Alia Thabit School Program Menu
Alia’s programs awaken students to the beauty and diversity of the dance, music, people, and culture of the Middle East.
Options range from lecture-
Costuming for school programs is bright and entrancing to students, yet modest and completely covered. Alia has years of experience as a Head-
- A performance of classic Middle Eastern dance accompanied by explanations of the dance and its origins, plus a question and answer session. Suitable for larger audiences, assemblies. All grade levels.
- A hands-
on sharing includes art books featuring photographs of Middle Eastern life, art objects, architecture etc, musical instruments and articles of clothing from Alia’s collection. Students hear the sounds of indigenous instruments and learn some folkloric social dance. Suitable for smaller groups / single classes. All grade levels.
- Students learn folkloric social dance and music interpretation. Suitable for smaller groups. Middle School through adult.
We can build a residency that works for your school, from an hour to a week or more.
Just ask. More ideas are listed below.
Preschool: Bring music and dress-
Senior Centers: Classic performance or Middle Eastern (oriental) dance. Q&A and mini-
- Teach Arab rhythms to local drummers/musicians. Teach dance moves to local dancers. Combine and have a party.
- Make Middle Eastern food together and have a community supper, then have the party.
- Duet performance, featuring Alia & dance partner, Stewart Hoyt. A high-energy tour of Middle Eastern dance, from folkloric to fantasy and fusion.
- Evening performance: Full-company performance of concert-length dance-theater suite grounded in the dance, music, and costuming of the Middle East. This flight of ensemble creation soars from gilded folklore to flamboyant fantasy, from Bedouin to belly dance, from snappy precision to full-company improvisation, a joyous celebration of Oriental dance. Mini- lessons and an informal question and answer period with the artists will follow the show.
- Middle Eastern participatory dance parties–for fun and learning. Dance with recorded music.
- Lecture on dance in cultural context. Performance, Q&A, and mini lessons
- Lecture on dance in a social context, with demonstrations of different dances, Q&A, mini lessons.
- Music related—lecture on Arab music systems (modes, heterophony and heterorhythms, improvisation within the modal system). Drum demo, with musical recordings to illustrate other concepts.
Hands-on Workshops (School & Community)
- Middle Eastern social dance. Focus on contemporary Arab pop music to provide a cultural bridge for Western students. Emphasize moves students can reinterpret to American music.
- Debke! Debke is the line dance of the Levant & Palestine. It can be done as a group or a solo performance dance. Teach both standard line debke and high-energy Palestinian debke.
- Writing across the curriculum. As students discover new ways of moving and relating to their bodies, they will use reflective writing to further explore their discoveries. Art—drawing and writing about their experiences–can also be incorporated. Student creations to be displayed at a show or community event.
- For experienced dancers and dance teachers: Emphasize new ways to work with music.
- For PE teachers: Introduce M.E music and give a foundation of how to move to the music— basic moves, bodyline, etc.
- Work with local dancers to develop a piece to include in the evening public performance.
Availability & Rates
Suitable for all audiences; Available all year
Solo performances: $300 and up
Duet shows: $600 and up
School programs: $525 per day; Lec-
Workshops & classes: $200/hr ($165/hr for additional hours).
Dance parties: $300 and up
“Bellygrams” $300 and up
Travel distance is unlimited – mileage, travel expenses, and accommodations additional, as needed
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Or call Alia at (802) 488-