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Hakima interview video , Tarabiya Rehearsal Video , Ali of Turquoise International Interviewed, Interview with Simona Minisini of Italy, Gigbag Check #32 with Tito!, Nawarra video interview

posted 12-22-2011, submitted by Denise of Pangia

Happy Holidays from Pangia!
Happy Holidays from Pangia!

posted December 13, 2011, submitted by Katalin Schafer of Hungary
Katalin Schafer

posted December 7, 2011, submitted by Sausan


Posted December 6, 2011, submitted by Azrakesh

Happy Holidays from Azrakesh of Vancouver, Canada!

Happy Holidays from Azrakesh of Vancouver, Canada!

Posted December 5, 2011

Interview with Nawarra of the UK and Morocco

We met Nawarra in Marrakech, at Simona's Mediterranean Delight Festival held there in June 2011. Nawarra grew up in Casablanca graduating from the university there. She now lives in Leed, near Manchester in Northern England. She has a troupe there, teaches and also takes several tour groups per year back to Morocco. She explains to us the term "sha'abi" and how it is used in the Moroccan dialect of the Arabic language. She is intelligent and alot of fun. I look forward to getting together with her again! Thanks Nawarra

Posted December 4, 2011, submitted by Sausan

First Annual San Francisco Bay Area Belly Dance Teachers' Consortium

October 16, 2011, Golden Gate Concourse (Bandshell) in San Francisco, CA
photos by Reuben Cornel and Tricia Bailey

Golden Gate Park Band shell featuring Troupe Joweh

posted November 30, 2011

Gigbag Check #32- Tito Seif!

In October, 2011, we found Tito Seif backstage at Hala's show in Redwood City, California. Tito is currently the most famous male dancer in the world. He shows us several of his costumes all of which he designed. Also included is a clip of one of his dances at Hala's wonderful show. Thank you to Hala and Tito for your time.


Joweh says Happy Holiday!
Posted 11-25-11, submitted by Stasha

Dear Lynette and all Gilded Serpent readers, best wishes for a loving Holiday and a healthy, peaceful and prosperous New Year!
 with love ~stasha
Stasha Holiday Card

Candle for JeniViva
Posted 11-20-11, submitted by Carl Sermon

The fusion Tribal dancer JeniViva Mia died in a car crash this week.

The fusion Tribal dancer JeniViva Mia died in a car crash this week.

Posted 11-12-11

Video Interview with Simona Minisini of Italy

In June, 2011, Gilded Serpent was present at the Mediterranean Delight Festival in Marrakech, Morocco (produced by Simona Guzman). There we were able to get some time with Simona Minisini of Palmanova, Italy. She told us about her school, the coming World Dance Tropy Competition and her own history in Oriental dance. She and her husband Igor have a studio called Club Sunshine with mutiple dance rooms, 2 pools and a "Bed and Breakfast". This video also included a sample of her performance at the festival in Morocco.

posted November 10, 2011,
submitted by Myriam Eli of Harmonic Motion

"The Virginia Tech College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, the Center for the Arts, and the CLAHS Dean’s Advisory Committee on International Initiatives present, Al-Hawanim, a five-woman ensemble, performing Middle Eastern music Sunday, October 2 3:00 PM Lyric Theatre in downtown Blacksburg, VA

Al-Hawanim Ensemble

Anne Elise Thomas- qanun, Anne Rasmussen- ‘ud, Elizabeth Ayoub- singer, Bridget Robbins- nay, Myriam Eli- percussion

Al-Hawanim Ensemble

"Here are some photos & info. on our recent performance of Armenian Music with Ara Topouzian for Global Thursdays at the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. This salute to traditional Armenian music includes three artists who are masters of their craft. Ara Topouzian has been featured in multiple PBS documentaries, performing on kanun and various other Armenian and Middle Eastern instruments. Joining Topouzian is oud virtuoso Joe Zeytoonian, who has toured the U.S., Latin America, Japan and Europe, and recorded for Estefan Enterprises and Sony Music. On percussion for the evening is Myriam Eli, a multi-talented touring percussionist who plays the darbuka, riqq and bendir. "

Myriam's Trio
 Below is footage from their appearance on the Fox 2 Detroit TV.
"I'm also enclosing the link for our Fox 2 Detroit TV performance as promotion for this show."

Posted 11-7-11

Jillina's Amazing Drum Solo from IBCC 2010 Closing Night with Live Band

As the IBCC 2012 event approaches, take a look at a lovely performance from 2010. dances for drummer, Suleiman Warwar.
This performance was held at the Acrobat Lounge in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Posted November 3, 2011, submitted by Katalin Schafer of Hungary
[ed note- photo credit needed!]

