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From Lebanon with Love – Dance Workshops with Lebanese Simon!

Jun 7

 

Join us June 7th through the 9th for ‘A Dancer’s Journey 2019’. Three days of workshops and a Gala Show with the amazing Lebanese Simon!

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Registration, Pricing & Payment Options (click HERE)

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  • Thank you for your interest in A Dancers Journey 2019 From Lebanon with Love-Workshops with Lebanese Simon. Press the Submit button below to finalize your registration. Please choose a payment method below. (or at the top of this page.) Thank you.
 

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Early Bird registration has been extended until April 30th!

VIP All 3 Days Plus Show Ticket $255
Purchase/Pay in Full BY April 30th (after April 30th $295)

VIP Payment Plan:
2 Payments of $150
First payment must be received by May 7th! (Check out the payment plan option at the bottom of Event page)|

Sat & Sun ONLY (No show ticket) $200

Ala Cart Per Day:
Sat or Sun $150
Fri $75

Show Tickets:
$20 adult
$5 kids under 13

*All transactions are final and no refunds unless event is canceled!*

*Space IS limited for these Workshop, so Preregistration is recommended!


Workshops & Gala Show with Lebanese Simon

 

Lebanese Simon

Lebanese Simon was born and raised in northern Lebanon. With a natural passion for cultural arts, he found himself drawn closer to dance. Simon has traveled internationally to teach, perform and learn, and has had the privilege to study with the legendary Amani of Lebanon, Yousry Sharif, Lubna Emam and Inspiring Caracalla Folklore Dance Teachers Sammy Khoury and Francois Rahme.

His style of Lebanese Folk Dabke is described as strong, captivating, and deeply heartfelt. Through oriental dance, Simon reveals his personal creative approach, drilling combinations with a focus on technique and rhythms. Most importantly, he focuses on executing the moves yet staying emotionally connected to the melody and the story line. His versatility in dance has brought him very close to the heart of a wide range of audience and followers around the world.

Since 2010, Simon has served artistic director and manager for the Al Awtar Zaffa Group based in Houston, Texas. He is also the Executive Producer and Artistic Advisor of the yearly Gulf Coast Raks (formerly the Houston Oriental Dance) Festival. Settled in Houston, Texas, Simon is a Structural Engineer and enjoys horseback riding and great long walks in nature.

Workshops

Friday, June 7th Workshop- Lebanese Pop Combos – Short Choreography

5:30pm – 6:30pm Registration & Shopping

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Registration and Workshops will take place at our studio in downtown Lexington

We are located at:
451B Chair Ave.
Lexington, Ky. 40508
859.455.8991

 

 

6:30pm – 8:30pm Lebanese Pop Combos

Hot, energizing, sexy, pop-modern choreography to music by Lebanon’s greatest stars. Lebanese Simon will be bringing his personal style and most intricate and juicy combinations to the class!

Saturday, June 8th Workshops - The Arabesque - Lebanese Oriental

9:00am – 10:00pm Registration

studio2Registration and Workshops will take place at our studio in downtown Lexington.

We are located at:
451B Chair Ave.
Lexington, Ky. 40508
859.455.8991

10:00am-12:00pm The Arabesque

A timeless movement that prevailed with the evolution of art and among the dancers of the golden era (Tahia Karioka, Samia Gamal, and Nadia Gamal to name a few) to today’s biggest names of oriental dance. A minimum of 16 stylistic arabesque movements are explained with emphasis on correct execution and historical reference, leading into the most modern technique and execution. Simon will explain his process for creating his own series of arabesques appropriately selected for each genre of music (classical oriental, shaabi, baladi, modern).

1:30pm – 3:30pm Lebanese Oriental

In this workshop, Simon guides students through elegant combinations and drills focusing on arms, footwork and facial expressions with a Lebanese flair.

Sunday, June 9th Workshops -The Dabke (Middle Eastern Folklore Tech & Combos) - Dabke Fusion

9:00am-10:00am Registration

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Registration and Workshops will take place at our studio in downtown Lexington

We are located at:
451B Chair Ave.
Lexington, Ky. 40508
859.455.8991

10:00am – 12:00pm The Dabke – Middle Eastern Folklore – Technique & Combinations

This class begins with an introduction to Lebanese dabke: the basic 6 count line dance with three combinations of different levels of complexity, and the different rhythm and lyric dialect variations used.
The class continues with dance combinations covering some of the Lebanese folk combinations vs. Palestinian folk combinations and other regions. We will cover the influence of theatre on folklore dance especially in the region of Lebanon.

