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2007 through December 2007
12-19-07 From Dahlal International -
"Here's our Christmas party pic! From left to right: Suzanne- Operations Manager, Danielle
-Design Intern, Bo -Customer Service Representative Linda -Creative Director, Dahlal, Josh- Shipping
and Receiving, Carla -Alterations
Department, Christie -Costume Coordinator, Tim -Director
of Design and Development, Jen -Communications
12-19-07 Raqs Sharqui Kabir Band.
A multiple award winner maching
Belly Dancers of the Redwood City,
California Annual July Fourth Parade. From Left - Right.
Faraz, JoAllyn, Rex, Eric, Huck, Penny,
SueAnn, Patter, John & Paul.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS from PANGIA Pat Olson, Denise Mannion & Carmine Guida
Holidays to all my fellow dancers!
With Love and Jingle Belts from Gia al Qamar
12-12-07 Top row : Pat,Evin (dancer),Shahrzad,
bottom row: Krystina, Kristi Season's Greetings from the BellydanceStore!
12-12-07: Zikrayat, the NYC
based ensemble featuring 6 musicians, 2 vocalists and
brings back the forgotten classics
from the Golden Age of Egyptian cinema. Their new cd "Live
at Lotus" was recently nominated for an Independent
photo was taken by Dale Langdon after
a recent performance at Alwan for the Arts in Lower
(back row) from left to right: Bridget
And Musical Director: Sami
Abu Shumays. Pictured
(front row) from left to right: Leela,
Nahara, Vocalists Salah
And Dance Director: Dameshe To all of our dance and music friends, we wish you
the happiest of holidays and we're looking forward
to seeing you in 2008! Enjoy!
Holiday Greetings from Shabnam and Mo Oakland, CA
Happy Holidays from Jayna and Marta!
Los Angeles, CA
Season's Greetings 2007 from Sirens In Sanity
inset is John, A.J. and Tammi
Group photos is of the troupe. Directors are Saiedaat
upper left and Yasmine (Tammi)at lower
Back row L to R- Saiedah, Ra'eesah, Salimia Sisla, Amber,
Davona, Simone, Mutha
Middle row- Layli, Moira Candide, Astarte, Nadima, Orei,
Almaza, Carissa Razi, Zyphire
Front Row- Chenoa, Desiree, Luna Azul, Yasmine
December 9, 2007 San Mateo, CA
party Dec 1st. Laura comes out of retirement
to dance to Tahneen (Marti
Coyne, Liz Stuart, Linda Grondahl and friends
Mike Fair and Terry Holgate) delighting
guests and other performers.
November 23, 2007, Submitted by Ruby Jazayre
At my fall seminar, Elena returned here for the second time.
If you remember, she was Bobby Farrah's principle
dancer before she branched out on her own. At this event,
of us who were mentored by Bobby, came together that weekend
to dance on the same stage. We are, in the photo from right
to left, Mona n'Wal, Wisconsin; Ruby
Jazayre, Indiana; Elena
Lentini, NY, NY, Shahira, Tennessee; Salome,
Ohio. The photo was in the dressing room after the show. There
alot of history
in this photo!
The photo was taken by a dancer named
Stacey from Madison, Wisconsin.
Loss Saddens Dance Community-
Ahmad Asad of Little Egypt
November 3 in Montreal, Canada, beloved husband,
father and friend to the international dance
community Ahmed Assad passed away after suffering
a massive heart attack. He was buried in
Montreal in the tradition of his Islamic faith. Ahmed
is survived by wife DeeDee and
children Nora, Nelly, and Nader.
will be remembered by many as a loyal friend, a loving
husband and father, a dedicated and hard-working producer,
and for his boundless generosity, hospitality and service
to the international dance community. Our thoughts are
with his family in this difficult time. The family has
requested no phone calls for the present. Cards and emails are
appreciated. Thank you to NTMEDA for the announcement.
