News & photos from all around our world!
January 2006 through May 2006
at a grade school in Marin County
class represented Tunisia by "bellydancing"
in ruffled skirts to Habibi Eini...hmmm...
class represented France by doing a Maypole
of the cardboard bull for Spain
persons in photo with Mary
Ellen is Sherry Shen (left
side), director of Shadow of Bellydance troupe
in Taiwan, who is also one of the outstanding bellydance
teachers in Taiwan, together with her troupe member Cheng-yi
Shih." -Lisa Chen
note-- This photo was taken in MaryEllen's house when these
women were there recently to take a lesson.
East Coast Classic,
May 20-21, 2006, in Virginia Beach, Virginia
left to right: Shems, 2nd place in Grand
Champion category; Michelle
Joyce, 1st place in Grand Champion category;
Mariah, 3rd place in Fantasy Artist category
Helm is recording a new
Little Buddha Studio in San Rafael.
Pictured Clockwise from Ling: Ling
Shein Bell, Mark
Bell, Carolena Nericcio,
Pat Bogel with coffee, David
Glazier, and Lary Klein
sitting on the floor.
left is John Alevizakis
the engineer at Little Buddha Studio. On right is
Ling Shein on ney
(posted May 16, 2006)
"...our new show called Oriental
Coffeehouse, in German it was Orientalisches
Kaffeehaus, it was in a beautiful very old coffeehouse.
On the picture you can see it from outside, the house
is called "Dreikönigshaus". The other
one is inside. From left: Alice Andersson,
Trixy Mehlinger and Alexandra Dietze."
Ilar holds her cousin and Salah's
18 month old baby girl, Assal. Assal
2006: Salah went home in 2001 to western
Iran to find a wife! His nanny from childhood, Azara
helped arrange a marriage for him with Maryam. They
were married after 3 months of negotiations. After
finally selling everything they own in the U.S. this
visit (Spring '06) he will now be living full time
after performing for the "Muse" show
in Anchorage, Alaska.
Okasana gave birth about a week later!
2, 2006, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
is MissiHIPPY with Suhaila Salimpour
Sunday morning of her Atlanta Workshop."-- Kristina,
(from Left to right, Michele Campbell, Christina
Ford, Suhaila, Kristina Kelly, Katy Lewis)
16, 2006, Sunday evening at PachaMama.
A great club in North Beach in San Fransico,
CA. This evening's line up of dancers was arranged
by Hala. The food is Brazilian
tapas and delicious! Georges
Lammam's band was inspiring as usual.
Rose dances to the music of Georges
Lammam on violin, Amina
on riq, Loay
on dumbek, and Hussein on stand-up
Shuqa, Masouma Rose, and Rasha
and Amanda enjoy the cozy atmosphere.
Amanda's dancing was very musical
and portrayed the music beautifully!
on Meena in Iraq!
photos and text at right are from Meena's
flyer sent to GS.
"This is a blurb that the 'Baghdad Weekly' is running
this week. Wheeee!
IZ stands for the International Zone formerly the 'Green
Zone' in Baghdad. The
MWR (Morale, Welfare & Recreation) Dept. puts out
the Baghdad Weekly.The S.O. I referred to is Steve,
my sweetie of several years."
a name that gets mangled less than her full first name,
teaches bellydance at Liberty Pool and at the Palace
Lounge. When asked how she became interested in dance,
” My mother is Lebanese, my father is Irish, so you
can say that Arabic dancing and music has always been
in my life. I have danced in the Arabic style since
I was a little girl and I started taking professional
dance classes in my late teens. I enjoy teaching and
performing, it is a great balance to the technical side
of my life here.”
The thirty something has no children but a significant
other that she has the privilege of working with here
in the IZ. From Phoenix, Arizona, Meena arrived in Baghdad
August 2004 as part of a team installing and supporting
the Iraqi Defense Network (IDN).
