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.
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
Stay tuned for details about an upcoming Summer 2018 performance workshop!
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: April 4, May 2, & June 6, 2018
Saturday, March 24, 2018
Daughters of the Drum
Monica will sit in with Susu Pampanin and her women's percussion ensemble, Spirit of Sultana, featuring oud player and singer Fatima Zohra Lahlou. Also on the bill is amazing singer Amikaeyla Gaston.
Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center
1317 San Pablo Avenue
Saturday, April 14, 2018
7:30PM performance with band Tahneen
$18 includes all day admission (noon to 10PM)
5298 Clayton Road
Thursday, April 26, 2018
Aswat Women's Ensemble
Mills College Student Union
5000 MacArthur Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94613
Saturday, April 28, 2018
San Leandro, California
Celebrating Arab-American History Month
San Leandro Library
300 Estudillo Avenue
San Leandro, CA, 94577
Saturday, May 5, 2018
Aswat Spring Concert: Arabic Music of the 80s
$25, $35, & $50
900 Alameda de las Pulgas
Belmont, CA 94002
May 26–27, 2018
Belly Dancer of the Year
Berkeley, California & Pleasant Hill, California
Monica will be a judge at this long time Bay Area event
June 9 & 10, 2018
Anar Dana Bay Area Shows
Douglas Morrisson Theater
22311 N. Third Street
Monica is excited to be an invited guest soloist (and an Anar Dana alum from the first Bay Area project)
Helene Eriksen's multi-year project shows are not to be missed!
Saturday, July 21, 2018
Carnival of Stars
1:30 PM Performance (main stage)
$15 includes all day admission
Alameda Elks Lodge
2255 Santa Clara Avenue
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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