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Giza Academy Awards of Middle Eastern Dance Videos 2005
The Winners are-
Best documentary- "The
Bellydancers of Cairo," by Natasha Senkovich
Live Theatrical Performance- Beata
& Horacio Cifuente's Oriental Dance Fantasy
Historical Documentary of a Troupe- Paulette
Rees Denis & Gypsy Caravan's "Tribal Travels:
Live Troupe Performance- John
Compton & Hahbi'Ru, "Tradition, Legend
of the Year - The SuperStar - Dina,
Influencial Person in Middle Eastern Dance World-
Veil-"Oriental Fantasy, Veil"
Lebanese Dance- "Raqs Sharqi,
"Dancers Arms" -Aruna
dancing with the Arabic band, RedaRay. Reda
singing, and Chakib on the keyboard
at the Mercury Cafe in Denver, Colorado, on October
15th of this year.
Al-Anfoushi Egyptian Folkloric Troupe
at the Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco
Saidi above and the Horse
A new video seen only by the Giza Academy Awards
committee has them very excited. The documentary is "The
Bellydancers of Cairo," by Natasha Senkovich.
It has been submitted for inclusion
in the 2005 Giza Awards of Middle Eastern Dance Videos.
Sponsored into competition by Giza
Edwina Nearing, "The Bellydancers
of Cairo" features performances and interviews with
Nagwa Fuad, Lucy,
Mazin, Katia and others. The
Giza Academy Awards, now in their ninth year, will present
this year's selections on December 3, 2005, to Giza Club
members and guests and interested members of the press.
Apparently, as a bonus at the conclusion of the Awards,
those in attendance will be treated to a premiere full viewing
of one of the winning entries.
Excelsior, San Francisco, CA, 11-5-05
dances to George Lammam's band: (l-r)
Husain Resan (bass)
Faisal Zidan (muzhar -- you care barely
see his face) Loay Dahbour,
Linda Grondahl (riqq)
Leyla Lanty (zigat)
at left is Tawfiq Mafouz
performs to Light Rain including Doug
Adams on violin, Evan
on oud- Mark
Bell drumming and who is on finger cymbals? Photo
3rd place ties!
you to Michael
Baxter! Michael's photo spread of the event will
be coming soon!)
TIE FOR THIRD PLACE:
Perisa - The
Jaleeah - The Dalles, OR
TIE FOR THIRD PLACE:
Crystal Zarqa - Petaluma,
Ayla - Goldendale, WA
Belly Dance Competition
held on November 5, 2005
in Oroville, CA
Sponsored by Carolee & David
Live Music Solo
1st - Michelle,
2nd - Jasmina, El Cajon, CA
3rd - Mozelle, Stockton, CA
1st - Sandra,
Mountain View, CA
2nd - Ahava, Pleasanton, CA
3rd - Namira, South Lake Tahoe, CA
1st - Dance Journey, Catoti, CA
2nd - Desert Divas, The Dalles, OR
3rd - Aiwa She' Raqa, Medford, OR
1st - Mayette, Vallejo, CA
2nd - Samirah, Citrus Heights, CA
3rd - Crystal Zarqa, Petaluma, CA *
1st - Rayah, Cupertino, CA
2nd - Adrienne, Citrus Heights, CA
3rd - Jaleeah, The Dalles, OR *
is a picture of Kristina (me), Director
of the MissiHIPPY Dancers, shaking things up at
Aladdin's Mediterrean Grill in Jackson MS "
Darwish (doumbec), Joe Lewis,
Adamz (violin) inspire Amara Ravanna.
We were at Tatseena's fantasy festival
in San Leandro, CA, on October 9, 2005.Photos by Nancy
Doug & Reda! I'd never want to leave the stage!"
from L-R, top to bottom are: in white shirt-Kathleen
Buesche, Jill Linderwell,
behind in glasses, in yellow shirt is Renee
Benjamin, Victoria Briggs
with hand up, in white tank is Carrie/Aleena,
Terry in pink hip wrap, Anisa
with red hair, Sema Yildiz with hand
under chin, Jesslyn Hoeft, Irina
Azarova in purple, white shirt- Judith
Robertson, Andreanna in
black camisole, very front- Angelika
Nemeth in pale green unitard, Jessica
Raefsky in tan shirt.
& Alnisa sent in this group photo from their
trip to Turkey this last Summer. Date of trip 7/31/05-8/10/05
by Angelika Nemeth and Anisa
of Sherman Oaks, Ca. "This trip was incredible! We
were treated to classes with them as well as Sabuha
of Germany and to the Great Sema Yildiz
Egyptian guide Emmad on a donkey by the
Red Sea with tour participants, Sam and
Eve on Keti's Egypt
tour in September of 2005.
