Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Nebraskan New Year's Eve

The Athenian Dancers are performing at the Greek Islands in Omaha, NE on New Year’s Eve at 7:00 and 8:00 pm.

Ashiya and Naadjidah are performing at the Parthenon Restaurant in Lincoln, NE.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Fa-La-La Hafla Cancelled

Due to the snow, the Fa-La-La Hafla in Omaha is cancelled for tonight.

Stay home and keep warm!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Many New Classes with Della in Omaha

(Della performing in a duet in 2009 at a Renaissance Faire in Omaha. Photo by Karnak.)


Della has many new classes starting between January 3rd and 7th in Omaha, NE!

Mixed-Level is on Sundays from 7:30-8:30 pm.
Beginning Belly Dance is on Tuesdays from 1:00-2:00 pm.
Belly Dance Workout is on Tuesdays from 5:30-6:30 pm.
Intermediate/Advanced is on Tuesdays from 6:45-7:45 pm.
Beginning Belly Dance is also on Tuesdays from 8:00-9:00 pm.
Beginning/Intermediate is on Wednesdays from 7:30-8:30 pm.
Tribal Style: Intermediate/Advanced is on Thursdays from 5:30-6:30 pm.
Tribal Style: Mixed-Level is on Thursdays from 7:30-8:30 pm.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Bedouin Star Grand Opening


(Image from the Bedouin Star website.)

Bedouin Star is celebrating their grand opening in Bellevue, NE sometime in the future. The opening is postponed due to the weather. The festivities will last from 10:00-4:00 pm. There will be performances, a free sample class, and cake! Visit the Bedouin Star website for more detailed information.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Metamorphosis Classes

Vickie offers many belly dance classes at her Metamorphosis studio in Omaha, NE. The new session of classes begins January 2nd. The cost is $40 for 4 classes or $15 per class.

Belly Dance Workout is on Mondays 10:30-11:30 AM and Saturdays 11:30-12:30 PM
Beginning classes are Tuesdays 6:30-7:30 PM and Saturdays 9:30-10:30 AM
Intermediate classes are Tuesdays 8:00-9:00 PM
Advanced classes are Saturdays 9:30-10:30 AM
Poi spinning classes are Saturdays 12:00-12:45 PM

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Bedouin Star Choreography Collaboration

In order to keep dancers motivated over the holidays, Bedouin Star is hosting a Choreography Collaboration. The rules are simple. Make a video of yourself including a set of certain dance moves, put it on YouTube, and send the link to Isis. There are no prizes, but you do get to show off your moves!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Third Northland Belly Dance Forum


(Image from the Northland Belly Dance Forum website.)

The Northland Belly Dance Forum in Minneapolis, MN is going to be April 9th, 10th, and 11th. The first night is the Amateur Belly Dance Contest, and the classes and shopping will take place on Saturday and Sunday. The presenter show is Saturday night. The instructors for 2010 include Aziza, Aliyah, Julianna, Khalila, and Mirah Ammal.

The cheapest registration date is December 15th, but the last day to register is February 15th. The last day to register for the contest is January 20th.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Fa-La-La Hafla

Cancelled due to the weather!


(Poster from the Raqs Awn website.)

Saturday, December 26th, Raqs Awn, Della, Vickie Hughes, and others are going to perform at the Fa-La-La Hafla! The show begins at 7:00 at the P. S. Collective in Omaha, NE. Alex Mohr is going to be drumming, so get ready for open dancing!

The show is a benefit for the Lukemia and Lymphoma Society of Omaha. Admission is only $10.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Photos from 2009 Riverssance

Photographer Tani Russell took some amazing photos of the Desert Angels belly dance troupe at the 2009 Sioux City Riverssance Festival. She has five of them posted on her website. You need to click on "Events" on the bottom left hand side to see the pictures.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Classes at Dancers Oasis Studio

There are many classes offered at Dancers Oasis Studio in Lincoln, Nebraska. Introduction to Tribal-Style Belly Dance is taught Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Tribal-Style Belly Dance Technique 1 is taught on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Tribal-Style Belly Dance Technique 2 is offered on Wednesdays. Classes that focus on props, poi, and floor work are also taught. Private lessons are also available.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Winter Bazaar Performance Schedule

Don’t forget about the Bedouin Star Winter Bazaar this Saturday, November 28th. It’s at the Old Rod Kush Cash Advance, 4911 S. 72nd Street (72nd & L), Omaha, NE.

