Iraqi Dance Phrasing w Samantha Burnstein


Iraqi Raqs - Kawleeya / Radah / Hetchaa

Focus on Phrasing

After several previous visits to Arabesque, Samantha is happy to dive deeper into the style of Iraqi hecha -rade7 exploring and focusing on musicality and phrasing through the study of both traditional and popular music. 

The class will review the fundamental technique and vocabulary and learn how to assemble movements into dance phrases that allow for more confident and assured dancing whether socially or performance. 
In this workshop we will explore the fascinating Iraqi hecha-radeh style of dance. 

This energetic dance style is associated with the Dom population of Iraq. This workshop is geared for beginners through advanced, and more nuances will be introduced for those who have experience in the style. 

In appearance the dance is all about the hair, but in fact footwork, posture and more are essential elements to the dance, and will be taught in that way. No worries, all movements are taught in a safe manner, and use of the hair is not essential to learn this fabulous dance. Please bring 2 butter knives to the workshop.

Please bring 2 butter knives to the workshop.

*** Kawleeya dance uses a lot of strong head movements, proper and safe technique will be taught, but not recommended for those with neck problems.

Friday, September 22, 2017.

7-9 pm

at Arabesque

1397-A Yonge St. , entrance on Pleasant blvd., one block south of St. Clair


BIO -  Samantha Burnstein

Based in Montreal, Canada, dancer and researcher Samantha specialises in the dances of North Africa and the Middle East. She has dedicated herself to this passion for ethnic dance for the last 22 years. An accomplished artist she has performed and taught throughout North America as well as internationally. 

Samantha is the director of the folkloric company Sanaa Dance whose successes include a 90 performance contract in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, as well as dancing with Algerian superstar Cheb Khaled, and for ambassadors to Morocco and Tunisia. Her greatest honors and highlights however are working closely with artistic and cultural communities.

Samantha has a bachelors degree in anthropology specialising in dance ethnology. She has contributed to various academic and dance conferences and publications.
Samantha's dance reflects her years of dedication to cultural and artistic integrity as well as pursuit of knowledge.


Non-refundable or transferable.

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