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EVENT: Discover Dance at the Library of Congress

Date and Time: Saturday, October 20, from 10am to 11:30am

Location: Jefferson Building, Main Reading Room, First Floor, LJ-139B, 10 First Street SE, DC


Did you know that the Library of Congress has the major collections of Alvin Ailey, ABT, Martha Graham, Nijinska, Daniel Nagrin, the New Dance Group, and many more? Are you or your students writing an essay or dissertation that would be improved with some unique materials? Do you want to use some of our digital resources? For the first time, we are doing an ALL DANCE CONTENT focus for the Library-sponsored special research orientations. This session will help advanced researchers as well as be great introductions for first-timers and the general public. Sign up online through this Eventbrite link:


Libby Smigel

Dance Curator and Archivist

Music Division/Performing Arts Reading Room

Library of Congress

(contact me directly at: or

Summer classes are open now!

Summer classes are open now!
Summer Belly Dance Classes (May 7 - August 26)

“When I dance, I forget everything else and just feel completely happy." ~ Katherine Jenkins

Hi everyone,

Let's welcome warmer days by dreaming of summer in the studio! Our Summer class chedule is now live with some fun offerings to shake things up.  Check it out:

Summer class schedule

From an 8-week Egyptian Folkloric Dance Sampler with Mohamed Ali to Summer Fun Shaabi Performance with Leilah Moon, as well as Mindfulness and Belly Dance with Rachel, try out some fun, fresh movement starting in May.

Also new, sign up early and save! Early bird registration discounts offered until May 2nd.

Yours in dance,



Weather notice: Studios closed Wednesday March 21

Please note, all studios are closed Wednesday March 21 (in addition to Tuesday March 20).

Technique students can make up class in any open 60-minute technique or specialty class before the end the session. Performance classes will be rescheduled; stay tuned for follow up emails.

As a reminder, for all weather announcements, be sure to check the following places:

Stay safe and warm!


Summer 2018 classes

New in May:

    Summer Fun Shaabi Performance (Int+) with Leilah Moon
    Egyptian Folkloric Dance Sampler (8 week) with Mohamed Ali
    Mindfulness and Belly Dance with Rachel
    Low Intermediate III: Props Sampler with Megan
    Zeina Performance (8 week) with Gretchen
    Beginner II "Sallam Allay" Performance with
    Gretchen AND Farrah (two class times!)

Click here for the full Summer schedule.


16th annual Under a Desert Moon: April 28th

The 16th annual show is coming together!   Join us on April 28th for an enchanting annual gala with special solos by:

Omoladun (with Randy and Sahara Tabla)
and more!

Tickets should go on sale this Friday!  

Groups of 10 get a 20% discount, so organize your friends or see who's already going on the Facebook event below :). Mark yourself attending, share with friends and stay tuned for the ticket release.

Facebook Event: Sahara Dance 16th Annual Under a Desert Moon


Early Bird March Discount for Journey through Egypt

Just a reminder that early bird pricing is available through March 31st for both Journey through Egypt I and II, as well as Sahra Saeeda's Master classes. Sign up below:

Journey through Egypt, November 2018

Tarab and Sultana Technique

Baladi Awad and Tet Baladi Technique


Save the Date: Summer Carnival!

We've set the date and the venue!

Sahara Dance Summer Carnival will be on August 25, 2018!  Perform with us in the gorgeous, light-filled theater at First Congragational UCC, or mark your calendar to come support the show.


We're hiring!

Our current Studio Manager, Devon, will be moving this summer, which will be an exciting next step on her journey!

We're hiring a new Studio Manager to take over daily studio operations. As a small, community-oriented studio we welcome your interest or recommendations.  While the studio manager role has been a full-time position, we're accepting applications for both full-time and part-time availability.

Please see details and pass it along!

Sahara Dance Studio Manager application


Sahara Dance on Spotify!

Check out our Sahara Dance playlist on Spotify!  We add new music each month, so check back to hear what we're listening to. You might just find THE song that tugs at your heart and moves your hips, inspiring you to develop your own solo choreography!

May you be happy, cozy and warm!


