Sophia guards the van

Gilded Serpent presents...
Middle Eastern Music
and Dance Camp
Mendocino Woodlands, August 17-24, 2008

photo and video reports by Sophia and Lynette Harris

Sunday Orientation and Monday activities
8-18-08- Sophia and I are settled in our camp spot in our Volkswagen camper. Last night was registration and orientation. Everyone gathered in the dance hall. The hall is a post and beam style building decorated with David Ludwig's beautiful silk painted backdrops. Samira Tamer introduced the staff, giving each teacher a chance to entice students to their classes. Anthony, a PhD student, announced that he would be filming and interviewing for his dissertation on teaching and learning Middle Eastern Music and Dance in the United States. Liliana Sanchez of Belly Dance Magazine announced a contest that would be held this week. The 3 finalists would dance on Saturday night and the winner would win a tour to Turkey! After the announcements the chairs were put away and the music and dancing began. Sophia and I retired to the camper where we could hear the wonderful music as we fell asleep.

This morning the classes begin. Dinner and breakfast was quite good! The students on scholarship working the kitchen were cheerful and surprisingly bright eyed after being up so late last night!

Please enjoy todays pictures!

Shoshanna holds Amira while standing with Adam. Shoshanna is responsible for organizing alot of the dance events this week.

Nasser's oud class

Tamara finds a new pet banana slug

Robyn Friend does Persian

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10-13-03 The Middle Eastern Music and Dance Camp in Mendocino by Yasmela
There is nothing like immersing yourself in study and in the strange and unique culture of the Middle Eastern music and dance “scene”.

5-5-06 2005 Folktours Middle Eastern Music & Dance Camp Pennsylvania, by Zarqaa, Photos by Sarah Skinner and Carl Miller.
Look around and delight in the glory of the dancers and musicians. Dance.

3-6-05 The Folk Tours Dance & Music Camp Review by Piper (and baby pics too!) Photos by Carl Miller, May 2004
Once upon a time, in far away lands, I performed five shows a night, seven nights a week to great live music. I don’t miss the wily club owners, late nights, or cigarette smoke, but I do miss the music.

10-4-04 Folktour's 2nd Annual Music and Dance Camp Photos by Carl Miller, Report by Mark Balahadia
Pennsylvania, May 2004, Dancers and musicians all over the East Coast (and abroad) came to participate in the four-day oriental dance and music camp.

8-12-04 The Photos & Poetry of David Ludwig of the Middle Eastern Music and Dance Camp in Mendocino in August 2003
there is a time each year, when dancers and musicians gather, in a magic forest, to reconnect , with their creative source...

11-11-03 MORE Photos from The Middle Eastern Music and Dance Camp in Mendocino by GS staff and friends
Just the extra photos of our art and faces you know projected into a beautiful natural settin

10-23-07 Khamsa Holidays, A Dance and Culture Camp in Tunisia Report and photos by Denise Leclair
How do you judge a dance trip? Would you go back next year? …in a heartbeat. Damn the cost and mercury retrograde and the heat. It was that good!

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