by Denise Mannion
photos by Carl Sermon
posted March 1, 2011
Carmine Guida (New York) Pat Olson (Californina) and I, are all members of the band, Pangia. In August of 2010, we had the pleasure of teaching workshops and performing at Yaa Halla, Y’all! in Grapevine, of the Dallas/Fort Worth area of Texas. It was a distinct delight to have an enthusiastic, involved, and engrossed participants attend our workshops.
Our Saturday show, featuring Mia Sha’uri with her fiery red fans and sensual interpretation of Pat’s vocal “Sevda”, Ma*Shuqa Mira Murjan, lead the audience into singing along with Pat as she danced to an Egyptian pop version of “The Yellow Rose of Texas”. We also played for effervescent Karen Barbee, and the vibrant Princess Farhana. Bozenka and Tamalyn Dallal added elegance and sophistication to complete our show. Bozenka, with her sweet personality, displayed stellar dance technique, allowing her dance to emote true passion, fire, and originality. It was an extraordinary experience to play for dancers who were intensely excited to dance to our music and who provided us with an unforgettable and treasured memory to cherish of playing for dancers who became one with the music! It was a brilliant gathering of dance stars–just as advertised.
After our show, we played for the 10th Anniversary Celebration Party where many of the dance stars joined us on stage to dance while Isis invited the audience to indulge in artistically decorated cup cakes and refreshments.
As an event to participate and attend, I would have to rate this one “top-notch”. (5 Zills!) We were treated as professionals by a warm, helpful, and friendly staff. This alone made our stay enjoyably stress-free. Although it was hotter than a sauna outside, the convention center was cool, spacious and inviting. The host hotel, the Baymont Inn, was within walking distance of the convention center; however, there was always a van to shuttle us back and forth as needed during the entire stay. Isis, Del, and Al made all of this happen!
Yaa Halla, Y’all! is an enormous and well-attended production with four days of workshops, competition, and performances, including a lunch symposium/panel discussion. Nationally-known vendors, in addition to local purveyors of all things Bellydance, offered enticements; there was even a place to book a photo shoot with the well-known dance photographer, Carl Sermon, and his artful and knowledgeable wife, Ma*shuqa, assisting with scheduling as well as ideas and poses for the dancers.
Flavorful, delectable, and reasonably priced food was available from a noteworthy local Lebanese restaurant called Byblos. The event production staff was large and kept things running smoothly; the red-shirted ambassadors were always available to answer questions and help whenever needed. After the events of each day, we decompressed at a local restaurant where we reconnected with many Belly dance friends from across the country, and additionally, we met many new friends from around the world, sharing food, companionship, and laughter. Understanding what it takes to produce a successful one-day workshop and show, we want to thank Isis and Del, the Star Dancers staff, as well as the volunteers and all who made this a memorable experience for Pangia!
Ready for more?
- 2-1-11 Attention Dancers: Have You Seen this Man?
I promised that I would let the world of Belly dance know about this singular character! Watch (out) for him at you next event, for he could be anywhere!
- 9-26-10 A Dancer’s Perspecitive: 2010 Yaa Halla Y’all Belly Dance Competition by Iman, Photos by Carl Sermon and MsShuqa
Yaa Halla Y’all is an action-packed, four-day event for all styles of
Belly dance: Tribal, Alternative, and Cabaret.
- 7-16-02 Pangia, Classic & Original Music Arranged with the Dancer in Mind
this well recorded music gives the Belly Dance a decidedly fusion flavor
- 2-10-11 Other Categories: Kids, Troupes, etc. Photos from the Belly Dancer of the Universe Competition by Carl Sermon
Melanie, Kat, Punkin, Shanti, Wiiz, Ahgaar Karyma, ALyeeza and Julian, Babylon Mood,…
- 1-30-11 Fun TImes at the Third Annual North Bay Belly Dance Bazaar, A Northern California Community Event by Katherine Goldsby and photos by Carl Sermon
Deborah Bennett and TerriAnne Gutierrez co-produced the third North Bay Bellydance Bazaar (NBBB) which was held on September 18 & 19, 2010 at the Sebastopol Community Center in Sonoma County, California.
- 1-25-11 The Fusion Category, Photos from the 20th Annual Belly Dancer of the Universe Competition by Carl Sermon
Amani Jabril, Apsara, Dilek, Eliza, Gina, Jane, Kellie, Khuzama, Lucia, Maria, Mireya, Rachel, Tiaja, Tracy, Valentine, Zondra
- 1-15-11 The Universal and Egyptian Category Finalists, Photos from the 20th Annual BDUC 2010 Photos by Carl Sermon
Kendra, Maria, Rachel, Samara, Dilek, Grinnelly, Katya, Masha
- 1-7-11- The Drum Solo Cartegory, Photos from the 2010 Belly Dancer of the Universe Competition by Carl Sermon
Aspira, Celestia, Erica, Evangaline, Gina, Innah, Jane, Jessica, Katya, Kenya, Lapis, Maiara, Maria, Masha, Nandi, Ninyshka, Rachel, Safira, Viridiana, Zondra
- 3-2-11 Video Report of Barbara’s recent trip Cairo, VIdeo on the Community Kaleidoscope
We caught Barbara at the Belly Dancer of the Universe Competition in Long Beach in February 2011. She tells us of her trip to Cairo trying to attend the Nile Festival. Included are descriptions of getting to her hotels, rode blocks, checkpoints, neighborhood militias, attending classes, cell phone video, curfew, teachers including Aida Nour, How caring Mohamed was of his group. Barbara is a vendor of belly dance costumes.
- 2-28-11 The Cairo by Night Festival, November 4-7, 2010, Stockholm Sweden by Nabila
From the first moment that I arrived in Stockholm until I left, I felt warmly welcomed, relaxed, and it felt so fantastic to be with Zeina and Mohamed Abu Shibeka, that I spend my most memorable time there!
- 2-26-11 Not So Steam punk Belly Dance by Jasmine June
Since Tribal Fusion is also easily accessible, there have been dancers who begin performing and calling themselves professional when really they are just hobbyists. A professional belly dancer would never label her dance genre based on an aesthetic.
- 2-23-11 Shaking Up Shibuya" The Belly Dance Scene in Japan by Ozma
While belly dance in Japan originally came from American roots, it quickly grew to include Egyptian, Turkish Oriental, Turkish Roma, and various Tribal styles.
- 2-22-11 Gigbag Check #28 – Stevie of the Bellydance Superstars on the Gigbag Check page
Stevie is a cabaret dancers as well as a Stilt Dancer. She is from Kansas and now lives in Los Angeles.
She tells us of her dancer history including her western and eastern dance teachers.
- 2-16-11 Magana Baptiste, San Francisco Dance Pioneer by Amina Goodyear and Lynette Harris
This was in the 1920s and 1930s and at that time there was no TV and barely radio. For entertainment, Magana’s family asked her to don her tap shoes and perform for the family and for company.
- 2-14-11 Gigbag Check #27- Kami of the Bellydance Superstars on the Gigbag Check page
Kami is a tribal style belly dancer. She shows us how she organizes her costumes in net bags. She is also very fond of the robe that Miles had made for each of the dancers. She tells of almost walking onstage with the robe still on.