There will be many vendors selling belly dance costumes, jewelry, fabric, scarves, and artwork. In addition to all of the great shopping, there will be some amazing performances throughout the day.

Here is the performance schedule:
10:00 OPEN DANCING
10:45 Azeret from Raqs Awn
11:00 Vickie Hughes from Metamorphosis
11:15 Bedouin Star (Cabaret)
11:30 Vamonu
11:45 Karnak from the Desert Angels
1:30 Hallie from Basharaat
1:45 Whorlwinds
2:00 Daughters of Nefertiti
2:15 Ananda Devika from Raqs Awn
2:30 Elle from Raqs Awn
2:45 Bedouin Star (Fusion)
3:00 Lotus Dancers
3:15 OPEN DANCING
3:30 Bedouin Star (Duet)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Winter Bazaar Reservations

Bedouin Star’s Winter Bazaar is Saturday, November 28th at the Old Rod Kush Cash Advance Building in Omaha, NE. It is absolutely free to attend for shoppers, dancers, and venders! The event begins at 10:00 am and ends at 4:00 pm.

In addition to great shopping opportunities, there will be ongoing entertainment all day. There will 16 performances from 10:30 am – 3:30 pm, with a one hour lunch break. If you would like to sell your belly dance items or perform in the show, you must email Isis by November 21st.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Athenian Dancers at the Parthenon 11-21-09

The Athenian Dancers are performing at the Parthenon Restaurant in Lincoln on Saturday, November 21st. The shows are at 7:00 and 8:00 pm.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Liquid Hip Therapy Holiday Sale

(Liquid Hip Therapy at the 2009 International Day of Dance. Photo by Karnak.)

Liquid Hip Therapy in Sioux Falls, SD is having a holiday sale. They’re offering a 6 class punch card for only $50! The card is good for 6 months, and it can be redeemed at any of their classes.
The Belly Dance Fitness class is taught on Wednesdays and Sundays, and it’s a great place to start lessons. Belly Dance Boot Camp is taught on Sundays.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Nov-Dec Mixed Level Class in Omaha

(Della performing in a duet at a Renaissance Festival in Omaha in 2009. Photo by Karnak.)

Della from Omaha has an upcoming class starting. The Mixed Level Belly Dance Class begins November 15th and ends December 20th. It’s on Sundays from 7:30 to 8:30 pm.

Beginners are welcome. Classes are in Omaha, NE and the cost is $55 for the session.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Tribal Dreams this Weekend

Don’t forget about Tribal Dreams this weekend in Lincoln, NE! There are classes all day on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. There is such a wide variety of classes, there is something for everyone. Even non-tribal Oriental dancers can learn a lot at this festival.

There are also two shows. The participants show is Friday night at 8:00 and costs $10. The presenters show is Saturday night at 8:00 and costs $20. The doors open at 7:30 both nights for the shows.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Bedouin Star’s Winter Bazaar

Bedouin Star is hosting a winter bazaar on November 28th from 10:00-4:00 in Omaha, NE. This event is so dancers can sell their used costumes and props to earn some extra money and so dancers can get some secondhand items at a good discount. This event is totally free! There are no entrance or vendor fees. If there is room, there will also be dancing. Email Isis in order to get a vendor space.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Dance Class at Nebraskon

Saturday, November 7th at 4:00 pm, Bedouin Star is going to teach a belly dance workshop. They will teach dance to Techno and J-Pop at the Anime Nebraskon. Registered convention participants are able to attend the class.

In 2008, a few Storm Troopers danced at the class.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Bedouin Star Tuesday Classes

New Bedouin Star Classes begins November 2nd and ends December 15th. Cabaret I class is at 6:30 pm on Tuesdays. The Beginner Basics course is also on Tuesdays and starts at 7:30 pm.

