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El Morocco Dancers' Nights, Pleasant Hill, CA
FIRST SUNDAY of every month,
with LIVE MUSIC by Al 'Azifoon!

Classical Arabic Music Ensemble: Al'Azifoon


El Morocco Restaurant
2203 Morello Avenue (at Taylor Boulevard)
Pleasant Hill, California
(925) 671-0132

Enjoy delicious, authentic Moroccan cuisine in a magical candle-lit oasis.
Family-friendly Belly Dancing shows six nights a week - Tuesdays through Sundays!

El Morocco Restaurant 2203 Morello Avenue Pleasant Hill, California (925) 671-0132 Family-friendly Belly Dancing shows six nights a week Tuesdays through Sundays! Al 'Azifoon performs classical Arabic music at El Morocco Dancers' Nights in Pleasant Hill, CA every First Sunday of the month. El Morocco Restaurant 2203 Morello Avenue Pleasant Hill, California (925) 671-0132 Family-friendly Belly Dancing shows six nights a week Tuesdays through Sundays!

El Morocco Dancers' Nights

live music by

Yosifah Rose and Al 'Azifoon


Al 'Azifoon performs classical Arabic music regularly at Middle Eastern music and dance festivals as well as El Morocco Dancers' Nights in Pleasant Hill, CA every First Sunday of the month.

Dancers' Nights are the FIRST SUNDAY of every month
PLUS additional Dancers Nights as added by instructor request!


ADVANCE RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED!
Dancers Nights Shows now begin at 6:30 pm!
Arrive by 6:00 p.m. for best seating because many shows are standing room only!

El Morocco Restaurant

2203 Morello Avenue (at Taylor Boulevard)
Pleasant Hill, California
(925) 671-0132

Upcoming Schedule of El Morocco Dancers' Nights:

First Sunday
February 5th, 2017
with LIVE MUSIC by Al ‘Azifoon
and Helm guest stars Ling Shien and Mark Bell!
Featuring Instructor Monica with the Zakiyya Dancers and Friends!
First Sunday
March 5th, 2017
with LIVE MUSIC by Al ‘Azifoon
and Helm guest stars Ling Shien and Mark Bell!
Featuring Sharifa & Sharifa’s Habibis!
First Sunday
April 2nd, 2017
with LIVE MUSIC by Al ‘Azifoon with Special Guest Drummer Mary Ellen Donald! Featuring Ma*Shuqa Mira Murjan & Surreyya Hada!
First Sunday
May 7th, 2017
with LIVE MUSIC by Al ‘Azifoon
and Helm guest stars Ling Shien and Mark Bell!
Featuring Nuisha & Friends!
First Sunday!
June 4th, 2017
with LIVE MUSIC by Al ‘Azifoon
and Helm guest stars Ling Shien and Mark Bell!
Zyphire’s Birthday Bash!
First Sunday
July 2nd, 2017
Happy 4th of July Weekend! No live music for July 2nd, see you next month!
First Sunday
August 6th, 2017
with LIVE MUSIC by Al ‘Azifoon with Special Guest Drummer Mary Ellen Donald! Featuring Theresea Jade & Jewels of the Baladi!
First Sunday
September 3rd, 2017
Happy Labor Day Weekend! No live music for September 3rd, see you next month!
First Sunday
October 1st, 2017
with LIVE MUSIC by Al ‘Azifoon with Special Guest Drummer Mary Ellen Donald! Featuring Mary Ellen Donald & Friends!
First Sunday!
November 5th, 2017
with LIVE MUSIC by Al ‘Azifoon
and Helm guest stars Ling Shien and Mark Bell!
Featuring Terry Del Giorno & Raksterayz!
First Sunday!
December 3rd, 2017
with LIVE MUSIC by Al ‘Azifoon
and Helm guest stars Ling Shien and Mark Bell!
Featuring Monica, the Zakiyya Dancers & Friends!

Dancers: Contact Yosifah Rose to be a guest dancer in an El Morocco Dancers Night First Sunday show with live music by Al 'Azifoon! Every month I try to reserve a couple of slots for guest dancers, but please contact me at least one month before the show in which you would like to dance -- sooner if possible because shows book up quickly!

