Zulya, Shara, Susan, Nawal
posing in Hamza costumes
Giza Academy Awards of
Middle Eastern Dance Video 2000
December 9, 2000, at the Noe Valley Ministry in San Francisco,
the Giza Academy of Music and Legends of Dance presented its 4th
annual Academy Awards of Middle Eastern Video show. Amina
Goodyear and the Academy lined up the Arabian Knights band,
The Aswan Dancers, Al Asaab, and provided a Middle
Eastern mezza buffet with plenty of champagne to create a gala
evening for San Francisco Bay Area dancers, dance fans and dance
Knights started off the evening with a program of the songs of
Om Kalsoum. Band members were singer Fadi Hanani accompanied
by Fouad Marzouk on
qanoun, Loay Dahbour on tabla and duf, Tony Lammam
on tambourine, Jacques al Asmar on duf and Amina
on duf and sagat.
and dance show began with Linda Mahboula Grondahl Hannane's
short talk about Om Kalsoum, followed by a short
history of the Giza Club, and an introduction of the band and
dancers. Members of the Aswan Dancers who performed to Om Kalsoum's
music and other well known Arabic musicals were Amina, Shara,
Nawal, Susan, and Zulya. Members of the Al Asaab troupe
who performed a North African/Algerian suite as well as an Egyptian
style comedy number were Amy Bonham, Azhar Bubalina, Cameron,
Dunya Tania, Linda Mahboula, Shamira Bionica, Stefania, and
Zelina. The troupes performed after Linda's introductory
remarks and between the award presentations.
A dance performance
by Jacques al Asmar ended the evening's program. At the
end of his show, Jacques invited the audience onto the dance floor
to enjoy dancing to the music of the Arabian Knights.
assistance was provided by Carl Sermon, Gregory Burke,
of the Giza Academy Awards of Middle Eastern Dance Video in 2000:
Award, presented by Jeanette Cool, went to Shareen El Safy
for her video, "Weadirt Tohgor."
Dance Award, presented by Latifa, went to the video, "Al
Dunia" performed by Sahra and the Ya Amar Dance Troupe.
Award, presented by Ma*Shuqa Mira Murjan, went to Brita Landoff
for "A Little for My Heart and A Little for My God, A Muslim
Award, presented by Lynette of www.gildedserpent.com, went to
Aisha Ali for two videos, "Dancing with Aisha, Tunisian
Rhythms and Raqs Shaabi," and "Dances of North Africa."
- Solo Dance
Award, presented by Gregory Burke, went to Fahtiem for her
performance in the video "Queen of the Nile".
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