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January 2008 through May 2008
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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

Posted May 30, 2008
submitted by Anniitra Ravenmoon

Standing: Ba'E l -Cynthia- Ravenmoon- Oshun Parveneh-Tracey Farmer- Freya
Kneeling: Jessica Daliah Deva'- Dangerouz'
Absent: LaShonda Melia- -Tamara -Alkmia- Canece

Goddesses Unleashed-
Goddesses Unleashed are committed to bringing the joy of North African and Middle Eastern Dance to the Greater
Los Angeles Urban area, West Coast, and the World by using the beauty of dance and its related arts to build self-esteem in every woman.
Leading by example through our sisterhood, we share the richness of our various styles by educating and reacquainting our cultural families with the beauty inherent in all of us in a supportive environment that cherishes every woman from ages 2 to 102 and her body: embracing her size, shape, ability and spirit.
Create it! Dance it! Own it!

Posted May 28, 2008
Ruby wins Grand Champion at the 2008 East Coast Classic Competition

in Virginia Beach, Virginia

East Coast Classic Competition 2008 Winners:
Rising Star
People's Choice- Zaaharah (VA)
Third - Aiden Angeli (DE)
Runner-Up - Zaaharah (VA)
Winner - Lara (CA)

People's Choice- Ruby Scarab (NC)
Third - Hippy Chicks Raks (VA)
Runner-Up - Sholeh (NC)
Winner - Troupe Little Egypt (CT)

People's Choice- tie - Rachel (VA) and Akilah Noor (VA)
Third - Deirdre (NC)
Runner-Up - Gamilla (AZ)
Winner - Elektra (NY)

Fantasy Artist
People's Choice- Athallia (NY)
Third - Athallia (NY)
Runner-Up - Mariyah (NY)
Winner - Alarah (NY)

Grand Champion
People's Choice - Ruby (WA)
Third - Mariyah (NY)
Runner-Up - Sandra (CA)
Winner - Ruby (WA)

competition website

Posted May 28, 2008
Lava of Sisters of Alchemy, Vancouver,
interivewed in April at the International Bellydance Conference of Canada in Toronto

Thanks to Samira of www.sh-photography.com for opening photos

Lava discusses her new projects, her influences and mentors, Tribal fest, Serpent Rouge, Carolena's branding of ATS, and more.

Bellydancer of the Year 2008 Results

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Names: Krischana, Maribel, Magidah, Alimah, Deeta, Natasha, Lily, Mia, Nandi, Johana, Miriam Marzie, Vashti, Ahava, Juliana, Haifa, Jamila, Namira, Naima, Mandadan, Kaorlina, Kimarhri

2008 Belly Dancer of the Year is *AHAVA*
1st runner-up: Mia
2nd runner-up: Namira
3rd runner-up: Karolina
4th runner-up: Mandanah
Congeniality: Magidah

Duos & Trios:
Winner: Naiya & Numa'ir (also won Congeniality)
1st Runner-up: Scimitar: Surreyya, Crystal and Khalila

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Winner: Raks Awalim
1st Runner-up: Verbatim (Congeniality)
2nd Runner-up: Raks A'Diva

Grand Dancer:

Winner: Salima Sishi
1st runner-up: Jasmina
Congeniality: Malika

Posted May 23, 2008
Gig Bag check # 8 with Sharon Kihara of the BDSS!

Backstage with the Bellydance Superstars. Sharon Kihara gives us a peek into her bag!
What does a dancer need to carry in her gig bag? I think Sharon's load is a little unsual!

Posted Mary 19, 2008
Tribal Fest 2008, Sebastopol, CA

Rebaba/Rita dissappears for 3 years due to an illness and has now returned to dance with Hahbi'Ru. Rita talks with us after the show on May 17 at Tribal Fest 2008, in Sebastopol, California. Also included is just sample of their stage show that day. Siwa and Sandra assist in the interview. Rita will be writing more soon regarding her illness as well as contributing her North Beach Memories to Gilded Serpent's history section on Middle Eastern music and dance in San Francisco in the '60s through the '80s.

