A Five Part Video Talk with a Star of Florida
post starting September 19, 2013
Filmed during the Miami Belly Dance Conference at the Alexander Hotel on August 31, 2013.
On August 31, 2013 we interview Virginia at the Alexander Hotel on Miami Beach. In this section of the interview she tells us about her RakStar festival and about 2 of the the teachers they will have this year- Mercedes Nieto and Wael Mansour. In the following sections of this interview we will cover the other teachers and get Virginia’s opinion on various community issues.
Part 1: Creating RakStar and talking about teachers Wael, Mercedes
Part 2: In this section of the interview she tells us about her RakStar festival and more of the the teachers they will have this year- Amir Thaleb, Mohamed Shahin, Issam, Aziza, Virginia.
Part 3: Community Ethics
Virginia talks about the recent belly dance boom and the increase in teachers and festivals, in Miami and around the world. " I was raised with Ethics" she says. Currently she says the emphasis is on business.
Part 4: How to make yourself known!
Virginia has suggestions for making yourself known in the community in an ethical and respectful manner.
Part 5: What happened to the Arab Clubs?
Why are there no Arab clubs to dance in anymore? Virginia talks about what happened to the clubs in Miami and what is happening currently in Cairo.
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