Debbie Aviron. At this bazaar, Aruna found the perfect
pirate coat made by the author.
Bay Bellydance Bazaar
photos by many including:
Sermon and others
September 8, Deborah Bennette and Raks
Rosa presented a
new bellydance event. It was held at the Saturday Afternoon
Clubhouse in Santa Rosa, California and it was a great success!
were workshops all day (taught by Theresea, Susu
Pampanin, Magidah and Hannah Romanza), a large bazaar, all-day dancing
performances and an evening gala show. Everything a dancer
day started foggy and drizzly, as so many summer days do
in Santa Rosa, and the outside vendors were a little chilly,
but soon the sky cleared and it was beautiful for the rest
of the day. There is no air conditioning at the Clubhouse,
but all the windows were open, and those of us vendors in
the back of the big room were able to open French doors,
too, so it was very nice back there.
show was conceived as a sort of counterbalance to the yearly
TribalFest that is presented in Sonoma County, so it was
more cabaret in emphasis, though the presenters did include
some tribal performances and classes. The dancing on stage
during the day presented both amateur and professional, both
solos and troupes – something for everyone. I particularly
enjoyed Desert Jade, a duet of Theresea and Serafina, a couple
of charmers who danced the whole first part of their show
with trays full of flowers on their heads and then tossed
the flowers to the audience, and a gang called Shiftabelly,
who dressed wildly as pirates and danced to the music from
“Pirates of the Caribbean” – and the first part of their dance
was swordplay! It was fun to see something different.
is natural with a first-time event, there were a few glitches
that needed to be addressed. The site was too cramped for
the number of attendees (and vendors), dancers had to dress
in the kitchen, the classes were at another site and the
parking situation was not ideal. However, as Deborah said,
she preferred to start small and grow rather than start large
and crash and burn. I am sure that next year the Bazaar
will be at a larger location and the problems will be taken
Riccardi the MC and Ma
Shuqa of Los Gatos
Lee, Terrianne and Susu Pamparin play for Roz of San Rafael
Yasmine of Benecia
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