Students with a valid ID get a really good discount: only $25 for a six week session! Preregistration ends November 2nd. Don’t forget to read the class rules before your first class.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Hafla of Horrors Tonight

Tonight is the Little Hafla of Horrors in Omaha, NE at the P. S. Collective at 60th and Maple. The show is put on by Raqs Awn. Doors open at 7:00, so get there early to get a good seat! It should be a thrilling show!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

2nd Annual International Day of Dance Video

Here are the video clips and photos I took at the 2009 International Day of Dance, and the photos of the African spirit dance by the Desert Angels were taken by Val. Unfortunately, I was unable to get images of all the dancers.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Day of Dance Tomorrow

The 2nd Annual International Day of Dance in Sioux City, IA is tomorrow (Saturday the 24th)! Tickets are only $5 for 3 hours of entertainment. The show is at the Western Iowa Technical College, 4647 Stone Avenue Sioux City, Iowa. Use parking lot 4, entrance 14. The event is in room D103.

Be prepared to clap along to the music, cheer when you see amazing feats, and have a lot of fun! You’ll see a variety of dances from around the world, including Japan, Mexico, the Middle East, and America.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Drumming with Alex

Oriental dancers should be familiar with the rhythms used in the music they dance to in their performances. If the words "saidi," "beledi," or "ayub" don't sound familiar, I recommend finding a good Middle Eastern drumming teacher. Even if you never plan to drum in public, it really helps with musical interpretation.

Alex is a drummer from Omaha, NE and is a good teacher. Alex provides handouts to students, helps with any questions, and starts at a slow tempo. Alex also sells CDs with the rhythms covered for at-home practice companions. Alex is teaching workshops at the 2009 Tribal Dreams in Lincoln, NE on November 13th and 14th. Register by October 31st for a discount.

(Alex is on the right drumming for Danza Mystique at the 2008 Sioux City Riverssance Festival. Photo by Karnak.)

Monday, October 19, 2009

Day of Dance is This Saturday

The 2nd Annual International Day of Dance is Saturday, October 24th from 1:00-4:00pm. The cost is only $5. It’s at Western Iowa Technical College, 4647 Stone Avenue Sioux City, Iowa. Use parking lot 4, entrance 14. We will be at the door, and the room number is D103.


1:00 Rosa Loza performing Mexican Folk Dance

1:15 Desert Angels performing a Tambourine Dance to “Habibi Ya Nour el Ain” by Amr Diab

1:25 Karen Thornton and Company performing Country Line Dancing to “Country Man,” “Music Basa Nova,” “Fire Cracker,” and “Hillbilly Nation”

1:40 Karnak performing Ancient Egyptian Belly Dance Fusion to “Derwood Green” by Phil Thorton and Hossam Ramzy

1:50 Pam Calhoun performing Zumba to “Mariana Mambo” and “Oh La Ley”

2:05 Angela Kurth and Brittany Jaminet performing a lyrical dance to "Second Place Victory" by This Day and Age

2:10 Desert Angels performing a Veil Dance to “Raqs Africa” by Dinletir

2:20 Liquid Hip Therapy performing Belly Dance to a traditional Maksoum drum beat

2:30 Chihiro Ogawa and Shiyi Zhang performing Shiyi (Asian) dance

2:45 Bob and Claudia Blenderman performing Ballroom

3:00 Desert Angels performing a Saidi Cane Duet to “Oomi Tanorkos”

3:10 Ahava Halma performing Bhangra

3:20 Sara Mayer performing a Jazz Solo to "Goodnight and Go" by Imogen Heap

3:25 Chelsea Higgins, Jenny Hook, Amanda Hook, and Sarah Kuiken performing Tribal Fusion to "Engrish Bwuud" by Man Man Dancers

3:35 Nichole Hosek and Ann of Liquid Hip Therapy performing Raqs Sharqui (Egyptian Nightclub Dance) to “Tsiftitelli” by the Toids

3:45 Desert Angels performing an African Spirit (Zar) Dance to “Ayub Rhythm”

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Shira's Directory

Looking for a teacher? Shira has an amazing directory of Middle Eastern (belly) dancers worldwide!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

October-November Classes in Omaha

Beginner belly dance classes in Omaha begin October 21st and end November 25th. They’re taught by Basinah, and they’re at the AV Sorensen Community Center. The classes are Wednesdays from 7:15-8:15 pm.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Little Hafla of Horrors


Raqs Awn, a dance troupe from Omaha, NE, is putting on a Halloween belly dance show on October 30th. The show begins at 7:30 pm at the P.S. Collective, which is on 60th and Maple in Omaha. Tickets are $8.00, but there’s a discount for items brought to donate to the Open Door Mission.

