Join us for an intensive weekend with the legendary Amel Tafsout! This event will include a day of workshops covering some of the Mahgreb dances of North Africa, and a day of spiritual dance: Zikr and Sound Healing. We will join together for a community meal and lecture to kick off the weekend! 

I am offering five deeply discounted weekend packages until February 14th. After that, classes and days will be priced individually. 


Buy all Saturday workshops for $75
Buy all Sunday workshops for $50

Individual Saturday workshops are $35 each


PAYPAL: Please send your full registration amount to If you can send it as "friends and family" that will help avoid fees. In the notes, please write what workshops you plan to take!

CHECK: Message Khalima at to mail a check. 

~The Schedule~

*****Thursday, March 6th, 6PM

Community dinner, and lecture TBA $10 and potluck

*****Saturday, March 8th, 2014


Andalusian city dances in the Maghreb (North Africa) originate from Arab-Andalusian traditions of well respected families in ancient cities, Such as Fes, Rabat, Meknes, Tetouan, Tlemcen, Constantine, Algiers, Tunis, Sousse...also have a Turkish element especially in Tunisia and Algeria. Women only at various festivities perform them. During the workshop Amel Tafsout will focus on the various techniques of dancing with scarves and how to keep the rhythm while improvising.

*Please bring two scarves (not veils) for the workshops.

TUNISIAN DANCE: 11:30-1:30 $35

Dancing in Tunisia is characterized by a multitude of forms at festive events. Tunisian dance is distinguished mainly by its dynamic, since it is faster with more staccato, and the multitude of forms, with each region having its own "style. The variety of dances performed by the Tunisians probably reflects the migration flows that have traversed the country throughout the centuries. This dance insists on the movements of the pelvis in rhythm, movement highlighted by the elevation of the arms to horizontal, and feet moving in rhythm and transferring weight onto the right leg or left. The dance reflects a social phenomenon born in the working classes of Tunisian cities. The dance, has long been performed in cafes backed by music, typically the darbuka and mezoued. Since the 1970s, however, the dance has declined in cafes and is more often characterized in modern times as being displayed at festivals and circumcision ceremonies or marriage in the neighborhoods of big cities.


Amel Tafsout will introduce this dance from her home region of the Northern East-Algerian Aures mountains.
The ‘Azriyat (literally, “Women without men”) are professional dancers and singers, who performed at various festivities such as the harvest, circumcisions, weddings and specially during the Bendou festival in order to celebrate the fertility of Mother Earth.

