Past  Workshops, Performances  &  Events



Classical Egyptian Dance Workshop with Samay!

Our dance mentor and internationally renowned master instructor, Samay, is teaching a workshop at CARAVAN OF DANCERS IV. Learn a Classical Egyptian Oriental to "Set El Hosen", one of the most well-known Egyptian dance music pieces made famous by Egypt’s legendary dancer: Nagwa Fouad.  This classic piece will surely inspire and educate students of the importance of classic Egyptian dance, while exhibiting its soft yet powerful command of feeling on stage. This workshop is for dancers of all levels.

Date: Sunday, November 13, 2016
Time: 12:30 PM — 2:30 PM
Location: Creativo Dance Studio, 2329 Coral Way, Coral Gables, FL 33145
Price: $60 in advance / $70 at the door

MEPAA Instructors Performing at Just Raqs Shines

MEPAA's award-winning team of star instructors will "make it juicy" while sharing the stage with the renown artist and Queen of Nile, Randa Kamel! Don't miss the weekend workshops with Randa for the first time in Miami at the Miami Airport Marriott on November 19th & 20th, along with the "icing on the cake" show JUST RAQS SHINES with several wonderful star artists at the Manuel Artime Theater. For more info, visit:

Date: November 19, 2016
Time: 8:00 PM
Location: Manuel Artime Theater, 900 SE 1st St. Miami, Florida 33130
Price: $30 / $40 at the door




2016 Coconut Grove Pumpkin Patch Festival 

Enjoy a beautiful performance by the award-winning star instructors, professional dance troupe, & talented students of
Mid East Performing Arts Academy at the Coconut Grove
Pumpkin Patch Festival this year! Make sure to stop by the main stage on Saturday, October 22nd and prepare to be spellbound by elegant & thrilling choreographies, celebrating the beauty & authenticity of Mid East dance culture.

Who: The award-winning star instructors, professional dance troupe, & talented students of Mid East Performing Arts Academy

When: Saturday, October 22nd at 12:00PM

Where: Main Stage | Regatta Park, Coconut Grove, FL 33133

One Night in Cairo: Community Workshop + Performance

Escape with your loved one and embark on a journey to Egypt! 

Mid East Performing Arts Academy is partnering with the world-class South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center to bring you this wonderful community event. Join award-winning performing artist Amara Sayid along with her professional dance troupe and experience a night of Middle Eastern Dance, where you will enjoy a live performance and learn a playful folkloric dance style for two. Bring your dancing shoes, a dance partner or your group of friends, and prepare to be whisked away for One Night in Cairo!

See an exciting performance by members of Mid East Performing Arts Academy followed by a special dance class in which you'll learn the time-honored dance of Saidi. The evening will end with a fun, Egyptian-themed dance party where you can try out your new moves!



Join us on May 7th as we take you on a journey through this beautiful and cultural art form! 

Enjoy our authentic and elegant interpretations of the traditional dances of the Middle East, starring Mid East Performing Arts Academy's award-winning cast of instructors, Amara Sayid, Danna Yasbet, Andrus Ramir, and Roshana Nofret; our star students; Azhar Dance Ensemble; and several surprise guest artists and musicians!  

Saturday, May 7, 2016
7:00 PM  |  Tickets $20

Miami Dade College | Kendall Campus
McCarthy Hall Theater (Room 6120)
11011 SW 104 St, Miami, FL, 33176


Madame Raqia Hassan in Miami!

One of our most beloved and respected master instructors is back in Miami, APRIL 2016! Don't miss this very important opportunity to study with the incomparable Raqia Hassan, one of the founding mentors of Mid East Performing Arts Academy. 

Raqia is credited for training some of the biggest modern day Egyptian stars, such as Dina, Soroya of Cairo, Dandash, Mona el Said and Randa Kamal. She is one of the most highly sought-after and internationally famous Raqs Sharqi choreographers, and the founder of the most distinguished Belly Dance festival in the world, Ahlan Wa Sahlan.

