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Amani Oriental Festival 2012 Photos

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Photos by Gabriel Monserrat Lopez
Text by Helwa
posted August 24, 2012

The charming Lebanese city of Beirut welcomes people from all the world to the Amani Oriental Festival. The return of the Amani Oriental Festival, June 19-24, 2012, is meaningful to all of its participants. On this 6th occasion, Oriental dancers and dance lovers had an opportunity to meet, learn, and observe different styles of Oriental and Folkloric dance and are happy to note that the evolution of Oriental dance happens without it losing its essence.  Amani, the diva of Lebanese dance, helps keep the flame of this art alive in Lebanon, along with many other dancers and teachers who hail from different spots on the planet to share in her experience.

This time, the festival took place in the Al Medina Theatre at Hamra Street, Beirut, in 2012. The summer edition of the festival was honored by the presence of many teachers from different countries who united in just one feeling: their love of Oriental dance.

Here were some of the teachers who contributed their talents to the festival:

  • Amani – Tabla Solo and Oriental style with Tambourine (Sponsor)
  • Esperance Khoury – Oriental dance in lounge style (Lebanon)
  • Georgette Gebara – Our Body …that Temple (Expression)
  • Juhenyia Logvina  – Entrance dance with Veil
  • Roland Haddad- Stage and TV Art of Makeup (Lebanon)
  • François Rahmeh – Oriental Modern dance and Bedouin dance (Lebanon)
  • Margo Kalfayan – Bedouin Solo Drum with Veil (Lebanon)
  • Munir Malaeb – Oriental and Dabkeh dance in “Rajana Veda style” (Lebanon)
  • Fatima Serin – Turkish Gypsy dance (Turkey)
  • Bob Dancer – Technical steps in Theatrical Oriental dance & Stage Presence (Lebanon)
  • Sami Khouri  - Oriental dance/musical instruments (Lebanon)
  • Perla Elias – Moroccan Tray dance & Oriental dance  (Mexico)
  • Maya Gaorry – Melaya Laff & Oriental style dance (Brazil);
  • Tufic Nabak – Dabkeh dance (Lebanon)
  • Fatima Serin – Turkish Gypsy dance (Turkey)
  • Amani Jabril – Tabla Solo & Oriental Veil styles (USA)
  • Mohamed Hassan – Oriental Spanish Dance & Women’s Saidi Cane dance
  • Helwa – Oriental Samba Fusion (Brazil)
  • Said Al Amir – JOM dance (Germany)
  • Munir Nellmeldin – The teacher of Dabkeh (Argentina)

It felt as if good friends had gathered together in the festival to share a hug after having been apart for so long! Warmth among the participants was obvious, and everyone felt like they belonged to one big “family”.

 

Amani Fest 2012

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Opening Gala on June 19th–Fursan Group

The power of Lebanese Folklore with contagious emotion

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2- Fursan Group

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3- Juhenya Lovigna
Talented and surprising dance

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4- Mohamed Hassan
Joyful Nubian dance

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SAWA Group of Lebanon
The pulsation of Baladi Tabl to show the strength and pride of Lebanon. Fantasy and tradition together.

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SAWA Group

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SAWA Group

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Amani Jabril of the USA
The elegant style in Oriental dance

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Fatima Serin of Turkey

The Gipsy soul of Roman Havasi Dance in its maximum expression

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Helwa of Brazil

Samba Oriental Fusion Dance, the joy of a love story between Arabian and Brazilian music.

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Helwa

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Said el Amir of Germany
The feeling of JOM dance, his creation

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Munir Nellmeldin and Firqat Al Arz Folklor Group of Argentine
Argentine young dancers Expressing pride of having Lebanese roots

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Munir Nellmeldin and Firqat Al Arz Folklor Group

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Perla Elias of Mexico
The unique style of Classical Oriental Dance danced by this dancer with the name of a jewel

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Tufic Nabac of Lebanon and Elaine Rollemberg of Brazil
Dancing a cultural love story between Lebanon and Brazil

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Margo
The Powerful Lebanese style of Oriental dance

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18-Mohamed Hassan (Egipt) and Kamila Machynová( Czech Republic)
The elegance of Andalusian Dance

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Fatima Serin of Turkey
Oriental Dance to homage Lebanon its traditional way, on high shoes

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Munir Nellmeldin and Firqat Al Arz Folklor Group Argentine
The tradition of the dance of Lebanese mountains

