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Veils and Tales with Radia Ali

A movement experience where you will learn to move and flow with silk veils. This workshop is designed to introduce you to the joy and art of dancing with silks veils. Props are a great way to tell stories while we dance - and we will create mini routines in each session. Don’t worry, there is no prior experience needed and all are welcome.

The workshop will explore themes from different cultures, and the music and movements will reflect those themes. We will enjoy tunes from around the globe as we glide and play with our veils!

Veil dancing can also be very meditative, and a healing art form. Students are encouraged to wear comfortable and/or flowy clothing. The instructor will have veils to borrow during class. If you are interested in purchasing one, then just let the instructor know.

About the Instructor:
Radia Ali, also known as Noori, is a multi- disciplinary perfoming artist, poet and fire dancer. She performs an array of styles from South Asian classical & folk, belly dance, flamenco, samba to bachata, salsa, and burlesque. She uses props such as silk veils, Fire fans and swords to tell stories across cultures with her movements.

Growing up in different countries, Radia was able to experience dance, music and cultural practices both in Asia and Europe. She uses these experiences to create fusion choreography and movement experiences.

Radia is currently an organizer at the Chicago Full Moon Jam, performs with with Egyptian trance indie artist NAXÖ, and other live music acts. She teaches fire performance, as well as fusion movement classes.

Radia’s mission is to create a space of learning and appreciation for authentic expression of one's culture. She explores history through music and dance, and her acts are interwoven with voices from the past. She is passionate about helping people of color find healing through decolonization of their bodies and beliefs.

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