Djam NYC – Arabic Night + Belly Dance

Wednesday, August 14, 2019
EL ASDIQAA (Arabic for “The Friends”), an ensemble of NY based superstar musicians will transport you to Cairo!
Maurice Chedid – Oud + Vocals
Gabriel Dahrieh – Violin
Zafer Tawil – Tabla
Said Fahmy – Riq
Natalie Nazario
Kaeshi Chai
To be announced!
Engine Room New York, 707 8th Ave, downstairs, New York, NY 10036 between 44th and 45th St
6:30-7:30pm Dance to Live Music Class with Kaeshi and guest musicians
7:30-8:00pm Doors Open
8:00-10:30pm Show
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Learn the art of dancing to live music in a safe space. Develop your musicality, express your unique self and improvise with freedom and confidence. This will be taught by Kaeshi Chai with guest musicians.
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CLASS COST: Register for the dance to live music class by following this link:
Early bird $15
Tier 1 $20
At the door $25
Plus one drink or food item
General admission. 21+ only.

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DETAILED BIOGRAPHIES (Listed Alphabetically)
GABRIEL DAHRIEH: Is a highly respected musician from Aleppo, Syria who has played violin his entire life.
KAESHI CHAI is a NYC based artist who integrates dance, theatre and teaching to empower and shift consciousness through performance projects such as “Ocean Stories” and PURE (Public Urban Ritual Experiment). She produces the annual PURE Conference focused on topics like Love, Peaceful Warrior and the 5 elements.
She is the artistic director of Bellyqueen, the school and dance company, and facilitates creative labs in which participants generate full-length theatrical dance shows in 3-4 days. She has toured extensively with the Bellydance Superstars, Bellydance Evolution and Bella Gaia. She founded the Djam NYC event in August 2007. | |
MAURICE CHEDID: A native of Beirut, Lebanon, Mr Chedid studied at the Lebanese Conservatory of Middle Eastern Music, where he received a Diploma in the traditional Mouashahat, Oud Playing and Folk Singing. As a member of the Lebanese Folkloric Group, he toured internationally for four years as lead singer and oud player with the ensemble, and was a popular entertainer in nightclubs throughout Lebanon. Emigrating to the United States in the 1988, he soon became a popular singer/musician at weddings, festivals, and cultural events all over the US. He has been a headliner in Arabic nightclubs, and has performed in many prestigious venues, including the United Nations, Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall. As a member of Atzilut, a ten-piece band which features Arabic and Jewish music, he travels to Europe every year to play in distinguished theaters such as the Royal Opera Theater in Denmark, and in many famous music and cultural festivals throughout Europe in the Concerts for Peace program. A prolific composer, he has composed and recorded many songs and dance compositions as well as the original musical score for the story-theater production of Banat el Emir or The Dancing Princesses. Mr. Chedid’s theatrical credits as musician also include Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves for Lincoln Center. He is also the musical director and featured musician for Mosaic Dance Theater Company.
NATALIE NAZARIO: Born in Puerto Rico, Natalie Nazario moved to New York City in 2012 and started dancing and teaching with Bellyqueen soon afterward. In honor of her late sister and dance partner Dayna, she created the DAYNA PASS which is a scholarship program to provide educational opportunities for financially disadvantaged dancers. In 2014 she won the Bellydance Evolution People’s Choice Award in Australia, and also won 2nd place at the 2014 NYCairo Raks Festival. Additionally, she founded the Oriental and Folkloric style troupe, Raks Al Zahra which is made up of her most talented and dedicated students. Raks Al Zahra won 1st place in the troupe category at the 2015 NYCairo Raks Festival.
SAID FAHMY: Born in Alexandria, Egypt, Said has been playing percussion for more than thirty-five years. He has played with dancer Aida Nour and with singers such as Mohamed El Helwa, Ali Haggar, and Iman Darwish, the grandson of the great composer Said Darwish. He has toured with Kazem El Saher, and plays in clubs and on stages from Cairo to New York City. In addition to Tabla, Said is an expert at the Riq, Tabl Baladi, Dof and Sagat. You can find him playing at New York hot spots for Arabic music such as Layaly, the Nile restaurant in NJ and now at the Engine Room in midtown.
SHOSHANA is recognized as one of New York’s finest and most prolific Middle Eastern dancers. Maintaining the traditions and beauty of this dance art form for over 3 decades, she has established a reputation as a consummate performer, both as a solo performer and as head of her own dance troupe, Shoshana’s Dance Theater Company. She has had the honor of having other great dancers in her dance troupe such as Ranya Renee, Azza, Kaeshi, Rayhana and many more.
Throughout her years as a performer, she has also been a creative choreographer and accomplished dance instructor, from beginner belly dance classes to coaching professionals. Dancers such as Sira, Yasmine, Yasmeena, Miranda, Ayshe and many others studied intensely with Shoshana. Shoshana has an uncanny eye for drawing out the drama and sensuality in a dancer. Freeing their inhibitions both technically and emotionally.
YASMEENA: A native New Yorker of universal appeal and beauty, Yasmeena has established herself as a highly sought after bellydance artist. As an eternal student of this dance form, Yasmeena has traveled internationally to attend workshops and seminars with the most notable teachers in the industry. She has traveled twice to Egypt to learn from multiple acclaimed master instructors and to perform with live orchestra. She is a devotee of international Master teacher, Yousry Sharif and has worked closely with celebrated Egyptian Master instructor instructor, Mohamed Shahin, as well as Bellydance America’s own Jehan. Yasmeena holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Music and spent over a decade teaching instrumental music to children ranging from elementary school through high school. She worked with the gifted and talented youth and conducted orchestras and bands before she decided to leave music completely and pursue her lifelong passion of dance.
Notable achievements and appearances include traveling to Antigua, Caribbean as the featured entertainer at a Lebanese New Year’s Eve 2017 celebration, performing at the 2016 Dallywood Film and Music Awards which aired on live international television, being invited to perform in the 2015 Miss Latin Universe Beauty Pageant and being a part of the Temple of Jehan Dance Company for multiple theater productions. Yasmeena’s signature is her elegance and class, both on and off the stage. She brings her deep respect of the music and culture of the roots of this dance to each and every performance, which leaves an impression of timeless style and refinement on the audience.
ZAFER TAWIL: Jerusalem-born Zafer Tawil is an accomplished Palestinian musician whose areas of expertise include the oud, violin, qanun, and Arab percussion. Zafer performs across the US and in the Middle East and holds workshops in oud technique and Arabic music theory. He was part of the Spirit of Fez U.S. Tour 2006 and has performed with some of the most celebrated world music artists, including violinist and oud master Simon Shaheen and Rai singer Cheb Mami. Zafer is continuously exploring the boundaries of Arab music, and has worked collaboratively on many concerts involving classical Indian and Persian music, as well as Jazz fusion. You can catch Zafer playing one of his many instruments at extravagant private celebrations near his Brooklyn neighborhood, and at cultural centers such as Alwan for the Arts in Manhattan.