Your friends and teachers at Sahara Dance



KEI TAKEI & MAIDA WITHERS - Solo dance and improvisation performance by Tokyo and DC-based artists, dance legends who bring unique voices beyond the mainstream of contemporary dance.  Dance Place, 3225 8th Street NE, Washington, DC. 202-269-1600. Sat. Feb 10 at 8pm; Sun. Feb 11 at 4pm. $15 - $30.


Dance Place: Amanda Blythe

Maida Withers Dance Construction Company: Billy Andrews




Kei Takei & Maida Withers
Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 8pm

Sunday, February 11 at 4pm
Dance Place
3225 8th Street NE
Washington, DC 20017 United States 
+ Google Map


Kei Takei: "startlingly original, at once simple and complex, and as compelling as the law of gravity."
Alan M. Kriegsman - The Washington Post

Solo:  LIGHT, Part 45 (Bamboo Flower)


Maida Withers: What binds together Withers' choreography is not stories, romance, sex, or sociology, but the sheer exhilaration and imaginative fallout of movement ‑‑ movement interpreted in the widest and most liberated sense.”
Alan M. Kriegsman - The Washington Post

Solo – First Presentation: DIGG – multimedia excavation of Russian/American provocations

$15 College Students and Children (17 & Under)

Advanced Sales – ends one week prior to performance weekend
$25 Advanced Sales Admission
$20 Advanced Sales Admission (Dance Place Members, Seniors and Artists)

 February 10, 2018
  8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Date:   February 11, 2018
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
$15 - $30

Event Tags:
GlobalWorld Dance, Experimental, Postmodern Dance, International Dance

Dance Place
3225 8th Street NE
Washington, DC 20017 United States 
+ Google Map





New dance iBook launches creative learning series

iBooks 11.22.16 plain

Our fictional Sus-sous story features appearances by real students.  They are from a scholarship program which encourages kids from many backgrounds to dig in to the process of dance training.  Their inspiring dance journey reflects the non-fiction benefits of cultural education.  Free research resources through above-the-ceiling™ will be available to all online when the book premieres on 11.22.16.


Contact info:

Suzanne Winland (nom du plum Collette Ritz)


P O Box 75252 Washington DC 20013

Academical Co-op 


An education accompanying dance.  

The IBA is proud to offer the very first Academic Co-Operative for our Pre-Professional (Pre-PD) and Professional Division (PD) students in grades 8th – 12th grades for the
2016 – 2017 academic year. This opportunity will allow our dancers to receive an academic high-school education while they pursue their development and training in dance. Using the Washington Home Based Instruction Law as the foundation, IBA’s Academic Co-op will provide a dancer and his or her family with support in order to create and complete their own high school plan, while allowing their dance activities to be used as high school credit. Please review the following documents for more details.



Click here to visit our the Professional Program page on our website for more information or to register for the 2016-2017 Academic Year.

Our mailing address is:

International Ballet Academy
507 6th Street South
Kirkland, WA 98033








MindFluctuations: Dance/3D Virtual Artworks/Live Electronic Music
Maida Withers Dance Construction Company, USA, continues four decades of bold integration of  dance and real-time interactive technology with the world premiere of MindFluctuations, a stunning performance of dance, 3D virtual artworks and live music on March 19, 2015 at 8:00 pm at GW’s Lisner Auditorium. Dancers wear a special neuro headset that allows expressive states of the brain to interact with and alter spectacular 3D artworks by Tania Fraga, a Brazilian computer artist. John Driscoll and Steve Hilmy perform music with robotic instruments and electronic music

Maida Withers

Artistic Director, MWDCCo

Professor, GWU

202-994-0739, 703-300-4634





Invitation to Attend the Inaugural Isadora Duncan International Symposium

Dear Colleagues,
It is our pleasure to invite you to take part in the first Isadora Duncan International Symposium:

Isadora Duncan, Photo by Arnold Genthe.

Isadora Duncan with open arms in front of curtains. Photo by Arnold Genthe.

“The Dance of the Future: Cultivating Duncan Dance for the 21st Century”

June 16-18, 2013

at George Washington University
Washington, DC

The CID Panorama
a program of the
International Dance Council CID, the official organization for dance world wide