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Al-Bahira Dance Theater and Aalim School of Dance


                                                   Near Khal-al Khalili, Cairo on the eve of Moulid Al-Naby


Saturday December 6, 2007, 1:30-5:30 p.m.


It's nearly the end of the year! Time to clean out that closet. Time to do your holiday shopping for your dancer friends! Time to get in that last dance-related purchase to write off on your 2008 taxes! Those pretty costumes and pieces that just don't work for you anymore? Time to let them go to someone who will treasure them! Time to trade, sell, swap, and shop!

And while you're at it, why not have a little fun? Kick back, enjoy a cup of coffee, and chat with your fellow dancers!

Join us for a fun afternoon with

  • Shopping, selling, and swapping new and previously-loved belly dance goods
  • Chair massages
  • Arabic drumming demonstration and mini lesson
  • Belly dance demonstration and mini lesson
  • Henna
  • Other surprises to be announced!

In the sale and swap meet you'll find:

  • Professional Cabaret costumes
  • Beautiful tribal costumes and accessories
  • Folkloric items
  • Various belly dance props, accessories,
  • New and previously-loved merchandise
Hosted at Betsy's Back Porch, a warm, friendly coffee shop with comfy places enjoy tea and conversation, plus a fitting room to try on costumes and clothing.


      Betsy's Back Porch Coffee

      5447 Nicollet Ave S. (just west of the 35W/Diamond Lake Road Exit)

      Minneapolis, MN 55419


Interested in selling costumes or other materials at the Festival in the Souk?

This sale and swap meet is open to any small and private sellers who comply with the requirements for a small nominal fee (goes toward our costs of the space rental, advertising the event, etc.) More information coming to this page soon. In the meantime, if you would like more info, contact Mirah Ammal at



Al-Bahira Dance Theater and Aalim School of Dance, LLC.

P.O. Box 19342

Minneapolis, MN 55419


or 763-229-7801





Schedule of Events 

Set-up    1:00-1:30 p.m. (Sellers must be present)

Souk open  1:30-5:30 p.m. Schedule of activities to be announced

Clean up    5:30-6:00 p.m. (Sellers must clear their areas by 5:45)



What is the "Festival in the Souk"?

Souk is the term for a market or commercial area in an Arabic town. In Egypt, moulids, or festivals (generally based on religious holidays) are celebrated by the entire town. The markets are hung with colorful banners and lights, and people of the community come together with music, food, and lively celebration.

It is in this spirit that Al-Bahira presents our own "Festival In the Souk" events --a celebration of our community right here in Minnesota. We hope you'll join us!







Copyright 2007 Al-Bahira Dance Theater and Aalim School of Middle Eastern Dance, LLC. All rights reserved.