Our Plans for 2006 by
Photos by Monica
happened to The Police on their
first American tour--8 weeks playing every night was like magic
glue that pulled the group together both as individual performances
and as a unit playing together. There is nothing like consistency
and constant pressure to deliver at your best each night to weld
a group or troupe together. After over 300 shows in 16 countries,
I am seeing a Bellydance Superstars entity that
is not the Bellydance Superstars of late 2003.
is a new animal altogether. If the old saying “practice makes
perfect” is true, it is certainly proven with the Bellydance
been particularly strong in Europe even to the point that dancers
began to have screaming fans. Security is becoming an issue as
never before. I suppose I should be thankful, but it scares me
somewhat. On the good side, seeing people come to multiple shows
(even Prince Albert of Monaco
came to see the show twice) is very encouraging as is the growing
number of Arab audience participation.
are very excited about this US tour (our first one in one year)
and about the new show. I think people will be surprised how far
this troupe has come and how well this art form can work on a
I have the
feeling that this year we will see Bellydance finally crack the
barriers that have existed for so long. The #1 selling world music
magazine, Global Rhythm, has the Bellydance
Superstars as the front cover of their March issue with its headline:
Bellydance Coming of Age in America with the Bellydance Superstars.
(This issue hits the newstands on Febuary 1)
On a separate
note, my daily 1-hour Arab music show, “The Casbah with Miles
Copeland,” begins on XM Radio on Channel 29 (Upop). I am also
making a documentary on Arab music commissioned by PBS, which
will be on the air at the end of the year. This means that interest
in Arabic arts will be increased generally, which will also help
in the growing popularity of Bellydance.
still faces challenges, especially in the Middle East, but I can
feel a definite improvement in they way Bellydancing is being
accepted by mainstream business.
has been a long time coming, but definitely, it’s happening.
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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.
Taking Good Care of our Stars
by Miles Copeland
of all, as we now need them consistently; we have to free them
from financial worries by giving them job security including such
things as health insurance.
comic by Lynette
dare they pollute our pond!"
Keti Sharif’s A
to Z Advanced Stage Instructional DVD and booklet review by
It is rare that an instructional video marketed to advanced
dancers follows through to actually challenge experienced students
or performers. This one does.
Bert and Amaya
Workshop Photos by Ed Lampo and Report by Monica
makes you feel special and sexy!”, one participant was overheard
Return to India – This Time
it’s Personal! by Michelle and Sandra
thought that the misfortunes associated with our previous performance
tours of India were simply anomalies in the blissful and glamorous
world of dancing overseas.
The Dina Show!
Photos by Catherine Barros, Slideshow coding by Tammy Yee
sponsored by Little Egypt on May 28-30, 2005 at the Crowne Plaze
in Miami, Florida