Jasmin Jahal

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I first took instruction from Jasmin Jahal when she gave a workshop in Des Moines, Iowa 12 years ago.  I have taken many lessons with many professional belly dancers and Jasmin is my hands down favorite.  She is an excellent instructor, performer and choreographer and is a wonderful source of information about Middle Eastern dance in general.  Her focus is Egyptian cabaret style though she also teaches flokloric.  Jasmin gives first rate instruction in zills, isis wings, veil and stick/cane dancing.
I have traveled to Chicago twice to take lessons with Jasmin and recently completed her annual Shimmyfest course.  It was a terrific challenge and a great deal of fun. I highly recommend Jasmin for instruction, fitness and fun in Middle Eastern dance.  She is professional, gracious and a true artist.

—Monica R., Iandianola, IA

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This information-packed DVD clearly explains and demonstrates how you can master the technique of dancing with a veil by offering 4 different mini-dances to 4 different rhythms. A wide variety of veil movements and ideas are presented within various combinations designed to challenge basic thru advanced dancers. Also includes instruction for entrances, barrel turns, traveling steps and final poses. Live percussion by Hanna Mirhige. This valuable DVD includes two veil dances performed by Jasmin Jahal in her exciting, sensual style

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Workshops are presented on a local, national and international basis.
All programs are tailor-made to your specific needs. You deserve to enjoy Middle Eastern dance with Chicago's most experienced dancer,
Jasmin Jahal!

2018 WORKSHOP CALENDAR

WORKSHOP DATE & TIME DESCRIPTION & INFORMATION LOCATION
Belly Dance Workshops

April 7

Two fun 2-hour workshops are offered in the Quad Cities area! Ghawazee (the gypsies of Egypt) and Mastering the Stick & Double Stick (al Assaya).

For more information please email Bez at bezzybean@hotmail.com

Davenport, IA
Take a Chance, Belly Dance! Introductory Workshop Aug 30

Try a fun one-hour introduction to the beautiful art of belly dance! You'll get a great workout while exploring the femininity and sensuality of this ancient dance. Included in your registration is your very own hip scarf!

Tuition: $20 per person

Time: 7 to 8 pm

Held at Oasis Studio, 4705 W. Lawrence, Chicago

Chicago, IL
Super Shimmy Sep 22

Get your shimmy on! Shimmies are the most exciting movement you can perform. If you would love to master the art of shimmying, or even if you are just looking for a great workout that will burn up a ton of calories, you need to try this challenging workshop! Jasmin will help you to improve your hip articulation and expand your shimmy vocabulary to include SEVEN different shimmy techniques.

 

No prior dance experience is necessary. Great for all levels. Bring your most fun hip scarf, plus your energy and enthusiasm.

 

Tuition: $35 per person 

OR sign up for both workshops for only $60

Time: 11 am to 1 pm

Held at Oasis Studio, 4705 W. Lawrence, Chicago

Chicago, IL
Floriental Sep 22

Jasmin introduces a fun, new concept in belly dance training: a dance workout on a mat! If you seek ways to polish your techique and take your skills to the next level, you need to explore Floriental! This workshop reveals the secrets of catapulting a good dancer into a great dancer!

(FYI this is not a class that specializes in movements danced upon the floor. That workshop is scheduled for Nov 17! Please see below)

 

Some precious dance technique is suggested

Bring a mat and all your questions & concerns

 

Tuition: $35 per person

OR sign up for both workshops for only $60

Time: 1:30 to 3:30 pm

Held at Oasis Studio, 4705 W. Lawrence, Chicago

Chicago, IL

Better Bellies Sep 29

The ‘belly’ moves of belly dance are the hardest to master. This workshop will focus on improving your abdominal movements, such as contractions, pops, flutters, belly rolls in two directions, and camels of all kinds. We’ll be toning and trimming your tummy so that those belly moves can be shown off! Jasmin Jahal promises you an ABS-olutely great workout!

 

Please bring a mat and workout attire. Perfect for dancers of all levels and for all ages.

 

Tuition: $35 per person

OR sign up for both workshops for only $60

Time: 11 am to 1 pm

Held at Oasis Studio, 4705 W. Lawrence, Chicago

Chicago, IL
The Keys to Creating Choreography Sep 29

Curious about how to choreograph your own routines? It is a creative process that draws from your technical skills, but requires more than just your love of a piece of music. This workshop will explore ways you can map out the music and work with the many layers of interpretation. It's certain you will have an "Aha!" moment of discovery as you unlock the keys to creating beautiful dances.

