEST

Siobhan

Injury Prevention & Improved Performance for Belly Dancers
10 AM CEST

Mercedes Nieto

Ride the wave or create the wave?
6 PM CEST

Shahrzad

Dancing for Audiences of Origin
7 PM CEST

Julia Farid

How competition works: being a participant, judge and organizer
8 PM CEST

Esmeralda Colabone

Uniqueness of dancer
9 PM CEST

ROUND TABLE

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Conference team

I am a professional dancer since 2006 and I focus on Egyptian traditional dances and music, doing my research and teaching lectures and workshops. Last year I went to Egypt to film the Funoon Shaabeya document about traditional artists. I also organize dance conference for 10 years in Czech republic, where I am from, and this year I decided to bring it to international level.

Sheyla

Conference founder, researcher, author of Funoon Shaabeya & dancer

Anna is a cultural manager based in Prague. She is working for live events, as contemporary circus festival Letni Letna (coordinating production and international projects) or coordinating educational projects for cultural leaders. During Covid times she found another field of expertise which is coordinating and technical support for live online zoom events.

Anna

Zoom coordinator and technical administrator

Badriyah is a professional Raqs Sharqi dancer, devoted mainly to Egyptian classical and folklore styles, and the Golden Age of Raqs Sharqi. Most of all, Badriyah treasures the ten years of performing with Bellydance Evolution (BDE): an international belly dance – theatre show, led by Jillina from USA. Badriyah performed more than 60 shows with the company, both as a troupe dancer and a lead dancer.

Badriyah

Moderator and call for contributions coordinator

Conditions of attendance

  1. Conference is held online using ZOOM
  2. All lectures are recorded and available to stream for 30 days after the conference
  3. In case lecturer will not be able to do lecture at original time (due to serious matter – illness etc.), we will schedule new date/time with the lecturer (recordings will be available for 30 days after this lecture happens live)
  4. We reserve the right to change the schedule if there will be any serious reason (lecturer canceling their attendance, new subject that is more actual, number of speakers etc.)
  5. There are no refunds possible once paid for any reason as you are getting your recordings even though you might not attend live zoom sessions
  6. If you no longer with to attend, please find someone to replace you and notify us, we will transfer the access to chosen person
  7. Safe space! All constructive opinions are welcome in discussions and round tables, but there is zero tolerance for racism, hateful comments towards cultures, gender, health conditions etc. I want this space to be safe with no harm to lecturers or participants. If such event occurs, participant will not be alowed to join discussions and round tables.