Gilded Serpent presents...
Dance Birthday Bash
photos contributed by Parri
Menara Restaurant, San Jose, California
heard rumors that Ireena and Parri (the Apeer
Productions team) host excellent restaurant extravaganzas,
and this one lived up to the reputation. Apeer Productions
encourages and supports a wide variety of dancers. Ireena
and Parri usually manage to coordinate a live band to play
at these events. Walking Maqsoom (Kevin
Marshall, Tim Rayborn and Tim
Bolling) was the band for this evening - and man,
they are something else! With the exception of one 25 minute
break, these guys played for the entire 4 hour gig and never
Mistress of Ceremonies for the event was Izora,
president of Bay Area MECDA, as well as an
accomplished instructor, performer, event sponsor, and troupe
|A photo sampling of some of the
dancers that participated
Emelia, snaked about with a sweet
disposition, enchanting us with her red veil.
Q’amar, kneeling in a lady-like
position, flit her head and the sword obediently dropped
from her crown and neatly perched upon her belly. While
the sword rested there, she slowly stood.
Zemira, (another birthday girl at this event) moved to the dulcet
clarinet. The beading of her costume always swayed in time with her rhythmic
I was delighted to get a chance to watch Shira work
the crowd and play her zils. Her double veil work was lively and her
finale was dazzling.
While the band took a break, Hala was
ready to go with taped music and a cane. If her name sounds familiar,
well she is the director of the HalaDance Company and
coordinated the Mahmoud Reda Oriental Dance show in
Sabra, half of the Tiger Tribe, wearing a leopard
and tiger motif, gave us a challenge when trying to tip her. (Ah, tipping,
it’s a sport!) Her arm placement was beautiful, which accented
her fantastic chest-pops.
The band is back now, along with the scent of jasmine that filled the
room. It is Una, the house dancer, and has been
the house dancer for twenty years! She got 6 guys up at the same
time to do a "shimmy train" for the entire restaurant (and
the 6 guys loved it)! Una respectfully revitalized the term "belly-dance" when
she moved a belly chain up and down her torso as if it the chain
With a joyful flurry of skirts and coins Davina boldly
enters ! Luscious shimmies and full body quivers, Her upper body work
was warm and heart-felt. She was also wearing a leopard and tiger motif
because she is the other half of Tiger Tribe. Balancing
a plate on her head, she finished with spins that increase with speed
then shivered to a stop.
Wearing a demure burgundy and gold cabaret outfit, in danced Jerico,
a member of Tatseena’s Good Vibrations troupe
and Jizan's Camels USA, made sure to play to audience
members that were not able to see the show from where they were seated.
Balancing a sword on her head, she crossed the hilt over the top of the
sword as part of her routine.
Joyfully playing her zils and wearing deep blue and purple was Adira.
She layered her veil work in time to play to the sound of the drummers.
Beginning with a fast tempo, then slow, then fast again.
Like icing on the birthday cake, Parri wore a delicate
pink and white outfit. Her skills were evident as she entered with an
exuberant folksy tune, accented gracefully by pink silk scarves to "stop
and go" music from the band. Her routine evolved into a slinky taxim
involving very controlled floor work. .
And last but certainly not least, was the spontaneous birthday girl with
an exceptional sense of humor. Ireena is spirited
and has a joy for the art of belly dancing that just won’t
stop. (Perhaps being a student of the renowned Najia has
something to do with it.) She layers shimmies and shivers over shimmies
and shivers integrated with big, slow, snaky accents.
an evening! The hubby and I were there for well over 3 hours
and we enjoyed ourselves thoroughly. If you ever have an opportunity
to catch a show by Apeer Productions, go, watch, dine, enjoy.
You will learn from, and enjoy seeing, so many different dancers
with their distinct techniques. It’s worth every minute.
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