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Single &/or weekend Workshops / On-going Workshops


Updated: Thursday, May 25, 2017

Single &/or weekend Workshops
May - 2017

Iraq Dance Workhshops

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Intro to Iraq Dance: 11:00am-1:00pm; $60.00/class*

Iraq Hech: 1:00-3:00pm; $60.00/class*

*$100.00 for both classes!

Class Descriptions: Introduction to rhythms and dances of Iraq (2-hours, ~10 students) and Iraqi Hecha (2-hours, ~10 students)

Bio: Indrany (stage name Hadia) began studying music at the age of 5 and classical dances of South India (Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi) at the age of 10 at the Anjali Center for Indian Performing Arts under Guru Rathna Kumar, in Houston, TX. She completed her Rangapravesam (a 2-hour solo debut with live orchestra) at the age of 16, and continued to study and practice classical Indian dance regularly until 2006.

In 2001 she attended her first class in Middle Eastern Dance while at Princeton University, though soon took a hiatus to focus on her Indian dance troupe. She returned to Middle Eastern Dance while studying medicine at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, where she began performing professionally and teaching group and private lessons. She soon became known among the Arab diaspora and dance community in Cleveland for her musicality, energy, and technique.

In 2011, Hadia began studying Arab hand percussion with Karim Nagi (native Egyptian musician and folk dancer) and focusing on folk dances of the Arabic-speaking world. In the last few years, she has sought to explore and deepen her understanding of the lesser known dance styles of Iraq, studying primarily with native Iraqi dancer Assala Ibrahim of Switzerland, Iraqi musician Haider Alaugaily of Cleveland, and Uza of NYC, as well as investing an increasing amount time and energy into independent research. Despite the lack of resources or professionals of Iraqi dance and music in the USA, Hadia's background as a musician and dancer gives her the unique ability to decipher and synthesize the available information and interpret Iraqi music and dance. Her goal in focusing on folk dances of the Arab world is to make the "exotic" familiar and increase audience awareness of the diversity of music and dance from the Arab world, beyond "belly dance."

In April and May of 2016, she taught "Introduction to rhythms and dances of Iraq" and "Iraqi Hechaa" semi-private workshops for professional MENA (Middle Eastern and North African) dancers at the Dance Complex. She follows up her classes with notes and video references for students who attended, as exemplified here:

Despite Hadia's busy schedule as a resident physician at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, she still makes time to study and perform Arab dance. Since 2015, she has attended workshops with Karim Nagi (Arab music theory for dancers), Uza of NYC (Iraqi dance), Sahra Saeeda (completing level 1 of the "Journey Through Egypt" course), Luna of Cairo (Egyptian Raqs Sharqi), and Soumaya MaRose (Moroccan folk). She performed in Lexington, KY; Waltham, MA; Cambridge, MA; Denmark, ME; and Chicago, IL. In 2017, she toured with the Boston Camerata, reprising her 2014 role as a dancer in the Iraqi court of Balthazar in "The Play of Daniel." She represented Syria and Iraq at the 2015 American Folk Festival in Bangor, ME, with Kinan Idnawi and ensemble. Hadia is also honored to be the assistant producer for Karim Nagi's annual 3-day Arab Dance Seminar, now in its 14th session, which focuses on music and dances from four regions of the Arab world.

Iraqi "hecha" (Columbus, OH) -
Iraqi "khashaba" (Lexington, KY) -
Egyptian Raq al-Assaya (cane dance in NYC) -
Arab/Indian fusion (Fort Worth, TX) -
Riq demo (Arab tambourine) -

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June - 2017

Thinking Space Research Workshop


Riley Watts

Sunday, June 18, 2017


This workshop is held in conjunction with Riley teaching ‘The Deep Dance Series’ classes on Friday June 16th and Monday June 19th 10:00am-noon.
Workshop In advance: General/$25.00; BDA, Student/$22.00; At the Door; $30.00
Deep Dance Series Drop-in Rate: $17.00
Three Day Bundle Deal In Advance: General/$55.00; BDA, Student/$50.00

With this research workshop we will create a space for questioning through movement and embodied consciousness. Drawing from improvisational methods developed by William Forsythe and The Forsythe Company, cognitive psychology, visual art, and architecture, we will seek to access a particular state of mind through physicality and attention. Each workshop in itself is a choreographed improvisation and is therefore different from the last. Central tools include meditation, long sessions of guided improvisation, phrase work development and deconstruction, and verbal dialogue. Interdisciplinary artists and scientists curious about dance thinking are encouraged to attend.

Riley Watts is a dancer, teacher, visual artist, and researcher based in Portland, Maine, USA. He studied dance at Bangor Ballet and Walnut Hill School for the Arts before receiving his BFA from the Juilliard School. Since 2010, he has worked closely with choreographer William Forsythe and The Forsythe Company. Prior to joining The Forsythe Company, Riley danced with Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Stadttheater Bern, and Netherlands Dance Theater 2. Outside of the theater, he has recently performed in choreographic installations at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Musée du Louvre, St. Eustache Cathedral in Paris, and Space Gallery in Portland, Maine, as well as for the royal families of Norway, Netherlands, and Japan. He is a Princess Grace Award winner for 2006 and was named Contemporary Dancer of the Year with Brigel Gjoka for the Leonide Massine-Positano Prize, Italy, 2015. For more information please visit

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