Dance Workshop: “Khaleejiyat" – Arabian Gulf Dance with Mark Balahadia

Sat, September 3, 2011 4:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

(View all dance workshops »)

Khaleeji Dance Workshop with Mark Balahadia
4-6 pm

Followed by a performance of live regional music and dance at 8pm (details here)

Start the afternoon dancing with Mark Balahadia in a workshop on contemporary social dance styles of the Khaleej. Explore steps and combinations that are typical of current Khaleeji dance style and learn how this dance has evolved from its more traditional form. Tips on musical interpretation, beautiful hair tossing and Arab finger snap.

Workshop Tickets:
$25 in advance online (click here); or $30 at door. $5 discount for members online (click here) or at door. ID/membership card checked at door; online purchase includes small service charge - use printout as your ticket.

For more information email Nicole:

About Khaleeji Music and Dance:

Khaleeji: Arabic for "of the gulf" pl. Khaleejiyat

Arabian Gulf music and dance or Khaleeji is used to denote the various musical and dance tradition of the Arabian Gulf: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabian, The UAE and Yemen. Khaleeji music is characterized by the use of pentatonic five-tone scales and polyrhythmic beats. The Khaleeji dance is known for its syncopated footwork, tight shoulder shimmies, head slides, languid hand movements and hair tosses. As of late, Khaleeji dance has become influenced by Iraqi dance as a result of the popularity of Iraqi music and growing number of Iraqi dancers who perform in the Gulf.

About the Artists:

Mark Balahadia (dance, vocal accompaniment)
Mark is a professional belly dancer and singer based in the New York City Metro area. He is well known for his Classical Lebanese/Egyptian style, based on the dance styles of the late Badia Masabni, Samia Gamal, Tahia Carioca, Naima Akef and others from the Golden Era of Egyptian cinema during the 1940s and 50s. Mark also specializes in other dances of the Middle East, including raqs khaleeji from the Arabian Gulf, Iraqi dance and dabke, a Levantine Arab folkloric line dance. For more information on Mark, check out his website at:

Last updated: 2011-08-22 13:12:47

Traditional UAE music and dance across from the Burj Dubai
Traditional UAE music and dance across from the Burj Dubai

Alwan for the Arts

16 Beaver Street, 4th Floor
(between Broad St. and Broadway)
New York, NY 10004
(646) 732-3261

Alwan Auction 2016

Join Our Mailing List:



Classes are currently being scheduled. Please check back soon for updates.



There are currently no upcoming events.


16 Beaver Street
4th Floor
New York, NY 10004
(646) 732 3261
Email Us

Alwan for the Arts is accessible to people with disabilities. Please call 646 732 3261 in advance, or, buzz at the door to arrange a ramp.

© 2020 Alwan for the Arts

Hosting donated by:, the Arabic Encyclopedia