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Come along as we explore the Pasadena Greek Fest, an annual tradition of over 55 years, to celebrate Greek Culture with music, food and dance! It was originally held at St. Anthony’s Greek Orthodox Church, in Pasadena, California. But its currently hosted at the beautiful Santa Anita Race Track, just 40 minutes northeast of Los … Read more

Ballet and Hamburgers

Ballet is a very challenging and beautiful dance form that originated in France and Italy, yet has become synonymous with “dance” around the world.  It is a “classical” art form, one that takes years of practice and dedication to master.  Thus, it can be very intimidating to look for and take a ballet class as an adult, especially … Read more

Offering Your Dance Wisdom for Free

Mahin is an Arabic dancer and teacher in Phoenix who taught workshops at Cairo Caravan 2013. She generously offers her knowledge in a free email list “Bellydance Quickies”. In this excerpt we talk about something really crucial for all of us, the value of failure.  “If we succeed at everything we do, we probably haven’t … Read more

Yasemin

            Yasemin and Paul Petresco of Tribal Bazaaar dancing at Café Aman, Los Angeles. Yasemin is one of those people whose depth surpasses her titles and associations.  Yes she is a beautiful costumer, a talented cabaret and folk dancer and artist but she has an essence and mystique that cannot … Read more

“I was practically born on a team”

                       Interview with Amy and Kari of Unmata at Tribal Fest 2012 Amy Sigil is a world renowned Tribal Fusion and Improvisational Tribal Style dancer, teacher and choreographer.  Kari and Amy have been dancing with each other for years in Amy’s troupe Unmata, based in … Read more

‘This is what I was made to do’

                        Raquy has a long music history beginning with her parents who were both Classical musicians.  She grew up playing classical music.  “There are pictures of me in diapers playing a violin”, so even before she was potty trained, she was playing music.  Yet … Read more

Penny Collins and I met up at Cairo Caravan last year after her workshop “Dancing from the Inside Out”. She’s a resident of Julian, California where she dances with Mountain Tribal Gypsy, an American Tribal Style® dance troupe. She talked about her early beginnings in American Tribal Fusion® or ATS® style bellydance that “captivated me … Read more

  Bahar Sarah is a teacher who will give you invaluable gifts that simply cannot compare with standard dance class content. She was one of the few people who replied to my inquiries for dance instruction while planning my trip to Turkey. As it’s rare to find teachers of ‘spiritual dance’ on a bellydance teacher … Read more

Sometimes videos just don’t do a performance justice. But if you haven’t seen Marjhani perform live, watch the following video to see how mesmerizingly talented she is: Marjhani at Ojai Bellydance Festival, 2009   Marjhani is one of the most memorable performers you’ll ever see.  Certainly she has a unique dance style, and she doesn’t … Read more

‘Whatever you do, everything is behind bellydance’

In preparation for my trip to Turkey, I talked to and emailed and facebooked everyone I knew (and didn’t know) in connection to Turkey or Turkish dance. From the amazing Artemis Mourat, Turkish and Romani style teacher and dancer, I received a few wonderful leads. It seems her student, Gigi (Dilsah) was now living and … Read more