Kostana- "One day after lessons, the Tuzsuzs’ youngest daughter, Gulezar picked up the davul and played a 9/8 for us."
Gulezar playing Davul outside her home

posted May 16, 2008
Reyhan Tuzsuz
Text by Ferda and Kostana
Photos submitted by Kostana

Reyhan Tuzsuz - the Turkish Romani dancer from Istanbul that everybody is talking about - needs our help! She and her family are being forced to leave their home in Gazi Osman Pasa, where they have lived all their lives, where her children were born and have grown up. Unfortunately, it is the same old story repeating itself, just as in Sulukule, the oldest Romani settlement in recorded history, the Rom people are being forced out of their homes to make way for new condos. Some are offered small monetary compensation, but not nearly what is needed to purchase a new home. Please read on to find out more about Reyhan, her family and how you can help them.



Photo of destruction of home next to and in front of Reyhan's

Photos of Reyhan teaching & performing at last year's Herdeljezi by Carey Wilkerson

Reyhan at top of stairs to her old home in Gazi Osman Pasa

Kostana: You can enrich your own dance AND help Reyhan by attending any of the classes she is teaching, or by sending her family much needed money . If you are interested in sponsoring her in your area during the Tuzsuz Fall Tour please contact me at kostana@wmfolklifecenter.org or contact Jennet Shook at yildizdanz@yahoo.com. You can find out more about how to help Reyhan on my blog at www.raks-n-rhythms.com/blog. You can find out more about the plight of the Rom people in Turkey here

Ferda:If you want to help preserve this treasure of a teacher there are 3 things you can do:
You can learn more about the Rom people and explain what is happening here to the Rom people to others to raise awareness all over the world
You can collect small donations and send it 2 ways
One is by Western Union, online, to Reyhan Tuzsuz, Gaziosmanpasa İstanbul. There is a 20% fee but after you get the number and send it by email to me at ferdabayazit@hotmail.com I will give the code to Reyhan who goes to Western Union with her identity card to pick up her money minus the fee. Expensive but you know it will go directly to her as only she has her identity card.
Send an email to ferdabayazit@hotmail.com requesting a CD which I will mail to you. (20 USD + postage)

Posted May 12, 2008
May 10, 2008, Pena Pachamama Restaurant in North Beach San Francisco.
The Kervan Ensemble,
a local Turkish band, warms up the crowd before George Lammam's band comes on.
Kervan members:Halik Kecelioglu, Eliot bates, Ahmet Cegin, Sean Turgis, Samuel Foster.

posted May 10, 2008, sent in by TerriAnne Gutierrez
Here are three pictures of workshops that Susu and I taught in Guatemala City this April. We were sponsored by Arte Centro Cultural, which is funded by the Paiz family of Guatemala. We spent 10 days there teaching workshops and performing for a very warm and appreciative Guatemala people.
It seems that Belly Dance is very popular there!

Drum Workshop

Terrianne and Susu

Posted May 10, 2008 (Happy Mother's Day!)
Valizan Interviews Ozgen for the Gilded Serpent

Valizan talks with Ozgen backstage at the International Bellydance Conference of Canada held in April 2008 in Toronto. Valizan and Ozgen are both male dancers in a predominately female artform (at present!). Ozgen danced with a rope at this stage performance and Valizan asks him about using the rope as a prop in his dance.

May 1, 2008
Notes from Miles and BDSS on tour

This is a shot with the US Ambassador to Morocco, Thomas Riley with Sonia, Jillina, Issam, Kami, Me and Embassy staff,
back stage after the show in Casablanca April 26

May 1, 2008
I'm here in Marrakech with my wife taking in the sites for a few days. The BDSS did extremely well for the 2 shows in Casablanca, Fri sold out (850 seats) and Sat 90%. Ambassador Riley and many of the US Embassy staff came and loved it. I was invited to stay with the Ambassador in Rabat for two days and we had the opportunity to discuss the positive affect of the BDSS show on East West relations. The show in Dubai also was a big success. It reinforces my belief that bellydance is a natural bridge that can have a real affect in diminishing the negative feelings this US Government has projected to this part of the world. Given the state of world politics it really does allow us all to claim that bellydance is the most socially significant dance art in the world today.

