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Gilded Serpent presents...
Hafla at the Hoover
February 10, 2008, Hoover Theatre in San Jose, CA
Produced by The San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of MECDA
photos by Carl Sermon

Many dancers ask me how can I stand there, frozen in a ready position to shoot, and not get tired of seeing the Dance, again and again. Constantly, I am looking for that special sparkle of personality that twinkles in their eyes, the subtle smile of satisfaction and happiness, that look of shear joy of the feeling they have performed to their utmost. I am looking for veils and skirts floating about the performer framing them in rich color and texture. I am looking for the mystery and drama that is created in the moment and conveyed to the audience in a flash. To the many dancers I have photographed, all are Raq Stars!

Adrianna
Adira
Ahava
Amanda

Gemeela Awi Awi
Guedra by Morocco
Jahmra
Jameera
Johara

Leyla Lanty
Lulu

Malia and the New Moon Ensemble
Masouma Rose
Michelle Joyce
Monica
Monifa
Morocco does Oriental
Naiya and Numair
Nour el Ain
Una and Troupe Nijmeh
Zelina


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Adrianna

Adrianna
Adrianna
Adrianna

Adira

Adira
Adira

Ahava

Ahava

Ahava
Amanda
Amanda
Gemeela Awi Awi
Gemeela Awi Awi
Gemeela Awi Awi
Guedra by Morocco
Guedra by Morocco
Guedra by Morocco
Jahmra
Jameera
Johara
Leyla Lanty
Leyla Lanty
Lulu
Lulu
Lulu
Malia and the New Moon Ensemble
Malia and the New Moon Ensemble
Malia and the New Moon Ensemble
Masouma Rose
Michelle Joyce
Michelle Joyce
Monica Monica
Monica
Monifa
Monifa
Monifa
Morocco does Oriental
Morocco does Oriental
Morocco does Oriental
Naiya and Numair
Naiya and Numair
Naiya and Numair
Nour el Ain
Una and Troupe Nijmeh
Una and Troupe Nijmeh
Una and Troupe Nijmeh
Zelina
Zelina


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