Raqs Layali 2013, Asheville, North Carolina
Text by Event Producer Mahsati Janan,
photos by Bill Frazer, Sharon Taylor and Ra’eesa
posted April 17, 2013
A few pics from the Raqs Layali show held March 22-24, 2013 in Asheville, North Carolina. The show was a joint effort between artistic director and principal dancer Mahsati Janan, principal dancers Lisa Zahiya and Teejei Brigham, and the BeBe Theater. We sold out every night! The goal of the show was to introduce people to many of the different styles that are a part of belly dance, from the folkloric roots to modern fusions.
The Southeast is home to some absolutely amazing dancers. In Asheville, Mahsati Janan wanted to share the huge diversity of dance styles with the local arts audience, so she partnered with local dancers Lisa Zahiya and Teejei Brigham to develop a show displaying a spectrum of fabulous dances. With the assistance and support of the BeBe Theater, this show was a huge hit. A call for dancers went out in late 2012 and then rehearsals began in earnest in early 2013. Due to the incredible reception by the audience and arts community, Mahsati plans to make this a recurring event to shine a spotlight on the amazing variety of styles.
Zeffa – Photo by Bill Frazer,
Turkish – Photo by Bill Frazer,
Saiidi – Photo by Bill Frazer
Khaleegy Final Bow – Photo by Bill Frazer
Khaleegy – Photo by Bill Frazer
Ghawazee – Photo by Bill Frazer
Egyptian Raqs Sharqi – Photo by Bill Frazer
ATS – Photo by Bill Frazer
American Orientale – Photo by Bill Frazer
Hip Hop Fusion – Photo by Sharon Taylor
Khaleegy Group Pose – Photo by Bill Frazer
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