Image shows Monica performing a saiidi style

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

Weekly Classes and Occasional Performances

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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) is recommended

Register for class directly with Lines
Classes are ongoing — please join in anytime
More details abut Monica's focus in class can be found here
No upcoming class cancellations

Berkeley: Wellness Wednesdays (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.
This is a low-impact beginner level class suitable for all bodies, shapes, sizes, and abilities. All are welcome.
Come move with Monica in Oakland!
Please register directly with the WCRC here.
Upcoming 2017 Dates: Wednesday, December 13, 2017
In 2018, Monica will teach the first Wednesday of each month.
Upcoming 2018 Dates: January 3, February 7, March 7, 2018


Saturday, November 11, 2017
Bay Area Belly Dance and Music Association Fabulous Fall Festival
Monica will dance in the featured dancer showcase between 6:30 and 8:00PM
Come support the local scene and enjoy a day of dance, music, shopping, food, and dance pals!

Sunday, December 4, 2017
El Morocco Restaurant
Pleasant Hill, CA
Monica, her students, and guest dancers are taking over El Morocco again for a Winter student show!
Live music with Al'Azifoon and Helm
Students...sign up to dance in class!
Reservations recommended. Call 925-671-0132 for a table.

Friends...we are going to reschedule as this has been cancelled while a member of our band heals up. More soon!


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.


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