Image shows Monica performing a saiidi style

Monica :: San Francisco Dance

Weekly Classes and Occasional Performances

رقص = Raqs = Dance

Music : Movement : Culture : Joy

Summer 2018 Performance Workshop

Lines Dance Center
Mondays, June 19–August 6, 2018
8 to 9 PM

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Thursday, August 9th
1:30 to 2:30


Our Egyptian style belly dance Summer Performance Workshop will focus on working with a 'must-know' Arab song appropriate to dance to, along with a piece in which we we will both make and move to the rhythms. Students at any level are welcome to join. Please also plan to take one of Monica's classes from either 6 to 7 and/or 7 to 8 in order to warm-up and work on technique, style, carriage, musical interpretation, attitude, and feeling that will carry over to our performance work. As with all of Monica's classes, the dances will highlight movement, music, culture, and joy. Our workshop will culminate in a weekday afternoon performance at the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Register soon if you are planning to join us. It is going to be a lot of fun!

Ongoing Dance Classes in San Francisco & Berkeley

San Francisco: Mondays with Monica
Monica teaches weekly Egyptian Style Dance classes at Lines Dance Center in San Francisco, California. Lines is centrally located at 26 Seventh Street (at Market) on the 5th Floor, and easily accessible via BART and lots of MUNI lines. Lines is also close to several low cost parking lots and has secure bike parking in the building. Monica has taught at Lines since 2003.

6 to 7 :: Fundamentals and Basics :: Technique. No prerequisites, all are welcome
7 to 8 :: Intermediate/Advanced :: Expression. At least a couple of years of Egyptian, Arab, and/or Middle Eastern style dance (home, social or studio) recommended

Register for classes directly with Lines
Classes are ongoing — please join in anytime. All bodies always welcome.
More details abut Monica's focus in class can be found here
No upcoming class cancellations. If Lines is open, classes are happening!

Berkeley: Monthlies with Monica
Monica teaches a monthly community class at the Women's Cancer Resource Center. The WCRC is located at 2908 Ellsworth St, Berkeley, CA 94705.

Wellness Wednesdays the first Wednesday of each month
6 to 7 :: All Level

This is a low-impact beginner level class suitable for all bodies, shapes, sizes, and abilities. All are welcome.
Come move with Monica in Berkeley!
Please register directly with the WCRC here.
Upcoming 2018 Dates: June 6, August 1, & September 5, 2018. No class July 4.



June 9 & 10, 2018
Anar Dana Bay Area Shows
Hayward, California

Douglas Morrisson Theater
22311 N. Third Street
Hayward, California
Monica is excited to be a guest soloist
Helene Eriksen's multi-year project shows are not to be missed!

Saturday, June 23, 2018
Notes From Home
A Concert Benefiting Music Education for Palestinian Youth in Refugee Camps
Oakland, California

Join Aswat and World Harmony Chorus for a special evening of music. All proceeds will go toward music education and instruments for kids in refugee camps.
1433 Madison Street
Oakland, California
Can't make it? You can donate to the kids here.

Saturday, July 21, 2018
Carnival of Stars
Alameda, California

1:30 PM Performance (main stage)
$15 includes all day admission
Alameda Elks Lodge 2255 Santa Clara Avenue
Alameda, California

Thursday, August 9, 2018
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
San Francisco, California

Join us for this lunchtime dance performance featuring four Lines teachers and their Summer Performance Workshop classes.
Come cheer us on...or come be part of the performance (see above for how to join)!


Monica has been studying dances, movement, music, songs, percussion, and languages of Egypt and the Arab world since she was a teenager, with training in San Francisco, New York City, and Cairo. She worked professionally for many years as a performer-for-hire and as a house dancer in clubs and restaurants, as well as at countless weddings, parties and celebrations in the Bay Area. She still occasionally performs for select events (by referral only, for the most part), at dance festivals, and brings master dance and music artists and instructors to teach and perform in the Bay Area when possible. Monica currently teaches weekly classes, teaches workshops, plays Arabic music and percussion, and continues to dance and learn. She is a performing member of Aswat and the Aswat Women's Ensemble. She does all her own stunts and html.


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Image shows Monica bellydancing wearing a green Egyptian dress in an animated gif courtesy of Alonzo King Lines Dance Center