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Riskallah Riyad
CT Dance Oasis
Center for Middle Eastern Dance


 Find the Great Teacher Inside of You

A time to talk  * listen * share * laugh * explore * discover * have fun * learn * grow as a teacher * and of course DANCE.


Dolores Riskallah Riyad Teacher Training Workshops

Friday, January 20, 21 and 22 2023. 


“Footprints-a Journey Toward Teaching Excellence”




Guest Teacher: JAMES ALLEN
 Vitti’s Dance Studio

10 Precision Rd., Danbury, CT



Sharing 50 years of teaching expertise!


The Teacher Training course, "Footprints - A Journey Towards Teaching Excellence," is taught by master teacher, Dolores Matzen, Riskallah Riyad, in Danbury CT.

In addition to teaching Middle Eastern Dance, Riskallah Riyad has taught 6th, 7th and 8th grade in CT. public schools for 11 years. She was a consultant to teachers in CT public and private schools, NYC, Bronx, Brooklyn, and Long Island public schools. She holds BS and MS teaching degrees.
Dance training, performing and teaching have been extensive. Please refer to the 
bio page for additional dance details.

Comments from The Alumna...

2023 Graduates



Riskallah Riyad’s Teacher Training Course -- January 20-22, 2023

"Riskallah’s expert knowledge and passion for the dance was evident in her enthusiasm throughout the entire course. She provided varied and creative learning aids, enabling me to explore my skills of perception, observation, and mindful communication. I was challenged to look deeply, and inspired to flourish. This course has provided invaluable content should I ever decide to teach. In the meantime, it has empowered me to be a better student".

~Nathalie Bennet


Riskallah Riyad’s Teacher Training Course -- January 20-22, 2023

"I recently had the privilege to be a participant in the Teacher Training course with Riskallah Riyad. It was an amazing experience. Riskallah taught us not just how to teach the components of the dances, Raqs Sharqi, but also how to teach in a supportive and welcoming environment while being mindful of the individual students and their needs within the class. After a performance, I once heard Riskallah say, “I just want to inspire others”. She has and continues to inspire me"!


Bellydance Teacher Training with Riskallah Riyad

Graduates of the Teacher Training Course with Riskallah Riyad

"You managed to deliver process, content, philosophy, pedagogy and the soul and artistry of dance in the course. I was truly amazed and inspired. I also appreciate how empowering you were to us as individuals and how you were able to make such graceful corrections without criticism. The dinner (Saturday night) was a special treat, and fortified the sense of community you had already developed in the course.
~Sharon Stahl, VT

"And I want to thank you, thank you thank you. The Teacher Intensive has turned my method of teaching inside out, and after all these years I’m looking at my classroom experience with a new, fresh set of eyes. What a gift...I feel the same excitement and curiosity I did as a new teacher! I’ve attended master classes since I was a young student, but this seminar was truly unique and enlightening. I had expected you to be well prepared, because you always are.  What surprised and blew me away was the open and heartfelt exchanges and sharing amongst the rest of us. Wow! So much great information and food for thought that I haven’t digested it all yet." 

~Kanina, RI


"Life has many gifts and YOU are one of them!!!" 

~Elizabeth Nett, MA


"Taking the workshop made me feel more confident and I cant wait for the next one".

~Marilia Chagan


Course Contents


You will learn useful "how to" techniques:
  • breaking movements down
  • managing the business end of teaching
  • motivating, retaining students
  • planning, sequencing, structuring of classes
  • choosing music
  • individualizing instruction in a mixed level class
  • determining needs, giving correction and more
  • learning rhythms with James Allen on drums

You will recieve:
  • a dictionary of dance terms
  • a dance teaching syllabus, sample lesson plans, written choreographies
  • a certificate of completion of 17 hours of teacher training
  • inspiration for success
You will:
  • build your dance vocabulary, develop material, find your own magic
  • uncover your uniqueness
  • become a better and more confident teacher
  • find your own magic

FRIDAY,  Jan 20;  SATURDAY, Jan.21;  SUNDAY,  Jan.22           


 COURSE FEE $360.00  or  $335.00  (deposit by Dec 10, 2022)

 Optional Student teaching opportunity …..$50.00

 $360.00-Three Day Workshop Price after December 10

$335.00 Early Registration Price with Deposit before December 10 

$50.00 Teaching Opportunity