1001 Nights: An Afternoon of Belly Dance
Enjoy an exciting and glamorous afternoon of bellydance and Middle Eastern dance performances from local pros and their student troupes.
Immerse yourself in the art of bellydance and Middle Eastern music! This showcase features professional and semi-pro bellydancers from around the Triangle along with their student troupes.
Enjoy classic raqs sharqi (bellydance) and Middle Eastern folk dances in this exciting performance you won’t want to miss.
This show is family-friendly. Guests of all ages will appreciate the sparkling costumes, beautiful music, and elegant choreographies.
DOORS OPEN AT 2pm EST
SHOW STARTS AT 2:30pm EST
Can't join us in the theater? Livestream tickets are available! But make sure you join live, because a replay will not be sent out.
Holiday Belly Dance Session
This special 3 week series is designed to get you moving, release stress, and find extra joy this holiday season! Each class you'll learn some new moves and put them together in a super fun dance combination. And if you know me, you know the playlist will be poppin'!
No belly dance experience? Absolutely no problem! Anybody can move and groove in these classes. All you need is access to Zoom and a space at home to dance in.
Recordings will be sent out after each session so even if you can't make it live, you can still dance!
All three classes are available for $40. Drop in classes are available at $15 each.
Holiday Energy Healing Sessions
In both Reiki and Akashic Records Readings
Looking for peace and calm this holiday season? Try out a Reiki session.
Looking for guidance and clarity? Try out an Akashic Records Reading.
Both are at a special price of $30 for 30 minutes.
Saturday, October 22 from 3-5pm: All Levels Belly Dance Choreography
In this 2 hour workshop, you’ll learn an all-levels choreography set to Amal Hayati, a classical Egyptian song originally sung by legendary singer Umm Kalthoum. This romantic and dreamy choreography will transport you to the Golden-era of Egyptian belly dance.
Register by this Saturday, October 8 to save. Available in-person AND online.
Saturday, October 22 at 7:30pm: Live Music + Bellydance Show at Elite Ballroom
There's nothing like live music! If you're a NC local, come check this show out.
Live music from around the Middle East and Mediterranean with Naji Hilal on oud, Alex Gordez on Spanish Guitar, and Danial Zaki on Darbuka, plus special guest rock guitarist Dave Hardman. Bellydance shows by Aisha, Sonya, Angelina, and Jessica. Plenty of open dancing! Bring your own beer or wine.
The NEW Studio All Access Library!
Learn Egyptian style belly dance technique, dance to classic Arab hits and the hottest new songs, grow as an artist, and have a damn good time! This is perfect for folks who are looking to learn or develop their belly dance technique and become and more musical and expressive dancer.
In the on-demand library, you'll get a collection of 35+ dance classes accessible at a variety of dance levels. You'll even get access to speciality workshops, and a discount code to all live classes and private lessons. And don't worry, the amount of classes continues to grow, so you can be as fabulous of a dancer as you wish!
What's even cooler - there is opportunity to get feedback from me each week!
Fall Energy Transformation - 7 Days of Release and Realignment!
Fall is the season of LETTING GO.
Just as the leaves change colors, release from trees, and return to the earth, we can also release what is no longer serving us and returning it back to Source.
In this 7 Days of Energy Healing, we will focus on releasing those burdens and cultivating a strong energy field and the courage and confidence to support your next evolution.
All you need is 30-45 minutes a day, and an itch to try out Qigong, Reiki, simple prayers to Source, and other energy healing practices.
Sunday, September 4 and Sunday, September 18: Belly Dance & Reiki
The Studio's Signature Class to move your energy and release stress.
September 24 - 28: 7 Days of Energy Healing
7 days of Reiki, Qigong, and Other Exercises to clear your energy and strengthen your aura for fall
Saturday, September 24: Belly Dance Choreography Workshop + Performance Opportunity
You'll learn an elegant and earthy veil choreography to a classic belly dance song (and perform if you'd like!). Register by September 10 to save, and look out for more workshops in October and November.