Katalin's Bambuteya
Katalin group performance at the Closing Gala at
Oriental Passion Festival
held in Athens on the 16th of Oktober 2011

"I made the choreography and teach them by skype... first was my Melaya solo, then my 2 fishermen from the Suez Canal came to the stage and danced the bambuteya
with a spoon dance at the end. The 2 handsome boys was Dmitrij Pekaros from the National Greek ballet (It was a honor to teach my choreography to him) and Nikolas Kazakos Greek Oriental dancer." [costumes by Katalin, of course!]

Katalin's BambuteyaKatalin's Bambuteya

Katalin's Bambuteya
Katalin (Hungary), Gurchaten Sandhu (UK), Nikolas Kazakos (Greece), and Amal (Switzerland)

Group pose 2

?, Katalin and Prince Kayammer (Greece)

Azad KaanKami Liddle

Kataline with Azad Kaan of Germany and Kami Liddle of the USA

Posted October 18, 2011, Submitted by Sahra Kent,
Photo taken while she was teaching in Alaska in early October
Sahra in Alaska in her GS shirt!

Send in your holiday photos now! This Tshirt is available for purchase here.

Posted 10-5-11

In an interview for, Ali tells us about how he came to produce his first cymbals. He is interviewed by MaShuqa. He also talks about Dahlena, Bobby Farah, his education, inferior copies of his zils, how to know that you have genuine Turquoise cymbals. Testimonials from Jillina, Princess Farhana, and Marta Schill. Ali has been supporting Gilded Serpent with his advertising since 2004.


posted 10-4-11

Gilded Serpent presents our report from Tarabiya, Produced by MCCLA & Mosaic Productions, Oct 1, 2011, San Francisco.
Musicians: Younes el Maqboul, Jalal Takesh, Husain Dixon Resan, Amina Goodyear, Sandy Hollister, Faisal Zedan.
Dancers: Dannhae, Nicole, Ahava, Hanna, Zahara. MC: Salena.
Subittled- an evening inspired by the joyful state that is tarab! The music of Om Kaltoum. Filmed by Lynette Harris

Posted 10-2-2011
Video report from the 17th Annual Arab Cultural Festival in San Francisco
Oct 1, 2011, Union Square

Posted 9-26-2011
Sneak peak at what is coming next Saturday night in San Francisco!

Band rehearsal for Tarabiya caught this footage near the end of band rehearsal at Amina Goodyear's beautiful victorian house in Noe Valley, San Francisco. Jalal Takesh, Husain Dixon Resan, Faisal Zedan, Amina Goodyear, Sandy Hollister are seen practicing for their upcoming show at the Mission Cultural Center on October 1, 2011. The violin player Younes El Maqboul had already left to get back to work. Hana Ali was also listening. She will be one of the dancers performing in the show along with Ahava, Dannhae, Nicole, and Zahara. For more information on this show see these website- See you there!

Posted September 23, 2011, Submitted by Meiver, photo by Heather Emerson
Karim's Drum Class at Mass Raqs

Karim Nagi’s “tabla touchers” after his Rhythm for Dancers workshop. Sunday September 11th, 2011
Names coming! (help?)
Left to right, back to front:
1-Kanina Hague, 2-Lizzy Mulen, 3-peeking-FangYun, 4-pink shirt-Angela Clayton, 5-peeking- Eli, 6-Kaylin, 7-Anabee, 8-Rachael, 9-peeking?, 10?, 11-Yael Zohar, 12-Jemileh Nour, 13-Cyndal Ellis, 14-Nepenthe Ahlam, 15-peeking, 16-Sobeida Lagrange, 17?
Tamsin Maxwell, Megan Gackstetter, Jaylee, ??, tabla, ??, ??, Melissa Kelman with green bracelet, Meiver, Sara, Paula, Karim, Shakima Laila, ??

More photos from MassRaqs 2011 coming soon!

posted 9-22-11, submitted by Najla of New York
Najla dances

Najla of NYC performed her show Belly Dance "Prop-tacular" at the Figment Festival on Governors Island, her second contribution to the annual event. While the show was a fun and exciting taste of the diversity of belly dance props, it was the unexpected finale that really wowed the audience. Photos taken 6/12/11

The proposal!

posted 9-19-11, submitted by Princess Farhana
Princess with Models in Las Vegas

 The debut of  the  new Egyptian costume line,  designed by Princess Farhana  for King Of The Nile,
at The Las Vegas Belly Dance Intensive.
Left to  Right:  models DeVilla, and  Vahana, Princess Farhana, models Farasha, Etoile  and Ninyshka
all wearing Princess Farhana's  new designs.  


