Friday, December 30, 2011

NYE in Omaha and Lincoln

If you’re looking for some belly dancing fun on New Year’s Eve for 2011, you’ll need to head to Omaha or Lincoln, Nebraska. In Omaha, Zoya & Briska will perform at the Greek Islands Restaurant at 7:30 and 8:30 pm. In Lincoln, Ashiya, Nysa, and Zareen will dance at The Parthenon Restaurant at 7:00 pm. Live music by Orkestra Majstori.

January Dance Lessons in Bellevue

Checkout the Bedouin Star class schedule for the New Year in Bellevue, Nebraska. New sessions begin in January, 2012. Classes include: Tribal Style Belly Dance Level I: Foundation Basics, Tribal Style Belly Dance Level II: Major Moves and Floor Patterns, Cabaret Style Belly Dance, Hula Inspired Movement for Beginners (A'uana), Hula Inspired Movement for Beginners (Kahiko), Small Group Choreography, Large Group Choreography, Bollywood Choreography, Hula Hoop Dance Choreography, and Costuming, Crafting, Beading, and Sewing.
 
Visit the Bedouin Star website for days, times, costs, and other information. 

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Sioux Falls 2012 Dance Lessons

(Liquid Hip Therapy at Siouxland Renaissance Festival. Photo from their fan page.)

Try a belly dance class in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Liquid Hip Therapy is a performance troupe that has several talented dance instructors. The classes on Mondays and Wednesdays at Dance! Ballroom & Studio, Oak Ridge Plaza, 1200 E. 57th, Sioux Falls, SD.
    
The 2012 schedule begins on Wednesday, January 4th at 6:30 and 8:30 pm and Sunday, January 8th at 5:00 pm. Belly Dance Bootcamp resumes on Sunday, January 15th at 6:00 pm.
   
Visit the Liquid Hip Therapy website, fan page, or call 605-366-6834 for more information.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

2012 NBDS Tickets

Tickets for the 2012 Nebraska Belly Dance Spectacular are on sale now through Ticket Omaha! The show this year is “Dancing Down the Silk Road.” The performance will be March 3rd at 8:00 pm at the Holland Performing Arts Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Middle Eastern dinner will also be served and pre-orders are available now.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Belly Dance and Drum Circle 12/29/11

On Thursday, December 29th, there will be a belly dance drum circle at Marrakech Gourmet Restaurant. The party starts at 7:00 pm at 502 N 33rd St, Omaha, NE. For more information contact: (402) 658-4978 or email.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Shira's Belly Dance Lecture Extravaganza in Iowa City, Iowa

On Saturday, January 28th, Shira is going to present several of her lectures in Iowa City, IA.
  
At 10:00, the lecture is “Egyptian Dance: Evolution of an Art Form, Part 1.” “Egyptian Dance: Evolution of an Art Form, Part 2” is at 12:30. The two lectures together cost $30. “Oriental Dance: Egypt’s Shameful Profession” is at 2:15 and costs $20. At 5:15, “Dance in Egyptian Cinema” will be presented and costs $20. All of the lectures costs only $40, but space is limited. Visit the facebook event page for more information.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Super Shimmies and Powerful Combination Techniques

The Super Shimmies and Powerful Combination Techniques workshop taught by Aliyah Sahar of the Sisters of the Sahara will be Sunday, December 4th from 1:30-4:00. Cost is $20. The class will be at Rhythm and Shoes Dance Studio, Southview Square, 1907 South Robert Street, West St. Paul, MN 55118. This workshop is for intermediate to advanced belly dancers. Bring a yoga mat for stretching. Email aliyah@aliyahsahar.com to register by December 1st.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

2012 Cabin Fever Workshop

(Flyer from the Karavan of Dreams website.)

The 2012 Cabin Fever Workshop hosted by Karavan of Dreams will be Saturday, January 28th. The class begins at 1:00 pm at the YWCA in Grand Island, NE. The workshop will be taught by Cyreigna of Troupe Irie; Cyreigna is a certified American Tribal Style belly dancer. Space is limited, so register online or call (308) 391-1574 as soon as possible.
   
A Middle Eastern dinner will be served, but tickets need to be bought by January 14th. There will also be an evening show at 7:30 pm. (Admission to the show is free for performers, but spaces go to dancers on a first-come-first-serve basis.)

Saturday, November 19, 2011

4th IDOD Video

The 4th Annual International Day of Dance was last November at Western Iowa Tech in Sioux City, IA. Here are some highlight video clips of the event.
  

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Arts and Crafts and Stuff Sale



There is going to a be a handmade arts and crafts sale at Bedouin Star Studio in Bellevue, NE. Shopping at the Arts and Crafts and Stuff Sale will be from 1:00-5:00 pm on Saturday, November 19, 2011. This will be a great way to get a jump start on holiday shopping for those looking for unique and one of a kind gifts. 100% of the profits go back to the artists, so this event is also a great way to support local artists, photographers, and other craftspeople. Visit the BedouinStar website for more information or check out the facebook event page.

Monday, November 7, 2011

11/12 Parthenon

On November 12th, Ashiya and Ziva are going to perform at the Parthenon, 56th and Highway 2, Lincoln, NE.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

4th International Day of Dance Next Saturday

The 4th Annual International Day of Dance will be on Saturday, November 5th, 2011. It will be at Western Iowa Tech Community College, 4647 Stone Avenue, Sioux City, Iowa. Use parking lot #4 and entrance #14 to get to the Cargill Lecture Hall. The show starts at 1:00 pm, and there will be many performers from Iowa, South Dakota, and Nebraska. The cost is $5, which is less than a movie ticket. Come support local dance artists while having a great time!
  
