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16th Annual Fall Festival featuring Lebanese Simon!

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Date(s) - 10/12/2019
1:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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The Middle Eastern Dance Guild of Eugene presents its 16th Annual Fall Festival, featuring guest artist Lebanese Simon!

Join us at Whirled Pies on Saturday, October 12 for a full day of festival dancing, shopping, live music, and our gala evening show headlined by Lebanese Simon.

Visit for more information on performance signups and workshop registration.

Lebanese Simon will be teaching 3 exciting dance workshops over Fall Festival weekend!

Sat. 10/12, 10 am-noon: The Dabke – Middle Eastern Folklore – Technique and 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

Sunday 10/13, 11 am-1 pm: Lebanese Pop Combos – Short Choreography
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!

Sunday 10/13, 2:30-4:30 pm: The Arabesque (New for 2018!!)
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 A minimum of 16 stylistic arabesque movements are explained with emphasis on correct execution and historical reference, leading into the most modern technique and execution.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).

All workshops will be held at Staver DanceSport, 41 E. 6th Ave., Eugene, OR.

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.

Visit to learn more about this dynamic teacher & performer!

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