Karim Nagi

Starbelly School of Dance present Arab Musician & Folk Dancer Karim Nagi

Sept.23rd (Sat.) 10:30am-12:30pm LIVE DRUM SOLO FOR DANCERS Workshop with Karim Nagi!

Sept. 23rd (Sat.) 7:30-10:00 Show at the Sapphire Room –The Heart of Bellydance: The Starbelly Dancers present Arab Musician & Folk Dancer Karim Nagi!

Sept. 24th (Sun.) 11:00-1:00pm MAQAM and TAQSIM FOR DANCERS with Karim Nagi!


 Register HERE!


LIVE DRUM SOLO FOR DANCERS (movement class): Saturday Sept. 23rd 10:30am-12:30pm $55/$50 before Sept. 1st

Some dancers fear it ! Some overuse it ! Yet everyone adores a solo where the rhythmic drums and the accurate body lock together. Melodic songs are lyrical and eloquent. But drum songs are percussive and articulate. Fact: drum solos in the Egyptian, Arabic, or Cabaret style are systematic. There have predictable themes. Each is like a variation on a famous story, retold with new voices and with different accents. Karim is a drummer and a dancer, so he knows what both creatures need in order to breed together. He will teach the iconic Hagalla sequence, the shimmy-to-roll-relation, dum hips & tak shoulders, signaling, Masmudi’s many Dums, Wahda Kabira to Fallahi. Ayoub’s momentary Zaar, and how to ‘Finale’ together, benevolently!  After this class transforms you, a deaf man will be able to hear the drums by watching your body. This class uses exclusively LIVE drumming, and teaches the dancer how understand and communicate with the drummer, what to expect, and how to be ready for improvisation.. Register HERE!

MAQAM and TAQSIM FOR DANCERS: Sunday September 24th  11:00am-1:00pm 2 hours $55/$50 before Sept. 1st

Maqam is the Arabic system of scales and melody creation. All songs, weather classical, pop or dance, are created in a Maqam, which dictates whether the song is happy, somber, uplifting, spiritual or sensual. We align notes in the scale with specific body isolations, allowing them to follow a maqam by using her dance vocabulary. Dancers will learn how to recognize, sing and move to maqams by learning famous song examples. Special attention will be given to Taqsim, the art of instrumental solo improvisation. The dancer will practice interpreting the instrumental music into movement and personifying the mood of the music. This workshop is vital for dancers who wish to better interpret melody into movement. Register HERE!
* There is limited space in the workshops. Each workshop will have a maximum of 25 students, reserve your spot today! Register HERE!
Workshops  at Starbelly School of Dance 208 E. 37th Street Suite #11, Garden City, Idaho 83714
Early Bird Package Deal: Both dance workshops $90 Sept. 1st ($20 savings) or $100 after September 1st ($10 savings) Register HERE!

Karim Nagi:

Karim Nagi is a native Egyptian drummer, DJ, composer and folk dancer. He is the creator of Turbo Tabla, and has released four internationally distributed CDs of this unique brand of Arab House/Electronica using acoustic instruments. Karim has authored instructional DVDs for the Tabla/Doumbek, Riqq tambourine, Maqam & Taqsim, Drum Solo for Dance, and Arab Folk Dance. He is well versed in the ultra-traditional styles of music, and has lead the Sharq Arabic Music Ensemble since 1999. He promotes and fosters the study of Arab dance in the USA as the director of the Arab Dance Seminar. Karim performs and teaches Tahteeb Cane Dance, Dabka Line Dance, and Zikr Sufi Dance. He taught at the New England Conservatory of Music for 5 years, and has lectured and presented at Harvard, MIT, Yale, Bowdoin, Princeton, Stanford, William & Mary, Georgetown, and several Community Colleges. Additionally, Karim Nagi’s Arabiqa program has conducted over 300 school assemblies across America, exposing young audiences to Arab traditional arts. His performances boast a dynamic concoction of live drumming and dance, done in unison. Because of his proficiency in both music and dance, his workshops deliver students to a new physical understanding of the connection between these two disciplines. As a dance and drum teacher, Karim has taught in dozens of festivals in the United States, Asia, Europe and Cairo, as well as all major Arab Culture festivals in the USA. Karim Nagi is a true crossover artist, uniting the Cabaret and Tribal, Traditional and the Modern, the Ethnic and the Urban. http://www.karimnagi.com/

Take advantage of this  exceptional opportunity to learn from & dance with this amazing Arab Artist! with Register HERE Today!

The Show!

The Heart of Bellydance: The Starbelly Dancers present Arab Musician & Folk Dancer Karim Nagi

During The Heart of Bellydance, you will be delighted by the exciting and beautiful dance stylings of the Arab world: from the joyful and emotional folkloric dances of Egypt to the glittering glamour of traditional bellydance. This evening will feature Karim Nagi, a renowned Egyptian-American musician and acclaimed folk dancer, as well as local dance artists Tracy Lay, Cecilia Rinn, and the Starbelly Dancers. For more information, please visit https://ceciliabellydance.com/karim/

Doors open at 6:30pm, Show at 7:30pm

$15 general, $20 preferred ($20/$25 at the door) New ticket prices include fees!

http://www.sapphireboise.com Get Your Tickets HERE

Starbelly Hafla for Workshop Participants!

 Friday night Sept. 22nd 7-9pm at Starbelly School of Dance 208 E. 37th Street Suite #11, Garden City, ID  83714.  Lets welcome Karim Nagi with a Hafla (dance party) and potluck. FREE to workshop Participants.  bring some music (on ipod or phone) if you want to dance, and some food to share. (NO alcohol please-Starbelly is an alcohol and drug free school)


Extra special event! Because of the generous donations from The Rumi group and the accommodations from the Boise Public Library, we are able to offer a FREE workshop with Karim Nagi !

 Arab Spiritual Folk Dance Workshop with Karim Nagi  SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2017, 2 – 4PM Boise Public Library – 1st Floor Hayes Auditorium. All ages

Derived from the ancient rituals of Sufi Mystics, Arabic Spiritual Folk Dance has become an art form of its own. This workshop will provide an educational basis on the history of this Dance and Islamic Sufi practice and serve as a practicum for the meditative motions and rhythms ingrained in this stirring dance. The workshop will focus specifically on Egyptian Sufi “Moulid” practice, which involves melodic chanting, rhythmic breathing and sweeping movements, including whirling.