1:00pm – 3:00pm Dabke Fusion

This class begins with an introduction to Lebanese dabke: the basic 6 count line dance with three combinations of different levels of complexity, and the different rhythm and lyric dialect variations used. The class continues with dance combinations showing the influence of folklore and the Bedouins of the Middle East on the Oriental style. We will drill the combinations to complete a high energy intermediate choreography combining oriental concepts with folklore transitions and combinations. Please bring plenty of water and shoes that provide good arch support, suitable for energetic dance. (The longer class time includes a lecture on the influence of Lebanese folklore and Bedouin style on the Lebanese dance scene in the early 80s/90s.)

Gala Show

Saturday, June 8th Gala Show Details

Saturday, June 8th, 2019 Gala Show at Arabesque World Dance. Doors 6:30pm Show 7pm. We will have a full line up of performances by some of the surrounding areas best dancers!

Show Tickets


 
(Students Registered for at Least one day of workshops can apply for a performance spot in the show.)

Accommodations

Lodging and Food

Lodging

A number of nice hotels and restaurants are within easy access of the studio.

campbellHere is my first recommended Hotel, very close to the class and show location. The Campbell House is a Four Star Hotel, the accommodations are great and they have very nice suites, so if you are traveling with a group of friends and want to share a room its great for you. (Checking out prices on booking.com they have lower than usual prices available for our weekend if you book ASAP! You can reserve a room and pay nothing now, and cancel later if you find something better, and they do not charge your credit card.
Now…if you are trying to pinch pennies, and/or do not want to share a room, I’d recommend you skip this hotel.
~Safiya

broadwayHere is my second recommendation, great reviews and close to both the class and show locations! A bit more affordable, a bit less fancy. Inn on Broadway is a three star hotel…
Check them out HERE

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The Springhill Suites Lexington is our third recommendation, midway between the first and second in both cost and accommodations…more suites, so great for groups traveling together, and again….very close to both the class and show locations!

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Fourth on our list is the Red Roof Inn, lower rates, less amenities, not as close to class and show locations. I have used this hotel before, for business and visiting friends. It is clean, fairly newly renovated and in a good location….lots of restaurants, shopping, etc close by and its about 10-15 minute drive to the studio.
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Fifth recommendation is Guesthouse Inn and Suites Lexington, right off the interstate on the East side of Lexington, pretty much the same info as the Red Roof Inn…except it is within a group if hotels, restaurants and a strip club…lol….but the staff are friendly, the rooms clean, and the place comes well recommended, and is more affordable!
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And last, but certainly not least, is the Baymont Inn Lexington…..cheapest on the list, just a few yards away from the Guesthouse Suites…..just a little less fancy, but good reviews and great for penny pinchers;)

About a 10-15 minute drive to downtown where both the classes and show take place.

 

 

Lexington Cuisine

Average dinner per person:
$ $14 and under
$$ $15 to $30
$$$ $31 to $50
$$$$ More than $50

Alfalfa – 141 East Main Street – 859.253.0014
Brick-walled, art-filled cafe serving Southern & global fare made with local ingredients. ($-$$)

Banana Leaf – 102 West High Street (upstairs in Bombay Bar and Grill) – (859) 252-9595
South Indian staples like dosa, a savory pancake, & Malaysian dishes are served in simple surroundings. ($-$$)

Bourbon n’ Toulouse – 829 Euclid Ave – 859.335.0300
Cajun & Creole specialties (including many vegetarian and gluten-free options) in simple, colorful surroundings. ($-$$)

Charlie Brown’s Restaurant & Lounge – 816 Euclid Ave – 859.269.5701
American. Rustic spot for sandwiches, appetizers & beer in a cozy setting with books, a fireplace & a patio. ($-$$)

Common Grounds Coffee House – 343 East High Street – 859.233.9761
Coffees, specialty coffee drinks, smoothies, chais/teas, International breakfast, sandwhiches, wraps, salads. Vegetarian offerings. ($)

Dudley’s on Short – 259 West Short Street, Suite, 125 – 859.252.1010
American: Along with the cozy dining room, it boasts an outdoor patio, and a great bar. The restaurant serves dinner quite late, a boon to folks with busy schedules. ($-$$)

The Grey Goose – 170 Jefferson Street – 859.233.1500
American: Brunch and dinner. ($-$$)

Gumbo Ya Ya – 1080 South Broadway, #107 – 859.252.9292
Creole. Gumbo, crawfish Creole, jambalaya & beer are dished out at this counter-serve Cajun-Creole spot. Vegetarian friendly. ($)

Joe Bologna’s Restaurant & Pizzeria, Inc – 120 West Maxwell St. – 859.252.4933
Italian: Longtime pizza parlor with a casual vibe housed in a former synagogue with stained-glass windows. ($-$$)

Lexington Diner – 841 Lane Allen Rd – (859) 303-5573
All-American breakfast and lunch made with locally grown ingredients. ($)

