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Your Chicago Belly Dancing School

“Unique challenges in her choreography”

Pure Raks Explore and embrace all that is elegant and feminine Shimmyfest 2018 Shimmyfest 2018 Shimmyfest 2018 Shimmyfest 2018 Shimmyfest 2018

Chicago Shimmyfest 2018

Register for a Workshop

All classes will be held at Oasis Studio for Dance & Fitness

4705 W. Lawrence Avenue, Chicago, IL 60630

Free street parking

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 VIP rates which includes free goodies!


Friday Oct 19

WorkshopS 1 and 2

Saturday Oct 20

Workshop 3


WorkshopS 4 and 5

Exquisite Oriental Technique

6 to 8 pm

Oriental choreography ala Suhair

9:30 to 11:30 am                                lunch break 11:30 to 12:30pm          class resumes 12:30 to 2:30 pm

Fantastic Four

11am to 1 pm

Turkeylicious Skirt Dance

8 to 10 pm

Gala Show

Doors open 6:30 pm
Show begins 7 pm

See show page for more details

Drum Solo Choreography

1:30 to 4:30 pm

Workshop 1 – Friday Oct 19

6 to 8 pm  Exquisite Oriental technique

Start out your Shimmyfest experience with a class that focuses on combinations in the style of Egyptian dancer, Suhair Zaki. Explore the signature moves and precision isolations she was famous for. Find out why Suhair was magical, and make some of that magic your own! This workshop is great for those who take Workshop 3, but is open to everyone, at all levels! Tuition: $50

Workshop 2 – Friday Oct 19

8 to 10 pm  Turkeylicious Skirt Dance

For those who love American Cabaret and Turkish style belly dance, this workshop is perfect! Bring a full circle skirt and lots of energy. The 2:30 choreography is lively and fun! Tuition: $50

Workshop 3 – Saturday Oct 20

9:30 am to 2:30 pm  Oriental Choreography ala Suhair Zaki

Discover all that is elegant in a classical oriental belly dance routine that is based on the style of the incredible Suhair Zaki. Challenge your tecnique, discipline your mind and free your spirit! Learn a complete oriental choreography. 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 3. This 4-hour workshop is ideal for Intermediate and Advanced dancers. Tuition: $100

Workshop 4 – Sunday Oct 21

11 am to 1 pm Fantastic Four

Want to improve your isolations, increase your physical abilities and release your emotional expression? Focus on 4 fantastic elements: Finesse, Flair, Flexibility and Feeling. Explore concepts, movement and combinations that will inspire your creativity and refine your dance. No props necessary. Open to all levels!  Tuition: $50

Workshop 5 – Sunday Oct 22


1:30 to 4:30 pm  Drum Solo choreography

An exciting drum solo packed with dynamic steps and combinations. This choreography is the perfect addition to any oriental dance routine. Open to all levels, but designed to challenge intermediate and advanced dancers. Written notes will be provided.  Tuition: $75

VIP Registration

Be a Shimmyfest VIP! Sign up for all 13 hours of workshops at 20% savings, plus get a free DVD of Workshop 3 AND one free Show ticket. Only $210 before Oct 1 or $260 after


Online Registration is open

Be a Pure Raks Star in the Gala Show!

Shimmyfest participants are welcome to perform either solo or as a group. Contact Jasmin before Sept 15 to hold your position in the show and get complete performer details. This is a first come, first serve 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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