A Five Part Video Talk with a Star of Florida
posts starting September 19, 2013
On September 1, 2013, we interviewed Nathalie of Miami and Argentina during her Miami Belly Dance Conference. She tells us of her move to Miami and the start of her dance career. More parts to this interview will follow including Nathalie’s take on various community issues.
Part 1: Moving to Miami
Part 2: She tells us of how she began to dance again after her move to Miami. She danced at Taverna Opa and studied at the Middle Eastern Dance Exchange with Tamalyn Dalal, Bozenka, Jihan Jamal and a little with Virginia.
Part 3: Working with BDSS and Jillina
Part 4: Creating The Miami Bellydance Convention.
Part 5: Community Issues:
competition, support, festival, teachers, Tamalyn Dallal, Mid Eastern Dance Exchange,
Part 6: Future Projects
In this segment she tells about plans she has for the future: improving MBC,
Ready for more?
- 12-18-09 Welcome to the 2nd Miami Bellydance Convention, A Selection of Photos
Intercontinental Hotel in Miami, Florida, on September 4- 6, 2009, Winners,Teachers, Performers
- 8-21-13 My Belly Dance Dream, Studying with Saida in Argentina
I looked at different options to satisfy this need to improve my dance. I decided to travel to Argentina and train with someone whom I considered the best modern belly dancer, Saida Helou.
- 6-8-10 Interview with Yamil Annun, An Argentinian Belly Dancer
Yamil Annum has created his own dance style and has evolved his specific style of Oriental dance by using the well established foundations of classical Ballet, Ukrainian dance, Ballroom dancing, Celtic dances, Jewish folk-dance, Bhangra, Armenian and Argentinian Tango. His elegance on the stage has revolutionized stages all over Argentina and Latin America.
- 4-12-03 The Critic; Real Critics Don’t Mince Words
Either we are a sisterhood of ego therapists and our instructors are politically correct in all they say and do—or we are tough artists in search of ways to improve our art form by ruthlessly weeding out the lame from our herd.
- 4-12-03 The Emperor’s New Clothes
Until we see ourselves in the context of a larger society, no one outside of our community will accord us the respect we desire.
- 4-12-03 Critiquing, the “Agony & The Ecstasy”
It’s an unnerving experience to be “critiqued”by your peers, but my personal opinion then and now is that when you perform in public, critiquing just goes with the territory of performing.
- 8-15-06 Bellydance Journalism, Rhythm and Reason Series, Article 14
One powerful tool used to mislead is bellydance journalism.
- 6-29-2010 Argentine-Arab Dance and Music Charm Taiwan, Gina Chen promotes Live Music for Local Dancers
I have to say it is quite different from any other American or Egyptian style choreography I learned before; you almost always keep your feet into ballet position and body weight is relatively higher. The physical dynamic is much exaggerated. I guess this is the Argentine style bellydance and I could see why local dancers are fond of it, owing to the quality of fluidness and lightness, very outward gestures and wonderful live music.
- 12-13-07 A Report on the First International Bellydance Conference of Canada Part 2 – Sunday Club Party
Live orchestra, Randa, Amir, a packed house and very festive mood. How could it be any better?
We catch Mesmera and a student backstage at the Cairo Carnival 2013 on the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California. She is getting ready to perform at the "World of Tomorrow" gala show. She hams it up showing us her Isis wings and her lipstick.
- 9-8-13 Dancing for Tourists in Istanbul, A Personal Impression
Additionally, their friendly and respectful relationship was highlighted when she finished her show, dancing to each instrument separately, and in this way she introduced each of the musicians. Such a relationship between dancer and musicians is not widely seen in today’s restaurant atmosphere… unfortunately.
- 9-6-13 Gigbag Check #47 with Rosa Noreen on the CK
Rosa Noreen is a belly dancer from Portland Maine. We caught her backstage at the gala show at Cairo Caravan 2013 held on the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA. She is the newly elected secretary for MECDA- the Middle Eastern Culture and Dance Association. She tells us about her costume-"FrankinHoda" and her MAC lipstick.
I immediately made new friends and was surprised to find the multi-national composure of our 200+ people crowd – I befriended a dancer from Holland and another from Columbia, although the majority of the dancers were from Japan and other far-east countries.
- 8-24-13 Because I’m Worth It! The Perils of Pricing
There is a difference between "daring" and "working for free, undercutting other dancers, and misunderstanding the economics of pricing whilst mindlessly genuflecting to celebrity culture."