posted 9-18-11, submitted by Virginia's assistant- Francis.
Names of individuals requested
Sharif Workshop at Rakstar 2010, Florida

posted 9-18-11, submitted by Zuri of Cocoabelly, photo by Orozco Yuri

kazja and zavivah fall 2011 fashion exhibition

Kazja and Zavivah fall 2011 fashion exhibition

One of my friends took this shot of Zavivah (L) and Kazja (R) backstage at the fashion exhibition. 
Zavivah's Costume is called "Safari Night", and
Kazja's costume is called "Naked Beauty"
Thanks so much and I hope to be advertising in some way really soon!

posted 9-18-11, submitted by Amar Lammar
photos by Andre Elbing, Ayman Shoala of, and Ronnos

International Summer Bellydance Festival 2011

5-6 & 7th August 2011 in Leiden, Neatherlands. Sponsor/Producer Anusch Alawerdian
FIRST PIC: (from left to right) Amira Shazadi -(Germany/brazil), Sophie Armoza - (Israel), Nelly - (Austria), Anush Alawerdian -(Armenia/N.L organizer of the summer
belly dance festival), Shayma -(Argentina), Amar Lammar- (Mexico/UAE), Amits Ates (N.L) and Susanne Hilse.

AnuschAmar Lammar

Anusch and Amar Lammar

Sword dancer


posted 9-18-11, submitted by Shabnam
Bellydance Day show that took place on Sunday August 28th at Rythmix Theatre in Alameda CA.
The sold out show featured wonderful performances by Miriam Peretz, Shabnam, Zahara, Heaven Mousalem and more
Shabnam and
Elly, Shabnam, Ria and Cherry

posted 9-18-11, submitted by Amira of Las Vegas, Nevada
Amira's booth at the Las Vegas Intensive
“Amira’s Belly” booth at the Las Vegas Belly Dance Intensive 2011. Thank you all who stopped by! On the picture- Amira and Zhanna

Posted 9-16-11, submitted by Angelina of Italy
Sharon was also at this eventAd

September 9 and 10, 2011
Ravenna, Italy.
In the picture, left to right:
Helena Russo (ITALY) Valeria Putitskaya Dancers (RUSSIA) Ilina (ESPAñA) Joseph and Anna Valenti (Organizers) Zaza Hassan (PARIS-CAIRO) Aziza (CAIRO) Serpant du Nile (Morroco) Valeria Putitskaya (RUSSIA) Angelina (COLOMBIA-SPAIN) . Sharon Kihara was also at this event. She is pictured at left.

Posted 9-13-11, Submitted by Zeina

Photos from the June Nile Group Festival in Cairo

Finale- click for enlargement
Camelia Show
click for enlargement

Asmahan Show

Nile Group Cake

Nile Group celebration cutting the Nile Group Cake

Nile Group open floor

Teachers dancing together

Posted 9-13-11, submitted by Andrea of TBC

Photos by Brian Lin from the Theatrical Bellydance Convention held in New York City July 6-10, 2011

Ranya's Company
Ranya Renee Company in Palace Footprints: Dreams of el-Andalus, original choreography by Ranya to a traditional muwwashshahat. Dancers from left: Christina Stjernholm Nygaard, Uza Mitra, Leela Corman, Sabbi, Joanie and Jenna Shear. Performed at Dance New Amsterdam.


Left photo: Anasma performs Fallen Angel. Mocking God like a rebellious teenager, the piece reveals that The Little Devil comes from the Heavens. He discovers a Pandora’s box, filled with the seven sins. Performed at Dance New Amsterdam.

Right photo: Francesca Ferrando dances with Scott Wilson on oud and vocals and Brain T. Carter on drum. Performed at the Lafayette Grill.



Elena Lentini (front) and Andrea Beeman of Caravanserai Dance Theater perform Torn Love Letters, moving like ethereal butterflies. Performed at Dance New Amsterdam

Flying Apsaras- Kaeshi Chai and Lale Sayoko. Kaeshi (left) and Lale perform Apsara Temple Dance, a bellydance/Cambodian/Thai fusion piece. Performed at Dance New Amsterdam.

Posted 9-9-11
GS met Hakima at Simona's Mediterranean Delight Festival held in Marrakech in June 2011.
Hakima is a native Moroccan dancer. She was teaching workshops an performing. She had a friend help us with translating.
Hakima now lives near Barcelona in Spain. She can also be found and contact on Facebook.

Posted 8-27-11, submitted by Tera Rich

Tera's dress

Stolen Costumes!
This summer while Tera was recovering from eye surgery. The will likely show up around the Portland or Seattle areas.
The authentic embroidered Bedouin dress--black with unique and unusual bird design in particular has sentimental value since my mother (now deceased) bartered with a little old Arab man in market place for two days in Israel. She hand carried this dress back to me--that was back in the 1970s. I'm devastated at the loss of this precious gift from my deceased mother!