Visit for registration details!
"Technique is certainly [required in Egyptian Oriental Dance], but the movements are the vehicles in which to carry emotion" - Raqia

Mid East Performing Arts Academy recognized as one of
"The Five Best Dance Studios in Miami" (2015)

Thank you Miami New Times for listing Mid East Performing Arts Academy as one of "The Five Best Dance Studios in Miami"! We are extremely humbled and proud to uphold a world-renowned program that provides a truly engaging and cultural experience, both on stage and in classes. Thank you for being a part of our dream!

Read the entire article here and see who else made the list!

Lebanese Love Affair II

Enjoy a wonderful weekend of workshops with master choreographer Sami Khoury at Lebanese Love Affair II, sponsored by Creative Hips and Belly2Abs. This events wraps up with a beautiful showcase featuring numerous artists and a special Dabke performance by Azhar Dance Ensemble!

Sunday, February 7, 2016 at 7:00 PM
La Scala de Miami | The Four Ambassadors
905 Brickell Bay Dr, Miami, FL 33131

MDC Kendall Campus and MEPAA present: 
Egyptian Heart & Soul - May 9, 2015

Our highly-anticipated annual Middle Eastern dance recital is finally here! Join us on May 9th (coincidentally World Belly Dance Day!) for another beautiful and cultural display of Egyptian dance.

This year’s production will be a very special tribute to our dance "mom," the internationally renowned instructor and choreographer, Samay. Don't miss the chance to enjoy some of her best choreographies from over the last 17 years – Showcased by the star students of the Middle Eastern Cultural & Arts Program at MDC's Kendall Campus, Amara Sayid, Danna Yasbet, Andrus Ramir, Roshana Nofret, and other guest artists and musicians throughout the night.

Saturday, May 9, 2015
MDC Kendall Campus, McCarthy Auditorium (room 6120)
11011 SW 104 St.
Miami, FL, 33176


NEW Class! Join Roshana Nofret's class
"Oriental Technique and Stylization Through the Ages" Starting May 10, 2015

Many of you have asked for our History of Dance Class to return and it has! Starting next week, Roshana will teach “Oriental Technique and Stylization Through the Ages” Tuesdays at 8:45 pm!

Where did Oriental dance come from and where is it going? Explore and practice Oriental dance technique and stylization from Vintage to Modern with renowned Middle Eastern Dance Artist, Roshana Nofret. A variety of styles, history, signature moves, music, influential dancers / musicians / singers / composers, costuming, flow, feeling and musicality will be featured in this class. For Intermediate to Advanced level dancers.

Click here to register online or call 305.237.2161

Note: MDC may or may not have updated the information online, but this class will start next week! Roshana's previous class was named "Flow, Musicality, Stylization, and Expression Dance". You can safely register for that one and it will be this new program!

Samay Presents Essam Mounir in Miami!
March 14 & March 15, 2015

Essam Mounir is an inspirational and world-renowned master instructor and choreographer of Egyptian Oriental Dance (Raqs Sharqi) and Egyptian Folkloric Dance. With his proficient background in classical ballet, modern dance and traditional dances of the Middle East, he has become one of the most sought-after artists on the international circuit. 

Essam's rich background includes his key role as an esteemed performer in Egypt's most recognized folklore dance troupes, the Reda Group. He has had the honor of teaching and performing with one of Egypt's most prominent artists, Hassan Afifi. And one of his biggest accomplishments has been his participation as a main instructor for almost a decade at Ahlan Wa Sahlan Festival, the largest international Egyptian belly dance festival across the globe - produced by Madame Raqia Hassan. 

The repertoire of instruction under Essam Mounir's belt also includes teaching and choreographing at Ain Shams University and Helwan University, in addition to numerous workshops, major cultural festivals and private dance lessons all over the world. His art has taken him across the Middle East, Europe, Africa and America, developing a multifaceted and authentic form of instruction that has made him a master teacher beloved to his students worldwide.

For more information and to register online, please click here. 

