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2009 Events

(Note: not all of my performances are on this page or my calendar; in fact I'm not posting many of the events that are closed to the public. So if you're interested in a certain date, please contact me early to reserve it! Also, different events take different amounts of time, so if something's already posted on your date, contact me and I might still be able to make it, or recommend someone who will do a fantastic job. Thanks!)

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2008 events

"Na'imah Nights" at the Mayne Studio
Check calendar for dates
or for more details, click on the event's link

Nov. 20: Benefit Show
For Jason Thompson
Apr. 30: Harem Nights
Aug. 14: Movie Night


Sunday, Jan. 9, 8pm, Winter Hafla 2009 - SOLD OUT
    Hosted by Na'imah and Sarah Mayne, this event will be held at the Casino Club in Grand Rapids, MI. Featuring: Na'imah, Sarah Mayne, and introducing the Delkash Dancers and Al-Vashti!! Tickets are $15 or a VIP Table reservation is $100 (enquire for details) and includes champagne toast and reserved seating.

January 21 - 25, Oasis Dance Camp South
    Na'imah will be attending and performing at Oasis South. For more details: Oasis Web Site


Sunday, Feb. 8, 7pm, Harem Nights Party


Saturday March 28, Arabian Night VI in Kalamazoo!
    Featuring performances by Na'imah, Sabrina of South Haven, and Ayperi of Lansing; affordable Middle Eastern food; shisha smoking available; open dance floor.
    Wayside West, 3406 Stadium Drive, Kalamazoo
    Tickets $10 / Under 21 welcome - bring the kids! It's a family-friendly show
    For tickets and information call Maz @ 269-352-7404 or John @ Wayside @ 269-375-1930x1.
    Event is open to the public - Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 8pm
    [map is here]

Sunday, March 29, 7pm, Henna & Movie Night With Na'imah
    This month's Na 'imah Night is a henna party and we'll be showing clips from "Bunty aur Babli", a romantic comedy featuring dance, an actual plot, and of course, gorgeous costumes. :) It's about a small-town boy and girl who have big dreams... they meet and decide to pursue their destinies together, but can they stay ahead of the police long enough to make it big? More importantly, how long will it take them to realize they're perfect for each other? Find out on Movie Night!
    The Mayne Studio, 959 Lake Drive, East Hills
    Free parking in Diamond St. lot!
    $8.00 - RSVP at 862-1900 or buy Na'imah Night ticket through Paypal (includes 60-cent paypal fee)
    [map to studio] [flier is here]


Saturday April 4, "Tribal Reflections" Show in Lansing
    Sponsored by the Habibi Dancers, Amel Tafsout & Sharon Kihara will be teaching Berber Shimmies & Tribal Isolations & Drills. The gala show starts at 8pm, tickets are $15, and the show is open to the public. Location is Hannah Community Center, Lansing, MI. To order tickets or for more info, contact Yasmina Amal.

Saturday April 25, Gala Show in Kalamazoo
    Sponsored by the West Michigan School of Middle Eastern Dance, Virginia will be teaching salsa & dancing to live music, featuring the music of Oum Kalthoum ("A Voice Like Egypt", one of my recommended movie titles). The gala show starts at 7:30 pm, tickets are $10, and the show is open to the public. Location is Kalamazoo Valley Community College, 6767 West "O" Ave., Kalamazoo, MI. To order tickets or for more info, call Joette at 269-375-0990.


May 9: "Laylat Al-Nujoum" Night Of Stars Performance

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    In celebration of World Belly Dance Day, this night will be an opportunity for professionals and students alike to shine! Proceeds will benefit the ACS Relay for Life in East Grand Rapids, MI.
    Balletmore Studio, 147 Diamond Ave. Our last event sold out over a month in advance, so don't delay!
    8pm show / doors 7pm
    Tickets $15 in advance / $20 at door
    BUY TICKETS ONLINE ($16 includes $1 paypal fee):

    Interested in performing or helping out in other ways? Contact Na'imah at naimahdance at gmail dot com for more information.