& Participants of
In Sanity's Enchanted Camelot
held in Benicia, CA on Oct 1, 2005
are:Salena, Dunia, Za-Mon
1st - Ahava
3rd-Flor De Luna
are: Naima, Ayana, Ahava,
Flor De Luna, & Mielle
Farhana performing her "Dorothy" routine
at Bimbo's in Saturday night's (Oct1'05)Tease-o-rama
show in San Francisco. Right, PF teaching a workshop "Belly
Dance for Burlesque" on Sunday. GS staff had expected
to see a bellydance show as mentioned
in her recent article on GS. More reactions, questions,
and photos to come.
2, 2005- San Anselmo, CA
Ludwig and others pause before the judge's
booth at the San Anselmo town parade today.
dances to the band in September 2005
& Lana of Papa's
Taverna in Petaluma.
of Performers from Area possibly affected by Katrina
Debbie Byrd- Tupelo-"we're
fine, we are out of the affected area."
Eve Maria Williams- Meridian
Gypsy Williams- Meridian
short on gasoline
Xenia Hurrem- Bay St. Louis
Layla Isis -SAFE
Kruz- New Orleans
Belita Karima-Baton Rouge
Betty Karam-New Orleans OK
Desert Dance Studio-Lafayette
Gretchen Kellett- New Orleans- OK
Iona (Kim Karnell)-New Orleans- OK
Kaye "Nura" Buhler-Baton Rouge
Krys "Kryss" Statho-New Orleans
Maria Celado-New Orleans
N.O.Madic Tribal Dance Company- New Orleans
Oasis Studio-Lafayette, -OK
in Baton Rouge-
Cathy Deloney-Dothan- fine,
short on gasoline
Jane McWilliams (Maresha)- Mobile,
Tahmina-Mobile, Alabama- Doing
Zuri in Mobile
Sisters of Salome- a few heard from- SAFE
Shamsi & Shelly
photos of storm clouds
Fund raising efforts
& a few resources
held for the victims of Katrina
18, 12n- 6 pm
benefit HAFLA Sunday studio in NYC, 6 W 20th St, 2
September 10th at 7 pm.
Nashville Belly Dance Group Presents-The
FIRST in a series of Benefit Dance Concerts to help
the survivors of Hurricane Katrina
Amerisuites Hotel, 330 E. Main Street
--Arkansas-October 8, 2005
Princess Farhana in workshops & show
Silent Auction 100% proceeds to benefit victims of
Katrina! Fayetteville, Arkansas, www.shimmyfest.com
at 7:30pm at Jefferson Alumni Hall located at 10th/11th
and Locust Streets in Center City . To
benefit people and animal victums. .mmrdesigns.com/danceevents.htm
A New U Studio presents Rockin' the Casbah for Katrina.
Panther Creek Community Center
2285 Highway 16, Sargent . www.anewustudio.com
Hurricane Hafli, 9/25
--Boston-area Sept. 25- Belly Dancers
to hold Red Cross Benefit. Hurricane Hafli: Shimmy
Down the Storm. http://www.nbdassociation.com
--Alabama- Oct 8 & 9 “THE
Jamilla Rasa email@example.com
of the Queen of Raks Sharki contest held during
the Ahlan Cairo Nights workshop in Dallas on August
winner was Madrinah from Tampa, Florida.
Second place: Viviane from College Station,
Texas. Third place: Leyla Zahar, Puerto
shown here are Mo Geddawi and Raqia
Gia al Qamar posing with her new dance partner
Reuben, who made an appearance (in her
dance bag!) at a Belly Dance Benefit "Shimmy for The
Cure" in Whippany New Jersey. The event was held to
assist Mikele, a local dancer who needed
to raise funds for her participation in the Avon Breast
Titanya, Jim Boz and Dondi
pause to pose for a shot before their performance
at the IAMED event, Bellydance Live!
in Hollywood, California
Editor Lynette catches a show on
the Island of Maui, Hawaii.
In photo are: Noelle, cafe owner
Marc Aurel, BellyRoll Dance Company
members, Kristyn, Beka, & Rebecca,
and then Leyla Atwill who connected
Lynette to the show.
is the troupe director, and teaches in
rejoined the dance community. She once studied with
Najia in Albany;
she now teaches in Kihei.
Khalid entertains an appreciative crowd at
the Stern Grove concert series in San Francisco, California
joins Khalid on stage
of Berkeley California dancing in London as part of Ann
White's Sahara Nights festival.
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Rakkasah West Festival
2005 Page 3-Sat & Sun, photos by GS Volunteers including:
Jasmine, Lynette, Michelle, Monica, Sandra, Susie, Zaheea, and
probably more! Festival
date- March 2005, Richmond, California, One page left!
Belly Dance in Israel
by Orit Maftsir
dancers are the hottest trend at the moment, unlike the totally
frozen attitudes towards the Arab culture in Israel.
Belly Dancer of the Year 2005 Grand
Dancer, more Duos, Trios & Troupes photos by Monica
May 28, 2005, San Ramon, California.
Carnival 2005 Page 1 June
11-12, 2005, Glendale,
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