Dance Scholarships

Dance scholarships

The reason we started Ya Amar is because we love to dance, and we love sharing this beautiful dance with others.

Giving back to the community is an important belief for us, and that’s why we were proud to offer scholarships to a few dancers for our last event (Aiwa ya Sahar). We will continue to provide these opportunities at our upcoming events as well, so that hard working, wonderful dance students are able to grow to their fullest potential without any obstacles.

If you wish to apply or nominate someone for a scholarship, please fill out a Dance Scholarship Application Form here:

*Communication and scholarship recipients will always be kept confidential, unless the recipient wishes otherwise.*

Assala Ibrahim
Iraqi Dance Intensive! Nov. 25-26, 2017

Assala Ibrahim Iraqi Dance Intensive

For the first time in Canada, Ya Amar presents ASSALA IBRAHIM!
2-day Iraqi Dance Intensive and Certification – November 25+26, 2017.

Join us for a weekend of dance and lectures where we’ll discover a number of different dance styles from Iraqi, and look deeper into the important historical, cultural and musical aspects of each style.

Assala Ibrahim, a native of Iraq, was born in Basra City where she grew up with the Iraqi songs and dances. She is an active dance researcher, and her clear teaching concepts and unique dance style have made her one of the most sought-after dance instructors worldwide.


of workshops is being finalized, it will be in the downtown Toronto area.


Early Bird special until September 16th, 2017:
> ONLY $199 + HST! <
(Includes 10 hours of dance training + certificate of completion)

Regular price after September 16th, 2017:
> $249 + HST <
(Includes 10 hours of dance training + certificate of completion)

Just a $100 DEPOSIT SAVES YOUR SPOT and locks-in the early bird price!

Tickets can be purchased through PayPal: .
For other payment options (e-transfer, cheque, etc.) contact [email protected].
  • All prices listed are in Canadian dollars.
  • All sales are final, all payments/deposits are non-refundable.
  • Registration is non-transferable.
  • Venue locations are subject to change at discretion of the organizers.
  • In the case of a cancelled event, full refunds will be given on workshop fees, minus any transaction fees.


(10 hours total + certificate of completion)

Saturday (5.5 hours):

10:00AM -11:30AM:
Lecture – introduction to Iraqi culture and dance (with data/video presentation)

12:30PM – 2:30PM:
Raqs el Kawliya

3:30PM – 5:30PM:
Raqs el Haacha (Dagger dance)

Sunday (4.5 hours):

11:30AM – 1:30PM:
Raqs El Khashaba (Southern Iraqi dance style)

2:30PM- 4:00PM :
Basrawi (Khaleeji) and Choobi (circle/line dance)plus a review of all styles taught over the weekend and Q&A period.


Raqs el Kawliya: El Kawliya dance is filled with a wide range of emotions that range from power and passion to sadness, joy and harmony. The rich emotions that are expressed are the fundamentals of Iraqi songs’ and dances’ and are tied to the heritage of the people.

The workshop will cover: integrating the concept of this dance style in turns, spinning, head and hair movements, Iraqi style hip work and shimmies, Iraqi style hops and floor work technique, Iraqi kawliya gestures, understanding of the musical structure, and improvisation.

Raqs el Hachaa (Daggers dance ): Learn about the background and history of Hachaa and how to use the daggers in the Iraqi dance starting with the traditional style and progressing to the modern style.

Raqs El Khashaba (Southern Iraqi dance style): dance style that belongs to Basra city dance culture, in the south of Iraq. This dance was born with the music and songs of Basra’s seamen and ship makers. Learn about the dance’s history and music, it’s stylization, and the difference between the classic khashaba dance style and the Kawliya dance style.

Basrawi/Choobi and review of weekend: An introduction to Basrawi dance (similar to Khaleeji dance, but with a powerful Iraqi dance touch) and Choobi (Iraqi circle/line dance), as well as a review and Q&A session of what has been covered over the entire weekend intensive.

Coming Soon!

Coming soon in 2018