Rockin’ it old school for the Ethnic Dance Festival at the deYoung Museum. Turbans and live music by Helm. Need I say more?
Mira Betz is one of those dancers whos name I hear all the time, but have had very little opportunity to see dance in person. A couple Tribal Fests maybe and that’s about it. But whenever I do see her, … Read More
Oh finger cymbals, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways! I so adore these simple metal disks, because there is so much musical possibility held in such a simple form factor. The rhythms that move me to … Read More
I knew from the moment this piece started, with the costuming, fingers cymbals, and music (not to mention the lineup of dancers I admire) that this was going to be an Mm Mm Monday that had to go up immediately. … Read More
Back in the day, young dancers didn’t have as many resources for learning and inspiration in tribal bellydance. There were only a few videos out, and they were from two very specific groups/styles. You didn’t much get to see what … Read More
I remember being completely mesmerized by this piece by Devyani and FCBD, where they took the traditional puja and set it to “Maya’s Theme” from Kama Sutra the movie and put it on stage. The changes they made suit the … Read More
I feel like a little personal Mm Mm is in order, after the video of my sweet students was made available on YouTube. This group of ladies has been a dedicated bunch of dancers, and this performance represents so much … Read More
Ah, darling Zafira. Sadly, the group disbanded at the end of 2011 in order to pursue solo projects, but their legacy lives on. I was a fan of some of these ladies from their baby dancer days, back in a … Read More