Jasmin Jahal

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Chicago Shimmyfest 2017

Register for a Workshop

All classes will be held at the Irish American Heritage Center

4626 N. Knox Avenue, Chicago, IL 60630, room 111

Free parking lots available

There are 5 fabulous workshops that challenge dancers of all levels. You can register for any or all workshops. Register for the entire event for an extra special rate which includes free goodies!


Friday Sep 8

WorkshopS 1 and 2

Saturday sep 9

Workshops 3, 4 and 5


Movement Mash UP

Instructor: Jasmin

6 to 8 pm

Drum Solo choreography

Instructor: Conchi

9 to 11 am

All Star Gala Theater Show

Doors open 12:30 pm
Show begins 1 pm

See show page for more details

Double Veil

Instructor: Conchi

8 to 10 pm

Sword dance

Instructor: Christina King

11 am to 1 pm


Everyone is welcome

See show page for more details


Pure Raks Sharki Classical Oriental

Instructor: Jasmin

1:30 to 5:30 pm


Workshop 1 – Friday Sep 8

6 to 8 pm   Jasmin opens Shimmyfest with Movement Mash Up

Every wonder what the differences are between the various Middle Eastern styles? Explore Egyptian, Turkish, Lebanese, Saudi, Saidi, Alexandrian, Nubian, Ghawazee! This workshop presents movements and short combinations transformed into each style for an easy and fun compare-and-contrast. No props are necessary. Open to all levels. Great for those who teach belly dance as well as those who want to know exactly what they are using and fusing! Tuition: $40 before Sept 1 or $50 after

Workshop 2 – Friday Sep 8

8 to 10 pm  Conchi presents Double Veil

Expand your dance repertoire by learning how to perform with double circluar veils. Conchi will show you the ins and outs of double circular veils to create a mesmerizing and beautiful veil routine. Please bring 2 of your own half circle veils. Silk is preferred! If you need advice obtaining such veils, please email Jasmin in advance. Tuition: $40 before Sept 1 or $50 after

Workshop 3 – Saturday Sep 9

9 to 11 am  Conchi presents Drum Solo choreography

An exciting 2:30 minute drum solo packed with dynamic steps and combinations. This choreography is the perfect addition to your dance routine. No props necessary. This class is open to all levels, but designed for intermediate and advanced levels. Written notes will be provided.  Tuition: $40 before Sept 1 or $50 after

Workshop 4 – Saturday Sep 9

11 am to 1 pm  Christina King presents Engarde! Sword technique & Combos for Belly Dance

Add an element of danger and mystery to your belly dance by performing with a sword! Though historically, sword is not an authentic belly dance prop of Middle Eastern dance, it has become a popular staple in contemporary belly dance circles of all styles. Christina King will teach sword care, presentation, balancing, manueuvers and short combinations. Please come armed with your own belly dance sword. Need help getting a sword? Please email Jasmin in advance. This workshop is open to all levels  Tuition: $40 before Sept 1 or $50 after

Workshop 5 – Saturday Sep 9

1:30 to 5:30 pm   Jasmin presents Pure Raks Sharki Classical Oriental Choreography

Discover all that is elegant in a classical style of oriental belly dance that is rare to find in contemporary times. Challenge yourself with a dance that pushes your physical stamina, disciplines your mind and frees your spirit! The signature of all Shimmyfests over the past 15 years has been a complete oriental routine that takes your dance to the next level. Bring a rectangular silk veil. The choreography will be filmed at the end of class and is available on DVD only to those participants who take Workshop 5. This 4-hour workshop is ideal for Intermediate and Advanced dancers. Tuition: $80 before Sept 1 or $100 after


VIP Discount    Be a Shimmyfest VIP! Sign up for all workshops at extreme savings. Only $200 before Sept 1 or $250 after. Includes a free DVD of workshop 5 and one free Gala Show ticket.


Online Registration is open

Gala Theatre Show

Shimmyfest participants are welcome to perform either solo or as a group in this wonderful professional theater setting. Contact Jasmin before August 15 to hold your position in the show and get complete performer details. Spaces are limited and going fast! This is a first come, first server opportunity. Performers do not have to purchase a Gala Show ticket.The performance will be professionally filmed. Be a Pure Raks Star!


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