Amel will be teaching choreography based on the dance tradition but integrating the "partridge" steps in innovating the dance for the stage. Please bring fabric or long veil for the dance.

~~~Workshop participants will have the opportunity to perform in the group dance that evening~~~

*****Sunday, March 9th, 2014 $50

~Zikr and Sound Healing~: Noon-4pm

Dhikr (or Zikr, "Remembrance [of God]", "invocation"). It is
involving the recitation of the Names of God. Essentially, the practice of dhikr is a form of prayer in which the Muslim will express his or her remembrance of God; this may come in the form of recitation or simply always remembering God in one’s heart.

Followers of Sufism often engage in ritualized dhikr ceremonies, the details of which sometimes vary between Sufi orders or tariqah. Each order, or lineage within an order, has one or more forms for group dhikr, the liturgy of which may include recitation, singing, music, dance, costumes, incense, muraqaba (meditation), ecstasy, and trance.

The haḍra is a communal gathering for dhikr and its associated liturgical rituals, prayers, and song recitals, performing both in private or public. Though the haḍra is popular (in part because of the controversy surrounding it), it is mostly practiced in North Africa, the Middle-East and Turkey.

Sound healing:

Sound Healing is a therapeutic field rapidly taking note by modern medicine and science due to its effective applications. Because we are vibrational beings, healing occurs though the effect of appropriate application of intentional sound, or the expression of unfelt emotions. Sound healers use voice, musical instruments, to affect change in our well being.

Sound has been used as a healing catalyst throughout human history, across cultural bounds. Whether the nomadic shaman, the Tibetan Lama, or Christian, Islamic, Hindu, African or Jewish priest, musician, or cantor, sound has been found to carry us closer to that we hold as sacred, and to that we view as whole. Indeed, "to be whole" is the very meaning of "healing."

Sacred Singing, mantras and chant, toning (sounding one's unfelt emotions or improvised sounds expressing emotion,) Sacred Sound (touching the deeper consciousness waiting to be found and expressed,) entrainment, shamanic drumming, music therapy, the use of clear intention, communication, and mindfulness, all have a growing body of scientific foundation as to their effective use in the healing continuum of body, mind, and spirit.


The legendary Amel Tafsout, meaning ‘Hopes of Spring’, is an inspirational first source master dance artist, choreographer, instructor, frame drummer, singer, energy
worker and one of the finest exponents of North African traditional and contemporary Maghreb Dance of our time. With a research in dance anthropology, and a long training
in various healing practices, Tafsout’s knowledge of her culture and her experience in many dance styles and music make her very unique.

Raised in Algeria among the finest traditional dancers and musicians, Tafsout was fascinated by dance and music since childhood. In her early twenties, Tafsout moved to Germany where she founded the Pan Arabic dance company 'Banat As Sahra'. In the late 80s, she moved to London, U.K. where she taught and performed at various dance and music festivals and founded 'The Tafsoutettes' Dance Company. While currently living in the U.S.A. she is still performing and teaching worldwide.

Tafsout is like a voyager between countries, culture and languages. Having worked and lived all over the world, unsurprisingly, migration has been a constant theme in her work. Fluent in 5 languages, she is always aware of the impact that cultures have in art and how that can be expressed in dance.

Amel has lectured, danced, taught, sung and conducted anthropological research in many countries. She has been featured in various TV programs in Europe and North
Africa. She also published many articles related to dance and Maghreb women in academic and popular magazines. Her research focuses on the Ritual in Maghreb dances
as well as looking at dance as a healing form. She explores the rich tapestry of movement and rhythm that has woven over time between Spain and the Maghreb, Africa and the Middle East, the Mediterranean Sea and Europe.

Tafsout developed, reconstructed and stylised the Maghreb dances through her dance experience, her research, her teaching and performances.She had mesmerized audiences around the world with the earthy fluidity of her dance, her stunning stage presence and great spirituality.


In London: Chisenhale Dance Space, Jackson’s Lane, The I.C.A, The Commonwealth Institute, The French Institute, The Queen Elizabeth Hall, The South Bank, The Barbican, SOAS, The Oval House, The British Museum, etc.

In Europe: Germany, Swizerland, Denmark, Finland, Austria, Spain, Italy, Swizterland, Belgium, etc.

In the U.S.A.: Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Misouri, Arkansas,California, Eleanor, North Carolina, Florida, Oregon, Washington, Texas, New York, Connecticut, Washington D.C., Silver Spring, Colorado, Atlanta, etc.…

New Zealand, Canada, Morocco., Mexico, Tafsout has been invited to Chile and Brazil.


Tafsout has lectured, danced, taught, sung, and conducted anthropological research in many countries; in the UK alone, she has performed at international festivals, such as
HARAMBEE AFRICA, WOMAD in the UK and Spain, “Die Orientale” in Dusseldorf, Germany, ORIENTALIA 2004 in Miami, “Spirit of the Tribes”, Florida, “Tribal Quest” in Portland, OR, Breitenbush Dance retreat, OR, RAKS BRITANIA in the U.K. THIRD COAST TRIBAL in Texas, TRIBAL REVOLUTION in Chicago, ELEVATION in Gold, Colorado, BLACKORCHID festival in Las Vegas, THE ARAB DANCE SEMINAR (For many years) in many U.S cities, TRIBAL FEST in CA, the first Arab Dance festival in Minneapolis, TAPESTRY in Rhodes Island, The Arab Festival in San Francisco.


Tafsout has worked with various well-known performers and bands: Die DISSENTENTEN, 3MUSTAPHA3, HASSAN ERRAJI, CHAKCHOUKA, MAMBO DUNIYA, NOOR SHIMAAL, ORCHESTRE Z’MAAN, and lately SALADIN’S ORCHESTRA, ALI SLIMANI, CHEB ABDELKADER, the very well know Algerian piano player: Maurice EL MEDIONI, Georges LAMMAM, ISHMAEL

DELGADO’s music ensemble, ASWATT, CalPoly Arabic Music Ensemble of San Luis Obispo,

directed by Ken HABIB, The Algerian Andalusian singer NASSIMA,

Suren BARONIAN and Haig MANOUKIAN, Michael Beach and the Brothers of the Baladi, and

Karim NAGUI, Fella UDANE.