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30 May 2008 @ 11:46 am
Last week, the gifted musician and metalworker, Sulyman el Coyote, lost everything he owned (including his instruments and workshops) in a fire in the Santa Cruz mountains.

If you have been dancing for any length of time, you know Sulyman as one half of the legendary band Sirocco. He and his bandmate, Armando ("Uncle") Mafufo, have been providing unsurpassed music and instruction for dancers and musicians for decades. Their music has enjoyed a renaissance as Tribal-style dancers have rediscovered their classic albums.

I had the great opportunity to dance briefly with them as a baby dancer and it was like a dream come true. They are truly sensitive artists who work with their dancers to create beauty.

There is a link on the Sirocco website to assist Sulyman in his time of need. The page is not loading right now, but please keep trying. If you are new to their music, take a moment to enjoy some samples of their work, and maybe buy a cd or two for yourself.


cross posted, and please spread the word yourselves
02 February 2008 @ 09:29 pm
Hi guys, I'm reaching my limit on 4 classes at Mesa College for belly dance. I was wondering what other studios are offering belly dance around the kearny mesa/linda vista-ish areas.

I'm open to suggestions

Thank you in advance!

x-posted @ socalbellyclub
13 January 2008 @ 08:40 pm
We've all worn them, been blinded by them, loved them, had them foisted upon us... what are they, you say? Why, ugly dance costumes!

In response to a surprising lack in the eljay community at large, a friend and I have just started up a new community: sequin_vomit. We seek nothing more than to be your very own repository of atrocious dancewear and traumatic costume stories.

Please come! post! poke fun at things like this:

Apologies to the mods if this isn't allowed. Please delete at your discretion.
x-posted to bellydancing, bd_newbie, bellydancegear, and a few others, so sorry if you are seeing this more than once!
Current Mood: hopefulhopeful
28 October 2007 @ 06:38 pm
hi everyone, long time watcher, first time poster.

I was wondering if anyone would know a great place for cabaret bellydance costumes? We've tried Moondance Bellydance and Turkish Emporium and want to know if there's any other options out there.

Thanks in advance for all the help.
28 October 2007 @ 04:13 pm
Fall is here, and so is your opportunity to study Middle Eastern dance with world-renowned instructor Kathryn Ferguson.

Well-known for her musicality and emotional interpretation, Kathryn has performed and taught for over twenty years and has been featured in workshops around the world, including Rakkasah, the largest Middle Eastern dance festival in the States. She has also produced an award-winning instructional video. Whether you are interested in dance as a means of expression or a way to get in shape, Kathryn's expertise will get you moving. A limited number of class slots are available. Take advantage of this amazing resource! Her studio is centrally located near Grant and Country Club in Tucson; classes are offered Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights and Saturday afternoons.

Please call Xanadu studio at 881-0883 for further information.

14 June 2007 @ 08:48 am
The Rite of Venus: A Rock Opera
The Rite of Venus: A Rock Opera
Seattle, WA: June 28-30, July 6-8, 2007
Tickets Available NOW!

Something sinister is happening in the temple of love. Aleister Crowley's Kabbalistic play performed as a bellydance-themed rock opera with original music by Seattle local Jon Sewell. Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Avenue, Seattle, WA. June 28-30 and July 6-7 at 8 pm and July 8 at 2 pm. All ages, not recommended for small children. Advance tickets available online through Sunday, June 24. Advance prices: $12-22. Tickets at the door $20-30. For more info, visit our website.
Mahira Tribe 2nd Annual Spring Hafla
Saturday April 21st
Drum Workshop at 3pm, Hafla at 6:30pm

First Presbyterian Church 800 E Landis Ave, Vineland NJ

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Mahira Tribe is proud to host Carmine Guida of Djinn from NYC. He'll be teaching a FREE Drum Workshop which will be filmed to make his instructional video. Space is limited, so contact Sean at rufusdire at yahoo.com to reserve a spot.

Hafla admittance is $10, kids under 5 are free.

Hafla special guests include Carmine Guida, Alexia of the Nile, Michelle De Vine, and Alia Saleem! For a full list of performers and more info, check out Mahira Tribe at Tribe.com. There'll be vendors, open floor dancing with live musicians, and lots of wonderful performances! BYOB and feel free to bring pot luck. This event is family friendly and open to all ages.
29 August 2006 @ 05:34 pm
really anxious. went and checked out the studio last week, met the teacher and some of the girls in the higher levels, felt okay. i have to start somewhere! i'll let you know how it goes!
23 August 2006 @ 05:04 pm
Which of the Gipsy Kings albums is *most* bellydance-like?

My teacher asked me to pick up one of their cds before class tonight, but we don't know which one the client wants. She told me to guess which one was the most bellydance-like, but I'm not going to have time to give them all a listen--so...help? please?

22 August 2006 @ 10:58 pm
this is my first post here. i really feel led to belly dance. my back ground is in burlesque, but i haven't danced professionally in 8 years and have had knee surgery due to use and bone disease. anyway, my doctors want me to exercise, and this is where God led me. but of course i have lots of questions. firstly, what are all these abbreviations for dance styles y'all are using?
i know what tribal is cause it's all over the web, and i have found a certified teacher here where i live. but i wanted to hear from you all too...thanks...