Rillito Raqs

Autumn Festival | October 18-20,2019


Xanadu Dance Studio is pleased to present, Rillito Raqs, a festival featuring Helena Vlahos & Gamal Gomaa! This incredible weekend will be packed full of a variety of workshops, performances, and vending. Friday night we will kick off the weekend with a Meet & Greet Hafla and Showcase, including performance opportunities for workshop participants & students. Saturday we will have workshops with Helena Vlahos, Gamal Gomaa, and DeVilla, followed by our evening gala show. The Rillito Raqs Evening Gala will feature local dancers, as well as visiting dancers from California, Nevada and Washington. The weekend will end on Sunday with an extended workshop focusing on dancing to live drum from Helena Vlahos & Gamal Gomaa!


Fundamentals & Veil with helena Vlahos

***SOLD OUT***

Saturday, October 19th | 10:00-12:00p | PCC Center for the Arts (2202 W. Anklam Rd., Tucson AZ 85709)

The first half of the workshop will focus on the fundamental movements of Belly Dance with proper posture, technique, and execution. Hip & Ribcage movements, Arm movements, Traveling steps, and Shimmies will be emphasized. The second half of the workshop will focus on veil work using some popular veil techniques to enhance your veil dance. Whether you have little to no experience or just want to polish foundation moves and learn how to work with a veil or learn new veil technique, this is the perfect workshop for you!

Egyptian drum Class (Multi-Level) with gamal gomaa

Saturday, October 19th | 1:00-3:00p | PCC Center for the Arts (2202 W. Anklam Rd., Tucson AZ 85709)

Join us for a workshop led by of the world's most famous and well-respected tabla players. This multi-level drum class allows beginners to work on the basic Arabic/Middle Eastern rhythms & offers the opportunity for more advanced students to be challenged by Gamal with more advanced rhythms and embellishments. BYOD (tabla/darbuka/darbouka/dumbek)

All About the Eyes (Stage Makeup) with devilla

Saturday, October 19th | 3:00-5:00p | PCC Center for the Arts (2202 W. Anklam Rd., Tucson AZ 85709)

In this workshop you will learn corrective eye treatments to make your eyes stand out on stage. We will cover smoky eyes, Arabic eyes, fantasy eyes and ballet eye treatments. We will also cover the use of glitter, masking out eye brows and the always daunting false eye lash application.

Participants are asked to come with foundation and powder on. Please bring your full make up kits, lashes, glue, glitter, a small towel, your imagination and any reference photos you wish to use!

DeVilla has long work with the award winning make up teams of “American Horror Story”, “Feud” , “Versaci” and more and is recently nominated for an Emmy for her work on “American Horror Story - Apocalypse”.

Join her and learn All About Eyes!

Dancing to live drum with Helena Vlahos & Gamal Gomaa

Sunday, October 20th | 10:00-3:00p (with a lunch break) | Arizona Ballet Theatre (2512 E. 6th St., Tucson AZ 85716)

This workshop is an all-levels opportunity to learn about what to expect when dancing with a drummer. Dancers will learn fun combinations to popular rhythms, communication techniques with the drummer, and how to prepare for this improvisational dance form.

Rillito Raqs Gala Show

Saturday, October 19th | Doors @ 7:30 | Show @ 8:00 | PCC Center for the Arts (2202 W. Anklam Rd., Tucson AZ 85709)


Xanadu Dance Studio is pleased to present, Rillito Raqs Gala Show. Join us for a wonderful evening of dance & live music. We will also have a fun selection of local & Egyptian vendors for shopping before and after the show. Our line-up includes:

  • Guest stars Helena Vlahos & Gamal Gomaa

  • The Xanadu Dance Company

  • DeVilla and the Sekhmets

  • Shimmy Sister Kate

  • Ashtalea & Ah Ya Helu

  • and many more!

    You do not want to miss this wonderful evening of dance!