News & photos from all around our world!
through December 2006
Oct 8, 2006
Sent by Doug Adamz of Light
Arabian Nights at Sea, the belly dance cruise
to Ensenada, Mexico was, once again, a fabulous adventure.
This September we were 180 strong; thatís a pod of
180 enlightened souls celebrating dance and music
and camaraderie amongst the population of thousands
on the Carnival Cruise ship. You can really feel our
sense of unity each night when we dine together. Each
year, as I regain my land legs, I feel like Iíve been
uplifted by what weíve shared.
Top photo- Mesmera with Light Rain:
Russ Gauthier, Doug
Aradia of Las Vegas, Doug Adamz, Fahtiem, Mesmera.
- September 29, 2006
International Folklore Festival
in Zagreb, Croatia in July 2006 |
North West Folklife Festival in Seattle in May.
Eriksen send us recent photos from her exciting
"This is the 3rd time I've been a guest of the
festival in Zagreb...quite an honor for me...and especially
meaningful because I first visited the festival in
1980 when I did my first research trip to the Balkans.
Now I've been back as a performer/teacher 3 time since
the war. I've been a guest on Dobro Jutro
Hrvatska (Good Morning Croatia...the morning
TV talk show) as well as having the TV come to document
my workshops and performances. Believe me, it
was quite an experience getting all made up and dressed
in my Rajasthani costume BEFORE 7am, and be coherent
enough to speak Croatian and dance for a live camera...."
June 12, 2006,
Dancer gives birth to her own troupe!
sends GS this photo of her triplets at 1 month old.
Definately, the rising stars
on an island in the center of a swimming pool
in Club Med on the Turkish Riviera
near Antalya, Turkey.
Sunday, August 27th, 2006
Annual Diva Pageant Winners
from left to right:
Genevieve -3rd Runner-Up ,
Mariah -standing 1st Runner-Up ,
Alarah -Grand-Dame Diva, and
Sabrina -2nd Runner-Up
Notice: Scroll down to CK entry dated-
May 20-21, 2006, "East Coast Classic"
Mariah is on a roll!
PachaMama, San Francisco, CA
Balahadia guest dances while visiting
from Washington DC
shows off his tattoo of Princess
Farhana. He can pop her hips with a
flex of his tricep! His girlfriend smiles demurely
as she demos the pose pictured in the graphic
& Sophia Harris play royalty in Granada
Gilded Serpent will be back in its lair on July
We are very excited to have a first ATS impromptu
show in Taiwan. We would love to share this history
event with everyone in the world. KiKi Kuan
who is first one ATS / Tribal Belly dancer in Taiwan
invited America Tribal Belly Dancer "Sahira"
to Taiwan for 2006 Tribal Belly Dance workhsop. It
is a wonderful workshop that we were taught ATS /
Tribal Fusion Belly Dance by Sahira. Our Tribal Belly
Dance journey is just beginning! ---KiKi Kuan
first gig of Sherry Shen and her troupe
Shadow of Bellydance on June 7, 2006. The photo
of solo dancer is Sherry Shen, who
performed fusion style inspiring by her trip to San
Francisco this May.
and her troupe members performed at Cafe Ole,
a cozy coffee shop where writers and jounalists gather
around very often. They presented different styles of
bellydance to the audience and by the end all dancers
got snap shot showing they were really having fun!
photo of a group of happy girls here are performers
for the gig. ( I am the girl in green in the left
side..., just let you know that) -Lisa
who we ran into at the dress rehearsal for the Ethnic
Dance Festival in San Francisco!
Sharlyn Sawyer is the director of
Ballet Afsaneh and John
Compton is the director of Hahbi'Ru
Dance Ensemble. Both are part of this weekends
program. A great show by the way! Photo on right is
the both of them 20+ years ago.
More photos from the show coming soon!
Flamenco show in Pt Reyes, California
is Carola Zertuche
On Tabla(!) is Rami Ziadeh
Palmas & Cello is Jessie Wolf
Roberto Zamora is singing
not visible is Ricardo Diaz
Diaz & David Jenkins
- 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 Parade, 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 YOU ARE HERE
Flamenco 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
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 for 2005,
through December 2005
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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