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Gilded Serpent presents...
Fantasy Festival

October 16-17, 2004,
photos and text by
Amy Luna Manderino

"On October 16th and 17th, 2004, Tatseena and Good Vibrations presented their annual Belly Dance Fantasy Festival at the San Leandro Marina Community Center in California. The Festival lived up to it's name, with two days of creative and innovative dance that broke the mold and showed the versatility of American Bellydance. Here are some highlights..

Yasmine started off the show by performing a sultry "noir" piece to "It's a Man's World" using a fedora hat and cape/veil.

My husband took this shot of me performing a Bollywood choreography to music from the hit Indian movie "Devdas"

Deviant Dance Temple did a sassy interpretive number to some down and dirty swing style music evoking a cabaret burlesque feel.


Unmata dazzled with their very own "Tribal Fusion" style drawing on Polynesian, African and Middle Eastern influences, debuting their
new troupe costumes designed by Artistic Director, Amy Sigil.


At only sixteen years of age, Amira's confidence, technique, and mesmerizing beauty hinted at great things to come from this talented dancer.

Tempest drew on Art Deco inspirations for her unique style of Gothic Bellydance.

New Moon Rising gave the double veil a modern feel using contemporary lyrical music to enchanting effect.


With her riveting stage presence, Grace captivated the audience with a very original "Primitive" choreography in a costume of animal pelts and Zena-esque metal bra.


Anaar's unique Tribal Fusion costume included a gorgeous peacock feather hip belt and diamond tiara.

After their Artistic Director, Nahlah, took my electric Candle Cube workshop at Dances of the Winter Moon last year, Troupe Ahlam (from Nevada) was inspired to put together a troupe piece using this new prop.

Using live snakes, swords, veils and elegant white costumes, Tatseena and Good Vibrations' "Dreams of Cleopatra" production number combined theater and dance to transport the audience to an Egyptian fantasy of Goddess ritual.

Black Sheep Bellydance


Flor de Luna

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