Aziza Nawal to perform and teach with Issam Houshan!

Issam Houshan and Aziza Nawal

Issam Houshan and Aziza Nawal

Aziza Nawal will be teaching and performing with the legendary drummer Issam Houshan later this month. she met Issam over 10 years ago when she was a guest performer with Bellydance Superstars. He was delighted with her performance which happened to be one of her signature drum solos. She had made such an impression on him and fortunately they met once more at a workshop sponsored by Petite Jamilla in Alabama just a few months later. Aziza Nawal had pulled out yet another drum solo for the audiences delight at the show. Issam was sure to let her know how much he enjoyed her performances and eluded to working with her in the future.

Now it is finally happening!!! Aziza Nawal will teach with Issam and perform in a special show featuring live drumming and music by Issam.

Salimpour Tribute and Issam Houshan Show

As part of the Suhaila Intensive weekend sponsored by AFBD, the show will also feature students who are testing for Suhaila certification. In the second half of the show, Aziza Nawal’s special group of students who perform as Banat Nawal plus fellow Belly Dance Evolution sisters (Fatin and Samora) will perform Aziza Nawal’s choreography to Issam’s recorded music. Two other BDE sisters Heidi and Charlie have created something special for the show as well! The show would of course not be complete without a couple of performances from Aziza Nawal and Issam Houshan, King of Drum!

Buy show tickets here

Workshops with Issam Houshan and co-instructor Aziza Nawal:

Friday Jan 16
4:30PM-6:30PM Understanding how to dance to Middle Eastern Rhythms

Saturday January 17
4:30PM-6:30PM How to dance to a live drummer!

Monday Jan 19
10:00AM-12:00PM Zill while you dance!

Register for the workshops here


AFBD is Moving!

The studio where I teach my Thursday evening classes will be moving in January! Here’s the official announcement:

We are extremely excited to announce that AFBD is moving in January 2015!!!! Same zip code, still in Midtown but a much BIGGER dance floor, more class options and shared space with Miss Belly Dance, top seller in wholesale Belly Dance Costumes and ethnic dance jewelry!! We are so thrilled to be partnering with our new family at Miss Belly Dance!!!

As of January 2015, AFBD will occupy the space formerly known as Pera Dance studio! Over 2000 square feet of dance floor, lounge area, private AFBD office, 2 restrooms! Same class schedule but MORE class options!

New address: 1015 Collier Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318 near the intersection of Howell Mill and Collier Road.

What’s changing? We’re giving the studio a new look! Over the next 2 months, Faaridah, Nahari and Uncle Denny will be busy painting, designing and decorating our new space. Wait til you see what Nahari comes up with this time! Aaaannd….We plan on offering daytime classes as well as more evening and weekend class options!  Current All Access Pass members will be “grandfathered in” so make sure your pass stays current through the year!

IT’S A CELEBRATION!!! Join us for a New Year New Look Open House Sunday January 11, 2015 4pm-6pm! Class demos, performances, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres! We will also have some brand new AFBD swag available for purchase and spot prizes (workshops, show tickets, and more!) See you there!

Please note: classes will continue to meet at 500 Bishop Street NW until Sunday December 21. Studio will be closed December 22-January 4. New classes at AFBD Collier Street location starting Monday, January 5, 2015!

Interested in renting our space for an event? Contact Faaridah at

Aziza Nawal to perform in Belly Dance Evolution

Aziza Nawal will be a cast member in two upcoming performances of  Bellydance Evolution – Alice in Wonderland! She will perform alongside the featured stars: Jillina, Heather Aued, Sharon Kihara, Louchia, Lauren Boldt and Danielo Mendes; plus fellow audition winners: Samora, Fatin, Kaitlyn, Heidi, Charlie, Nawar, ShoShannah, Faaridah and more!!

Show Details:

Saturday 9/13/14 8:00PM
Belly Dance Evolution reimagines this magical tale through the lens of world fusion dance! Click here for tixs.
Show will be held at the Rialto Theater located at  80 Forsyth St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303



Now until June 29 – Dance Dance Dance!!!

1798385_10202330530436905_1467321749_nAziza Nawal and her two troupes – Banat Nawal and Troupe Mumtaz will be performing all around Metro Atlanta in June! See our super busy schedule below for more details!

Featured Performance: 

Aziza Nawal and Awalim Dance Company Summer ShowcaseSmith’s Olde Bar – June 29, 2014 @ 7pm

Aziza Nawal and Ziah McKinney Taylor are teaming up to bring you another fantastic showcase of classic belly dance, American Tribal Style and innovative fusion performances! Special guests Black Sheep Ensemble will be joining us once again performing lively boisterous brass band music!

Tickets are $15 and on sale now!

