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Welcome to Safira's!

Raks al Dounya means, Dance oh World, and reflects our philosophy. At Safira's, we are all about well-being, good health, world culture -- and dance. We're sharing easy, healthy recipes for tropical and Mediterranean foods, book reviews, exercises, beauty tips, and dance news. Subscribe here and be a part of our world! Click here to see our website! And feel free to forward this to your family and friends!

Lebanese Breakfast

Nothing says "welcome" like a spread of healthy snacks that provide a balanced breakfast with lots of protein -- and enough carbs to get you going. Make a mezze by setting out little dishes of kalamata olives, hard-boiled eggs, pita bread, lebnah (or Feta cheese), Medjool dates -- plus, of course, the lower-cal "new hummus," made with with less olive oil and no sesame tahini. Medjools are large, black, sweet, wrinkly dates -- nature's way of concentrating sugar. Buy Medjools at Fresh Market in Bradley Fair. Kalamata olives are at the larger Dillons stores and Fresh Market. Labneh (Lebanese cream cheese), pita bread and fava beans (below) are available at many international grocery stores. Try the Byblos Deli, 3088 W. 13th St. N. The concept of "new hummus" is from Elias Bounajem and the Lebanese community, but the recipe details are adapted from Feast from the Mideast: 250 Sun-Drenched Dishes from the Lands of the Bible, by Faye Levy. It's a recommended read. Enjoy!

New Hummus:
15 oz. can fava beans, drained and liquid reserved
15 oz. can chick peas, drained and liquid reserved
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
2 garlic cloves, minced
2-3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
2-3 Tbsp. lemon juice
salt and pepper
Coarsely mash beans with a fork, or pulse in a food processor. Stir in cumin and garlic. Add olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste. If it's too dry, add a little liquid from the canned beans, 1 Tbsp. at a time.

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Dance Classes

Our July-August session starts Tues., July 8. Want to try it out? Take a single class for $12. The cost will apply toward your session fee if you sign up!

  • Tues. 5:45-- Belly Sculpting (belly dance + 30 min. of abs)
  • Tues. 7:00-- Tribal Fusion Fundamentals
  • Tues. 7:00-- Flamenco
  • Wed. 7:15-- The Art of Bellydance
  • Sat. 10:15-- The Art of Bellydance
  • Advanced Beginners thru Advanced: Welcome! Contact Safira
See Us Dance

Fri., June 20: We'll be busking in front of the Warren Theatre at 2nd and Mead from 7:00-8:00. We'll be performing bellydance and flamenco. Come have fun with us!

Sat., August 16: See our Baila! World Dance Show, 8:00 p.m. at our studio, 2919 E. Kellogg Drive. We convert the studio to a theater, and share our dances with you -- Mid-Eastern and Tribal Fusion belly dance, flamenco, and gypsy fusion. We also provide snacks. Cost: $7.00.

Come join us at Safira's to be the healthy, fit, beautiful woman that it's in you to be! Good luck with every part of your life. Remember to believe in yourself and be kind to yourself. And stay in touch!
Safira Zeki

Photography of Safira's dancers courtesy of David Staples

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