Thursday, July 30
7:30-9:30 PM
Special Mecca Master Class with the legendary Jamila Salimpour!

We are so honored to have the grandmother of Tribal Bellydance on board this year, with this very special evening offering to kick-off the whole event. Please arrive by Thursday July 30th, to take advantage of this rare opportunity to learn from a legend, and soak in her embodied wisdom and historical expertise. Bring your finger cymbals and your smile! What a wonderful way to ground in to this art form, the event, and your time here in San Francisco. Informal meet and greet to follow.

Suhaila Salimpour Studios
425 San Pablo Avenue
Albany, CA 94706
www.therealsuhaila.com for directions
$50 before July 26
$60 at the door
Click here to register
Friday and Saturday workshops will take place at: Margaret Jenkins Dance Lab: 301 8th St. 2nd floor, Studio 200. SF, CA. www.mjdc.org for directions. Sunday through Wednesday workshops will take place at City Dance Studios. 10 Colton St. SF, CA. www.citydance.org

Friday, July 31
11:00 AM-5:30 PM
Margaret Jenkins Dance Lab: 301 8th St. 2nd floor, Studio 200

Friday Night (optional): Kan Zaman Middle Eastern restaurant, in historical upper Haight district of San Francisco. See where many SF dancers got their start performing! (And the famous Jill Parker grapes painted on the walls!) An opportunity for some of you to get up and dance! And enjoy some SF Middle Eastern flavor…www.kanzamansf.com

Or, for the lower-paced traveler, who desires an evening of quiet and rejuvenation, we suggest soaking in the hot tubs, steam room, and sauna of the luxurious Kabuki Springs spa---Friday nights are women only! www.kabukisprings.com

Saturday, August 1

10:00 AM-3:30 PM
Margaret Jenkins Dance Lab: 301 8th St. 2nd floor, Studio 200

Saturday Night: The MECCA Revue. Where Tradition and Innovation meet and meld. “The Crème de la Crème of tribal fusion bellydance, with a side dish of hometown spice”. Live Music & Dancing Girls! Never-Before-Seen Cross Collaborations that will keep you on the edge of your seats. Experience history in the making, and the innovations yet to be spun.
Show at 8:00pm.

Sunday, August 2
11:30 AM-6:00 PM
City Dance Studios: 10 Colton St, SF

Sunday Night: MECCA Decompression --- at Amnesia. 853 Valencia St. www.amnesiathebar.com (6:30 PM onward)
No immersion into the heart of the SF tribal fusion scene would be complete without a stop off at our beloved Amnesia. Gypsies, tramps, punks and thieves. Vagabonds and circus freaks. I think it’s safe to say that most of the SF belly dancers and musicians have graced this stage on more than one occasion, and usually in combination and collaboration with each other. Whether it’s a CD release party, home of the monthly Baxtalo Drom, or just a casual late night dance party and hang out with friends…Amnesia IS the red light district of the bohemian bellydance underworld that is San Francisco. So come chill out, decompress, and enjoy the local flavor. Featuring: YOU!

The Intermediate/Advanced Track Schedule: Taking It to the Next Level:

Monday, August 3
10:30 AM-5:30 PM
City Dance Studios: 10 Colton St, SF

Tuesday, August 4
10:30 AM-5:30 PM
City Dance Studios: 10 Colton St, SF

Wednesday, August 5
10:30 AM-5:00 PM
City Dance Studios: 10 Colton St, SF

To view 2008 schedule, click here.