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June 2006 through December 2006

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Yasmine, Saiadah, and Sirens of Benicia, CA

From Lucy Lipschitz of Tucson AZ-"This is my 3 week old granddaughter Jaiya and
the family puppy (which obviously is rather fond of her). isn't she adorable? "

Mesmera of Los Angeles

Yasmine of Siren In Sanity of Vallejo, CA

 

Posted Oct 8, 2006
Sent by Doug Adamz of Light Rain

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.

Pictured:
Top photo- Mesmera with Light Rain:
Russ Gauthier, Doug Adamz, Reda Darwish

bottom photo:
Aradia of Las Vegas, Doug Adamz, Fahtiem, Mesmera.

Posted - September 29, 2006
Helene Erikson-Zagreb 2006
International Folklore Festival in Zagreb, Croatia in July 2006
Helene 2006
North West Folklife Festival in Seattle in May.

Helene Eriksen send us recent photos from her exciting career!--
"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...."

On June 12, 2006,
Snake Dancer gives birth to her own troupe!
Kathy /Nazik sends GS this photo of her triplets at 1 month old.
Definately, the rising stars to watch!

September 3rd, 2006.

Sandra, Michelle, and Nadira perform
on an island in the center of a swimming pool
in Club Med on the Turkish Riviera
near Antalya, Turkey.

Photo by Michael Baxter.


Sunday, August 27th, 2006

Boston, MA

Za-Beth's 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!

August 2006
Cairo, Egypt

As you requested, here's the photo of me dancing on "Teachers' Night" at Ahlan Wa Sahlan 2006 with Khamis Henkesh and his band during the call and answer drum solo. Wow! What an experience!
Leyla Lanty

Leyla has now written a full article about her experience!

August 20, 2006
PachaMama, San Francisco, CA


Mark
Balahadia guest dances while visiting from Washington DC

James 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

July 14, 2006

Michel & Sophia Harris play royalty in Granada Spain.
Gilded Serpent will be back in its lair on July 18, 2006.

6-16-06- 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
The 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.
Sherry 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!

The 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 Chen from Taiwan

June 10
2006
Look 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!

June 2, 2006
Flamenco show in Pt Reyes, California

Dancing is Carola Zertuche
On Tabla(!) is Rami Ziadeh
Palmas & Cello is Jessie Wolf
Roberto Zamora is singing
not visible is Ricardo Diaz

 

Ricardo 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
  • January 2009 through June 2009
    vid clips:Fusion 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
  • June 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...
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  • January 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

    Holiday 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
  • June 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
  • January 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
  • June 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.
  • January 2006 through May 2006
    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 for 2005,
  • April through December 2005
    Alexandria 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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8-2-05 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!

5-4-04 Belly Dance in Israel by Orit Maftsir
Belly dancers are the hottest trend at the moment, unlike the totally frozen attitudes towards the Arab culture in Israel.

6-18-05 Belly Dancer of the Year 2005 Grand Dancer, more Duos, Trios & Troupes photos by Monica
May 28, 2005, San Ramon, California.

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