Yosifah was interviewed by Scott Belding of ARTBEAT Video Magazine in March 2010 in a feature about her band Al 'Azifoon and their performances at El Morocco Restaurant Dancers' Night. The Raqs Sharqi artist Khalilah who regularly performs at El Morocco Restaurant was also interviewed by Scott for this feature. Click here to watch Yosifah and Khalilah's interviews on ARTBEAT Video Magazine on YouTube!

Learn more about the band and listen to Al ‘Azifoon’s music at www.alazifoon.com/songlist.htm


FAQS - Frequently Asked Questions about Dancers' Nights:

Where is El Morocco Restaurant?

El Morocco Restaurant, www.elmorocco.net
2203 Morello Avenue (at Taylor Boulevard)
Pleasant Hill, California
(925) 671-0132

How often does El Morocco Restaurant has professional belly dance shows?

El Morocco Restaurant presents professional belly dance performances in family-friendly show six nights a week -- Tuesdays through Sundays, doors open at 5:30 p.m. Call the restaurant for exact show times and to make advance table reservations 925-671-0132.

What is El Morocco's Dancers' Night?

El Morocco Dancers’ Nights are an inclusive, welcoming, and supportive evenings in celebration of the beauty and joy of live Middle Eastern music and dance. Dancers' Nights showcases instructors, experienced professionals, up-and-coming student belly dancers, as well as beginning students of ALL styles of Middle Eastern Dance.
Contact Yosifah Rose to sign up as a guest dancer in an upcoming Dancers' Night show!

Yosifah E-Mail:easternstrings@att.net
Yosifah's Phone: (925) 566-4149
Yosifah's Web Site: www.yosifah.com
Al 'Azifoon's Web Site:www.alazifoon.com
El Morocco Restaurant Web Site: www.elmorocco.net
El Morocco Restaurant Reservations: (925) 671-0132

Due to time limitations, NO dancer walk-ins the night of the show.
Attention Instructors: if you would like to be featured in a Dancer's Night Show, please contact Yosifah!

NOTE: In an Instructor-themed Dancer's Night, most dancer slots are reserved for an instructor and her students, former students, and dance associates.

How long are dancer's LIVE MUSIC sets?

Soloists: MAXIMUM of 10 minutes
Duets/Troupes: MAXIMUM of 15 minutes
Featured Instructor: MAXIMUM of 15 minutes

Is there a limit to how often a dancer can be scheduled for Dancer's Night?

An instructor, dancer, or troupe may only be the "featured" performer only once per calendar year. However, there is NO limit to the number of times that a performer may sign up as a guest dancer. Performers may sign up as a guest dancer for any Dancers' Nights show as long as there are still guest dancer slots available. Additionally, instructors may contact management El Morocco at (925) 671-0132 to schedule a Student Night Hafla independent of Dancer's Night.

Are there any costuming restrictions?

Management at El Morocco requires that all dancers wear performance costumes appropriate for viewing by family audiences with small children. Furthermore, Management requests that dancers NOT to sit in the audience in their costumes! Dancers must wear a coverup or caftan over their costume until it is their turn to perform.

Will dancers be required to buy a meal at the restaurant?

Dancers and all guests at Dancer's Night must order a minimum food purchase of $15 per person either from the Ala Carte Menu or order a full meal from the regular full dinner menu. (NOTE: All Dancers Nights checks include salestax and gratuity.) Of course, dancers may request to have their meal served to them AFTER they dance!

Will dancers be required to make advance reservations?

All dancers MUST make advance table reservations for themselves and their guests with El Morocco at (925) 671-0132 at least 7 days before the show! On the day of the show, if you find that you are running late, please call to confirm your reservation and advise when you will be arriving so that your table is still available when you arrive!

Since many Dancer’s Nights shows are standing room only, it is best to call at least two weeks before a show to guarantee yourself and your party a table!

Also, at a shared table, if guests prefer separate checks (bills), please advise the waiter before ordering!

