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Report on the First International Bellydance
Conference of Canada Part One- Lectures,
Workshops, Panel Discussions by Diane
Adams Photos by Lynette
2007 Toronto, Ontario. Hosted by Yasmina Ramzy of Arabesque Academy in Toronto,
Ontario, Canada, this International Bellydance Conference of Canada, the first
ever on the Canadian dance scene, proved to be one of the top dance experiences
in this reviewer’s 30-year career.
Summer School of Khaleegy Dance, Dance Style from the Saudi
Arabian Penninsula, by Yasmina Ramzy
police”and hotel security watched every move I made. All my phone
calls were monitored. I was not allowed to talk to or get into an elevator
with an Arab man.
Birth of a Dance Scene, The History of Oriental Dance
in Switzerland by Meissoun
allow me to introduce some of these groundbreakers so that you will
appreciate what it was like to be an Oriental dancer in Switzerland
in the early 1980s.
Devil's Details, Show Ethics for Professionals, Part
2- The Cross Cultural Factor by Yasmin
There is a great deal of passive aggressive face-saving behavior
in this profession. It is not always woman friendly either. Respect
is not a given...
Dunes, Report on North African Fusion Band by Linda
Abdullah sings so soulfully, that even though the words are in a
foreign language, you think you know what he is saying, and the other
band members bring everything together for a joyful music experience.
Raqs –An International Belly Dancer Goes Home to
Macedonia by Paola
musical folklore of this region deserves full debut in the World
Music scene, and those of us in the MED community worldwide are
ripe for the breath of fresh air that Chochek and Gypsy Brass Music
can bring us. It is an original, organic and time-honored fusion,
brought about by history, geography, and most importantly, tolerance
and mutual cultural celebration.