Taverna Plaka:

Aziza Nawal’s upcoming restaurant performances:

  • Saturday May 31
  • Friday June 6
  • Saturday June 28

More Performances:

Rak the Kasbah – June 8 @ 5pm

Aziza Nawal and her student troupe Banat Nawal from Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance will be performing at the Gala Show at the Woodruff Arts Center on Sunday June 8 at 5:00pm – tickets available here

 Mohamed Shahin Gala Show – June 14 @ 7pm

Aziza Nawal will present two solo performances in this gala show at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center. Tickets available here

Open Mic Night at Steve’s Live Music – June 20 @ 8pm

Aziza Nawal and her new advanced Troupe Mumtaz will perform! Show starts at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $10 and available at the door. Steve’s Live Music also offers a full bar and food in a smoke free environment. The menu is primarily vegetarian and pescetarian fare.

New performances for Aziza Nawal

January 3 Open Mic at Steve’s Live Music

Join World Belly Dance Alliance and Steve’s Live Music on Friday, January 3rd, for a night of dance and music as we celebrate the new year with an open mic night for dancers!

Show starts at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $10 at the door. Steve’s Live Music also offers a full bar and food in a smoke free environment. The menu is primarily vegetarian and pescetarian fare.

Taverna Plaka

Restaurant performance on Saturday January 25 and Friday January 31

Save the Date – June 29!!

Spring Showcase at Smith’s Olde Bar is back!!

Aziza Nawal will team up with Ziah Ali, director of the Awalim Dance Company for a special Spring Showcase featuring soloists and group routines! More info coming soon!

News: Aziza Nawal says farewell to Awalim Dance Company!

They say all good things must come to end however endings often mean new beginnings. On December 8, 2013 – I will perform with Awalim Dance Company one last time at the Winter Showcase before taking an indefinite leave from the company. Being with Awalim Dance Company has taught me so many wonderful things about being a troupe member, allowed me to explore a variety of styles and provided some amazing performing opportunities. However my zeal for participating in outdoor activities with my husband, preparing new material for my classes and my full time job were becoming compromised due to my hectic schedule. Any new visual and performance art projects that I have wanted to pursue have also taken the back burner. Solving this dilemma required some careful consideration about what is important to me right now and how to nurture new creative paths.  The end result was a reduced restaurant performance schedule and departure from Awalim Dance Company.

I am looking forward to continue teaching my weekly classes at Muse for Life (Sandy Springs) and Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance (Midtown) – having more time now to research and choreograph new material.  My students will still participate in the Awalim Apprenticeship program and Ziah and I plan to co-produce more shows in the future. Be sure to follow me on facebook, twitter, etc. for my new classes, performances with Circus Combustus, visual art projects and more!

So please join us on December 8th for a show packed with Awalim choreography, original apprentice choregraphy and sooo many styles of Bellydance/Middle Eastern Dance! scroll down for details



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Winter Shows

Aziza Nawal and Banat Almeh to perform at the 40 Watt Club in Athens in December 4th!

Awalim Dance Company – Winter Apprentices Showcase – Dec 8 @ Smith’s Old Bar!

Date: Sunday, December 8, 2013
Time:  Doors open at 7 PM for Seating | Show Starts at 7:30 PM
Address: 1578 Piedmont Ave, Atlanta, Georgia 30307

The Awalim Dance Company and students invite you to an evening of fun and dance at our Student Show Sunday, December 8th!

This is a Semi-Annual Student Showcase with range of tribal, classic, and fusion performances with a special focus on soloists and performances by the Awalim Dance Company.  Awalim was formed in 1999 under the Direction of Ziah Ali McKinney-Taylor as a group to bring Tribal Bellydance to the stages of Atlanta and the Southeast US. Awalim’s particular flavor of Tribal is decidedly upbeat and earthy while being sophisticated and urban, bringing what we feel are Atlanta’s strongest characteristics to the Tribal genre. They will also be presenting classic belly dance in its original form.

Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 day of show  buy now

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New 8 week session with Aziza Nawal begins this week

Aziza Nawal will begin an all new session of belly dance classes in the Buckhead/Sandy Springs area of Atlanta conveniently located near 285 and 400 off of Roswell Road.

8 week session May 2 – June 27 (No class May 30)

Class Card Pricing (8 classes)

$88 if paying with cash or check
$91 if paying with credit card

Purchase class cards online here
Please note that this discounted rate requires a one time membership fee of $20.

Two Class Times:

7-9pm: All levels class covering Middle Eastern Dance fundamentals and drills. This session with focus on step and movement combinations to be placed in a choreography.

8-9pm: Intermediate/Advanced level technique and choreography. Two choreographs will be taught in the session.