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Barto, Sonya, Maya
Incredible US tour
My name is
Maya Gaorry and I live in Italy. In July and
August, 2005, I traveled for the first time to the United States.
This trip was almost two months of intensive adventure and provided
an exchange of experiences with many dancers.
On July 1st I was guest dancer at a performance of the American
tribe group “Read My Hips” directed by Stephanie Barto.
The show took place at the Arkadash Cafe, and there were
many people from the belly dance community of Chicago. I was so
exited; this was my first contact with an audience from a new
country. Opening the show was Sonya, owner of
the Arabesque Dance School; she was sponsoring my workshop
that took place the next day. Sonya is a really wonderful Oriental
dancer, who performs with delicate movements. I was next on the
bill and danced two Oriental pieces presenting my new style “Sambalady.”
Sambalady combines Arabian percussion with Brazilian Samba steps
(I’m originality from Brasil). Last, but not least, was Read
My Hips. This group provided an energetic and dynamic show.
They have lots of synchrony in their dancing, and are one of the
best tribal groups I have seen.
On the following
day I taught a two-hour workshop of advanced cabaret technique,
mainly hip movements and an introduction of Sambalady.
I had a really good time with the students!
row:Shani Gitter, Amarise
of Rockford (aka Lisa), Debra Moose, Shahina,
Kimahri (Kim Bova) front row:Sonya,
Dancing in the desert! My dear friend Lucy
Lipschitz sponsored me on this tour. During the week
we went to a party in one of the city parks that had an amazing
circle group of drummers and dancers. I have never seen a gathering
like this, we don’t have such a thing in Italy. I thought it
was a really good way to be together, a place to enjoy things
that we like with freedom: music and dance.
July 10, during the afternoon I taught another workshop, working
with all Sambalady choreography. It was really hot that day,
so we had a good dose of aerobic exercises!! In the evening there
was a big show, with lots of dancers, mostly tribal dancers, groups
and soloists, all of high quality. I saw gothic tribal dance for
the first time and the dances had lots of originality. I understood
that the American Tribe Dance community in Tucson is
really strong and the dancing is really well done.
Tina, purple hair lady is Karen,
4- ?, 5- ? in red hip
scarf, Patty, Maya, Beth,
Carol?, Linda, Kris,
The event there was organized by Adry
Svraka, a creative dancer from Hungary who lives
in Hayward, and Aruna
owners of World Dance Fitness, a dance school and boutique.
The workshop here was longer than the previous two, so I was able
to teach two different choreographies and lots of technique.
One choreography was Sambalady, and for the second we worked with
delicate movements and music interpretation.
that night had a big event, with delicious Arabian food and live
music by the Georges Lammam Ensemble. This time we saw
only oriental dance, no tribal. Some dancers have a strong Egyptian
no workshop in San Diego. I was invited by Janete Mahaila,
a Brazilian dancer living in the city, to dance at Marrackech
partner and I traveled almost 15,000 km by car. We visited lots
of national parks in Arizona, Utah and California. I loved the
American sites, everything is BIG and beautiful!!
I was researching
American Tribal Style Belly dance with the plan of making it more
popular in Italy. Vic, an online friend, that
I met finally in person, showed me some of the ways of the tribal
style comunication. I was so glad to meet her, Vic is a wonderful
woman and dancer from Rancho Cucamonga, California. She lives
with her partner Vernon, who is a very popular
drummer in California.
I was also able to visit the Fat Chance Belly Dance studio
in San Francisco, and fortunately met Carolena Nericcio.
As a visitor to the United States, I noticed that American dancers
have a really good technique in Oriental dance. I think they only
need to work on some of the smooth movements to have a complete
dance. I’m really thankful that the American dancers were opened
to my work and received me with their love and happiness. I learned
a lot in this trip!!
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Interview with Maya Gaorry of Italy, Talks about Size, Fat, and
American dancers, by Lucy Lipschitz
there was no rule on how big dancers should be, and now it’s
changing. Changing everywhere.
Rhythm and Reason Series, Article
7, Negatudes by Mary Ellen Donald
have just enjoyed putting on a show for a warm and responsive
audience. What a joy! This has prompted me to take time to look
at the role that an audience plays in the outcome of a performance.
Traveling with the Touareg by Linda
was my 5th trip to Algeria since 2000 and I have been amazed at
the rapid economic development. The government is working very
hard to make Algeria a very popular tourist destination once again.
The Queen of Raks Sharqi Competition
Ahlan Cairo Nights Dallas, Texas August 4, 2005 by Catherine
review and report from and observer's point of view!
Dancing For Masters by Vivian
Bressan “Vivi” 2nd place winner of The Queen of Raks
A report from a contestant's point of view!
Belly Dance Secrets for Fitness and
Rejuvenation by Keti Sharif
most important factor in sustaining an exercise program is the
'fun factor'; Belly dancing comes with great music, exciting moves,
noisy coin belts and its own special dress code.