The Heartbeat of Bellydance

Spend a weekend immersed in the magic of Arabic rhythms with the drumming of masterful darbuka player, Tarek el Halabi!

Tarek el Halabi was born in Damascus, Syria. At the tender age of 10, fascinated with the sounds of the darbuka, he started playing with the drum on his own. When he was 12, he began what was to be 4 years of study at the Damascus Music Conservatory.

Soon, the talented young man was performing with the Damascene orchestra, El Nojum, with Master Hady Bakdunes. Besides the orchestra, Tarek has also played for renowned singers such as Fadl Shaker, Mayada and Asala Nasry.

An experienced teacher, Tarek began his teaching career in the academy of Damascus in 1998. At the age of 21, he left Syria for Venezuela, where he performed and taught for a year at the Syrian Center in Barinas. Among the other countries he has performed in are France, Holland, Turkey and Lebanon.

Tarek is now based in Spain, where he teaches, performs and collaborates regularly with bellydancers. He is also in the process of recording his own CD.

18 September 2010, 10.00 - 13.00
Tarek will be assisted by bellydance teacher, Siryn during the dance workshop. He will explain and play the rhythms while she demonstrates the movements suitable for each rhythm.

19 September 2010, 10.00 - 15.00 *
Learn the basics of how to handle and play the drum. Tarek will explain and demonstrate the most popular rhythms in Arabic music. IMPORTANT: You need a drum to participate in the darbuka workshop.
* with a 1-hour lunch break from 12.00 - 13.00

Fees **:
350kr for one workshop or 600kr for both.

There are LIMITED PLACES in each workshop, so please register and pay as soon as you can with Aktiv Ungdom or myself to secure your place. Please include your name, address, telephone number, birth date, email and choice of workshops when you register.

The workshops are open for all ages. This event is organised by Siryn in collaboration with Aktiv Ungdom. Contact us:

013 312411 (Aktiv Ungdom)
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Magdansfest : Bellydance Party : Hafla!
18 September 2010
18.00 - 22.00
Restaurang L'Orient, Drottninggatan 18, Linköping

Take this opportunity to let your hair down and dance the night away to the exotic sounds of the Orient! There will be performances by Siryn and guest dancers, live percussion by Tarek, good food and an open dance floor! You are welcome to contact Siryn if you would like to perform.

There will be a mini bellydance workshop that begins at 18.00. Try the basic bellydance moves to live drumming for only 120kr (includes cover charge for L'Orient)!

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Workshop & cover charge - 120kr
Food & cover charge - 120kr
Cover charge (after the workshop) - 60kr
Whole evening (Food, Workshop and cover charge) - 150kr

* Payment is to be made at L'Orient.
** Food must be pre-ordered (latest 3 days before the event). Choose between Chicken, Pork or Vegetarian. Vegetarian alternative includes falafel, hummus and baba ghanoush (eggplant dish). Rice, salad and tzatziki is included with every choice.


Tarek playing the maqsoum:

Drumming for a dancer:

If you need to purchase a darbuka, you can check out this online music shop, which offers a variety of darbukas in a range of prices: Thomann

** Terms and conditions:
1) All fees paid are non-refundable.
2) In the event that the workshops are cancelled, your money will be refunded in full.
3) If you are unable to attend after paying the fees, you may transfer your registration to someone else - please inform myself or Aktiv Ungdom.