Image shows Monica performing a saiidi style

Monica :: San Francisco Dance :: Music, Movement, Culture

Weekly Classes and Occasional Performances

رقص = Raqs = Dance

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
More details abut Monica's focus in class can be found here
2018 classes start up on January 8. No upcoming class cancellations

Berkeley: Monthlies with Monica
Beginning in September 2017, Monica began teaching a community class at the Women's Cancer Resource Center after her pals in Raks Africa decided to take a break from the class they had cultivated. 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: January 3, February 7, March 7, 2018



Saturday, March 3, 2018
Faces of Love: Divas of Arabic Music
Mountain View Center for Performing Arts Second Stage
"Aswat Women Ensemble performs songs originally sung by the Arab World’s most beloved female singers. Each song portrays one of the many faces of love that we encounter during our lives; love for a significant other, love for one’s country, love for God, and a loving nostalgia for moments passed."

Note that only performances open to the public are listed here


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 in restaurants and clubs, as well as at countless weddings and celebrations in the Bay Area and beyond. She still occasionally performs for select events and bookings (by referral only for the most part), and brings cultural artists to teach in the Bay Area when possible. Monica currently teaches classes, plays music, and continues to dance and learn. She is also 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