October 16-17, 2004,
photos and text by
Amy Luna Manderino
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..
started off the show by performing a sultry "noir"
piece to "It's a Man's World" using a fedora
hat and cape/veil.
husband took this shot of me performing a Bollywood choreography to music from
the hit Indian movie "Devdas"
Dance Temple did a sassy interpretive number
to some down and dirty swing style music evoking a
cabaret burlesque feel.
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,
only sixteen years of age, Amira's
confidence, technique, and mesmerizing beauty hinted
at great things to come from this talented dancer.
on Art Deco inspirations for her unique style of Gothic
Moon Rising gave the double veil a modern feel
using contemporary lyrical music to enchanting effect.
her riveting stage presence, Grace
captivated the audience with a very original "Primitive"
choreography in a costume of animal pelts and Zena-esque
unique Tribal Fusion costume included a gorgeous peacock
feather hip belt and diamond tiara.
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.
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.
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5-13-03 Fusion Category
added to Belly Dancer of the Universe Competition by Luna
know, we're really making history here..."
Shuvani: Music and Dance
inspired by the Roma "Gypsy" Trail Photos by Jan
Dvorak, Captions and Photos provided by Amy Luna Manderino Saturday,
February 21, 2004 Cafe de la Paz, Berkeley, California
11-17-03 2nd Annual San Leandro Festival produced by Tatseena
photos by GS staff
it seems that this event is destined to grow each year.
The Folk Tours Dance & Music Camp
Review by Piper (and baby pics too!) Photos by Carl Miller,
upon a time, in far away lands, I performed five shows a night,
seven nights a week to great live music. I don’t miss the
wily club owners, late nights, or cigarette smoke, but I do miss
The BDSS Experience and Miles Copeland;
Doing What He Does Best by Sausan
though Miles Copeland’s vision is similar to that of mine
and the majority of belly dancers I have canvassed in my lifetime,
he and I differ in our mission approach to elevating the dance,
and this is where the discussion became a heated debate.
The Blind and Bellydance by Zaheea
had a genuine joy in her smile as she shimmied and swayed to the
music as her husband sat and enjoyed his wife's enthusiasm.