Jackie's Workshops and Show in Syracuse, NY

March 07, 2020

Amazing weekend hosted by the Syracuse Belly Dance Company!

Mohamed Ali Workshops and Show!

February 22, 2020

We were so honored to have Egyptian dancer Mohamed Ali come to Durham, NC for a wonderful day of workshops and a fully packed show! Check out photos from the show here.

Raqs Sharqi Technique & Feeling Workshop in Virginia!

November 09, 2019

Amazing weekend with Queens of the Universe in Richmond, VA!

Saidi Workshop in Boston

October 26, 2019

So fun teaching and performing in Boston with this amazing group!

Outdoor Showcase!

May 04, 2019

Our group presented 4 new choreographies and various solos in this beautiful outdoor setting!

Veil Technique & Flow Workshop

March 03, 2019

Dancers came from all over the state to join me for two hours of graceful yet powerful veil technique, improv, choreography, and FUN! We filled the beautiful space with creativity and laugher! Thank you everyone who joined me in this awesome workshop.

Belly Dance Movie Night

February 09, 2019

PBO and Chapel Hill dancers spent an intimate Saturday night together watching a belly dance movie, laughing, eating snacks, and discussing important topics such as Middle Eastern culture, Tarab, respecting cultural differences, and learning from the main characters experience.  

Middle Eastern Live Music & Dance Night!

January 12, 2019

Join us for our special bimonthly evening with LIVE Middle Eastern Music and Dance at Talulla's Turkish Restaurant in Chapel Hill! Check Facebook for more of these events coming soon!

Live Drum Solo Workshops with Jackie & Sonya

October 28, 2018

We had so much fun with Sonya Taft who shared her gracious drumming with us! We worked on drum solo technique, choreography, and reviewed Middle Eastern rhythms, how they are played, and the emotions behind it.

Soumaya MaRose & Natassia of Boston Workshops and Show

August 25, 2018

Dancers from all over the state joined us for two incredible workshops: "Intro to Moroccan Dance and Culture" by Soumaya MaRose and"Hands, Spins, and Veil" workshop by Natassia of Boston.

Later that evening, we enjoyed a full show featuring North African and Middle Eastern dance, food, music, and mead!!

Check out this video recap to see a glimpse into our awesome day!

Mimouna Dance Celebration

April 07, 2018

Mimouna (Hebrew: מימונה‎, Arabic: ميمونة‎,) is a Jewish Moroccan Holiday that celebrates the end of Passover. In Morocco, on the afternoon of the last day of Passover, Muslim neighbors bring to the homes of their Jewish neighbors, gifts of flour, honey, milk, and butter to be used to prepare post-Passover dishes also known as chametz. This is a beautiful holiday that celebrates different cultures living together!

The Pittsboro belly dance community and I were so honored to host this joyous cultural celebration and enjoy live music, great food, henna, social dancing, and performances from guests that came from all around the state! 

Belly Dance History and Discussion

March 03, 2018

The Pittsboro belly dance community and I were so excited to welcome everyone to a special lecture and discussion. We delve into the history of belly dance, cultural differences and nuances, and discuss modern belly dance today.

If you would like this event to be brought to your dance group send me an email!

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Chag Habanot: A North African Chanukah Celebration of Women
Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 6 PM EST 3PM PT


Join JIMENA and the Mizrahi Dance Archive for an online North African celebration of Chag Habanot, Eid Al Banat (festival of daughters).


Chag Habanot is a holiday celebrated by Mizrahi communities on Rosh Chodesh of the Jewish month of Tevet. The festival takes place on Chanukah, which according to various traditions the miracle occurred there by a woman. During the festival, we honor the story of the Jewish heroine Judith and the important role of women in Jewish life. It is customary to sing, dance, and light the night's menorah candle in honor of women.


Lala Tamar, a world-renowned Israeli singer, will be streaming concert from Morocco accompanied by local female musicians, including Hind Ennaira. Lala is known for her bold and feminine style where she incorporates her Moroccan roots and the ancient Judeo-Spanish language of Haketia.


Jackie Barzvi will be leading us in celebratory dance to Jewish Mororocan music, where anyone can follow along without any previous dance experience. Jackie is a professional Raqs Sharqi (belly dance) instructor and performer based in North Carolina who recently created the Mizrahi Dance Archive.