If you are wondering when this opportunity to learn
a Middle Eastern art form will end, Meena says, “I have
no idea how much longer I will be here, we still have
a lot of work to do.”
a change from your usual exercise routine, join Meena:
Fridays @ 1800 Palace Sundays @ 1900 Liberty Pool
San Francisco Bay Area
MECDA= Middle Eastern Culture & Dance
Left to right -
Zemira - Treasurer
Parkers Undulation, March 24, 2006
Zoe Jakes, Jill Parker and
Liz Strong pose at left, DJ
Miz Margo of Dark Sparkle
Said el Amir and Black and
Blue Burlesque, back stage, get ready to
go on at bottom left, bottom right are
Jay Kravitz with Phill Ruis
of Whores of Babylon. Man on the right
will perform shortly adding a huge puppet head
over the top of this exaggerated costume.
Date of Event?
& Kajmir in a photo taken
by Fred Hendrin dancing at the
Belly Dancer USA 2005 competition.
We are from Medford and Ashland, Oregon.
We placed 1st in the duet category!
Compton and Wendy Oliver
at the Tribal Fusiion Faire III
in San Luis Obispo, California, held on December 16
& 17th 2006
Los Angeles, CA
Just a sneak preview of more to come!
Little Egypt presented Aida Nour,
Magdy El-Leisy and Leila
in workshops and shows at the Clarion Hotel. Gilded
Serpent will present more pictures and interviews
with each of these Egyptian stars soon!
Nour teaches in Toronto, Ontario, this
week, March 4-5, sponsored by Arabesque
Academy, Yasmina Ramsy.
will be teaching again this week in London sponsored
Vince Delgado Quintet
had their CD Release party for their new CD-
Amsterdam in Fairfax, California
Band Members include:Left to right-
Delagado holding a tamborine,
Shader on bass.
Susu Pampanin on dumbek,
Joey Edelman on keyboard,
Matt Eakle on flute.
Sent by DaVid from San Diego-
Our studio name is Yaarajaan Studios and here
is our team for 2006. From the left: Sabrina Fox
of Atash Maya, DaVid of Scandinavia,
Kami Liddle is also assosiated with our
will be teaching in Capitola, CA, on February 12, 2006.
Contact Siwa- firstname.lastname@example.org
PREVIEW Trailer for
the Darker Side of Fusion
available in March 2006 from World Dance New York
Real Media: 2.4 MB
don't have video player software? Google 'em, they're
this video on Amazon.com
online video is presented as part of a pilot project on
Gilded Serpent to test the interest for such media in our
If you have video footage that you would be interested in
making available on Gilded Serpent please contact
Lynette. Enjoy and thanks for your support!
10 - Helene Eriksen on tour in Lahore, Pakistan
- January 2010 through June 2010
vid clips:Sehar Niraja at BDUC, Samira teaches Eastern Finger Snap, BDUC 09 video collage, Gigbag Check #21- Mark Balahadia
Photos: Gig photo from Khalilah and Amira, Aziza's DVD release party, List of Winners from Breakthrough Fusion contest, Alnisa and Terry at Papa's Taverna, Maria Celado passes away, Surreyya and friends at Liz Strong's birthday party, Ahava and friends at ethnic Dance festival Auditions, Gordon Inkeles's Snake Dancer, Aswat at De Young, Moh Alileche's Ensemble and Danse Maghreb at De Young, Lynette Harper and Rahma's performance, Kristine's photos from Mississippi, Sean's photos from Texas, Dondi, Michelle and Babies, Shabnam's photos from Rakkasaha, Randa Kamel WOrkshop in DC, Anne White's photos from UK, Surreyya and Crystal at Floralia Fest in New Mexico, Tribal Souk sponsors Rachel Brice workshop in Albaquerque, Dilek's recent win at Belly Dancer of the Universe , List of Contestants for Bellydancer of the Year, photos of BDOY Winners, Dhyanis dancing with Pangia, Ozgen assists physiotherapist Elizabeth Sharp, class photo from Yousry's West Coast intensive.
