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

  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

“My Love is Choreography”

Karin and I had a long and lovely talk at Tribal Fest.  She’s directed Mandala Dance Works and taught dance at the collegiate level for 30 years.   Mandala, based in Los Angeles, was primarily a Modern Dance company.  But after taking a brief hiatus to learn Bellydance, she then encompassed Belly Dance Fusion, incorporating jazz, hip … Read more

Pin-Up Bellydance

The lovely Michelle Manx met with me one night of Tribal Fest 2012. This interview was the beginning of a beautiful night where we celebrated her birthday at the Cosmik Casbah afterparty. Michelle is a sweetheart and it was a highlight of Tribal Fest 2012 to get to know her better. She studied ballet for … Read more

Farhana, Princess of Hollywood

    Princess Farhana is a captivating performer with a hefty bag of tricks (her abdominal work is extraoardinary).  Over three decades of performing has created a great stage presence with many costumes and personas to offer.  But more than this, she is one of the most interesting people you’ll ever meet (or read about).  In addition … Read more

Dancer, Mother and Astrophysicist Jatila

 While she knew she was a dancer at the age of 3, it took years of begging her mother before finally learning the varied dance forms of Ballet, Flamenco, and Bharata Natyam.  She discovered and fell in love with Bulgarian music and dance in the late 90s with Yves Moreau, just a few years before learning … Read more

Marta Schill on 1970s Los Angeles Bellydance

Years ago in one of my favorite bookstores (Book Barn in Niantic, CT), I picked up a copy of the Compleat Bellydancer by Julie Russo Mishkin and Marta Schill.  I loved it for its beautiful pictures and as a snapshot into American bellydance history.  It harkened the time before instructional DVDs and Youtube, even before VHS or CDs!  Published … Read more