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Southern Cal’s “Shira” Reminisces

Posted on March 26th, 2013 by by Lynette Harris

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, along with the multiple Arabic clubs in Hollywood, there was also a thriving Greek, Armenian and Persian nightclub presence in the Los Angeles area. Shira (Jane Padgett) was a popular dancer in those clubs and is still a popular working dancer in Southern California. In this business, there are the dancers with a presence in the dance community due to participation in showcases, competitions, teachingĀ and self-promotion,and additionally, there are the “workhorses”, those who slogged away at the clubs, entertaining the masses for years and years, flying under the radar.

With a dance career that expands over decades, Shira has a wealth of information to share about the history of belly dance entertainment in the Los Angeles area, and indeed, I learned so much about the dance universe that is parallel to my Arabic nightclub experience – the Armenian, Greek, and Persian clubs of LA.

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