Posted November 17, submitted by Maja Spirit of the Tribes 2007 Need date and where in Florida- April? click photo for enlargements
Gypsy Tribe of Florida
November 16, 2007
Photo submitted by Georgina of Argentina
DANyinZAyang, Oriental Gypsy
México City May 25, 2007 Georgina Distaso with Ali
November 10, 2007
More teaser photos from today's show at Carnival of Stars
in Hayward, California
One more fest day tomorrow! More photos to follow. Michelle, Sharifa Debbie and Ma*Shuqa
October 31, 2007
Photos submitted by Denise of Pangia from
Rakksaah East festival, held in New Jersey, Oct 12
- 14, 2007
click for enlargement
The After Party Band: Sean on banjo?,
Pat Olson of Pangia on
oud, Raquay Danziger on
drummer (will find out his name) on riq, then Djinn band
members- Pete List with microphone
and 'Beat Box',
CarmineGuida on Cümbüs, Brad
Mac on dumbek,
and Melissa the Loud on hurdy gurdy!
(what is that thing?)
right dancing to Pangia's open Stage. Who are the
other 2 ladies? Maggie down stage?
Goddesses of Long Island, New York-- names?
October 29, 2007 Susu Pampanin, Amina
Goodyear, Michelle and Terrianne perform
as part of the program, "SkinSongs- Women
on the Drum. " This event was presented by Dance
Brigade at Dance
Mission Theatre in San Francisco. See also clip
below of Grrrl Brigade performing with their
older sisters, Dance Brigade. Picture below vid
clip is Korean drumming by Ong Dance Company.
October 21, 2007,
Submitted by David
Ludwig 2007 Burning Man Festival
sends us a sample of his photos from this year’s
Burning Man Festival
held in Nevada's Black Rock Dessert
over the Labor day weekend.
Pictured on the lovely green bike
equipped with cooling misters is David and his
pictured for your entertainment are photos
of a few of many impressive art installations.
dragon vehicle that provided public transportation
and above. It had no particle route,
schedule or any particular destination.
unknown fire dancer
This is actually the second effigy
to be burned this year. Some anarchist tried to defy
tradition by burning the first effigy early. No big
deal, they just made another one.
David comments that this year’s event
was marred by the fact that is seemed there were
many more “looky loos.” The tradition of the event
in the past has been that it is strictly a community
of artists; all attendees are active participants
in an art project and share their art with other
artists. At over $200 a ticket, the organizers
must be broadening their definitions! This year also
very high temperatures and dust storms.
for David wherever you see a flash of aluminum from
his 16ft Airstream trailer which is now his nomadic
21, 2007, Submitted by Jasmin Jahal Jasmin Jahal's 5th annual Chicago Shimmyfestheld
August 23-29, 2007
"Ibrahim “Bobby” Farrah’s legacy lives on through his
like me and now I want to give this sublime chance
to my students, to be challenged mentally, physically
and spiritually, to reach a higher level of dance,
and to feel the art of Oriental dance exude from every
pore of their bodies. This year’s Shimmyfest included
23 workshop hours, two opportunities to perform, one
each to recorded music and to live music..."
"I’m proud to say that every year so far, Shimmyfest
has run at full capacity and included dancers from
the globe, including Brazil, Korea, Canada and Switzerland.
This year’s special overseas addition was Tamara from
"The Opening Ceremony endured a terrible weather situation,
as we experienced tornado conditions! However our Gala
Show was sold out!"
Posted October 3, 2007 Aziza's Tour in Singapore
Thought I would send along some photos from my current
tour. Singapore was fabulous.
I was invited by Yuki of
Bellydance Discovery (www.bellydance.com.sg) and her
troupe "The Orientals".