What are the music requirements?

Dancer perform to live music by Al 'Azifoon, so they must choose from Al 'Azifoon's songlist at www.alazifoon.com/songlist.htm

Only an instructor's troupe may perform to CD music - 10 min. max, either at the beginning of the show or during the band's break.

If an instructor's troupe performs to CD music, their music must be on a single CD. We cannot switch between multiple tracks or multiple CDs during your set! This invariably leads to unnecessary confusion and unnecessary stress and error!

Are props okay?

Absolutely! However, veils, wings, swords, candles cane/stick dancers, please be careful to avoid passing waiters or customers! Regular wax candles are fine, but NO oil/fuel flames or liquid candles due to fire hazard.

How will the dancers be announced?

If the the featured instructor wishes, he/she may introduce his/her students and guest dancers. Otherwise an Al 'Azifoon bandmember will adlib simple friendly introductions such as: "Please welcome our next fabulous dancer......."

What time should dancers arrive?

The show begins about 6:30 p.m. The dressing room is small, so dancers should arrive in their stage makeup.

Does Al 'Azifoon play LIVE MUSIC for every Dancer’s Night?

Yes! Yosifah’s band Al ‘Azifoon performs live music for ALL El Morocco Dancers' Night Shows! We sometimes perform in collaboration with Helm! When Helm is performing with us, a dancer may choose either from Al 'Azifoon's repertoire or Helm's repertoire

Al 'Azifoon's Repertoire: www.alazifoon.com/songlist.htm
Helm's Web Site: www.helmmusic.com

Please note: instructors may contact the owner of El Morocco Restaurant by calling 925-671-0132 to schedule other student haflas and live music events at El Morocco Restaurant on other evenings independent from El Morocco Dancers Nights.

What kinds of music does Al 'Azifoon perform at LIVE MUSIC Dancer’s Nights?

Al 'Azifoon plays Raqs Sharqi and Arabic classical songs with Arabic vocals, oud, qanun, and percussion. Visit their website for their most current song list and for MP3 samples of their songs at Al ‘Azifoon Song List


Examples of Al 'Azifoon's Repertoire Akhod Habibi
Ala Dela ‘Ona
Alf Leyla Wa Leyla
Ana Fi Intizarak
Andah Aliek
Aziza
Batwannes Beek
Bint A'Shalabiya
El Helwa Dee
Fakkarouni
Gamil, Gamal
Ghanili Shway, Shway
Habibi Ya Nour Al 'Ayn
Hebbina
Lamma Badda (Samai, 10/8)
Layla (Khalegi)
Laylet Hob
~ Ah Ya Zein
Nassam Alayn El-Hawa
Qadduka el-Mayyas
Raqs Leyla
Samra Ya Samra
Skaba (Baladi OR Saidi)
Taht El Shibbak
Tamr Henna
Tfarrag Al Halawa
Ya Habibi Ya Eini
Ya Shadil al Han (Masmoudi Kebir)
Zay El Hawa
Zeina

Al 'Azifoon's current songs and MP3 sound files are available at Al 'Azifoon's website.

In addition performing dancers may request an instrumental taqasim for his/her set.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Drawing for Drum Solos

Due to the overwhelming number of dancer requests for drum solos and the subsequent wear-and-tear on our drummers, we must limit the number of drum solos per Dancer’s' Night show to approximately a total of four drum solos. Therefore, the featured instructor, two of her students (as selected by the instructor), and the official El Morocco House Dancer only will receive drum solos.


FEATURED INSTRUCTOR's FAQs about Dancers' Nights:


Are you a featured Instructor for an El Morocco Dancers' Night show? If so, below are some answers to frequently asked questions by featured instructors. Please email Yosifah if you have any additional questions that are not addressed below:

1. What are the benefits of being a featured instructor for an El Morocco Dancers Night show?

First of all, El Morocco Dancers Nights at El Morocco Restaurant provides instructors with the perfect opportunity to showcase their students and give them the opportunity to perform to live Arabic music in a beautiful Moroccan-inspired venue which serves delicious, authentic Morocco cuisine.

