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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!

Turkish Coffee

This coffee recipe comes from Elias Bounajem, a wonderful Lebanese cook in Ft. Worth. You can drink it with anything! How about drinking it with a healthy and traditional Lebanese breakfast of boiled eggs, mashed fava beans (recipe upcoming!) olives, labnah, and pita bread or lavash? Details on this menu next week! Turkish coffee makes espresso taste weak. I used to drink this every Saturday to pump myself up for morning belly dance class. You will need either a small saucepan or a cezve, a little pot with a handle. You will also need authentic Turkish coffee in a little square package. Try shoppping at the Spice Merchant, the India Emporium, the Asian Groceries store at the southwest corner of 21st and Woodlawn, and the Byblos Deli on 13th between West and Meridian.

Turkish Coffee:
4 tsp. Turkish coffee
4 tsp. sugar
2/3 C. water
Put all ingredients in the saucepan and put on a burner that is turned on high. Do not look away for an instant! It will start to boil and foam up. Take it off the burner and let it die down. Put it back on and let it foam up a second time. Then pour it into demitasse cups (or larger ones) and serve. Do not drink the sludge in the bottom. Instead, turn your cup upside-down on the saucer and let the grounds run down. Then turn the cup upright again, and read your fortune from the patterns formed on the cup!

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Dance Classes

Our Mar-Apr. session is going on right now. It's ok to jump on in! The next session starts Wed., May 1.

  • Mon. 6:00-- Bellylicious
  • Mon. 6:30-- Beginning Flamenco (Spanish dance)
  • 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
Girls Night Out

Fri., April 26, 7-9 p.m.: Curious about dance class, but not sure if it's for you? Join us at Girls Night Out. Everything's free! We'll have refreshments and a short speech on belly dance, then we'll start dancing. We'll share three 30 minute classes, including flamenco and Middle Eastern belly dance! If it's your birthday month, we'll have a gift for you. Come 10 min. early to get seated before 7. RSVP so we can buy enough refreshments!

See Us Dance

Thurs., April 18, 6:30 - 7:30 pm: Lions Club Pancake Day, Century II Exhibition Hall: Mid-Eastern and Tribal Fusion belly dance and flamenco.

Sat., May 18, 7:00 p.m.: See our annual busking show, Baila in the Streets! at the Warren Plaza in Old Town. (If it rains, we'll move into the studio): Mid-Eastern and Tribal Fusion belly dance, flamenco, and gypsy fusion.

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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