 

Feel free to bring a piece of music that you love, as well as something to take notes with.

 

Tuition: $35 per person

OR sign up for both workshops for only $60

Time: 1:30 to 3:30 pm

Held at Oasis Studio, 4705 W. Lawrence, Chicago

Chicago, IL
Take a Chance, Belly Dance! Introductory Workshop Oct 18

Try a fun one-hour introduction to the beautiful art of belly dance! You'll get a great workout while exploring the femininity and sensuality of this ancient dance. Included in your registration is your very own hip scarf!

Tuition: $20 per person

Time: 7 to 8 pm

Held at Oasis Studio, 4705 W. Lawrence, Chicago

Chicago, IL
Chicago 
Shimmyfest
Oct 19-20-21

Shimmyfest returns in all its glory with guest artists, inspiring workshops and a gala show! Please visit

www.ChicagoShimmyfest.com

 

for all the juicy details.

Chicago, IL
Festival on the Nile Oct 26-28

This convention is a true belly dance tradition! Don't miss this year's event, featuring Jasmin Jahal (Egyptian style) and Lacey (Tribal Fusion). Workshops run Saturday and Sunday.

 

Email BelediProductions@ yahoo.com or visit www.BelediProductions.com for all the juicy details.

Orlando, FL
Fascinating Floorwork Nov 17

Serpentine floorwork can appear intimidating. This workshop breaks down what it takes to safely move on the floor with fluidity and grace, whether or not you ever choose to balance a prop on your head. Explore 'the flow' and add a new dimension to your isolations and presentation, while getting a great lower body workout! You will expand your dance vocabulary, learn what is the right music for floorwork, and make your performance fascinating and tasteful to all audiences. Even if you only incorporate some of the ideas presented in this class, you won't be sorry you explored the Art of Floorwork!

 

Bring a mat, or knee pads.

 

Tuition: $35 per person

OR sign up for both workshops for only $60

Time: 11 am to 1 pm

Held at Oasis Studio, 4705 W. Lawrence, Chicago

Chicago, IL
Inspiration and Improvisation Nov 17

You may have been taking belly dance classes for a while now, and even have performed choreographies in various shows, but maybe you're still intimidated by the Art of Improv. This workshop will give you the tools and skills to create beautiful improvational dance. From musical interpretation, rhythms and instrumentation, to emtoional and spiritual elements and more, you will get a comprehensive, jam-packed class that is certain to inspire you to dance freely in the moment!

 

Handouts are included.

Some prior dance experience is suggested.

 

Tuition: $35 per person

OR sign up for both workshops for only $60

Time: 1:30 to 3:30 pm

Held at Oasis Studio, 4705 W. Lawrence, Chicago

Chicago, IL
HOLIDAY PARTY Dec 19

Fun evening of dance, food, and holiday celebration!

Open to all.

Time: 6:30 to 9:30 pm

Held at Oasis Studio, 4705 W. Lawrence, Chicago

Chicago, IL
Level 1 Belly Dance Certification TBA Dec

Accept the challenge! When you get certified you gain endorsement for your skill and knowledge of oriental dance. Great for dancers who want to improve their credentials, especially those who may wish to share their dance by teaching others.

Study materials are included in your registration. Please allow time to study at home in advance of the workshop. The workshop will review and polish your technique as well as prepare you for the practical and written exams.

 

Both days of the workshop are required. Each day runs 3 hours from 6:30 to 9:30 pm.

Held at Oasis Studio, 4705 W. Lawrence, Chicago

For more information please visit the Certification pages on the dropdown menu under Workshops.

Chicago, IL
Level 2 Belly Dance Certification TBA Dec

The second level of certification broadens your knowledge of variations of all kinds of steps, plus additional turns and other movements, that every talented dancer should know how to execute and every great teacher should know how to explain.

 

Study materials are included in your registration. Please allow time to study at home in advance of the workshop. The workshop will review and polish your technique as well as prepare you for the practical and written exams.

 

Both days of the workshop are required. Each day runs 4 hours from 12 noon to 4 pm.

Held at Oasis Studio, 4705 W. Lawrence, Chicago

For more information please visit the Certification pages on the dropdown menu under Workshops.

Chicago, IL

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  • bachelorette parties or birthday parties
  • educational programs offered at schools, libraries, galleries and museums
  • multi-cultural events
  • Senior facilities and women’s organizations

Prices start at $120 and up, according to Length of time required and Travel expenses involved.