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Riskallah Riyad
CT Dance Oasis
Center for Middle Eastern Dance

"Dolores Matzen, a.k.a Riskallah Riyad, is a premier bellydance event organizer.  This little powerhouse of a woman has earned that title by consistently organizing events in the bellydance community that are inspirational, educational, and an excellent value for the money". 

 by Aiva Drukovskis                


A Review on the Riskallah Riyad Workshops


"Riskallah’s style is an excellent demonstration of a more than competent teacher who is confident in both her material and her presentation of it..."
To see the full review about the recent Riskallah Riyad workshop in the Boston area on March 17, 2013 go to the Jemileh Nour:Workshop Review "


Upcoming Workshops


Teacher Training Course - "Footprints a Journey Toward Teaching Excellence."
Presented by Master Teacher, Riskallah Riyad

Friday, January 20, Saturday Jan. 21 and Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. Times to be announced.

15 hours of classes

Click here for more information and photos

Drumming with James Allen.
March 4, 2023 from noon - 1:00 p.m.  

Click here for more information. 
Percussionist James Allen

Choreographic Design Workshops Ongoing with  
Riskallah Riyad
None scheduled at this time; please check back for future dates
Watch this page for details of the next choreographic design workhop. 

here for more information.

Past Workshops

Riskallah Riyad offers Middle Eastern belly dance workshops for all levels, bringing the highest caliber of teachers from around the world. These teachers have included the late Mahmoud Reda of Egypt, the late Marta Zorina of New York City,  Elena Lentini formerly of New York City, Karim Nagi currently of Chicago, IL, and Morwenna and Walid Assaf currently of TNIn addition to hosting high quality workshops, Riskallah Riyad teaches workshops nationally.