Page 1: June 27-30
Once more, Raqia Hassan, the sponsor of the Ahlan Wa Sahlan Festival welcomes her guests from all over the world at the Mena House Hotel, the antique mystical palace beside the pyramids of Giza for the 12th annual of this worldwide party. On the 26th of June, a folkloric group welcomed all the guests who arrived by presenting a wonderful surprise; All readily accepted the invitation to dance and have fun. The surprise was seeing the biggest stars of Egyptian dance.
On the following days, there were many workshops and summer shows. The teachers and all participants who wanted to dance with live music or with the classical or latest hits on CDs performed at the galas. Competitions were held for all categories and levels. During the entire festival and all these activities, the belly dancers who wanted to see the newest models of costumes of the Egyptian designers had their opportunity at the vendor’s booths placed around the workshops rooms. The closing gala on the July the 3rd gave fans a good view into the future bellydance art.
Ahlan Wa Sahlan
Egyptian folklore groups and guests.
Katia of Russia, was the first star to open the show.
Soraia Zayed of Brazil
Aziza of Cairo
Ahlan Wa Sahlan – June 28, 2012
Ahlan Wa Sahlan – June 29, 2012
Ahlan Wa Sahlan – June 30, 2012
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The charming Lebanese city of Beirut welcomes people from all the world to the Amani Oriental Festival.
- 7-19-12 Dancing One’s Fortune: Told in Tarot Cards, Photos from Mariona’s "Book of Thoth" Production
Each dance of Mariona’s 2012 show was an interpretation from one of the Tarot cards with their specific stories, characterizations and magical spells. The show begins by presenting a circus titled "Habibirot" that was formed by artists from many parts of the world.
- 7-13-12 Dance in Palma De Mallorca, Helwa’s Studio, photos by Gabriel Monserrat Lopez
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
- 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.
- 1-20-05 Amani “Around the World” DVD Report
She has put her dancing on stage and has created numerous theatre productions in the past 10 years and this show is the first one on DVD.
- 3-26-05 My Aim in Organizing a World-inclusive Oriental Dance Festival
Dancer Amani of Lebanon Comments, "Oriental dancing has become a widespread art; it is now found all over the world, and among all levels of society in all the five continents! "
- 8-23-12 Going Bi-Coastal, "A Night in the Oasis"
Our event evolved from a tiny community happening into a popular quarterly event, growing each year. When I migrated to Atlanta, Georgia, the one thing I knew I wanted to do was continue the tradition of producing “A Night in the Oasis.”
- 8-16-12 Judging the Judges, Training Judges for Competitions
These are fine scoring points, but there are usually no detailed guidelines for each scoring section in each category, nor strict regulations for judges, which seem to cause some grey areas. Contestants have rules and regulations, why not the judges?
- 8-14-12 The Influence of Tarab on Raqs Sharqi, Improvisational Taqasim For Raqs Sharqi Part 2
On the other hand, performance style should sparingly mirror mordent notes and grace notes. Performing movements to all the mordent note variations and also hitting every grace note is inappropriate; too much of a good thing spoils the dance style.
- 8-12-12 Sashar Zarif, An Azerbaijani Gem at IBCC 2012
At this year’s IBCC I had the pleasure of attending two workshops with Sashar Zarif, who teaches and dances different styles of the Near Eastern and Central Asian regions.
- 8-9-12 What Lies Beneath, Part 1, The Morocco & Western Sahara Tourists Don’t See
When you say you are going to travel around in Morocco, usually, the response you get can be summarized with one word: "Marrakech". Sure, Marrakech might be the "best of Morocco", but it also wasn’t going anywhere.Some other places, however, may not always remain as accessible, and I had a few questions on my mind.
- 8-7-12 Balkanic Eruption, Fiery Fusion Flavors for Oriental, Tribal, and Gypsy Dance!
The Balkan spirit brings Mediterranean fire to Slavic earthiness to Byzantine mystery. Balkan music and dance weaves these elements together in the strong and purposeful rhythms and steps of the circles
- 8-2-12 Gigbag Check #44 with Courtney
Courtney is an award-winning bellydancer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She dances solo, in a duet and a troupe. She participates in many of the bellydance competitions in the community. She is also a musician! Don’t miss the bonus footage at the end with Courtney and her teacher Sandra!.
- 8-1-12 Gigbag Check #43 with Sa’diyya, part 2
Sa’diyya is a professional belly dancer from Texas. In this video she discusses how she put together this beautiful costume and the secrets to her lovely hair. This video was also filmed at the Belly Dancer of the Universe Competition 2011 held in Long Beach, CA. In this video she shows us another costume and the secrets behind her beautiful hair! Sa’diyya won the Universal division in 2011. Sa’diyya is also a contributor to GildedSerpent.com.
- 7-31-12 Özel Türkbas Turkish Bellydance Trailblazer
She also discovered the pleasure in dancing for other women. As she would later write in her book, “When women liked me and applauded my performance, I knew it was going to be all right. …that I would have a