Sonia's workshop schedule

Hala Dance Company is very proud to present the beautiful & talented Sonia in a 3-hour dance workshop in Redwood City, CA on Sunday Aug 13th, 2006

Don't miss this opportunity to study with one of the most accomplished, talented and polished dancers of the Bellydance Superstars. Sonïa’s style is smooth and flowing, exuding feminine grace and beauty. In the Bellydance Superstars show, she performs the first drum solo, as well as a unique solo incorporating Polynesian and Hawaiian style into bellydance.

** Volunteers are needed, if you are interested, please contact Hala Dance

In this intensive 3-hour seminar, Sonia will drill essential technique and breakdown combinations with an emphasis on ballet movement and Egyptian styles. She will focus on posture and fluid transitions.

Sonia's workshop is an excellent opportunity for dancers who wish to improve their performance skills, learn new techniques and improve their transitions & posture. The workshop is open to all levels of dancers.

Date :
Sunday 13th August, 2006
Location :

Odd Fellows Dance Hall, 839 Main St, Redwood City, CA 94063

Schedule :

Sunday 13th August, 2006 (Workshop)

  • 2.00pm: registration and shopping
  • 2.30pm - 5:30pm : class with Sonia
No refunds. Non-transferable. No videotaping
Admission :
  • At door : $65 per person
Registration :

Walk-ins welcome! Register at the door

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Sonïa was the first dancer signed to the Bellydance Superstars and has performed on every show since inception. Born in Long Beach, California, she began her dance training with classical ballet, modern, and jazz dance, moving on to folk and ethnic styles, including Mexican folk, Latin, flamenco, and Polynesian styles. For three years, Sonïa performed with Ballet Folklorico de Pacífico under the direction of Adriana Astorga-Gainey and Jose Vences of the world famous Ballet Folklorico de Mexico. She also performed regularly with Polynesian dance troupe, “Polynesian Paradise” with director Akemi Welsh. In 1994, Sonïa added bellydance to her repertoire immersing herself in the art form as her main pursuit. Soon performing in restaurants and nightclubs in Southern California, she also performed with numerous Middle Eastern music artists and dance shows performing both in the US and internationally. Joining the Bellydance Superstars project for the initial shows in November 2002, she performed all the shows in the summer of 2003, including 32 Lollapalooza dates, performing in front of over 600,000 people. She was also a featured dancer on the first official Bellydance Superstars show- the World Peace Music Awards held in Bali, Indonesia (June 2003)- in front of an audience of 10,000 and broadcast to an estimated 2 billion viewers. The second Bellydance Superstars tour from February to April 2004 took in 58 cities in North America in 65 days. This tour also included many TV shows (Jimmy Kimmel, FOX, CBS, ABC, NBC morning news and morning programs plus MTV) as well as store promotions at Virgin, Borders, Tower Records, and Capezio stores. The grueling schedule and the fact that her versatility meant she was performing solos, as well as in all the troupe choreography as the most featured dancer of the show, could certainly have earned her the title, “hardest working lady in show business.” Thankfully, the US tour was followed by a luxurious 26-show run in Barcelona, Spain at the prestigious Victoria Theatre (June 9-July 4). Arriving in Barcelona to find her photograph had been chosen as the main promotional photo, she was stunned to see her image on billboards, magazine front covers, posters on every street, and on busses. Her fluency in Spanish also meant that along with Amar Gamal and Michelle Campbell, she was called upon to handle all the press and TV interviews. 2004 also saw Sonïa begin actively teaching the art of bellydance, and with Bellydance Superstars’ master percussionist, Issam, developed an instruction program to teach the “art of the drum solo.” In August, she filmed this program with Issam for her first instructional DVD released in March 2005. Sonïa is a featured dancer in the first Bellydance Superstar performance DVD released in February 2004. She is also featured in the full-length feature documentary, “American Bellydancer,” which was released in August 2005, as well as the documentary, “Behind the Shimmy: Bellydancers on Lollapalooza.” As a full-time member of the Bellydance Superstars show, Sonïa has performed on all European and US dates (over 300 in 16 countries) to date. She is a feature performer in the DVD “Bellydance Superstars Live in Paris,” filmed at the famed Folies Bergere, and being released internationally by EMI and in the US by Mondo Melodia/Universal. She holds regular workshops throughout the country.