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

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

Interview with Heather Shoopman at Tribal Fest, May 2012 Its always a pleasure to see Heather’s big smile at events around LA, so it was especially lovely to have her in my interview chair sharing her diverse history. She has learned gymnastics, martial arts, rock climbing, martial arts and choreographed for the Pom Pom Squad … 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

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

Ayse Cerami and 9/8 Improv Tribal Fusion

Ayse and I have both danced with Medianoche Dance Company, just not at the same time.  So I’m happy that I got to know her at the last Tribal Fusion Faire in San Luis Obisbo, CA.  We both share a love for 9/8 rhythms, Turkish dance, Folk dance, Tribal Fusion dance, American Tribal Style (ATS) … Read more

Alexandru and I met at an International folk dance cooperative, Cafe AMAN where we quickly bonded in our love for music and dance.  He has a rich history of professional dancing and teaching.  We discuss learning dance in Moldavia,  teaching dance all over the world and his broad knowledge of Argentine Tango, International Folk Dance, Romanian dances, and American dance styles … Read more

Thai New Year (Songkran) in Los Angeles 2011

Walking into the Wat Thai Temple in North Hollywood, I was surrounded by color, music and smell of delicious Thai food. Soon enough I found myself surrounded by colorful people who wanted to share their story.  As they set up chairs I set up my camera to capture their beauty and explore what Thai dance … Read more