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.

Tickets are now SOLD OUT!!!

  • All prices 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):

11:00AM – 1:00PM:
Raqs El Khashaba (Southern Iraqi dance style)

2:00PM- 4:30PM :
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.

Shahrzad in Toronto!
September 22+23, 2018


International Dance Superstar – SHAHRZAD will be in Toronto for the first time for a weekend of fabulous workshops, September 22+23, 2018!


  1. Technique Master class (2 hours)
    (shimmies, flutters, isolations, fluidity and all that good stuff!)
  2. Gorgeous Golden Era technique/styling and combos (2 hours)
  3. Rockin’ Drum Solo choreography (2 hours)
  4. Folklore Mix, technique and combos of a few of Shahrzad’s favorite folklores (2 hours)

8 hours of dance training with powerhouse dancer Shahrzad!

Super-Early Bird, until December 31, 2017: ONLY $225 (no additional fees!) plus FREE GALA TICKET included!
*Super-Early Bird must be paid in-full at time of registration
*Early Bird rate can be held with a deposit

Early Bird, Jan 1st 2018 to May 1st: $225 + fees (Total: $254), Gala tickets available for only $10

Regular Price, May 1st, 2018 to Sept. 21, 2018: $245 + fees (Total: $276), Gala tickets available for only $15

Regular Gala ticket price (non-attendees of workshops): $20


Payment can be made by e-transfer or paypal. Please message us before sending payment.

  • All prices listed are in Canadian dollars.
  • All sales are final, all payments/deposits are non-refundable.
  • Registration is transferable until April 15th, 2018. After April 15th, 2018 all existing and new registrations are 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 (paypal fee, credit card fee, etc.)

To be confirmed


Shahrzad has been enchanting the stage since she discovered her passion for Arabic dance and music at the age of 11. Since then, she has immersed herself in a variety of dance disciplines–including Modern Egyptian belly dance and many regional and folkloric dance styles from North Africa and the Middle East. Her professional career started when she was 17, working full time as a performer at shows with live bands at top venues and events in the United States. Most of Shahrzad’s technique and choreography is influenced by her training in Egyptian dance.

Shahrzad has been mentored by some of the top Egyptian dance instructors in the world including Madame Raqia Hassan, Nourhan Sharif, Faten Salama, Habiba, and many more. She has traveled extensively to do in depth study about the music, dance, and cultural traditions surrounding both so that she can give students a deeper knowledge of the roots of belly dance as well as its modern uses.

Inspired by her interest in teaching, Shahrzad underwent a 2 year Pilates apprenticeship. Now as a fully certified Pilates instructor with extensive training in anatomy and movement she is able to bring a new level of education to her students by breaking down technique in detailed terms right down to what each muscle of the body is doing.

Shahrzad currently resides in Cairo and regularly travels internationally to teach and perform and continues to inspire students and audiences all over the world with her deep passion for dance.