The show this year is called “Little Hafla of Horrors,” and there will be various dancers performing spooky, funny, and chilling dances.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Athenian Dancers at the Greek Islands

On Friday, October 16th, the Athenian Dancers will be at the Greek Islands Restaurant in Omaha, NE.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

2009 Tribal Dreams

Tribal Dreams is November 13th, 14th, and 15th in Lincoln, NE. There are many great classes, vendors, and the shows should be amazing! Send in registration before October 31st for a discount. Princess Farhana is one of the teachers this year, and she is teaching one class each day. Friday night is the participants’ show, and Saturday is the presenters’ show.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Athenian Dancers at the Parthenon

(Photo of the Athenian Dancers taken by Karnak.)

The Athenian Dancers are going to perform at the Parthenon Restaurant in Lincoln, NE on Friday, October 9th.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Sioux City Riverssance is This Weekend

The Sioux City Riverssance Faire is this weekend. On Saturday, the park is open from 10:00 am until 8:00 pm. Sunday hours are 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.

Don't forget to check out the belly dance shows at the WITCC stage on Saturday and Sunday!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Belly Dancers at Riverssance Faire

(Photo of the Desert Angels from the 2008 Sioux City Riverssance.)

The Desert Angels Belly Dancers will perform five times at the Sioux City Renaissance Festival. All performances are at the WITCC Ancient Oaks Master's Stage. Riverssance is October 3rd and 4th at Riverside Park.

Saturday performances: 10:20, 2:00, and 4:00
Sunday performances: 10:15 and 2:00

(Photo of the Desert Angels with Alex drumming from the 2008 Sioux City Riverssance.)

This year’s show will have a many unique dances. The Desert Angels will present a variety of Middle Eastern dances to Arabic and Turkish music. The troupe will perform with shimmies, twists, and finger cymbals. One troupe number will be a zar dance, which is a dance that has deeper meanings and is danced to a spooky rhythm. There will also be a duet when the performers will dance with canes. The cane dance is traditionally from Upper Egypt, and it’s a lively dance. A tambourine choreography will also be performed to Amr Diab’s “Habibi Ya Nour el Ain,” which translates to “My Darling, You are the Glow in my Eyes.” You won’t want to miss this year’s show!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Drum N’ Dance in the Park with Bedouin Star

On Friday, September 25th, there will be a Drum N’ Dance jam in the park in Bellevue, NE. Check out Isis’s website for more details.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Liquid Hip Therapy Classes in SD

Liquid Hip Therapy is a dance troupe from Sioux Falls, SD. They offer various classes on Wednesday, Thursdays, and Sundays at Dance! Ballroom & Studio. They also perform at various events, and they are a delight to watch.

(Photo taken by Karnak at the 2009 Nebraska Belly Dance Spectacular.)

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Riverssance is October 3rd and 4th

Mark your calendars for the 2009 Sioux City Renaissance Festival! The Desert Angels Belly Dance Troupe will perform several times throughout the weekend. Like all of the shows, the belly dance performances are included with regular admission.

(Photo taken by Clancy at the 2009 ArtSpash festival.)

Riverssance is Saturday, October 3rd, and Sunday, October 4th. The festival begins at 10:00 am both days, but it closes at 8:00 pm on Saturday and 4:00 pm on Sunday. Until the end of September, adult tickets will be sold for only $6.00 at HyVee stores in Sioux City and South Sioux City. Otherwise, adult tickets are $9.00, ages 7-16 cost $3.00, and 6 and younger get in for free.

Sisters of the Sahara at Shakopee

(Photo taken by Karnak at the 2008 MN Renaissance Festival.)

The Sisters of the Sahara is a belly dance troupe from Minnesota that performs at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, which is every weekend until October 4th for the 2009 season. They perform a short skit with lots of great dancing. Their show is new this year, and instead of searching for a husband they’re looking for a new cabana boy! If you go, make sure you clap along to the music and cheer!

If you plan to go, here is a coupon for $3.00 off adult admission.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Sioux City Belly Dance

The purpose of Sioux City Belly Dance is to provide information for belly dancers and belly dance fans in Sioux City, IA and surrounding areas. This blog will be updated periodically as belly dance shows, classes, and workshops happen.

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