Image shows Monica performing a Saiidi style

Monica :: San Francisco Dance

Weekly Classes and Occasional Performances
Music : Movement : Culture : Joy

رقص = Raqs = Dance

Ongoing Dance Classes in San Francisco & Berkeley

Monica is thrilled to be an Artist-in-Residence at San Francisco's Ruth Asawa School of the Arts for the 2019-2010 school year

San Francisco: Mondays with Monica
Monica teaches weekly musically-driven Egyptian Style Dance classes at Lines Dance Center in San Francisco, California. Lines is centrally located at 26 Seventh Street (at Market) on the 5th Floor, and easily accessible via BART and lots of MUNI lines. Lines is also close to several low cost parking lots and has secure bike parking in the building. Monica has taught at Lines since 2003.

6 to 7:30 :: Egyptian Dance Joy

This is a mixed-level class suitable for all levels of folks wanting to work with Egyptian style belly dance (raqs sharqi and raqs beledi). We'll spend each week exploring and being inspired by Egyptian and Arabic movement and music while focusing on respect for the dancer and the form, cultural context, and fun. Classes include a dance-oriented warm-up, dance alongs, technique breakdown and drills, combinations and choreography, lyrics and singing, percussion and rhythm recognition, and participatory dance circles. Dancers newer to the form as well as experienced movers are all welcome.

Register for classes directly with Lines
Classes are ongoing — please join in anytime. All bodies always welcome.

No upcoming class cancellations.

Berkeley: Monthlies with Monica
Monica teaches a monthly community class at the Women's Cancer Resource Center. The WCRC is located at 2908 Ellsworth St, Berkeley, CA 94705.

Wellness Wednesdays the first Wednesday of each month
6 to 7 :: All Level

This is a low-impact beginner level class suitable for all bodies, shapes, sizes, and abilities. All are welcome.
Come move with Monica in Berkeley!
Free to the community thanks to the WCRC, but please do pre-register directly with the WCRC here.
Upcoming classes: November 6, December 4

Private Lessons & Coaching
San Francisco
Monica has worked one on one with many dancers and troupes who are creating or polishing a piece, looking for inspiration, or need a critical eye on their work, progression, or style.

Rates start at $75 per hour, plus studio fees. Monica has access to very affordable studios in San Francisco and can keep this cost low. Travel in the greater Bay Area or beyond is also possible, but may incur extra fees.
Special: If you are a current and ongoing (at least 4 classes in a row within the last month or so) student of Monica's at Lines or the WCRC, rate is $65/hour.

Please contact Monica for a questionnaire and initial consultation so she can make sure that lessons are focused and on point for your needs. Note that private lessons are not recommended for beginners or dancers new to the form except in special circumstances.

Need choreography? Please contact Monica for current rates and details of how it all works.



Tuesday, October 29, 2019
LINES Ballet Belly Dance Workshop
Grace Cathedral
San Francisco, California
Monica will teach a workshop in the gorgeous Grace Cathedral at the top of Nob Hill.
Like...we get to dance on the labyrinth, folks!!
Please check out the link for all the details.
Free, but registration required


Monica has been studying dances, movement, music, songs, percussion, and languages of Egypt and the Arab world since she was a teenager, with training in San Francisco, New York City, and Cairo. She worked professionally for many years as a performer-for-hire and as a house dancer in clubs and restaurants, as well as at countless weddings, parties and celebrations in the Bay Area. She still occasionally performs and also brings master dance and music artists and instructors to teach and perform in the Bay Area when possible. Monica currently teaches weekly classes, teaches workshops, plays Arabic music and percussion, and continues to dance and learn. She is a performing member of Aswat and the Aswat Women's Ensemble. She does all her own stunts and html.

Fifi Tanks

What Would Fifi Do? is a question anyone serious about Egyptian raqs asks themself at some point. Monica — via The Little Black Egg — put the query on a shirt. Recognize!

The classic ribbed silver on black will be back, but we have a fresh blue on grey limited run available for summer.

Get 'em before they're gone!


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Image shows Monica bellydancing wearing a green Egyptian dress in an animated gif courtesy of Alonzo King Lines Dance Center