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Tempest and Sashi in DC

don’t delay… dark things happening in the district a month before halloween… with several of my favorite local dancers performing in the evening. get tickets here. October 1st Workshop, ~11am: Dance Place 3225 8th Street NE Washington, DC 20017 Performance, … Continue reading

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Syracuse Katrina fundraiser

in the empire state, Syracuse area bellydancers hold Katrina fundraiser

The Syracuse Area Bellydancers Association hosted a fundraiser for the victims of Hurricane Katrina last night at Westcott Community Center.

The documentary American Bellydancer was shown followed by a live belly dancing show.

“The thing is that we are here and we seem so far removed from what people are actually experiencing down South. Myself personally, I am from Gulf Port, Mississippi, so for me I have been affected by the Hurricane even up here and there’s so little that we can do from a distance. This is one thing we can do that will make an impact,” said Chelle Naef, bellydance instructor said.

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BDSS United States winter 2006 tour

the itinerary for the first few months of 2006 is now posted, so here are a few minutes’ thoughts on the superstars as they kick off 2006…

the first thing i need to say is that this tour is a lot less rock-and-roll and a lot more dancer-compatible. the average leg is a little more than 200 miles, which is actually a bit longer than the fall 2005 schedule (before it was cancelled), but more importantly, the long legs are matched to dark days more consistently than anything the superstars have done in the past. the short version is that this means a better show, for many inter-related reasons.

the other general note is that the venues seem to be up a notch or two – bigger and more formal presentation space. this also means a better show.

here’s the information i have. many venues are not announced yet, so there’s not much i can do with that. venues i’m familiar with in some manner have capacity in parens. total, with this plan is 67 days covering 14652 miles, which works out to 219 miles/day.
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Standard Renaissance Festival Pay for Bellydance Shows?

I’ve been searching the web, unsuccessfully, to find out what the going rate is for paying a bellydance troupe to perform at a renaissance faire. I know there are a lot of factors that impact the pay, but is there someone who has any personal experience or knowledge in this area that would be willing to share this information? Perhaps, it is a taboo to discuss this? I have found web articles on what professional bellydancers should charge, but nothing that relates specifically to renaissance festivals.

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Rakkasah East 2005 Caravan

Now that everyone that’s performing should know… here’s the space to organize rides needed and seats available to and from Rakkasah East 2005 (October 14 through 16) rooms or couches to share and anything else that comes up. Post comments with anything you need or have available for people attending Rakkasah.

I’ll update this with specific performers and other information as I get it. In the meantime, the page is yours…
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dance festival in ukiah

in the northern reaches of california…

Middle East HEAT

Performances by a variety of dancers from students to professionals are planned. Visitors will be able to browse the exotic Belly Dance Bazaar, join the Drummers and Musicians Circle, or join dancers in the Open Dance Circle and learn a few belly dance techniques. Several belly dance workshops also are planned earlier in the day.

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samson seeks delilah july 31

official “cut time” is 4:30. I’ll be in the neighborhood (and you’re welcome to drop by) anytime after about 3pm. the salon closes at 5pm, so after being sheared, i figured we’d find a local place in the area to drop in for dinner and hang out for a while.

ok, it’s official. 17th is out, 31st is in… thanks for your opinions

the 17th is getting a lot of complaints about conflicts through the back-channels, and i have a conflict on the 24th, so, if you’ve got some thoughts on the 17th versus the 31st, get in touch…

many of you that know me know that i’ve been putting off the “Grand Cut” since around the end of last year, with great global events (tsunamis, popes, wars, etc) and minor personal events conspiring to ruin the best laid plans and best intentions… now that the spring crunch is [mostly] over, it’s time to get this done.

for those that don’t know, i’m cutting off about 16 inches of hair.

i’m looking for people who will play with me on a sunday toward the middle of july (july 17 would be perfect), and i’m going to bring myself and hopefully a bunch of amazing dancing girls in full dance regalia into adams morgan (washington dc) to take off some hair for locks of love.
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ten new b&w images

finally (!) got around to adding a set of 10 black-and-white images to the performance photo site.

all of these from sahara’s under a desert moon performance in may… drop by, tell me what you think… Continue reading

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Auditioning for the superstars

two experiences, as presented by the gilded serpent, here.

But in order to survive that first audition one must have an extensive background in Western choreographed dance forms such as jazz, modern or ballet, as well as belly dance.

She told me to take more ballet.

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it’s national dance week

It’s national dance week (April 22 – May 1)….

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