The Local Taco – 315 South Limestone – 859.523.3700
An eclectic and unique restaurant serving up Tex-Mex cuisine, the traditions and character of Southern food culture, and distinct flavors of the communities in which it resides. ($-$$)

Magee’s Bakery/Deli – 726 East Main Street – 859.255.9481
Cozy bakery and deli offering breakfast and brunch. ($)

McAlister’s Deli – 836 Euclid Avenue – 859.368.9880
American. Easygoing counter-service chain known for its sandwiches, stuffed baked potatoes & sweet tea. ($)

Mellow Mushroom – 503 South Upper Street – 859.281.6111
American: Funky, art-filled chain pizzeria featuring craft beer, calch. ($)

McAlister’s Deli – 836 Euclid Avenue – 859.368.9880
American. Easygoing counter-service chain known for its sandwiches, stuffed baked potatoes & sweet tea. ($)

Mellow Mushroom – 503 South Upper Street – 859.281.6111
American: Funky, art-filled chain pizzeria featuring craft beer, cal9.6440
Mediterranean. Comfortable go-to plating classic eats, including baba ghanoush & shawarma, with a lunch buffet too. ($$)

Saul Good Restaurant & Pub – 123 North Broadway – 859.252.4663
American cuisine served in a casual setting. ($-$$)

Sav’s West African Grille – 304 S. Limestone Street – 859.369.7287
West-African stews, platters, salads, sides. ($)

Sawyer’s Downtown – 325 West Main Street – 859.281.6022
American: Chili, burger bar & other American classics served in a bright, casual space with neon decorations. ($-$$)

Shakespeare & Co. – 67 West Short Street- 859.367.0413
U.S. outpost of a Dubai-based cafe chain serving an all-day global menu amid Victorian-themed decor. ($-$$)

Stella’s Kentucky Deli – 143 Jefferson Street – 859-255-3354
Local food-oriented brunch & lunch deli, plus end-of-the-week dinner & cocktails, set in a historic house. ($-$$)

Third Street Stuff – 257 North Limestone #1 – 859.255.5301
American. Funky coffeehouse & retail shop offering hot drinks, sandwiches, desserts & a unique gift selection. ($)

Tolly-Ho Restaurants – 606 South Broadway – 859.253.2007
Classic American burgers, sandwiches, breakfast all day . Open 24 hours. ($)

Tomo – 848 East High Street – 859.269.9291
Japanese. Sushi specialist also offers traditional Japanese dishes & cocktails in contemporary quarters. ($$)

The Village Idiot – 307 West Short Street – 859.252.0099
Lexington’s first upscale gastropub serving Local and high-end beer and locally sourced food in an renovated post office from 1825. Dinner and Brunch served. ($$-$$$)

Vendors
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Vendors At A Dancers Journey

The ‘Souk’ at Arabesque will be open during Workshop hours and carries new and used belly dance apparel for every genre. We will have additional, but limited, space available for other vendors that may be interested in selling their wares during our event.

Fill out the Vendor Application below if you are interested in displaying or selling your wares at our event.

VISITING VENDORS announcements coming soon!

 

Vendor Application

 

Wares/Service

  • Thank you for your interest in Arabesque. We will be reviewing all submitted vendor requests and will make a decision long before the event. Our space is limited, so we will have to be selective. Please consider vending at our future events!Thanks.
 

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Register Now!

Registration, Pricing & Payment Options

Registration

  • Thank you for your interest in A Dancers Journey 2019 From Lebanon with Love-Workshops with Lebanese Simon. Press the Submit button below to finalize your registration. Please choose a payment method below. (or at the top of this page.) Thank you.
 

Verification

Early Bird registration has been extended until April 30th!
VIP All 3 Days Plus Show Ticket $255
Purchase/Pay in Full BY April 30th (after April 30th $295)
VIP Payment Plan:
2 Payments of $150
First payment must be received by May 7th! (Check out the payment plan option at the bottom of Event page)|
Sat & Sun ONLY (No show ticket) $200
Ala Cart Per Day:
Sat or Sun $150
Fri $75
Show Tickets:
$20 adult
$5 kids under 13
*All transactions are final and no refunds unless event is canceled!*

*Space IS limited for these Workshop, so Preregistration is recommended!


Workshops & Gala Show with Lebanese Simon

Payment Plan Option

Easy Payment Plan option
Payment plan option must be paid in full by May 30th 2019
*All transactions are final and no refunds unless event is canceled!*
VIP Payment Plan:
2 Payments of $150
Apr, May!


*Space IS limited for these Workshop, so Preregistration is recommended!

Details

Date:
Jun 7

Venue

Arabesque World Dance
451-B Chair Ave
Lexington,KYUnited States

Organizer

Safiya Nawaar
Phone:
859-455-8991
Website:
arabesquelex.com