Sha, Jamila, Maia performed "Tribal Fusion" at
the sold out Arabian Fantasy Dinner and Dance Show
Posted October 2, 2007 Khalil Bendib runs for president!
see him at one of his book
Wicked Cartoons by America’s Most
Wanted Political Cartoonist "
Book Passage bookstore in
Corte Madera this Saturday Evening
Samples from his book below
Posted Oct 1, 2007 Copeland just back from the Middle East
I spent a week in Syria with Issam Houshan in
an area of Damascus now dubbed "Falouja" as
there are over a million Iraqi refugees there clogging
up all the
streets. Most of the cars there have Iraqi license
plates. Meanwhile Syria was incredibly hospitable
with not a
shred of hostility to Americans. Western clothing
like jeans, t-shirts with English logos/images,
baseball caps and tennis shoes very much the in
some great tracks with Syrian orchestra/musicians
for the next BellyDance SuperStars show. 'Met with
of Culture to discuss
the possibility of the BDSS performing in Damascus
Syria is not at all like depicted by our government and press. It is safe, cosmopolitan,
secular and open unless you are trying to overthrow the government. 'Some good
shopping also in Old Damascus. 'Lots to see and eat. Great food!
Had a fun night with our Ambassador to Egypt who is very knowledgable of Egyptian
culture, speaks Arabic and knows his way around. I couldn't resist a photo of
me, Fifi Abdu and Ambassador Ricciardone. He represents our country well as he
actually likes Arab music and appreciates the history of the region. His cultural
team at the Embassy also great and introduced me to some new music people that
I had not heard about. I will be releasing some of this music on future BDSS
and CIA albums.
Beirut was tense with people not knowing what the future holds. But found some
more great music there. Met Lebanese singer Issa Ghandour for the first time
made a deal to release his album in the US and use tracks on our compilations.
Abduand U.S. Ambassador to Egypt, Mr.Ricciardone last week at a reception put on by
the US Embassy in Cairo.
Issam and I with Minister of Culture of Syria, Ryad
with Saad Al Soghrier and Amina (both appear on BDSS
4 and 5 CDs)
posted October 1, 2007 Bellyqueen & Barbary Coast Shakedown!
Sunday Sept 30, 2007 at Danzhaus in
San Francisco, CA
produced by Gina Grandi
Strong commands the stage,
Bellyqueen watches from
Outside Vendor area, Desert Dance Festival 2007
Egyptian Museum & Planetarium.
San Jose, CA
Outside grounds where some vendors were setup. Saturday,
September 22, 2007. Rain off and on for most of the
day. Outside vendors were told that they would have
to move their wares inside at the end of the day.
'Ruperforming at the Northern California Renaissance
Faire at the Casa de Fruta, Hollister,
California. (“Casa Faire”) on
September 8, 2007, opening day of the Faire. The Faire
Oct 14, 2007.
September 22, 2007
Fairfax, CA Helm plays Cafe Amsterdam
Calvin Lai on Erhu (Chinese violin)
sits in with Ling
Shien (nay) Pat Bogel on frame
drum, David Glazier on frame drum, MarkBell on riqq
Mira Betz follow the wonderful improv
Atchley on clarinet
Mecinka sings Balkan while Helm takes a break
Tabatha, ?, Elin
9-17-07 sent into GS by Flo of Tribal Souk
annual bellydance fiesta in historic old town Albuquerque with performers from
around the SouthWest.
Saturday, September 8th 2007. Photos by Lloyd Thrap
As you know the event featured The
Indigo with special guest
Tobias Roberson we all had a wondefull
Zoe leads a workshop.
9-17-07 Helene Eriksen's Summer Travels
I spent 3 weeks in Algeria in July and August.
I was invited to be a juror at two international
folklore festivals. At the first festival in Sidi
Bel Abbes in western Algeria I was asked to perform
Algerian dances at the festival... a great honor...I
performed Naila (dances of the Ouled Nail tribe)
and Andalusian to very appreciative audiences.
I really loved the men's dances "alaoui" from
the western regions of Tlemcen and Sidi Bel Abbes
in which the men stamp and toss a red tassle on
the back of their shoulders to very groovy rhythms.
The second festival was in Tizi Ouzou, which is
the main city of the
mountainous Kabyle region to the east of Algiers.
This festival only presented groups from Africa
and the Arab world. There were spectacular groups
and it was a great opportunity to discover more
about Kabyle traditions, including visiting a
village hadra (trance ritual).
