photos by Gabriel Monserrat Lopez
posted July 13, 2012
Ed note: Upon invitation, Gabriel, one of our wonderful photographers sent us photos from his wife’s classes in Mallorca, Spain.
Helwa, Belly dance teacher and director of Academia Helwa de Danza del Vientre pioneer of teaching this art for more than 12 years in Palma de Mallorca, Balears Island, Spain.
She is one of the teachers of Amani Oriental Festival in Beirut Lebanon, in 2012.
During her classes all the techniques and studies are developed with history, fun and investigation. Other kinds of art, such as theatre, music, singing, and poetry are included in the shows because Helwa has lived these experiences all of her life. Helwa believes that a way to touch the sensiblilty of her dance students is to include all the Oriental art forms in her instruction.
Playing the darbuka for dance with and without finger cymbals, in the studying of rhythms.
After class and happy with the results
The classical technique of skirt dancing. When the costume becomes part of the dance.
Pepa, Hafsa and Helwa
Beautiful and charming Bahija !
The combined technique of skirt dancing and veil.
The beautiful flying veils of
Helwa does hip moves and bendir strikes to mark the rhythms.
Lifting and dropping hips for baladi steps
Helwa, Tereza P, Eugenia E. and Maria A.
Baladí girls striking a final pose
Ready for more?
- 3-16-12 The Stars Converge in Barcelona, El Festival Internacional de Danza Oriental 2012,
Munique Neith is Brazilian of Arabic descent. She is the prestigious and well traveled organizer of the International Oriental Dance Festival in Barcelona. More than 1500 people take part every year in the 2 gala shows, the competitions, and in different workshops with the best international master teachers.
- 2-11-12 Amani Oriental Festival Photos, October 25-29, 2011, Beirut, Lebanon
As a professional performer, I was impressed with the high caliber of dance instructors. The majority of instructors were Lebanese and offered a diverse repertoire of Lebanese Oriental and folkloric technique with emphasis in dramatic moves, staging and communication through movement with modern dance components.
- 5-31-11 NEW VIDEO UPDATE-7-8-11
An experimental travel blog. Let see how it goes! The plan is to update this page frequently.
- 8-18-10 Nesma, Dancer of Passion
To manage the orchestra is quite complicated. They are all men and the dancer must always keep her distance from them. You have to use the service of a manager who is the intermediary between you and the other persons involved in the business. It is very important to have a good manager, a good professional and good person as well. And it is not so easy to find, I can tell you.
- 3-11-09 Munique Neith’s Studio: What You are Missing if You aren’t in Barcelona!
What inspired me to write this article was not only the unbelievable setup that is presented in Barcelona, but the fact that I have never truly felt the warmth and compassion from any situation in the dance world that I have from Munique, her husband Albert and their studio. They were warm, receptive, and incredibly gracious
- 10-16-08 Solstice Festival in Catalunia, Spain
For the third year in a row, Maria Cresswell produced a dance and music festival honoring the Summer Soltice. This year’s three day event took place high up in the Catalunian Pyrenees, in a rustic hosted fed by fresh springs and bordered by a rushing river.
- 3-14-07 Morgana’s Animal Magnetism, Interview with Morgana of Madrid
After seeing Morgana’s Serpent Dance, where she embodies the personality of the serpent, I was hooked. Any snake lovers or snake dancers will have a special appreciation for this piece.
- 7-11-12 Living a Life Uncommon, A Mediterranean Tour with Rhea of Athens
Rhea is like Socrates incarnate. Completely true to herself and a wealth of insight, she loves engaging the people she meets in conversations on history, society, and human nature.
Aside from Ahmet’s satisfying performance and the professional live music, the local Romany festival-goers were quite proud and eager to show off their own dancing skills. Their enthusiasm was contagious so the locals invited one of our dancers to dance with them in front of the stage, a highlight for any dancer.
- 7-9-12 Successful Art Entrepreneur or Belly Dance Dummy?
Here it was, the pivotal moment, the moment where what you say determines what happens, or what doesn’t happen, the moment of which you are either proud in retrospect or in which you feel defeated and ashamed, covering it up with the sands of time and silence and try to forget about it.
- 7-8-12 Mendocino Camp Photos Page 3: Thursday Fire Dances! Middle Eastern Music and Dance Camp 2011 by Carl Sermon, Text by Shoshanna
Rebecca Firestone shines! We need help with names for the other dancers in these lovely photos!
- 7-3-12 Superstars: What Sets Them Apart? by Jhavia Nayeli
After a brief intermission, it was time for the BDSS half of the show. Could this extravaganza get any better? I assumed so, because the Bellydance Superstars were in the building; my expectations were sky high!
- 7-2-12 Leaving Space for Others Opinions, Thoughts while Attending IBCC 2012
In these moments, I find it challenging to remember that my responses are a reflection of my own belief systems, which may overlap, counter, or side-step someone else’s.