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21- Firqat Al Arz Group:
Back Row: Damián Blanco, Joel Habib and Munir Nellmeldin; Amani (sponsor), Perla Elias (Mexico),
Maya Gaorry (Brazil),
Tufic Nabak (Lebanon), Elaine Rollemberg (Brazil), Fatima Serin (Turkey); Amani Jabril(USA),
Front Row: ? ( Germany); Mohamed Hassan (Egipt),Celeste Colombier
(Firqat Al Arz Group,Argentine);
Helwa (Brazil); Maria Ferlini (Firqat Al Arz Group,Argentine) and Said Al Amir (Germany)

The nice atmosphere after the Opening Gala with some of the teachers who taught during the Festival.

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Elaine Rollemberg (Brazil), Helwa(Brazil) and Tufic Nabak (Lebanon)
The Lebanese- Brazilian Artistic Union. The same feeling of love for the 2 cultures.

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June 20th – Night of Dance Contest Meeting with the dance compemtitors
Rabyia (Robyn Blackley – Australia) Night of Dance Contest
Alive and energetic presence on the stage

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Elaine Rollemberg (Brazil)

The elegance of her delicate Brazilian oriental style of dance

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Meg Mayya (Megumil Hamamura – Japan)
The Oriental emotion in all ways

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Meg Mayya (Megumil Hamamura – Japan)

The fan veils were the extension of her own hands. Amazing ability

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27- Nicole ( Naomi Suzuki – Japan)
The Asiatic beauty, emotion and power revealed in each movement.

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June 21th – An open stage time with live music Amani Jabril (USA)
Divine with alive music

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Maya Gaorry (Brazil)
Classical style living each sound.

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Fatima Serin (Turkey)
Eternal hits of new emotion of live music

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Perla Elias (Mexico)
Live music and action

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Helwa ( Brazil )

Joyful with a classical hit live music

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33- Nicole ( Naomi Suzuki – Japan)
Feeling the music with live emotion

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34- Simon Sarkis (Lebanon)
A very personal style on a elegant Oriental dance

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35- Ali Reda and Amani (Lebanon)
The soul of Amani Oriental Festival

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36- June 23rd – Closing gala
Amani (Lebanon) Closing Gala
The divine sponsor

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37- Georgette Gebara (Lebanon) and Amani
The proud look of the experienced and inspiring Teacher to her respectful and thankful Pupil

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Firqat Al Arz Folklore Group(Argentine)

39- Finalists of the contest during the Closing Gala
Rabyia (Robin Blackley – Australia)
Individual cathegory

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40- Nicole ( Naomi Suzuki – Japan)-
Individual cathegory

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41- Pearl (Naomi Murakami – Japan)
Individual cathegory

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Kagura (Emi Fukazawa-Japan) and Nicole ( Naomi Suzuki – Japan)-
Duo cathegory

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43- Kagura (Emi Fukazawa-Japan) –
Duo cathegory

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44- Kagura (Emi Fukazawa-Japan) -

Individual cathegory

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45- Kagura (Emi Fukazawa-Japan) – Individual cathegory

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46- Elaine Rollemberg (Brazil) – Individual cathegory

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47- Meg Mayya (Megumil Hamamura – Japan) Individual cathegory

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48- Elaine Rollemberg (Brazil), Nicole ( Naomi Suzuki – Japan),

the Costume designer Shahraman (Lebanon), Kagura (Emi Fukazawa-Japan), Amani(Lebanon),
Rabyia(Australia) and Munir Nellmeldin (Argentine) A moment of handing prizes for the Winners

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49- The teachers, pupils , sponsors and organization team together The feeling of a very job done

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50- Rabyia (Robin Blackley – Australia), Elaine Rollemberg (Brazil), Amani (the Sponsor),

Kagura (Emi Fukazawa-Japan) and Nicole ( Naomi Suzuki – Japan) The winners of the Contest – Closing Gala

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    Said el Amir

    Aug 25, 2012 - 02:08:05

    Hi to everybody!
    Great article! It was really a special experience and lovely to meet so great colleagues!
    I have just one thing to “beg for”: jomdance is a trademark ® and therefore I would like to ask you to use the correct writing: “jomdance”. Also at the beginning of a sentence it’s written in small letters.
    Thank you for your understanding.
    Faithfully
    Said el Amir
     

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