Joharah International is a world-renowned costumier, but in Miami she is also the organizer of a very popular weekend of belly dancing workshops and performances. This past April was no exception, and she brought back a living legend: Madame Raqia Hassan of Egypt. I started my studies with her former troupe-mate, Dr. Mo Geddawi, so going back to my Egyptian roots is always a delight. This time, I especially loved her sassy sha’abi workshop: the music, the down-to-earth style and attitude… all of this is so me!
To top it all off, on Friday night I had the honor of closing the show in front of Mme Hassan, my teacher Virginia, and some of my dearest friends. All in all, it was an unforgettable weekend and I cannot wait for the next one!
Karhreen and Kira — also known as the Kismet Dancers — have been organizing shows and workshops in Miami for over 25 years, way longer than I’ve lived here. You can say that they are a belly dance institution in this town, and I am sure that the belly dance scene of Miami would not be the same without their contribution. They bring inspiring teachers to their Miami Shores venue twice a year, and I have taken advantage of this opportunity many times. This past April, they brought back a true legend, Dahlena, accompanied by her daughter, Angelina. We worked on technique, short traveling combinations, and Dahlena’s signature style. On Saturday night, Dahlena, Angelina, and some of the workshop participants (including myself) performed for an enthusiastic audience. I cannot wait to know who will teach at this event in 2017!
Did you take any interesting workshops, lately?
Last November, myself and some dear friends and colleagues performed at a charity event benefiting Saint Jude’s Hospital. I, Beatriz and Lisa did some belly dance performances, while Sophia sang a beautiful song. Then, all throughout the night, artists young and old sang, danced, and delighted the audience with their inspiring shows. The venue was the intimate Real Cafe and the atmosphere was so friendly and inviting that we ended up staying up until the wee hours of the night! Don’t you just love when that happens?
Did you do anything fun, lately? I’d love to hear about it!