- July 2009 through December 2009
vid clips: Shereen of Prague at BDUC, Surreyya interview Zoi of Tokyo, Mahsati Jahan Gig Bag Check, Kosmos Camp 2009 Report, Backstage with Elizabeth Strong and BDSS, Rowan Storm advises women becoming musicians, Gigbag Check with Surreyya, Gigbag Check with Amira and Sadiya at COS, 1994 Performance of Serpent Bacchus and Prego Lynette,
Photos:Photos:Suhaila's troupe performs at Berkeley Marina, Nicole and Kara at soccer game in Cairo, Danse Maghreb in Alameda, Sausan's group at King Tut Opening, Monica and friends at Wiggle of West in Las Vegas, Queen of Raks Sharki Contest in Dallas Tx, Dondi's Baby Tiernan, Duane sends photo from "Pizza Raks", Keti Sharif's baby Serafina, Sa'diyya's troupe, Brad, Gibson and Kristen at SF Mecca, Wiggles winners, Zahra Zuhair's show pic teaser, Benefit for
Bridgette, Shabnam's Baby Sholeh, GS 10th year party, Ramadan in Cairo, Tennessee dancers, Ramadan in Indonesia, Khalilah wins Jewel of the Sierra, Hazerfan warms up for Sertab Erener and Demir Demirkan, Carnival of Stars fest photos, Pregnant Michelle Joyce and husband, Photos from North Bay BD Bazaar, Photos from Desert Dance Fest
In San Jose, Desert Heat in Berkeley, Mesmera's school at Dar Maghreb in LA, Baxter's photos from Jewel of the Sierra Contest, Ava Fleming Class in Asheville, NC, Sirens
In Sanity at Redwood Coast Fest, Sharazad Troupe at Arizona Arab Fest, Hossam Ramzy in Singapore, Nadja and Nicole of Sweden, Stasha at El Mansour, SF, Nicole in Cairo, Bulent and Friends in Turkey, Michelle and new baby, Khairiyya, Yasmina and group in Cairo, Shaia's New Studio. Shareen teaches for Monica in SF, Michael Baxter's Birthday, Gia's gig in NJ, Bahaia's prego belly, Holiday grettings from Andre' Elbing, Davina, and Sahar
2009 through June 2009
Contest JimBoz Gig Bag Check ,
Sabah 2008, Mireya wins at BDUC,
Bahaia makeup, Dominique Senecal of Montreal,
By Dancers 4 Dancers,
Gig bag Check with Astryd,
4 yo Assal Takesh dances for daddy Salah,
Gig Bag Check with Pepper,
Photos: Breakthrough Fusion Competition photos, Leyla's BDr of the World Competition
in Germany, Shabnam's Troupe Rashika at Ethnic Dance Festival auditions, Joweh
member, Elizabeth Friend, at the America's Got Talent auditions in Los Ange beautiful
baby Sofie, daughter of belly dancer Amira of Las Vegas, “Sharif” Ahmad El-Mouzayen: In Memoriam, Raks Hakohaveem, Bert Balladine passed away, Simon Shaheen concert, MissiHIPPY at the grand opening, H1N1 Flu Epidemic Affects Dance Classes in Mexico, Arabesque Dance Company’s production of "Egypt" in Toronto, Saturday at Tribel Fest, Contestants list for Bellydancer of the Year, Finalist from BD of Y, BDoY Winning Troupe, Kosmos Camp
2008 through December 2008
vid clips:Vashti's Gigbag
check, RanyaMaqamikaze, Ivanka of Panama, Lauren of BDSS gig bag
check, Ranya Renee Maqamikaze of
New York City backstage,Bozenka at IBCC, Jehan & Serena's
music clip together, Gig Bag Check #10 with Petite Jamila, Gig
Bag Check #6 with Zoe Jakes, Gig Bag Check with Shelley of Unmata,
Sherry's Club Oasis, Sonia of BDSS Gig bag check,
Photos: Sulyman's house burns down, DDF refunding
video money, Cory & Gail Marry, Double Crown Results, Raqs
LA, GS Party, Rachid at Stern Grove, Amaya's
Shake and Bake, BDTV vol3 coming out soon, Sonoma Valley Green
Music Festival, Midwest
Bellydance Challenge,Diane Webber's Passing, BD Mag
on Big Box Book Stores! Surreyya
& Crystal in Tokyo, Helm in Spain, BDSS in Spain, Zoe- age
8- dances, Sahra teaches at Amina's, Aida Nor
teaches inChicago, Mandanah wins North Valley contest, Youssery
in Istanbul, Ramona does book signing, Tribal Asia Fest, Mt Shasta
gig, BDSS at Copeland's Castle, Ahmet workshop in NYC, 1001 nights,
Tales of Desire show, Sirens holiday greeting, and much more....
