The Habibi Dancers

Dedicated to the study and performance of Middle Eastern Dance

Spring Workshop and Performance

A 2-day workshop and spectacular concert

Tarab: A Dancer's Journey

April 22 - 23, 2017
Beata & Horacio Cifuentes

Schedule of Events

2017 Workshop

Saturday, April 22, 2017

9:00 am -10:00 am  Registration

10:00 am - 12:00 pm  Workshop 1 with Beata: Lock Down the Accents - Isolations, accents, pop-lock technique, combinations and a dynamic drum solo choreography

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm   Lunch Break  Bring your own or check out our local restaurants!

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm  Workshop 2 with Horacio: Shake Up Your Shimmies - Hip technique focusing on various 3/4 shimmies and useful combinations

Saturday vending by: Dahlal International, Belly Dance Divas, GLBC, Apparel Printers and more! Saturday vending includes a 6' table and 2 chairs at $50 per table. Professional new products only. Contact us if you're interested in vending.

Evening Concert:  Tarab: A Dancer's Journey

7:30 pm  Doors open
8:00 pm  Curtain

Performances by: 

Sunday, April 23, 2017

11:00 am Registration 

11:30 am - 1:30 pm Workshop 3 with Horacio: Amazing Entrances - Ballet for Oriental Dancers, plus steps typical for an entrance

2:00 - 4:00 pm Workshop 4 with Beata: Sensuous Moves - Ssslow and medium tempo movements and fluid transitions. How to look elegant and effortless, yet very sensuous 

Sunday vending: Back by popular demand, Sunday vending will be a Souk/Bazaar style, selling gently used items only (such as costumes jewelry, music, props, etc.). A 6' table and 2 chairs in only $10 (limited to 1 table per vendor). All vendors will be vetted for appropriate wars prior to acceptance (no food vendors per location rules). Limited availability. Must be registered for the Sunday workshop. Please contact us if you're interested in purchasing a table to sell items.


Online - $15 (online sales close Saturday, April 22 at 1:00 pm)
At the door - $20

Concert tickets may be purchased online or by mail. Habibi's also sell them in person.

Saturday Only - $99 before April 7 / $119 after April 7
Sunday Only - $69 before April 7 / $89 after April 7
Saturday/Sunday Combo - $149 before April 7

Online sales for the workshop end Friday, April 21 at 9:00 pm.

Register by mail - Download and print this registration form
Mail-ordered tickets may be picked up at the workshop or at the concert door until 8:30 pm the night of the show. Your registration will be held at the door, and will not be confirmed by mail.

Register Online - Use the Eventbrite ticket button below. 
If you order your concert ticket and/or register for the workshops online, you will be instructed to print your own ticket and must bring it with you for entrance.

Eventbrite - "Tarab: A Dancer's Journey" 2017 Spring Workshop & Performance

Advanced registration and ticket purchase is strongly encouraged, as we have sold out in previous years.   No refunds for cancellations. Participants will be limited. 

At the request of the artists, videotaping is not allowed at the workshop or the concert.


Workshop and Concert Location

East Lansing Hannah Community Center

Albert A. White Performing Arts Theater
819 Abbott Rd. East Lansing, MI 48823


Preferred Hotel

Fairfield Inn & Suites Lansing at Eastwood 
3320 Preyde Boulevard, Lansing, MI 48912
Special rate of $109.00 per night for nights of 4/21/17 - 4/23/17
Rate expires 3/31/17
Call 517-374-6500 or book online using code: LANHABO


Special Guest

Beata & Horacio Cifuentes


Born in Berlin, Germany, Beata Cifuentes started dancing at the tender age of six. Already as a child she attended her weekly ballet lessons with great persistance. Her decision to interrupt medical studies as well as an intensive three-year course at Berlin’s Academy for Performing Arts led her to discovering oriental dance. She was fascinated by arabic music when she heard a tune by the legendary Um Kalthoum-this was the start of a life-long passion for oriental dancing. After serious research, studies and travels to the Middle East Beata Cifuentes founded the first-of-its-kind school for oriental dance in Berlin. She currantly co-directs the Dance Academy Cifuentes in Berlin, performs and teaches internationally, and is an inspiration to bellydancers world-wide.

Born in Cartagena, Colombia, Horacio Cifuentes started dancing at age five. He began with Flamenco at the Academy of Maestro Realito in Seville, Spain and he also danced with the Ballet Folclorico Nacional de Colombia. He followed with classical ballet in Poland, and was later awarded a scholarship to the prestigious American Ballet Theatre School in New York. He eventually joined the San Francisco Ballet where he was featured as soloist in various classical and contemporary ballets. He discovered oriental dance at Magana Baptiste’s Royal Bellydancing Academy in San Francisco where he also studied yoga with the great master Walt Baptiste who awarded him the title of Practical Yoga Teacher for the Health. Together with his wife, Beata, Horacio travels the world performing and teaching and is considered to be one of the finest male bellydancers of today.

Since joining forces privately as well as professionally Beata & Horacio Cifuentes have researched and studied oriental dance (belly dance) extensively through numerous trips to the Middle East and private coaching with some of the most significant bellydance masters of our time such as: Magana Baptiste, Bert Balladine, Ibrahim Farrah, Ibrahim Akef and many others. They have produced a series of music CDs, which is treasured by bellydancers and lovers of oriental dance world-wide. Each summer they present an international festival in Berlin, Germany, where they reside and co-direct their dance academy. They have taught and performed at oriental dance festivals in all five continents and have been featured in various television shows. They have also performed as guest stars at the Berlin Opera. Through their magnetic presence, creative energy and technical skill, Beata & Horacio are considered to be a leading force in the world of oriental dancing.

Previous Special Guests

2016 - Visions of Egypt
Special guest: Ruby Beh

2015 - Beyond the Borders
Special guest: Sharon Kihara

2014 - Habibi Raks
Special guest: Dahlena

2013 - 
Special guest: Mira Betz

2012 - Timeless Dance
Special guest: Roula Said

2011 - Ancient Rhythms
Special guest: John Compton

2010 - Dances of the Ethereal Realm

Special guest: Tamra-henna

2009 - Tribal Reflections
Special guests: Amel Tafsout and Sharon Kihara

2008 - Faddah (25th Anniversary)

Special guests: Cassandra Shore and Nicole LeCorgne

2007 - A Tapestry of Traditions