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Soumaya MaRose & Natassia of Boston - Middle Eastern/North African Dance Workshops & Show

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Soumaya MaRose & Natassia of Boston - Middle Eastern/North African Dance Workshops & Show
Soumaya MaRose & Natassia of Boston - Middle Eastern/North African Dance Workshops & Show

Time & Location

Aug 25, 2018, 10:30 AM – 9:30 PM

Joy of Movement, 480 Hillsboro St, Pittsboro, NC 27312, USA

About the event

Soumaya MaRose & Natassia of Boston - Middle Eastern/North African Dance Workshops & Show

We are so excited to have these two incredible artist join us for a full day of dance!

Full Schedule: 

10:30-12:30pm -  WORKSHOP 1:

"Intro to Moroccan Dance and Culture" by Soumaya MaRose 

12:30pm - Lunch

Optional Q & A session with the dancers to talk about Middle Eastern culture, dance, music...whatever!

1:30-3:30pm - WORKSHOP 2: 

"Hands, Spins, and Veil" workshop by Natassia of Boston

7:30pm- Showcase!

More about the artists:

Soumaya MaRose:

Soumaya is passionate about sharing her culture. Soumaya was born and raised as a Morrocan woman in Belgium after her parents came to Europe from Tangier in the 1970’s. Her experience with Moroccan music and raks sharqi started very young, when she begged her mother to take her to Morroccan weddings. From the beginning, her community said, "dik Soumaya, ouhda shataha,” meaning "This Soumaya is a dancer". When she was 13, Soumaya performed at shows, weddings and events, and learned to play tabla and drums. She became a member of "El Housna", a Moroccan girl-band, and for 15 years played with the band at Arabic events in Belgium, France, Germany and The Netherlands. At 26, she began to study bellydance intensively with Serkan Tutar (international Turkish male bellydancer), and in 2015 she won 2nd place in the folk dance competition at Rakass Istanbul International Festival. Since arriving in Boston in January 2014, she has dedicated her life to dance. She currently performs and plays music with Atlas Soul (North African music), Club Mediteranee (Arabic and Balkan music) and gives solo raqs sharki performances at weddings and events around New England. She said:" For me, dancing means language. It is my way to share my culture and keep the Arabic woman in me alive"

See her dance here.

Natassia of Boston:

Natassia LOVES belly dance in all its shapes and forms. She has been studying obsessively ever since the dance fell into her lap one faithful night in 2011. Since then she has dedicated almost every waking moment of her existence to this art form, trying to find understanding in all its deepness and beauty. She has taken every opportunity she can to study with dancers who inspire her. Natassia has been a dedicated student of Serene and Erzulie of Boston, and has had the privilege to study with so many teachers she can't even count. Some notable teachers who have made a huge difference in her studies are Azmara, Amar Gamal, Khaled Mahmoud, Yasmina Ramzy, Zoe Jakes, Donna Mejia, Lubna Emam, Samer Fares, Rachel Brice, Bevin Victoria, Shadia Tohme, and her two favorites Soumaya MaRose and Jackie "Mccracky".

See her dance here.

Questions? Email Jackie at


  • Moroccan Dance Intro Workshop

    Learn about the beautiful culture and art form behind Moroccan dance with Soumaya MaRose! Workshop is from 10:30am-12:30pm at the Joy of Movement.

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  • Hands, Spins, & Veil Workshop

    Learn about all the technique, intricacies, and movements behind using your hands, spinning, and veil work with Natassia of Boston! Workshop is from 1:30am-3:30pm at the Joy of Movement.

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  • One Showcase Admission

    Come enjoy a night of Middle Eastern and North African dance performances featuring local dancers and our guests Soumaya MaRose and Natassia of Boston!

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  • Full Day Package

    This package includes both workshops and one admission to our showcase! By purchasing this option you save $15.

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