“Each and every being has an innate ability to heal as a gift from divinity.” - Mikao Usui, the founder of modern day Reiki
Reiki is a holistic Japanese energy practice that seeks to bring balance and harmony throughout your mind, body and spirit. Universal life force energy is available to us all, and it can be used to heal.
In a Reiki session, a practitioner channels Universal Life Force Energy to clear out energy blockages (emotions, past hurts/pains, unhelpful thought patterns, etc.) and increase the positive flow of energy in ways that can benefit you mentally, emotionally, physically, and/or spiritually.
There are TWO types of Reiki sessions I offer:
AKASHIC RECORDS READING
An Akashic Records Reading is an intuitive session in which you can received guidance, clarity, understanding, and healing to deep questions on your heart. Your personal Masters, Teachers, and Loved Ones (MTLOs) step forward to answer your questions, telling you what you need to gain understanding and take next steps. Your MTLOs always give accurate information and focus your attention on exactly what's needed, but it can beyond what you imagined for yourself or the situation. Coming with an open mind is vital for your optimal experience <3
You can ask about all types of topics you are curious about in your life and the world around you.
These readings given at a suggested donation from $40-$75. Sessions are 45 minutes and happen as an audio call over Zoom.
Learn an elegant and earthy bellydance choreography set to classic Egyptian mejance (entrance) music.
About this event
In this 2 hour workshop, you’ll learn an intermediate/advanced veil choreography to Set El Hosen, a classical mejence (entrance) song originally written for bellydance superstar Nagwa Fouad. You’ll enter the stage with swirling, elegant veil work, then transition to earthy Egyptian hipwork. The overall choreography shows off your range as a dancer and is perfect for a standalone number or as a dynamic start to a larger set.
Prop Requirement: one rectangular veil (around 3 yards long) made of silk, chiffon, or a similar lightweight material. Extra veils will be available for in-person attendees to borrow if needed.
This workshop also features a 20 minute SharQui - The Bellydance Workout warmup taught by Lina (@rhythmandrhinestones). It will leave you feeling energized and ready to dance!
Take advantage of the early registration discount when you register before September 10th.
This workshop is part of the Aisha Studio’s fall classic choreography series. Registration for the October 22nd workshop and November 19th workshop is coming soon. Save on multiple workshops - you will be automatically emailed a discount code for future workshops after you register for this one.
Join In-Person or Online
Choose your own adventure for this hybrid workshop! Learn in-person at Elite Ballroom in Morrisville, NC or attend online via Zoom.
The beautiful, spacious Elite Ballroom is centrally located in the Triangle, NC area just 20 minutes from Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill.
Space is limited for in-person attendees to allow for social distancing. Register early to secure your spot.
A recording of the workshop will be sent to all attendees within 48 hours. Recording access will be available for 30 days.
Live Performance Opportunity
Want to perform this choreography live with Aisha? Limited spots are available to join Aisha onstage to perform this routine at the Aisha Studios December Bellydance Showcase on 12/3 in Carrboro, NC. Choose the “Workshop + Performance Opportunity” option to secure your spot.
This option includes 4 additional rehearsals (two via Zoom and one in person) and a troupe costume. Performance dancers will receive personalized coaching during rehearsals as well as individual feedback after the performance.
Additional opportunities in the Triangle, NC area may be available if you have chosen the Performance option.
Rehearsal and Performance Schedule
In-person rehearsals will be held at Elite Ballroom in Morrisville, NC.
Online rehearsals will be held via Zoom.
The final performance will be Saturday, December 3rd from 2:30-4pm at the Century Center in Carrboro, NC.
Please contact Aisha at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in performing but are unable to attend one of the rehearsals.
The $210 performance option includes the workshop, all 4 rehearsals, and a troupe costume (which is yours to keep after the performance). A payment plan is available for anyone who would prefer it, no questions asked. Just choose the “Workshop + Performance Opportunity (Payment Plan)” option at registration.