May 1-
Hi Lynette, We had an interesting situation the other day at the photo shoot we did with the BDSS in Casablanca to capture the atmosphere of being here. The promoter set up several places the first of which was Rick's Cafe. We arrived and were welcomed by the American lady (Kathy) who runs the place and the ladies went off to a room to change only to start yelling my name a few moments later. I arrived at the room on the second floor where a man would not get out of the room where they were changing and some were already half dressed. Turns out the venue had not been warned that we were there to do photos, some crossed wires and they thought we were Russians there for tea. The American woman came up and I apologized that she had not been warned but please have the man get out of the room so the ladies could dress. I then asked how we could arrange to do photos there, if there was a more convenient time, we would be happy to pay etc. Jillina was standing near me at the time. The lady then told me in no uncertain terms that we could never take photos there as she did not want her venue associated with "Oriental Dancers". Needless to say that did not go over well and we left. We sent to a second place, Sqala run by a Moroccan who could not have been more gracious and accommodating, did not want money and bent over backwards to enable us to get a great shoot. To repay him I ordered a Moroccan lunch for everyone and that turned out to be great and repaired the mood totally so we got a great shoot in spite of the insult delivered by the Rick's Cafe lady. So if you are a bellydancer in Casablanca I strongly suggest and recommend Sqala for atmosphere and great food and avoid Rick's Cafe like the plague. - Miles Copeland

April 22, 2008
The Dubai show was a great success. People were stunned after and were even more stunned when they discovered it was all American dancers. They are now talking about shows in Beirut and Amman. Morocco is sold out for the Fri night (850 seat theatre) and 70% on the saturday so far. The US Ambassador to Morocco and his wife are coming on Fri to see the show. We went shopping in Casablanca today and had a great day. Tomorrow we all take a day trip to Marrakesh to check it out.

Jan 24, 2008
Hi Lynette, some news for you.
I have confirmed the BDSS to perform in Casablanca, Morocco on April 25 & 26. this will follow our Italian dates and Dubai which we are trying to fit in. What is most interesting is that the promoters are insisting that we do a lot of the fusion elements --Tribal, Bellynesian, Ballet, as they feel this is an exciting addition to the dance and shows its world relevance and adaptability to compete with the other great dances of the world.
On the event front we are now confirming the teachers for the LA event as, Morocco, Jillina Ansuya, Bozenka, Sonia, Issam Houshan, Helana Vlahos, Petite Jamilla(double veil), Sabah (ballet for bellydance), Sonia will do a special Bellynesian workshop with live Tahitian percussion. We are also going to have a free workshop for children (12 and under) Sunday morning. We will have a great show Saturday night followed by a hot live band, The Milli Collective who are fronted by three Iraqi Americans (including the singer who sings in Arabic) with a Brazilian, Pilipino, Iranian, Jamaican -a virtual united nations of 13 players who play great up beat bellydance music.
We are also holding auditions for the BDSS starting at 6: pm on the Sunday.

posted April 18, 2008
Najia's Birthday Party in Berkeley, CA

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Names are coming! Would you like to help?
Najia is in the middle, front row, black dress.
Some other names, not necessarily in the correct order. Can you match these names to the faces?
Mohamad, Rawan, Rima, Sonja, Sheila, Mayan, Zahara, Yosifah, Cindi, Sven-ove, Janet, Gail, Nathan, Pamela, Evone, Chris, Lillian, Hilda, Gabriella,
Morat, Salima, Hayat, Lawson, Farida, Khalila, Alena, Sonia, Nazik and her kid troupe.
Missing from picture because they were in the dressing room- Amira and Surreyya

Posted April 14, 2008, sent by Emily

Park Avenue Studio Bellydance
"Here's a photo for the CK section of the website. This is A Park Avenue Studio of Dance troupe, photo taken yesterday right before our show at the Good Ole Days festival in Pacific Grove, CA.

top row: Zorba, Tracy, Ina, Hassan, Karen, Adina, Kristy, Sue, Emily
bottom row: Katie, Janette, Thiem"
Posted April 11, 2008- Thanks to Lisa!

