(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!)
Sneak Peek of Student Appreciation Parties in 2012!!
So far, we've got four student appreciation events in the works for you in 2012: starting with our Holiday Party & gift exchange on Jan. 7, during which we'll be celebrating The Mayne Studio's 5th Year!! So I guess you could call it our birthday as well... In the 2nd Quarter, we're planning a Pampering Party to help chase away those winter blahs... In the summer, it'll be time for a Bollywood Bash, featuring exotic items from beautiful India! And to end the year, our 4th Quarter Student Appreciation Party will be the ever-popular, always a sell-out, Harem Nights party, featuring "harem photography" - your chance to have your photo taken, Arabian Nights style. :D Stay tuned for more details!!
January 8: Auditions for Mayne Studio Winter Hafla Student Show
If you're a member of the studio and would like to perform in February, please email sarah at sarahmayne dot com to set up a time with Sarah and Na'imah on January 8. Spaces will be limited, don't delay!
January - March: 1st Quarter Classes @ The Mayne Studio & Winter Term classes for Grand Rapids and Wyoming Parks and Rec Departments! Check my schedule for more information.
January 15: Bharatanatyam Performance with Sanjukta Banerjee at the 2011 Pongal and Sankanti Festival, Grandville High School Auditorium, Grandville, MI
January 22: "Discovering the Zar" Workshop in South Haven, MI
This dynamic workshop taught by Na'imah will introduce you to the hypnotic trance techniques found in North Africa, for personal transformation and release of tension. The workshop will be hosted by Sarah Schneider Koning of Boheme Tribal.
January 23: "Fi El Awel" Rehearsal and Brush-up Class
5:00pm at the Mayne Studio, 143 Diamond St. NE, park in the Global Infusion parking lot and come in the red door on the south end of the lot. We'll be spending an hour or so setting this piece before its performance Feb. 11. This class is only open to students who've already taken the "Fi El Awel" workshops or a private lesson to learn the "Fi El Awel" choreography. Admission is free for those who've RSVPd early.
February 11: Mayne Studio Winter Student Showcase
Now is the chance for our students to shine!! The show will be at 504 Grand Ave. at the Latvian Hall and will feature our students from 7 to 70. Don't miss this special festive occasion!! ALSO FEATURING special guests Raks Incendia from Traverse City, and Sanjukta Banerjee from Kolkata, India!
February 12: Mayne Studio Winter Hafla
This show will present Bellydance and Bollywood pieces featuring the Studio's instructors, Sarah, Na'imah, Cindy, and Michee, and performance troupes The Delkash Dancers, and Na'imah's Bollywood troupe, the Anandani Dancers. The show will be at 504 Grand Ave. at the Latvian Hall, and tickets and information are at themaynestudio.com.
March 12: Hafla in Lansing, MI...
... at the Hannah Community Center! Na'imah and the Anandani Dancers will perform two new choreographies, as well as performances from many other regional dancers, and - of course - Lansing's own Habibi Dancers.
March 20 - 27: Cassandra Technical Intensive in Minneapolis, MN
Every year, Na'imah makes a pilgrimage to study with master teacher Cassandra Shore in Minneapolis, MN. This year is to be no exception. If you're a serious student and live anywhere near Minneapolis, you should definitely try to get here for this seminar.
April 9: Saugatuck Center For The Arts, India Cultural Festival
Experience the mysterious artistry of Indian classical dance!! Sanjukta Banerjee will be performing (with Na'imah and Jessica) an hour-long cultural dance program at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts! Beautiful costumes, stories of love and revenge, prayers for prosperity and peace, and Indian dance, Yoga, and Bellydance ALL IN ONE SHOW. Don't miss it! Call (269) 857-2399 for more, or go to http://www.sc4a.org.
April 30: Private Party in Lansing
Na'imah and the Anandani Dancers will be presenting 40 minutes of Bollywood and Bellydance in a private party performance also featuring Sabrina. Consider booking your graduation party or wedding, or bride's henna night party soon!
May 16: Cultural Presentation for GE
Na'imah will be performing Bharatanatyam and Mohiniattam under the direction of Sanjukta Banerjee.
May 28 - 29: Ruby Jazayre presents Ranya Renee in South Bend, IN!
Don't miss an opportunity to study with the dynamic and very knowledgeable Ranya Renee from NYC. For more information, go to www.rubyjazayre.com.
June 9, Bellydance Kalamazoo Hafla
The Bellydance Kalamazoo Community Hafla is at 7 p.m., Studio 246 at 246 N. Kalamazoo Mall. See www.bellydancekalamazoo.com for more information & get your tickets before they're gone!
June 25, 19 Windows Event
Anandani and Na'imah will be performing at the 19 Windows event in East Hills!
July 11, Shop Hop!!
Na'imah and Anandani will be performing at the East Hills Shop Hop! Studio specials available.
July 18, Bollywood Class for Teens at GR Public Library
From 6 - 7:30pm, Na'imah will be teaching a special free Bollywood class for teens at the main branch of the GRPL, in the Ryerson Auditorium.
Mayne Studio Show at Shiraz Grille!!
We'll be having our annual Summer Hafla at Shiraz Grille this year, featuring the Mayne Studio dancers and special guests, and a delicious 3-course Persian meal!! Tickets $45, for tickets call 949-7447 or for more information, http://www.themaynestudio.com/shirazhafla82011.html.
Oasis Dance Camp North, Traverse City MI
Oasis returns to Traverse City Sept. 14 - 18!! Na'imah has been attending this wonderful 4-day intensive workshop for the last ten years, and this year is no exception. Study with the divine and dynamic Cassandra Shore of Minneapolis, as well as a guest teacher who'll be highlighting classical folklore techniques. More information at Oasis' website.
Northern Lights Bellydance Festival, Kalahari Waterpark, Wisconsin
October 14 - 18: Na'imah will be teaching two Bollywood workshops - one technique, and one short chorepgraphy - at this fabulous event featuring Tarik Sultan of NYC. For more information and to see the lineup, http://www.northernlightsbellydance.com/index.html.
Great Lakes Bellydance Convention, Ann Arbor, MI - Nov. 4-6
Na'imah is honored to be invited back to teach and perform Bollywood dance at the 2011 GLBC. More information will be coming at the Belly Dance Divas post it on their website. :D
"Sheila Ki Jawaani" Bollywood Workshop, Grand Rapids, MI - Nov. 19
Don't miss the first-ever release of the "Sheila Ki Jawaani" choreography to the public!! This incredibly energetic show-stopping dance has been lighting up stages across Michigan all summer -- now you can learn it for yourself! Sassy, sexy, funny - this showstopper has it all. Come for one day only, November 19, from noon to 4pm, to the Mayne Studio in Grand Rapids... this choreography will only be offered for one day... and then it goes back in the treasure box until next Fall. For information, call 616-862-1900 or naimahdance at gmail dot com. Workshop fee: $60 ($48 members) - spaces extremely limited and filling fast!
Na'imah will be taking the month of December off to recharge her batteries and prepare for next year's exciting schedule!! Stay tuned to see what she'll be up to next...