Donavon and his history in Arabic Drumming

Ojai Bellydance Festival attracts many amazing, kindhearted musicians and dancers to its charming oasis in Southern California.  While I was pleasantly surprised at how many new people from Ojai I met, it was a treat to spend a few minutes with one of Los Angeles’ own treasures, the arabic percussionist Donavon Lerman. Donavon is well known in … Read more

Backstage at “A Taste of Los Angeles Bellydance”

Last Saturday January 21st, was the premiere event for the new Los Angeles chapter of MECDA (Middle Eastern Culture and Dance Association).  It may have been called “Taste of Los Angeles Bellydance” but we all left satiated.    There was over 8 hours of performances and workshops by Devilla, Heather Shoopman, Mandala Danceworks, Princess Farhana and … Read more