Additionally, if the featured instructor wishes to dance, she may perform a live music set of up to 15-minutes. and she may, if she wishes, collect tips from audience members.

2. Who pays the band in an El Morocco Dancers Night show with live music Al 'Azifoon?

The owner of El Morocco Restaurant pays the band, and the restaurant remains open to the public, so there is no private party facility rental fee nor is there an entrance cover charge of any kind at the door.

3. How much does it cost to attend or perform in an El Morocco Dancers Night show?

There is no fee or cover charge. The only cost involved is for delicious Morocco cuisine! All dancers and guests who attend El Morocco Dancers Nights are only required to buy a minimum $15 food purchase (plus tax and tip) from the Ala Carte menu or order a full dinner from the regular menu.

4. Exactly how many dancer slots are available to a Featured Instructor's students and guest dancers in an El Morocco Dancers' Night show?

A featured instructor, her students, and her guest dancers may have any where from 9 to up to 16 live music dancer slots and approximately TWO CD dancers slots (total of 10-minutes of CD music). CD dancers may perform either at the beginning of the show at 6:00 p.m. or at about 7:45 p.m. during the band's break.

5. What time does dancing begin at an El Morocco Dancers' Night show?
6:30 PM

6. What time should dancers arrive?
All dancers and guests should arrive by 6:15 pm. All dancers and guests should make Advance Table reservations at El Morocco Restaurant 925-671-0132 at least 7 days before the Dancers' Night show.

7. What time do Dancers' Nights shows usually end?
El Morocco Dancers' Nights show with live music usually end at about 9:15 p.m. or 9:30 p.m.

8. How do dancers choose the live music for their performance?
Dancers performing to live music for an El Morocco Dancers' Night show should select an entrance song from the Al 'Azifoon's songlist at www.alazifoon.com/songlist.htm.
If Helm is also performing with Al 'Azifoon for the show, then the dancers may also choose almost any song from Helm's CDs at www.helmmusic.com.

If a dancer chooses a short entrance songs (approximately 3 to 4-minutes), he/she may also request a taqasim or choose a short slow piece for veil or sword dancing.

9. Does the featured Instructor or Yosifah collect and coordinate the performer song choices?
What is the deadline for music selections?

Usually, the featured instructor coordinates the dancer song selections and sends her dancers song choices about a week before the show to Yosifah. Any questions? Email Yosifah at easternstrings@att.net.

Dancers must keep in mind that song selections are chosen on a "first come, first taken basis," so performers should communicate their song choice to their instructor or Yosifah as early as possible.

The deadline for performers to make their song request is one week before the show (7 days before the performance); however, it is much better if they choose their music a couple of weeks before the show to allow themselves time to prepare to dance to live music.

10. What is a typical timetable for El Morocco Dancers' Night performer lineups?
The times listed below are approximates to give dancers a general idea of what time they will be performing.

El Morocco Dancers' Night Performer Lineup
6:00 p.m. Musician Sound Check

Live music set 1:

1. 6:30 p.m.
2. 6:40 p.m.
3. 6:50 p.m.
4. 7:00 p.m.
5. 7:10 p.m.
6. 7:20 p.m.
7. 7:30 p.m. El Morocco Housedancer set: song + sword taqasim + drum solo + regular audience/birthday participation

Band Break (During band's break, TWO acts may perform to CD music for a total of 10-minutes of CD music)

Live music set 2

8. 8:00 p.m.
9. 8:10 p.m.
10. 8:20 p.m.
11. 8:30 p.m.
12. 8:40 p.m.
13. 8:50 p.m.
14. 9:00 p.m. End-of-show OPEN FLOOR DANCE


Contact Information:

E-Mail:easternstrings@att.net
Yosifah's Phone: (925) 566-4149
Yosifah's Web Site: www.yosifah.com
Al 'Azifoon's Web Site: www.alazifoon.com
Helm's Web Site: www.helmmusic.com
El Morocco Restaurant Web Site: www.elmorocco.net
El Morocco Restaurant's Phone: (925) 671-0132