The Gilded Serpent presents...
Serene Lim dances
Counter-clockwise, starting from 6 o'clock:
(Actually, I cannot make out their faces on the photo...
just roughly from their stance size & length of hair!)
1. Angelina Tay (with the long hair &
back to the camera at about 5 o'clock) 2. Winnie,
3. unknown, 4. Lay Kheng, 5. Soheila
(Iranian, also teaches), 6. Wai Ching,
7. Nazeerah, 8.Claribel,
9. - 11. unknown
Hossam & Serena
Ramzy's International Tour
Photos from the Workshop
July 4-7, 2003
photos sent to GS by the Ramzy's
text supplied by the event sponsor,
Miss Serene Lim
were wonderful (but scary) moments, such as, "On The Spot-Tabla
Solos" and "Improvisation Segments" that gave participants
the opportunity to dance either with Hossam Ramzy, who is not
seen in this photo, drumming (What a thrill!) or to a selection
of music from the Ramzy Music International Collection. This was
both a challenge and a great learning experience, clearly illustrating
the differences between prerecorded and live music for amateur
and professional dancers alike. The sponsor and organiser was
not spared from the pressure of this spotlight!
1. Angelina, 2. Poh Yen, 3.
Fiona, 4. Suhaila, 5. Grace,
6. Yuki, 7. Valerie,
8. Nazeerah, 9. Claribel,
INTERMEDIATE ROW (Middle Tier) 10. Lay Kheng,
ROW (Standing) From L to R-
11.Pushpa, 12. Belinda (behind
& partially hidden), 13. Winnie (in white
top), 14. Joyce, 15. Azalea,
16. Wai Ching, 17. Stephanie,
18. Serena, 19. Hossam holding
his son, Amir, 20. Samra,
21. Susannah, 22. Julie (partly
hidden), 23. Gharam (almost 9 months pregnant!...
she was there as an observer), 24. Pamela (partly
hidden), 25. Serene, 26. Agnes,
27. Choo Bee
Some of the performers, dance teachers & choreographers
from left to right:
1st 2 ladies (can't quite make them out) 3rd Claribel
(principal of the Raks Sharki Studio), 4th Fiona
(principal of Desert Rhythm, Middle Eastern Dance School), 5th
Serena Ramzy (with little Amir Sultan
who is again in the INSET), 6th Lay Kheng (teacher
7th Pamela (president of Singapore's MEDC....Middle
Eastern Dance Club), Lydia (Performer)
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The Greek Scene by Elaine
were the usual politics at the Taverna, of course, and if management
felt that a dancer was holding back on her tips, she rarely made another
Kismet's Festival Salt Lake City
Photos and Report by Aziza!
purpose is to focus on culture and the arts to celebrate the richness
of talent, creativity and experience among the diverse peoples of the
Salt Lake Valley and the Wasatch Mountains, so it is a perfect place
for Kismet's Festival.
The Middle Eastern Music and Dance Camp
in Mendocino by Yasmela
is nothing like immersing yourself in study and in the strange and unique
culture of the Middle Eastern music and dance “scene”.
The “Tuck It Under” Phenomenon
by Vilia (Valerie Cherry)
“Tucking under” is for ballet, and it has less
to do with posture than it does with enabling the execution of the kinds
of movements and positions that ballet demands.
Orient House Istanbul by Justine Merrill
fears about our security from friends, everywhere we went in Turkey,
we met with nothing but perfect friendliness and assistance.