Workshops, Garmet District Shopping Tour
Photos by Lena Helt, Smita Kadam, and Eric Troudt
posted November 21, 2010
previously posted parts to this serious
part 1: review of panel discussions by thalia
part 2: review of performance at DNA theatre with photos by Thalia
part 3: More photos from DNA performances
part 4: Garmet District Shopping and Workshops- you are here!
part 5: The Dinner Shows- comings soon!
For the past three years, dancers Anasma and Ranya Renee have been developing the New York Theatrical Bellydance Conference. This July, the Conference evolved into a five-day event featuring instructors and speakers from across the United States, Canada, Spain, and Sweden, a full schedule of workshops, panel discussions, three curated programs at the Dance New Amsterdam (DNA) Theater, and less formal shows in local nightclubs featuring live music.
Offstage, we browsed the fabric-and-accessory mecca that is Manhattan’s garment district; embodied animals, clowns, and archetypes; learned to enhance our stage presence; shared experiences in panel discussions; and much more. Shopping tour photos by Lena Helt and Smita Kadam.
Workshop photos by Eric Troudt.
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Part 1: The Panel Discussions
Part 2: The Performances – Review by Thalia and Part 1 of the photos from the DNA shows
-More photos coming of the dinner shows, workshops, the shopping trip-
Ready for more?
- 11-17-10 Personal Impressions, Fantasy Belly Dance in New York City by Ayshe
Looking back on it all, I can now only assume that, from the very beginning, I was already damaged goods. A “purest” I would never be!
- 11-17-10 We Will Rak You! My Dance Experience with Queen by Stasha Vlasuk
I’ll admit I wasn’t too familiar with the music of the British rock group Queen. The year was 1977, the month of December, in Los Angeles. I was invited to perform at a dinner party where Queen, in Los Angeles for several concerts, was the guest of honor. The job came to me through Dianne Webber.
- 11-15-10 She’s Got the Look! Establishing Yourself as a Professional, Part 2 by Naajidah and Ashiya
Right or wrong, the average person hiring dancers has certain expectations.
- 11-12-10 "That’s a little risque for you to be doing as a momie!" Belly Dancing and Resistance to Cultural Discourse by Angie Moe PhD.
Thus, while the pregnant woman symbolizes maternal potential, she also becomes aesthetically problematic. She is both an admired subject and a physically unappealing object, according to contemporary standards of beauty. As such, the postpartum torso is to be modestly clothed and/or masked according to culturally appropriate standards.
- 11-11-10 Our Desert Roses, Photos from the Floralia Festival 2010, Photos, video interview, and text by Surreyya, photos are also by Nyla Crystal and Bob Lindbloom
Held April 29-May 2, 2010 in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, Produced by gleaming ray of light Selena Kareena, the Floralia Festival is held annually in TorC, (Truth or Consequences) New Mexico, and features a wide spectrum of dance and dancers from throughout the southwest, South America, and beyond.
- 11-10-10 The Dumb and the Restless: Fire! A Lighter Outlook on Belly Dance by Tasha Banat
Yes, the audience was eating out of my hand when someone from the back of the room yelled “Hey lady! Your hair is on fire!”
10-27.10 Gigbag Check #22 with Cory Zamora!
Cory talks with us after her performance at the Carnival of Stars Festival in Richmond, California, in August 2010. She shows us what she carries for her performance.Including an old style 2 piece cabaret belt, Egyptian style bra with no fringe and more. The performance clip includes beautiful floorwork done as only Cory Zamora can do!
- 10-26-10 Queen of Denial, Chapter 3: Hooray for Hollywood!
As for Khayam’s, it was the extremely popular nightclub and restaurant that was known for having the best live music show in town, with good dancers, good food; a constant supply of good drugs, and in particular the more and more fashionable cocaine.
- 10-18-10 Karim Naji, Interview with an Egyptian Dance Master
I think that Egyptian and Arabic culture as a whole entity should never be extracted from this dance. I do not believe in de-ethnicizing it, and I do not believe the culture is optional! Nobody ever allowed Latino culture to become an optional part of Salsa or Samba. Additionally, Indian culture is inextricable from Bharatnatyam and Bhangra. I believe that Raqs Sharqi, a.k.a. “Belly dance” is available to anyone from any culture. I am not xenophobic, nor an exclusivist. I am thrilled to see people all over the world enjoy and promote this art form. However, I will argue for the importance of the Arab connection until the day I die.
- 10-16-10 Murat Tekbilek Demos the Darbuka,
Murat Tekbilek is the son of Omar Faruk and Susie who are from Turkey. He shows us the different sounds this drum can make and his obvious talent. Also included is footage of Murat performing on stage with his father and Dror Sinai, Hasan Isakkut and others. More fun clips from camp are included of drum sessions and classes and the kitchen staff’s dance.
- 10-13-10 Part 3 of 2, More Performance Photos
Our stage shows took place Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at Dance New Amsterdam, a beautiful studio and performance space just north of City Hall. Performers included featured soloists and troupes selected by a panel of teachers, as well as all of the conference teachers themselves. A diversity of styles and approaches were represented onstage, from traditional to fusion to fantasy.
- 10-12-10 Part 2 of 2: The Performances, The New York Theatrical Belly Dance Conference 2010, A Five Day Exploration of Dance Styles, Intention, and Content.
Some of these "theatrical" works focused more on staging and aesthetics; some used narrative; others focused overtly on intention and meaning; and, a minority stayed true to traditional cabaret or folkloric modes.