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Moroccan Chaabi Intensive with Esraa Warda

  • Little Breeze Studio Los Angeles, CA (map)

Qabila Foundation proudly presents~
July 21st-22nd, 2018
in Los Angeles, CA

10 hour Moroccan Chaabi intensive with the amazing Esraa Warda right here in Los Angeles plus a full performance and social dance party!!! Intensive has limited enrollment to ensure top quality education and cultural experience. Make sure to REGISTER EARLY to ensure your spot!

Saturday, July 21st
10am-2pm Moroccan Chaabi: "Chaabi Maghribi" Basics

What is chaabi maghribi? What is the significance of this dance to Moroccans and North Africans? How is it done and how do you dance properly to this genre? This class is about
1) communicating with the 6/8 rhythms of chaabi and connecting with the heartbeat and grooves organically
2) developing and practicing Moroccan style technique and muscle isolation to achieve the correct aesthetic and
3) learn, rinse, repeat, - absorbing the "body of knowledge" by muscle memory and repetition.

Sunday, July 22nd
10am-2pm Chaabi Maghribi: Communication with Self and Sisters

Chaabi is 100% improvisation. What makes a great dancer is not only one who has great grooves, but also one who knows how to allow their heart to speak through their body. This day is about "communicating" both to yourself and to other women. Most North African women do not dance alone; they dance amongst other women. This will be the transition from technique to "real world dance circles". This class prepares you for dancing at a women's gathering, wedding, or party in a culturally respectful and fun way.

3-5pm North African dance lecture
Overview of a different styles of North African dance including Kabyle, Rai, Chaoui, Allaoui. History, costuming, dance, plus discussions about the diversity in "shimmies" and movement protocol, and Q & A with Esraa.

5-7pm Social dance party for intensive participants only

Saturday evening will be a full dance performance including live music!!! Details to come!!!

Workshops can be taken individually, but the weekend is curated as a full experience.

TO REGISTER, simply paypal or venmo Aubre Hill your tuition. INCLUDE: Name, Email, and exactly what you are registering for. A detailed email will be sent upon receiving your tuition with address, etc.

ONLY $250 for the entire 10 hour Intensive with Esraa!!! Limited space, so register TODAY!!!

Intensive is held at Little Breeze Studio, a private dance studio in East Los Angeles, with full wood floors, mirrors, and surround sound. Address is given upon registering.

If you have questions, contact Aubre Hill here or

Esraa Warda is a North African performance and teaching artist originally from Algeria who grew up in Brooklyn, New York, now residing in Harlem. Having grown up between Brooklyn and Algeria, she was introduced to dance within informal women's spaces and weddings and was quickly acknowledged as a talented dancer within her community and family. Esraa has always been involved in the NYC "underground" North African culture scene since youth but now professionally teaches and performs Moroccan Chaabi and other Algerian dances such as Rai, Chaoui, Kabyle, and Allaoui. Her dance style and teaching methods are non-commercial and focused on the "transmission" of body knowledge mirroring the same way she learned - through women's dance circles. Her dance principles focus on legacy, that we should leave behind dance artistry that is valuable to the transformation and evolution of culture. Esraa hopes to keep North African dance authentic and reflective of how her people dance back home.

Qabila Foundation is dedicated to sharing the diversity and joy of Arabic Folkdance and music. Thank you for your support always as we build cultural bridges through the arts!

Earlier Event: July 15
OPIUM MOON CD release show
Later Event: July 21
Raqs Al-Assaya with Adrianne!