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Students from the Aziza Professional and Teachers weeklong help
in Orlando, FL the first week of April, 2008

Top row: Sylvana; Winston Salem NC; Samira, Norfolk, VA; Lisa Zahiya, Asheville, NC; Vivianne, Brazil/College Station, TX; Sha'Ni, Atlanta, GA; Gina, Atlanta, GA; Amira, FL; Sophia, OH; Maribel, Austin, TX
Middle row: Rania, Austin, TX; Sadiyah, TX; Cassia, TX; Melinda, FL; Stacey, Austin, TX; Cynthia, MI
Front Row: Andrea (organizer) FL; Gigi, Seattle, WA; Aziza; Ramona, Washington, DC; Yasmine, Austin, TX; Dorthy, Atlanta, GA

Posted April 4, 2008
Meet Nathalie, The New Kid on the Block!
Debbie Smith interviews the newest member of the Bellydance Superstars, back stage at the March 1st show
in San Rafael, California. Jillina joins in to help describe how Nathalie joined the troupe.

Posted March 31, 2008
Gig Bag Check #3 featuring

Asia and Stasha at Carnival of Stars

March 31, 2006
Benefit for Asia
A Benefit for Asia to be held at 3 pm, on Sunday, April 13th to help cover the expenses incurred during a gap in her medical insurance. Asia had to receive emergency blood marrow tests and blood transfusion along with a stay in the hospital before her medical insurance kicked in. Asia has Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and is receiving chemotherapy. She has a great prognosis but will have to deal with this condition the rest of her life. She is managing to teach and perform and will be performing at this coming event. Be sure to come and help support Asia in her fight with this disease. The event will be held at Sanchez Concert Hall in Pacifica, California. Pacifica is on the beach just south of San Francisco. Tickets will be $20 for adults and $10 for kids over 5 years old. There will be easy ample parking. Stasha will also be performing just after her recent surgery. Also on the program is Asia’s Troupe, the Arabesque Bellydance and Drummers, and Mara Reggae Samba Dancers. Arabic food for sale. Call Nisima for more details: (650) 359-3195

Posted March 30, 2008
Rakassah West Teachers, 2008:

Dondi (driver) Ava Fleming (passenger) Oreet (back passenger) Kaeshi Chai (back driver)

Posted March 27, 2008. Thank you Alheenaa and Niral!
Leila of Cairo's Seminar in Tijuana, Mexico.
"This is the group of students and Leila at Marriot Hotel. The seminar took place on March 8 and 9, 2008."

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Names needed!

Niral sends us help with names: "first row from right to left on pink
Michelle Olga Nayelli, Alheena with a big smile, the little one is Kate then Leila her son and Niral on red Samirah Anel Fercha, Francis and Jayanti, lay down on the floor Nadia and Nefertiti
beside Leila on her back from the right to left Giselle, Mariamor, Jesica, Selene, Natali, Atifa, Maryam,
in the last row on foot from right to left
Rosy, Linda, Airam, Claudia, Patty, some girls from Ensenada, Araceli, Cinthia from Mexicali, Desiree Zaidm also from Mexicali, Rosy
and i cannot see the other girls. Thanks so much for this

Posted March 22, 2008
Rakassah West Festival, Sat. March 22 Algerian Ouled Nail with Jasmyn, Linda, Janine, and Amy

Posted March 17, 2008
Tamalyn breaks her leg!

Before; Me, in the Swiss Alps, with Oriental dancers from Switzerland, Aziza and Meissoun getting ready for downhill sledding.