If seen or found, please return to me (no questions asked),
Tera Jean Rich a.k.a. Tera Vashtillyia.


Raks A'Diva win again!

posted 8-27-11, submitted by Cindy Latham

Raks A'Diva won 1st place at 2011Yaa Halla Ya'll for the troupe competition.
photo by Carl Sermon 
From left to right:  Fatinah, Le'Ana, Iman, Zamon,  & Majah

posted 8-23-11
Video Collage from The Real Doner in Petaluma.
Performers: Hussein Dixon Resan, Jalal Takesh, Susu Pamparin, Amina Goodyear, Terrianne

Continuing my day following Amina around, we visit her gig that night at the Real Doner in Petaluma. This footage is shot early in the evening before the real crowd arrives. Performing are Hussein Dixon Resan on violin, Jalal Takesh on kanoun, Susu Pampanin on tabla, and Amina Goodyear on def or riq. TerriAnne is the dancer. Jalal used to own the Pasha Restaurant in San Francisco on Broadway and Polk street. Hussein also plays oud and sings. Susu Pampanin and TerriAnne live around the corner and are well known performers. Please also check Amina's wonderful writing and reviews on Amina is and incredible dancers and teacher herself along with being a musician. Rumor has it that the owners of this restaurant will be opening up a much larger venues in Santa Rosa soon!

posted 8-22-11
Finding the Lammam Ensemble at the Cotati Accordion Festival 2011

Cotati is famous for its yearly festival featuring accordion music from around the world. This is my first visit. I'm looking around for Amina and the Lammam Ensemble. Today the group includes 2 of the brothers- Tony on drum and Elias on accordion- along with Amina Goodyear on riq and Richard on guitar. The very last clip is the line of woman waiting for their moment with Elias to buy the group's CD.

posted August 22, 2011, submitted by Carl Sermon
Mendocino Music and Dance Camp held July 2011
This is just a teaser for more photos coming soon!

Faisal Zedan teaches young pupils

posted 8-18-11, submitted by Burcu
photos from recent Ozgen in Istanbul workshops and tour held August 7-14

Brucu's trip
Gul Nihal, Ozgen, Erhan Ay, Burcu, Yvonne Russell, Rachel, Itsumi, Radek Majesky
Hacı Baba Restaurant (This is our welcome dinner)

Burcu's trip
Itsumi, Ozgen , Yvone Russell, Radek Majesky, Rachel at the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul

Burcu's trip
Burcu, Ozgen, Yvonne Russell, Gypsy musician, Radek Majesky, Itsumi, Rachel Hislop
(this is a very nice district with lots of fish restaurants, gypsy musicians and belly dancers.
It is an authentic atmosphere and not just for tourists, also for Turkish people. This is our farewell dinner)

posted August 7, 2011, submitted by Amina Goodyear
Photos taken yesterday at the "Sideshow" stage at Carnival of Stars 2011 on her iphone 3gs

Sahara band
Monica and Janine

















Posted July 19, 2011, submitted by Duane Stevens
HalfAdira June 11 2011, San Jose
The June 2011 "HaflAdira" event featured peformances from 14 acts, solos and troupes.  The summer hafla series is a free event featuring Bay Area talent, and occurs monthly from May to October each year, in the parking lot at Adira Dance and Costume store at 1202 Linclon Avenue, San Jose, Calif.

Amanda Baer by Duane Stevens
Amanda Baer

Rasa Vitale by Duane Stevens
Rasa Vitale

Troupe Daima by Duane Stevens
Troupe Daima

Posted 7-17-11, raw video submitted by Amina Goodyear

Posted 7-17-11
Georges Lammam Ensemble at Seahorse Restaurant in Sausalito, CA

Posted on 7-17-11, submitted by Zorba
Zorba dancing at the Faerie Barter Market

"Photo was provided by the lovely Didi - my Tribal style teacher. 
Much to her annoyance, I danced Cabaret style - I really should have included her FAVORITE Cabaret move, the "Cabaret Headache"! I don't normally like dancing outdoors - OR in the daylight. But this performance at the "Faerie Barter Market" was special. Nothing like Belly Dancing in the Redwoods! Zildjian Zills..."
De La Veaga Park in Santa Cruz, CA 7/9/11

Posted 7-7-11, submitted by Princess Farhana
Mohammed Shahin, Aleya, Princess Farhana & Jillina at Ahlan Wa Sahlan 2011 at The Mena House, Cairo Egypt
Mohammed Shahin, Aleya, Princess  Farhana & Jillina at  Ahlan Wa Sahlan 2011 at The Mena House, Cairo Egypt


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