The Habibi Dancers

Dedicated to the study and performance of Middle Eastern Dance

Spring Workshop and Performance

A 2-day workshop and spectacular concert

2018 Annual Workshop and Performance: A Shimmy In Time

April 14 - 15, 2018
Luna of Cairo

Woman standing in street wearing bellydance costume

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Schedule of Events

2018 Workshop

Saturday, April 14, 2018

9:00 am -10:00 am  Registration

10:00 am - 12:00 pm  Workshop 1: Egyptian VS American Technique

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: Tarab

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:  A Shimmy In Time

7:30 pm  Doors open
8:00 pm  Curtain

Sunday, April 15, 2018

12:00 am Registration 

12:30 am - 4:00 pm Workshop 3: Shabbi for an entrance

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 14 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 - $89 before March 30 / $119 after March 30
Sunday Only - $59 before March 30 / $89 after March 30
Saturday/Sunday Combo - $139 before March 30

Online sales for the workshop end Friday, April 13 at 5:00 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 $119.00 per night for nights of 4/13/18 - 4/15/18
Rate expires 3/30/18
Call 517-374-6500 or book online 


Special Guest


Luna is an international belly dance star who has performed in Egypt's top hotels and Nile cruises for the past nine years. She has an exceptionally exciting style of dance, and has been featured on Egyptian television channels such as El-Tet as a star dancers. Luna has also appeared in the music videos of some of Egypt's most popular singers, including Hijazi Mitqal, Mahmoud El-Hosseiny, Simsim Shehab, Ragab El-Prince, and Ahmed Salah, and was a featured dancer in several movies.

In addition to performing, Luna is in high demand to teach belly dance workshops around the world. She has taught all over the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, England, Poland, Japan, and Egypt, to name a few. She is also a regularly featured teacher at Raqia Hassan's Ahlan wa Sahlan Festival.

Luna also holds a Master's degree in Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University, where she studied radical Islamist movements in the Arab world. She is fluent in Egyptian Arabic, Spanish, and English, and holds a B.A. in journalism and political science. Luna keeps a blog about her experiences as a foreign belly dancer in Cairo. You can keep up with her and her crazy adventures at Kisses from Kairo (

Previous Special Guests

2017 - Tarab: A Dancer's Journey
Special guests: Beata and Horacio Cifuentes

2016 - Visions of Egypt
Special guest: Ruby Beh

2015 - Beyond the Borders
Special guest: Sharon Kihara

2014 - Habibi Raks
Special guest: Dahlena

2013 - Najoum El Raks
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