Holiday Soiree - December 6, 2014

Tis' the season for a Middle Eastern Holiday Soiree!
We would like to thank our dancers and supporters by hosting a free performance at the Falls on December 6th, 2014.

Enjoy a free performance by our star students, instructors, and special guests, Azhar Dance Ensemble!

December 6, 2014, 7:00 pm
The Falls Stage (by Los Ranchos Restaurant)
8888 SW 136 St.
Miami, FL, 33176

Prepare to be spellbound by elegant and thrilling choreographies, celebrating the beauty and authenticity of Mid East dance culture. See you there!

Samay in Miami! - July 26 & 27

Join our Creative Director and master instructor Samay this summer for a 2-day dance workshop! Learn a juicy Oriental a la Samay on Saturday and a flirty Saidi on Sunday. Samay will be accompanied by a live drummer and the music for both choreographies will be provided on site. Don't miss the chance to study with this world renown and inspiring dance legend!


Joharah International Presents 2014 Spring Shows & Seminars Featuring Sadie - May 9 & 10

Join Amara Sayid, Danna Yasbet, and Andrus Ramir at this fun event featuring Miami's finest!

Friday, May 9, 2014
Saturday, May 10, 2014
German American Club
11919 SW 56 St.
Miami, FL, 33175


Najwa Karam in South Florida!

Join Amara Sayid, Violeta, and Danna Yasbet as they team with Bellydance by Hind for this incredible event! They will open for Najwa Karam's concert!

Saturday, April 26
Gulf Stream Park
Hallandale Beach, FL, 33009


Dance for Joy Soiree - Tamalyn Dallal in Miami! - March 15, 2014

Join Amara Sayid and other talented performers March 15, 2014 for this wonderful event hosted by Art of Bellydance. 

Enjoy a fabulous courtyard soiree with music, film, and some bites to eat. Hope to see you there!

Saturday, March 15, 2014
8:00 pm
1465 S.W 8th St.
Little Havana Miami, Fl. 33135
Phone: (305) 285-5880


Miami Dade College’s Kendall Campus Spring Fling Carnival and Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza - March 1, 2014

The carnival will feature costumed characters, an arts and crafts tent, science tent, reading corner, and a main stage with children’s dance performances, kids fitness classes, and local school bands. Join Azhar Dance Ensemble at noon for this year's Spring Fling Carnival! Only $1 admission!

Saturday, March 1, 2014
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Azhar Performance Time: Noon
MDC Kendall Campus - Track Field
11011 SW 104 Street,
Miami, FL, 33176

Previous Events

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Magic of Bellydance - February 2014

Join Amara Sayid, Roshana Nofret, Andrus Ramir, Azhar Dance Ensemble and other talented artists at this wonderful event hosted by the Goddess Store and Studio.

Saturday, February 1, 2014
7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Karu Fort Lauderdale
Ft. Lauderdale, FL


Caravan of Dancers - November 2013

See Azhar Dance Ensemble, Roshana Nofret, and Andrus Ramir perform alongside Miami's best at this event hosted by Fusion Gitana.

Friday, November 15, 2013
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (PST)
Manuel Artime Theatre 
Miami, FL


Rakstar - October 2013

Join Roshana Nofret, Andrus Ramir and special guest performance with Amara Sayid, Suzana, Danna Yasbet, Violeta, and Mid East Performing Arts Academy at this world-class event hosted by Virginia.

The Alexander Hotel
5225 Collins Avenue,
Miami Beach, FL 33140

Arabia: A Journey Through Dance - SOLD OUT

May 18, 2013 - Prepare to be spellbound by elegant and thrilling choreographies, celebrating the beauty and authenticity of Middle Eastern dance culture. See some of the most admired styles from students and instructors – unveiling authentic pieces fusing unforgettable music with sensational movements and spectacular choreographies!

Directed by Samay Mideast Performing Arts
Miami Dade College - Kendall Campus
McCarthy Auditorium, Room 6120
Miami, FL