"Here are pictures from Algeria:
in the festive dress of Sidi bel Abbess,
waiting to go on stage for my Andalusian dance,
me modeling a costume from the Kabyle in a mountainous
Kabyle village up from Tizi
in Naila costume with colleagues from the festival,
backstage with Za-Beth Sabrina, Badriya, Amartia, & Mariah.
Za-Beth on right end
Posted Sept 4, 2007 Joshkun's Mendocino
MED Camp help Aug 12-19, 2007 Help with names please!
More photos to follow hopefully!
Georges Lammam on violin at left, other names?
Omar Faruk on nay at center of circle ...
Georges Lammam again on violin
Sept 4, 2007
Dallas, Texas Sa'diyya and
della Luna Performance Company received
First Place and earned the title, "Troupe Stars" at
the 2007 Yaa Halla Y'all People's
Choice Awards with their Samba-Oriental fusion
Photos courtesy of Chris Brown.
Sept 2, 2007 Miles
Copeland will now be the distributor
as well as booking her workshops
student night at Club Montero's in Albany, California.
Getting ready to perform are:
l-r Cecily, Ginger, Tamara, Carina, Kitiera, Crystal
posted Sept 2, 2007 Shahravar's
in Fort Collins, Colorado on June 23 , 2007
pictured are Left to right: Shahravar-Carmella-Veronica & Sophia
August 29, 2007
the Monterrey Turkish Festival August 4th and 5th,
2007, in Monterey. CA
an eclectic fusion of rock, Turkish and eastern music,
Hazerfan performed songs in both Turkish and
English and featured bay area duet Surreyyaand Ballour in the favorite annual Monterrey weekend festival.
Band members: Murat Bayhan, Alibaba,
Terilynn Bench, Surreyya, Ballour
Pictures by Randall Cieri
Farrah performs at Pachamamma's
in San Francisco after her workshop at Dance
Mission sponsored by Amina
Goodyear on 8-26-07.
Lammam ensemble also includes: Nasser,
Angela, Amina, Loay,
The survivors of the all day workshop pose with Astryd.
left to right back to front, Betsey
Flood, Cherlyn, ?, Leyla
Sabiba, Naiya, Andrea,
Rose, ?, Julie, Claudia,
Debra. Down front-Monica,
?, Henni, ?, Zulya, Amina,
Nayan, Farah. (thanks
to Rose and Monica!)
August 13, 2007,
Ahlan Cairo Nights, Dallas Texas, August 2-5 2007 Randa as belly dancing pirate queen
and Mariyah wins Queen of Raks Sharki
to George Stretch of Photos by the Sultan
San Francisco, CA
by vairous musicians sitting in with Layalli al Sharq
to right Amina
Goodyear - duf Bridget- ney Angela - violin Husain - oud Erena - riq Samara - voice Susu - tabla Vince
Delgado - kanoun Coralie - oud
July 25, 2007
2007 Queen of the Bay Winners Summer, Mina, Cera with 2006 Queen
gets ready to wow the crowds at the Victoria Luminara
Festival. Proud Mom and seamstress, Erica,
and Dad, Steve, look forward
to showing off their five-month-old daughter in
Victoria, British Columbia.
June 27, 2007
Level I Teacher Training presented at Tatika's
Treasures in Mesquite, TX (Dallas), June 15-18th,
Photo 1)With the North Texas area participants: Tatika,
Ileana, Nadirah, Meleea, Hadia, Catherine, Terilyn,
Photo 2) Showing participants some of her recommended
safe methods for stretching the body after class.
2-Laurie of Troupe Saaidi,
3-Ed, 4- Shoozq/ Susie, 5-Cliff
8, 2007 Jalal
Takesh has sold Pasha
Restaurant, a San Francisco icon for decades.
The new owner, Zoheir
Senhaji, will take over in a couple of
left to right: Yousef,
Tahia/Tina,Irina, Jalal and
promises to give us his story very soon.
he has several musical instruments to sell:
and a kanoun made especially for him by Kenan
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
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-
you are here!
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 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 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