April 29: Performance at Aziza workshop show in Detroit


June 6: The Mayne Studio performs at Festival of the Arts
    Sunday, June 6: 4 - 4:45pm
    Clock Tower Stage (corner of Pearl and Ottawa)
    Leave plently of time to find parking, stroll around Festival, and pick up food from one of the many (usually 30 or 35) food booths; but don't be late because we're opening the show with Na'imah and Sarah premiering a sneak peek of "Kajra Re", the bollywood number for our August 8 hafla. :)
    FREE to the public

June 28: Henna Night and Dance Party @ Mayne Studio
    This open dance floor party will be a follow up to June 28's Double Trouble Workshop and will give you a chance to use the Improvisation skills you'll learn in Na'imah's afternoon workshop. Sarah will be teaching a veil choreography at noon and Na'imah will teach Improvisation and Stage Craft 101 - for more details or to sign up, go to The Mayne Studio's site.
    The Mayne Studio, 147 Diamond Ave. Park in the Diamond St. Global Infusion Lot, then come in the red door on the left. Come in, take a left at the end of the hall, and climb the stairs to the 2nd floor for the Mayne Studio. Spaces are extremely limited and the workshops are both filling up.
    Evening dance party FREE to paid workshop participants - RSVP to get your name on the list!
    Dance party: 8pm - dress is bellydance casual so wear your funky threads!
    Tickets $8 in advance / $10 at door
    BUY TICKETS ONLINE ($0.50 shipping/handling is to cover paypal fee):


    Emergency Appendectomy!! Rest & recovery. :)


    August 1st: Bohemian Beach Belly Dance Show hosted by Boheme Tribal

      8pm - $10 presale - $12 at the door

      Foundry Hall
      422 Eagle Street
      South Haven, Michigan

    August 7 / 8: Summer Haflas!

      Na'imah and The Mayne Studio present 2 summer haflas on 2 consecutive evenings. Came and see two different shows! Friday night will feature soloists and small groups; Saturday night will showcase the performance troupes at the Studio. Na'imah will be performing both nights, doing a smaller Bollywood number and of course an Oriental set on Friday. On Saturday, Na'imah and Sarah will present a large-scale Bollywood production number - don't miss these shows! For tickets and more information, check out the Studio's website at .

    August 22: Private Wedding

    August 28: Dancing with Aziza & Ensemble Al-Asdeka

      I'll be zilling with the band and dancing at Rosa Parks Circle, at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, from 5 - 7pm. This will be Aziza's singing debut with Al-Asdeka, so come and give her a warm welcome!


    September 16 - 20: Oasis Dance Camp North

      Traverse City, Michigan -- for the eighth year in a row (and her 11th Oasis overall), Na'imah will be returning to Oasis North, featuring Cassandra and Denise Enan. I highly recommend this retreat for the camaraderie, intensive instruction, and master educators featured every year. For more information, go to htt:// .

    September 26/27: Cassandra in seminar, master class, and concert!

      Mishawaka, Indiana will be the setting for a weekend of seminars and master classes with amazing and inspirational instructor Cassandra! (Yes, I'll be seeing her the weekend previous in Traverse City; yes, she's absolutely worth the drive in both cases, lol - Na'imah) For more information, go to, or contact .


    October 3: Arabian Night 7 in Kalamazoo!

      It's time for another Arabian Night in Kalamazoo -- This time we'll fature Na'imah, Sabrina, and guest dancer Sarah Mayne. Wayside West's upper floor is the setting for this family-friendly show, and the tickets are $10. Traditional Middle Eastern food will be on offer, and hookahs will be available for those who wish to try the aromatic fruit-flavored tobacco. For more information or to buy tickets, call Maz at 269-352-7404.

    October 10 & 17: Mini-Seminars for GVSU Belly Dance Club

      Na'imah will be teaching two 2-hour seminars this month for the GVSU Belly Dance Club on the Allendale Campus. Location and price TBD; please check with the Belly Dance Club for more information.

    October 24: HAREM SCAREM!

      Sarnia, Ontario's Fogolar Furlan Club is the setting for yet another delightful Harem Scarem, to benefit the Heart and Stroke Foundation there. I've been meaning to go perform there for the last three years, but something always crops up and stops me. This year I'm determined!! :D More details to come.

    October 30: Mayne Studio Hallowe'en Hafla

      Come celebrate the spookiest of holidays with the dancers of The Mayne Studio, at the Latvian Hall - 504 Grand Ave. in Grand Rapids. For more information, check out the Mayne Studio's website. :)


    Friday, November 20: "Laylat Al-Nujoum" Night Of Stars Performance

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      This night will be an opportunity for professionals and students alike to shine! Proceeds will benefit Jason Thompson in his fight with cancer -- for more information, check out
      Show is at the Latvian Hall, 504 Grand Ave.
      8pm show / doors 7pm
      Tickets $15 in advance / $20 at door

      Unfortunately, ticket pre-sales are over. To check availability of tickets, please call 616-862-1900 or buy your tickets at the door. Thank you!

      Interested in performing or helping out in other ways? Contact Na'imah at naimahdanc e at gmail dot com for more information.

    More Events Coming Soon!

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