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

  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

‘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

When the Musician Connects to the Dance

I had the fortunate opportunity to both interview and take a drumming workshop from Karim Nagi at Cairo Caravan in June.  Having primarily learned Doumbek (Arabic hand drum) through DVD and by following along with other drummers, I had learned many rhythms simply by the pattern and the general pace, without any connection to dances … Read more

“This is what it’s all about”

I had one of those peak experiences in my first class with Ozgen.  Less than 24 hours after landing in Istanbul, I had already danced for 6 hours.  Every minute was exhilarating.  But it was during that first class that I felt pure elation because I realized I was in Turkey learning Turkish Romani dance. … Read more