2008 through May 2008
vid clips:Gig Bag Check #1-
Monica, Gig Bag Check #2 Jillina, Gig Bag Check
#3- Malia, New kid on the block-Nathalie, Valizan
interviews Ozgen, Kervan ensemble perform at
SF Restaurant, Rebaba returns, Sharon's Gigbag
Check, Lava of Sisters of Alchemy
photo from Bijan Reastuarant, Roxxanne and
friends, Yasser Darwish workshop, Linda's group
do Algerian Kabyle and Algerian Ouled Nail,
Orit in Toronto workshop, Tamalyn breaks her
leg! Leila workhop in Mexico, RaksW teachers
carpool, Asia's coming benefit Miles and BDSS
on tour, Najia's Birthday Party, Aziza in Florida,
Susu and TerriAnne in Guatemala, Reyhan in
crisis, BD of the Year Results, East Coast
Classic Results, Goddesses Unleashed
2007 through December 2007
Pasha Restaurant of SF
sells to new owner, FCBD in SF Gay Pride
Contests, Hadia in TX, Baby BDr, Randa
in TX, Video Clips begin!, Astryd teaches,
Turk Fest, Miles rescues Suhaila, Mendocino
ME M&D camp, Helene's travels, Helm
at home in Fairfax, Miles and the bigwigs
of the ME, Mr Ahmed Asad dies suddenly
during workshop weekend in Montreal, Fiesta
in Albaquerque, Spirit of the Tribes in
Florida, Holiday greetings from all over!,
DDF, Cartoonist runs for president, Bobby's
Girls reunion, Rakksah East, Dancer photos
from Mexico and Colorado and more
2007 through May 2007
BDoY 2007 winners, Leila's beautiful
baby boy!, East Coast Classic, Dondi, Aziza's world
adventures, Rhea's dtr Melinda marries in Greece,
Serengheti Nights benefit , Reda's Son's BD party,
Kami Liddle Workshop, Siren Insanity, Tribute to
Rhonda, BDSS audtions in San Rafael, Kaya's Baby
girl!, Dancer night at San Jose pizzaria, back stage
video shoot pics
2006 through December 2006
in West Marin, John and Sharlyn pose together again,
Sherry and Taiwan dancers, Sahira teaches in Taiwan,
Michel and Sophia play dress up in Spain, Leyla Lanty
dancing at AWS in Cairo. Snake dancer gives birth
to a troupe!, BD cruise, Pr Farhana is as a tattoo,
Mark of Wash DC in SF, Holiday photos, contests
2006 through May 2006 -
you are here!
grade school interpretations of world
dances, Helene's intl travels, Goth DVD teaser video,
BDSS auditions, Aida, Magdy and Leila in LA, cruising
sites in SF, Salahs family in Iran, Contest, Dondi
workshopp, Suhaila workshop, Vince gets down with
fellow beatniks, Helm making a CD, Jill Parker's
undulation, Meena in Iraq, MaryEllen with students
from Taiwan- Cheg yi and Sherri, SFMECDA officers
- December 2005--Previous page
in London, Khalid in SF, BD in Maui, Gia and pet, Tracking
BDrs after Hurricane Katrina, Papa's Taverna in N California,
Princess Farhana Teaches, Angelika's tour in Turkey,
Giza Awards for video, Egyptian Folkloric troupe in SF,
contests all over, gilded serpent sited in zoo, BDr in
local parade. Bdr dolls hit toy stores
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Rakkasah West Festival
2005 Page 3-Sat & Sun, photos by GS Volunteers including:
Jasmine, Lynette, Michelle, Monica, Sandra, Susie, Zaheea, and
probably more! Festival
date- March 2005, Richmond, California, One page left!
Belly Dance in Israel
by Orit Maftsir
dancers are the hottest trend at the moment, unlike the totally
frozen attitudes towards the Arab culture in Israel.
Belly Dancer of the Year 2005 Grand
Dancer, more Duos, Trios & Troupes photos by Monica
May 28, 2005, San Ramon, California.
Carnival 2005 Page 1 June
11-12, 2005, Glendale,
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