Desert Hip Fest in Reno
winner of Entertainer of the Year
performer & instructor
by Janie “Jenee”Midgley
several years now, the Two Old Bags have been sponsoring
workshops in May. They took over the task when the
local guild went dormant, not wanting northern Nevada
to be without workshops. Then a few years ago they
tried a 2 day workshop weekend and it was very successful.
Two years ago they put on the Spring Festival starring Amaya and Suzanna
Del Vecchio, the Festival was a huge success,
but the name had to go —way too boring for
the Two Old Bags! So they asked workshop attendees
for suggestions. No one name stood out, so the took
two and put them together. High Desert Hip
Fest was born. This last spring the first
official High Desert Hip Fest was held starring Fahtiem and Mesmera.
course to was a success, how could you loose with such
high caliber instructors! Saturday morning venders
rolled into the Sands Regency Hotel and Casino ballroom
to get ready for the workshop attendees, for what is
a dance workshop without shopping. The turn out was
very good for Fahteim's 4 hour workshop, “Without
Beaming with success!
Another Dancer!”Fahtiem was wonderful and really
put the workshop attendees through their paces, but
they loved every moment. Sunday Mesmera taught her
4 hour workshop to a slightly larger group (I think
a few of the show attendees decided they had to sign
up), “The Seven Jewels of Dance”. The group
was eager to learn all Mesmera taught, if slightly
tired from the day before their energy soon rose. They
all enjoyed this workshop and they fell in love with
Mesmera, who wouldn’t.
Saturday night show was fabulous if I do say so myself.
The seating was cabaret style, chairs around tables
complete with a palm decoration no less. The dancers
had their choice of the dance floor or a small stage
or both, but some chose to also ‘smooze’the
darkened audience. The Two Old Bags have always provided
the dancers with professional sound, but this year
they added professional lighting too. Our stars performed
twice, once each act, to the delight of the audience.
Dancers from four states performed and they covered
a wide array of styles. Here are a few of the performers,
photographs were all taken by our official photographer Barry
Yes she can dance too!
Davina aka Dawn Devine
California, now living in Reno, NV
Performer & instructor
from Couer D’Alene, Idaho
The fabulous Fahtiem
Zaina Hart, Performer,
instructor, and event sponsor from Vancouver, Washington
The always amazing Mesmera
own award winning world dance troupe
the event continues in 2003 starring Margo Abdo Odell and Kamaal.
Hope to see you all there. Information can always be found
on the Two Old Bags web site. www.twooldbags.net
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