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Shimmy Soul: A New Orleans Belly Dance Experience 2020

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Date(s) - 06/14/2020
9:30 am - 5:00 pm

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Drury Inn & Suites New Orleans


$15 - $375 USD USD
Contact Person:



Karla Marie | Shimmy Shakti Director | Producer of Shimmy Soul


We welcome you to Shimmy Soul: A New Orleans Belly Dance Experience

Date: June 12-14, 2020

Workshops and Show: Drury Inn & Suites (Poydras St. Downtown New Orleans)

Special Discount Rate Available at Drury Inn & Suites (Mention Shimmy Soul)

Featured Instructors:

  • April Rose: Teaching the timeless beauty and modern versatility of bellydance, “April Rose is an extremely thoughtful & precise artist who inspires people to take their dance to the next level. Not only does she deeply understand how to verbalize & demonstrate movement, her work challenges the boundaries of bellydance while diving deep into cultural context and creative expression.” – Rachel Brice
  • Lebanese Simon: His style of Lebanese Folk Dabke is described as strong, captivating, and deeply heartfelt. Through oriental dance, Simon reveals his personal creative approach with a focus on technique and rhythms. His versatility in dance has brought him very close to the heart of a wide range of audience and followers around the world.
  • Melissa Gamal: Driven to always expand her knowledge of this dance, Melissa Gamal has trained through intensive study, in Cairo, Egypt, as well as with world-renowned instructors from across the Middle East, Europe, and North America. Her biggest influences are the great Egyptian dancers, Samia Gamal, Suheir Zaki, Fifi Abdou, to name a few. Melissa is proficient in a variety of other Middle Eastern dance styles, including Saidii, Khaleeji, Debkeh, Tannoura among others.

Don’t miss the opportunity to train with these incredible teachers. From Golden Era to Shaabi by Melissa Gamal, April Rose technique, combinations, sagat/zills workshop to her powerful “Rage” Choreography. As if that were not enough… Lebanese Simon teaching Oriental Modern and Dabke for a weekend of Egyptian, Lebanese, and Fusion stylings! It will be a wonderful opportunity to delve into these styles and learn from masters in their craft!


Friday Kick Off Celebration: 8pm (Location TBA)

Saturday, June 13 Workshops (9am-4:45pm):

  • Melissa Gamal- Shaabi (9am-11am)
  • Lebanese Simon- Oriental Modern (11:30am-2pm)
  • April Rose- Rage (2:15pm-4:45pm)

Saturday Evening Show:

  • 8:30pm-10:30pm

Sunday, June 14 Workshops (9:30am-5pm):

  • April Rose- Sagaatchya! (9:30am-12pm)
  • Lebanese Simon- Dabke Pop (12:30pm-2:30pm)
  • Melissa Gamal- Golden Era (3pm-5pm)


  • Registration Opens November 1st
  • Shimmy Soul VIP- All Weekend Access (Kick Off- $299* | Early Bird- $325 | Just in Time- $375 | Late- $399)
  • Single Workshop (Early Bird-$65 Just in Time- $75 Late- $85)
  • Saturday ONLY (Early Bird- $175 Just in Time- $199 Late- $225)
  • Sunday ONLY (Early Bird- $175 Just in Time- $199 Late- $225)
  • Show ($15 in advance | $20 at the door) Cash Bar Available | Everyone requires a ticket to enter


  • Just in Time Registration: February 1-April 30
  • Late Registration: May 1-June 1
  • Same Day Registration: June 13

Tickets and Registration are NON-REFUNDABLE

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