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The Palace Station in Las Vegas

Las Vegas Bellydance Intensive 2009 Photos

Photos by Ben of Southwest Photography*
posted August 16, 2010

The 7th Annual Las Vegas Bellydance Intensive & Festival took place on September 10-13, 2009 at the Palace Station Hotel & Casino.  The event featured workshops & performances from Amaya, Jim Boz, Sharon Kihara, Suzanna Del Vecchio, Aubre, and Frederique. The event is produced by Samira Tu’Ala and her team.

Samira’s Mission Statement for this event:

The Las Vegas Bellydance Intensive & Festival celebrates the cultural, historical, and progressive evolution of belly dance by providing an arena to showcase professional artists, offering study opportunities to students, and using entertainment as an outreach medium to educate the general public about this art form.


Aisha of Greece

Aisha of Greece

Amaya of New Mexico

Amaya of New Mexico

Amira of Las Vegas

Amira of Las Vegas

Aibre of Los Angeles

Aubre of Los Angeles

Deb Rubin of San Francisco

Deb Rubin of San Francisco

Dilek of San Diego

Dilek of San Diego


Raks Estela of Las Vegas


Frederique of San Francisco


Star dancers

Isis and the Star Dancers of Dallas

Jim Boz

Jim Boz of San Diego

Kassar Tribal

Kassar Tribal of Somerset, New Jersey

Leyla Amir

Leyla Amir of Las Vegas

Lotus Niraja

Lotus Niraja of Maryland

New World Rhythms

New World Rhythms of Las Vegas

Sabeya of Canada

Sabaya of Canada


Salome of Corvalis, OR

Sharon Kihara

Sharon Kihara of Germany

Suzanna Del Vecchio

Suzanna Del Vecchio of Denver

Wild Card Belly Dance

Wild Card Bellydance of Sonoma

Vendors and Casual Shots

Cocktail Party Shopping
Cocktail Party Shopping

Elvis impersonator

Elvis Impersonator

Elvis poses with the showgirls

Elvis and showgirls

Random Audience

Audience with a few familiar faces including Harry and his wife right front, and next to them in red is Selena Kareena.

Random Class

Class with Habib of Sedona, AZ

Random Festival

Festival performance with ?

Random Festival Audience

Festival Audience

Random Shopping



Nera Brent of FireFly style

This year’s festival will be held September 9-12, 2010
at the historic Flamingo Hotel & Casino.
Added this year is a contest and a "drum track".
more info here


The photographer is Ben Zimmerman of Southwest Photography.  Ben is a local convention photographer who primarily shoots corporate events.  He found Samira via the Las Vegas Convention Authority website. 

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  1. raks estelaNo Gravatar

    Aug 17, 2010 - 05:08:15

    im so honored to be part of las vegas belly dance intensive, im so happy that this event is growing and growing every year, it has the best the workshops, and shows, that it make every dancer to join it every time 🙂


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