Take a class or schedule an event. 70s to 90s Cairo style kept fresh with old school club, shaabi and folk stylings. Of and for the people.
Monica offers weekly musically-driven Egyptian style dance classes at Alonzo King Lines Dance Center, where she has been on faculty since 2003.
Classes are held every Monday from 6 to 7 PM, and are currently taught live over Zoom.
This is a mixed-level class suitable for all levels of folks wanting to work with Egyptian style raqs sharqi and raqs beledi. We'll spend each week exploring and being inspired by Egyptian and pan-Arab movement and music while focusing on respect for the dancers, respect for the form, cultural, political, and artistic context, and fun. Classes include a warm-up, technique breakdown, combinations, improvisation, lyrics and singing, rhythm recognition, folkloric influences, and dance circles. Dancers newer to the form as well as experienced movers are all welcome.
Cost is $15 per class (one hour, live remote)
Monica is a San Francisco based dancer, musician, and instructor who has been studying dances, songs, instruments, languages and percussion of Southwest Asia, North Africa, and the Mediterranean since her teens, with a primary focus on the movement arts of Cairo, Egypt.
She worked for many years as a performer at countless venues, weddings, parties, and celebrations in the San Francisco Bay Area. Monica has an extensive solo and group performance history, and a track record of successful, accessible instruction in both studio and academic environments, with an ability to move between the social and staged styles at the heart of the dance forms she works within.
Monica teaches ongoing classes and workshops, performs occasionally, plays Arabic music and percussion as a performing member of Aswat and the Aswat Womens Ensemble, and continues to dance and learn.
She is a faculty member at Lines Dance Center, where she has taught since 2003. Past ongoing teaching positions include Ruth Asawa School of the Arts, Marin School of the Arts, Belly Dance! studios (where she developed a teen training program), and the Women's Cancer Resource Center.
A list of Monica's teachers can be found on the about page.
Monica offers private classes and coaching in person in San Francisco or online anywhere in the world. She has worked one on one with many dancers, duets, and groups who are creating or polishing a piece, looking for inspiration, or need a critical eye on their work, progression, or style.
Rates start at $75 per hour, plus studio rent, if any. Monica has access to very affordable studios in San Francisco and can help keep this cost low. Travel in the greater Bay Area or beyond is also possible, but will incur extra fees.
Private lessons can also take place on Zoom.
Please contact Monica for a questionnaire and initial email consultation so she can make sure that lessons are focused and on point for your needs.
Need choreography? Please contact Monica for current rates, references, and details of how it all works.
I occasionally have some sweet dance related printed garments over at The Little Black Egg, including What Would Fifi Do? tees and tanks.
Photo Credits on this page: Christine Fu, George K., Hussein Moustafa