Image shows Monica performing a Saiidi style

Monica :: San Francisco Dance

Weekly Classes and Occasional Performances

رقص = Raqs = Dance

Music : Movement : Culture : Joy


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.

Mondays
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
Lines is closed 12/24 and 12/31/18. 2019 classes start again Monday, January 7.


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!
Free to the community thanks to the WCRC, but please do pre-register directly with the WCRC here.
Next class: February 6, 2019


Private Lessons & Coaching
San Francisco
Monica has worked one on one with many dancers and troupes who are creating or polishing a piece, looking for inspiration, or need a critical eye on their work, progression, or style.

Rates start at $75 per hour, plus studio fees. Monica has access to very affordable studios in San Francisco and can keep this cost low. Travel in the greater Bay Area or beyond is also possible, but may incur extra fees.
Special: If you are a current and ongoing (at least 4 classes in a row) student of Monica's at Lines or the WCRC, rate is $65/hour.

Please contact Monica for a questionnaire and initial consultation so she can make sure that lessons are focused and on point for your needs. Note that private lessons are not recommended for beginners or dancers new to the form except in special circumstances.

Need choreography? Please contact Monica for current rates and details of how it all works.

Events

Upcoming:

Sunday, January 13 and Sunday, January 20, 2019
Aleppo to Istanbul: Sufi Sacred Music (Shughul) of the 19th & 20th Centuries
1/13 in San Mateo, California
&
1/20 Oakland, California
Aswat Ensemble, directed by Issa Golitzen-Farajaje

The program for this concert focuses on a body of Turkish Sufi sacred music called Shughul which has its roots in the Arab world, mostly from Aleppo and Baghdad.

This body of music, researched heavily by the director, has been harvested from the remains of an ancient treasure trove. It comes to us through three fragmented sources: amateur recordings made in the 1960s and 1970s, manuscripts containing the lyrics of hundreds of songs, and sheet music written down in the 1940s and 1950s by researchers, providing notation of the songs last performed in this rich tradition.

Saturday, February 1, 2019
Lines Studio Showing
San Francisco, California

Join Monica, some of her Lines Dance Center students, and special guest dancers Jennifer Cooper (of Belly Dancer of the Year) and Tammy Johnson (of Project Aiwa) for an afternoon of dance, music, food, and community.
Current students, sign up to dance in class. Friends and family, come cheer us on!
It's Groundhog Day (not related at all, but cool, no?)
3:30PM
Free (please bring a snack or dish to share)

About

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.

Fifi Tanks

What Would Fifi Do? is a question anyone serious about Egyptian raqs asks themself at some point. Monica — via The Little Black Egg — put the query on a shirt. Recognize!

The classic ribbed silver on black will be back, but we have a fresh blue on grey limited run available for summer.

Get 'em before they're gone!

Contact

Drop me a line at monica@monicaraqs.com
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Image shows Monica bellydancing wearing a green Egyptian dress in an animated gif courtesy of Alonzo King Lines Dance Center