Category Archives: Performance

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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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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BDSS United States fall 2005 tour

It seems the superstars are hitting the east coast pretty hard this the next time around, with 44 dates covering about two months (55 days) from mid-September to early November. I’m sure this isn’t the complete itinerary, but it’s enough for a lot of people to start making plans. Most of the venues aren’t published yet, so there’s not really much to comment on, but here are some brief observations:

The tour as available now runs just over 10,500 miles, plus a jaunt out to Puerto Rico, so approaching 200 miles per day.

Alexandria picks up two dates (this is actually old news and has been on the calendar for some time). The Birchmere is a 500-seat venue, and has consistently sold out for them, so this time around, they’re hoping to double it. This is also a Monday-Tuesday situation, so someone thinks the DC region is strong enough to come out on school nights (and a holiday night…). Anyone that misses those, gets another shot in Baltimore that Wednesday, just an hour away.

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congratulations sundari

just a quick note for the nerissa and zahirah of baltimore bellydance for their success with sundari…

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congratulations sahara dance

not just a dancer, but more than 100 of them (i didn’t count :) ).

congratulations to rachel kay brookmire, catarina carlesso, chiaki, ebony, elysa, marta, saphira, and sera for an amazing performance, an amazing bunch of performers, and two sold-out shows.

you rock. i’d congratulate the whole troupe individually, but it’s been an exceedingly long day, and i have to be up early in the morning, so, i hope you can forgive me.

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Akram Khan’s Kaash

If you can only see one dance performance this year, make it Akram Khan’s “Kaash.” You’ll thank yourself with the first percussive explosion of this hypnotic evening-length work, which had its New York premiere Tuesday at the Joyce Theater.

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