If you choose the payment plan, you will be charged $105 at the time of registration, and the remaining $105 is due before November 1st. You will receive an invoice via PayPal for the remaining balance if you’d prefer to pay via card, or you can pay Aisha directly via at the 10/8 in-person rehearsal.
Contact Aisha at email@example.com if you have any questions about the performance or payment options.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much dance experience do I need to take this workshop?
This workshop is recommended for intermediate and up dancers of bellydance / raqs sharqi. The pace will be fairly fast in order to learn as much choreography as possible during the workshop. While you’re welcome to join if you’re a beginner, you’ll get the most out of the workshop if you have at least 2-3 years of experience in this style.
A recording of the workshop will be emailed to all participants and will be accessible for 30 days. You will be able to review this recording as many times as you like, so it’s a great way to learn at your own pace even after the workshop ends.
Can I perform this choreography?
Yes, go for it! Please credit Aisha as the choreographer and link to her website (www.aisha-studios.com).
There is also an in-person performance opportunity available for this choreography at the Aisha Studios December Bellydance Showcase on 12/3 in Carrboro, NC. This includes four additional rehearsals (two in-person, two online) and individual feedback. See above for rehearsal schedule. Choose the “Workshop + Performance Opportunity” option to secure your spot.
Additional opportunities in the Triangle, NC area may be available this year if you have chosen the Performance option.
Where can I find a translation of the song we’re dancing to?
Set El Hosen doesn’t have true lyrics, but it does have a lot of history! The title translates roughly to “Prettiest of the Pretty” and was originally written for the iconic Nagwa Fouad. See a full explanation of the song here.
Can I switch from in-person to online or vice versa?
Yes, email Aisha at firstname.lastname@example.org to change your registration if space is available.
I already registered but can no longer attend. Can I get a refund?
All sales are final. However, you can transfer your registration to another attendee if you both email Aisha at email@example.com to request the transfer. Another option is to switch to an online registration by emailing Aisha, or to participate via the replay. All participants (including those attending in-person) will receive a recording of the workshop you can access for 30 days.
In May 2022, an Aisha Studios Community Member + TXTURE Magazine Writer Lucy Sams interviewed Aisha about energy healing practices.
Here's an article excerpt, introducing you to our conversation:
"In the past, exploring anything outside of Christianity has often resulted in backlash for our culture. Times have changed and so have we! Many things that are highly criticized within the Black American community; therapy, veganism, etc. are now being explored with open arms as we as a people do everything we can to become healthy and whole; physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. As a highly spiritual person, the study of metaphysics has peaked my curiosity on more than one occasion. I took the opportunity to have a conversation with Aisha Cannon, a practitioner of the Energy Healing Arts to have a few questions answered."'
No matter your identity or background, you'll be able to journey with me in the exploration of energy and learn more about my personal experiences and the energy medicine I have learned + currently provide.
You can read the full article below.
What a wonderful end to the Aisha Studios Summer Tour!
After teaching the Bent el Gheran choreography online and in-person in Morrisville, NC and Charlotte, NC, participants in the Morrisville workshop performed the choreography at Electric Shimmy's Beer & Bellydance Event. We brought down the house!
It was such a pleasure to teach and collaborate with these dancers. I'm looking forward to us doing this more in the future, and for more of you lovely folks to come along for the ride with us!
Want to learn the dance for yourself? You can!
The recording of the Morrisville workshop is available for purchase!
Here's what dancers are saying:
“Aisha’s workshop was super fun! I loved how the song lyrics were broken down before we started learning the choreography. We learned so much and had a blast while doing so.” - Shimmy (@theshimmychanga)
“Great workshop! I loved how Aisha explained the music and told us a story behind it. It helped with understanding the feelings and movements of the dance. Awesome choreography! I really liked the Arabic step with added hip move. Thank you for the great experience!” - Dina of Triangle Belly Dancing