After hitting a piece of asphault and breaking my leg. I'll be back dancing in short order. I have been practicing zils like crazy since I can't be shimmying and tipptoing around for the moment. Unfortunately, I had to postpone 7 workshops in some pretty amazing places, like Spain, Poland, Wisconsin, and New York. I get the cast off April 22, just in time for my Teachers Training weekend workshop in Seattle (April 26-27) Of course, not all the shimmying will be done by me. Participants will be treated to Hanan who will be flying in from Miami to help me. We'll have a dance party afterward,and everyone is welcome. Next- Santiago, Chile, May 17-18. The doctor said I can teach alone by then, but easy on the spins in the show- Try to stick to beledi with lots of zils (The doctor is a Turkish woman). Then I am good to do whatever I want by June 8, just in time for a full summer of; Argentina, South Africa, Spain, Mexico, Atlanta's Southern Fusion Fest, and last but not least, teaching a week long workshop in Seattle with guest, dance ethnologist, Helene Eriksen. There is still room left in both Teachers Training (April), and my week long, Aug. 25-31. Please log onto www.tamalyndallal.com for info or e mail me.
Recent performance photo, taken in Miami Beach by Denise Marino. The unique dress was embroidered by the women of Egypt's Siwa Oasis when I revisited after writing my book "40 Days and 1001 Nights". If you would like to support a dancer with a broken leg and no insurance, in lieu of sympathy, go on the website www.40daysand1001nights.com and read excerps from the book. Then, of course, I hope you will be sufficiently tempted to buy the book and read it. That's what I wrote it for...

Tamalyn Dallal

Posted March 14, 2008

The first workshop in North America with Orit Maftsir of Israel was held on Saturday March 8, 2008. The event was sponsored by Yasmina Ramzy and Arabesque Academy of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


Help with names would be appreciated! Thanks!

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Back row: Rachelle, Amanda, Mary, Melissa, Annie Kristina, Rebeca, Lisa, Kelly
Middle row: Tristan, Lauren, Anna, Susan, Nicola, Laura, Marilou, Orit, Voual, Michelle, Alice, Heathir, Donna, Marie
Front: Kyra, Vicki, Angela, Samantha, Priscila, Amelie, Andrea, Heather, Karen, Christina, Ioana.

Posted March 6, 2008 at 2:20pmThis clip will be available as soon at YouTube finishes processing it.
Gig Bag check #2
Debbie Smith interviews Jillina of the BDSS backstage at the Marin Civic Center

Posted March 1, 2008 at 4pm-
Gig Bag Check #1b featuring Monica Berini

Posted February 19, 2008
Danse Maghreb at Ashkenaz in Berkeley Jan. 2008
with the Moh Alileche Ensemble performing dances of the Algerian Kabyle
Posted February 7, 2008
Yasser Darwish
taught at Dance Mission Theatre on January 13, 2008 sponsored by Amina Goodyear
all photos by Masouma Rose

Who are these people?
back row: 1, 2, 3, Shaunte, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, Christina Amar, 11, 12, 13
front row: 1, Masouma, Yolanda?, Yasser, Monica

Yasser teached in the beautiful corner studio looking across Mission Street

George Lammams worried about this head!
Pachemama's in North Beach district of San Francisco

?, Sahra, Marcia, Kira and Roxxanne
posted February 7, 2008
Roxxanne poses with friends at her event- Hypzotica
at Walid'a restaurant in Alhambra, California, on January 19, 2008
Report and photos to follow.

posted 1-7-08
Hey there! Here is a holiday photo of the dancers of the Bijan Restaurant from our holiday get together at the Cheesecake Factory in Pleasanton: (from left to right) Naiya, Etana Hayal, Salena, Surreyya, Setareh, Samireh (& girls), Shabaana, Samira, Khalila,
only Crystal is missing
  • 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,
    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...
  • January 2008 through May 2008 -you are here!
    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
    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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