Theatrical Bellydance Conference | New York City

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We wish to bring people together, to allow diverse artists to find common ground and interests. This is an environment where dancers of all bellydance styles can work together in classes, learn together and learn from each other. The instructors, who come from a variety of bellydance genres and backgrounds of experience, will be offering workshops that will have something for everyone; not just focused on genre-specific bellydance technique, but more on universals that everyone can feel a part of, and that you can apply to your own work.

Unlike at a typical dance conference, our event features some workshops that may involve discussion or theory as an important element in the class. If English is not your first language, and you’d like to familiarize yourself with the content of the workshops you’ll be taking, and the philosophy behind them, please contact us at to let us know! We’ve asked teachers to make some of their preparation materials available in advance, so some of the English-language explanations at the conference itself will be easier to follow. While we don’t have the resources to translate those materials into other languages ourselves, you can at least get them translated on your own, through Google Translate ( or by a helpful friend in your own country. Some of the instructors and participants speak other languages too, so don’t be shy to ask if you need a little extra help in class, and be sure to introduce yourself so we can give you a proper welcome!


All of our conference locations (listed below) are easily accessible by subway (MTA). The subways are generally the easiest and fastest way to get around New York City, especially Manhattan. There are several online tools to figure out how to get from place to place in NYC try Hopstop, Google Maps, or the MTA’s trip planner tool.

Also, familiarize yourself with the NYC subway map here.

Questions on how to get around? Email Raqsie at or call her at 201-317-5668. (7 days a week, 9am to 9pm)


Workshops: Ripley-Grier Studios

520 8th Avenue, 16th Floor, New York, NY
We’re happy to hold our workshops this year at Ripley Grier, one of New York City’s best loved and most “homey” dance studios; with plenty of couches and bathrooms and a vegetarian cafe right on the premises. Website:

A short walk from Penn Station, Port Authority Bus Terminal, Times Square, and many subways, including the 1,2,3, N, Q, R, 7 and A, C, E subway lines, and the cross-town shuttle from Grand Central Station. Note: If you are coming in from New Jersey or elsewhere from Penn Station or Port Authority Bus Terminal, you do not need to take a subway to Ripley Grier- it’s a short walk.

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Curated Theater Shows: DNA Theater

280 Broadway, 2nd Floor (entrance on Chambers)
New York, NY 10007
Once again at the lovely Dance New Amsterdam stage!

Transportation: N or R subways to City Hall or 4, 5, or 6 to Brooklyn Bridge – City Hall. Entrance is on Chambers Street across the street from City Hall Park.

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Opening and Closing Night Parties: Je’ bon Noodle House

15 St Marks Place, New York, NY
In our multicultural city a funky Asian fusion restaurant has become a favorite spot for bellydancing. Je’ bon is home to returning teacher Kaeshi Chai’s weekly Wednesday night show, known for it’s diversity of dancers and experimental acts, and we’re happy to bring the Theatrical Bellydance Conference back for a second year. Website:

Transportation: N, R subways to 8th Street NYU, or 6 to Astor Place. Head East on 8th Street. It will become St. Marks Place after crossing 3rd Avenue. Je’ bon is on the North side of the street between 3rd and 2nd Avenues.

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Open Stage Performances: Lafayette Grill

54 Franklin Street, New York, NY
New York’s top venue for bellydance in a traditional dinner setting with Greek fare. Lots of space on the dance floor! Website:

Transportation: 4, 6, N, Q or J, Z trains to Canal Street. Walk South from Canal on Lafayette Street or Broadway. Franklin Street is 3 blocks South of Canal between Lafayette and Broadway.

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Start looking at flights!

New York City is served by three international airports. Cabs and public transportation are available from all airports to conference locations in Manhattan. JFK and LaGuardia airports are located in Queens and Newark Airport is located in Newark, New Jersey.

JFK Airport (JFK)
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LaGuardia Airport (LGA)
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Newark Airport (EWK)
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