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 Student Performance

Come cheer on the few but mighty members of my current performance workshop!
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Thursday, August 9th
12:30 to 1:30

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
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.


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. 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:

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.
ICCNC
1433 Madison Street
Oakland, California
7PM
$25
Can't make it? You can donate to the kids here.

Saturday & Sunday, July 21-22, 2018
Carnival of Stars
Alameda, California

Monica performs a solo piece Saturday at 1:30 PM (main stage)
Monica also performs with the Susu Pampanin Percussion Ensemble Sunday at 6PM (main stage)
$15
Alameda Elks Lodge 2255 Santa Clara Avenue
Alameda, California


Saturday, July 28, 2018
Lines Dance Center Showing
San Francisco, California

Monica will performs a solo piece along with other Lines faculty
3 to 5 PM
Free
26 Seventh Street, 5th Floor
San Francisco, 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)!
12–1PM
Free

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