1. 1:00 Sanet’s Daughters of  Nefertiti – From Temple to Tavern
2. 1:15 Nutcracker Siouxland Civic Dance - Arabian, Spanish, Chinese
3. 1:30 Allie Roost – Raqs Africa - Veil Dance
4. 1:40 Shelly Furtado - Button up Your Over Coat
5. 1:45 Karnak – Isis Wings
6. 1:50 Ahva performing Hula, Grass Shack
7. 1:55 Jennifer Warren - Chinese Veil Fan 
8. 2:00 Desert Angels Beginners – Egyptian Slow Moves
9. 2:05 Omahoop, Chelsea Taxman
10. 2:10 Ouvert Dance - Tribal
11. 2:20 Ann Lomax - Cane Dance
12. 2:30 Mexican Dancers Merengue
13. 2:40 Ashiya - Ellada
14. 2:45 Siouxland Civic Dance – Nutcracker Russian Number 
15. 2:50 Basharat - Bollywood
16. 2:55 Ahva Halma - Alabina
17. 3:00 Julia Brandriet - Flamenco
18. 3:05 Elvis
19. 3:10 African Dance Hallie of Basharat with live drumming by Alex
20. 3:15 Siouxland Civic Dance - Dance of the Toy Flutes
21. 3:20 Julia Brandiet - Turkish
22. 3:25 Mexican Dancers
23. 3:30 Liquid Hip Therapy - Veil Dance 
24. 3:35 Ashiya - Govand
25. 3:40 Ouvert Dance Tribal
26. 3:45 Desert Angels - Egyptian Folklore Fusion
   

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Belly Bash - A Spooktacular Bellydance Fundraiser

(Flyer from the Raqs Awn website.)
    
The annual belly dance Halloween show in Omaha will be on Friday, October 28th, 2011. The show is at Scoular Ballroom, 2027 Dodge St., Omaha, NE. Doors open at 7:00, and it costs $12 for adults. As always, the event is a fundraiser!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Lakeport Commons September Video

The Desert Angels performed at Lakeport Commons last weekend. Here are the highlights of their show if you want to see a sneak preview of their upcoming performances at Riverssance October 1st and 2nd.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

2011 Riverssance Schedule

This is the schedule of performer’s at Riverssance, Sioux City’s Renaissance Fair. Riverssance is October 1st and 2nd, 2011 at Rivers Side Park in Sioux City, Iowa.

WITCC ANCIENT OAKS MASTERS STAGE
SATURDAY
11:00  Desert Angels Belly Dance
1:00    Scally Wags Pirate Comedy
2:00    Looking Glass Puppet Theatre       
4:00    Desert Angels Belly Dance
5:00    SC BAGPIPERS
SUNDAY
11:00   Desert Angels Belly Dance
1:00     Desert Angels Belly Dance
2:00     Crazy Boy Coy
3:00     Desert Angels Belly Dance

MERLYN’S STAGE
SATURDAY
10:45  Merlyn’s Magic             
11:15  Danza Mystique           
1:00    Danza Mystique             
2:00    Merlyn’s Magic                    
4:00    Merly’s Magic
5:00    Danza Mystique
SUNDAY
10:45   Merlyn’s Magic
11:15   Danza Mystique

1:00     Danza Mystique
2:00     Merlyn’s Magic
3:00     Glastonbury Revelers
THE GIVING TREE
SATURDAY
1:00     Looking Glass Puppet Theatre       
2:15     Pied Pipers Children’s Costumed Gathering Smiles Parade 
4:30     Looking Glass Puppet Theatre       
SUNDAY
11:00    Looking Glass Puppet Theatre       
1:00    Looking Glass Puppet Theatre       
3:00    Pied Piper’s Children’s Costumed Gathering Smiles Parade
STATE STEEL SUNNEYFIELD DOWNES  
SATURDAY                                            
10:20 GEHANNA PLAINES AMTGARD                           
11:00 BIRDS OF PREY                   
12:00 JOUST
1:00   KINGDOM OF RIVERHEIM                   
2:00   BIRDS OF PREY                     
3:00    JOUST                           
4:30    BIRDS OF PREY                                                          
6:00    JOUST
SUNDAY  
10:20   GEHANNA PLAINES AMTGARD  
11:00   BIRDS OF PREY 
12:00   JOUST 
1:00     BIRDS OF PREY
2:00     KINGDOM OF RIVERHEIM       
3:00     BIRDS OF PREY
4:20     JOUST
GREY HAWK CIRCLE
SATURDAY
11:00   Wayne State Madrigals                  
1:00     Wayne State Madrigals                   
2:00     Glastonbury Revelers
4:00     Crazy Boy Coy
5:00     Glastonbury Revelers
SUNDAY
11:00   Wayne State Madrigals                  
1:00     Glastonbury Revelers
2:00     Looking Glass Puppet Theatre       
3:00     Looking Glass Puppet Theatre       
THE PUB
SATURDAY
11:00   Glastonbury Revelers
1:00   Crazy Boy Coy
2:00   Sioux City Bagpipers
 5:00   ScallyWags Pirate Comedy  
7:00   GYPSY PARTY & PEASANT’S BEAUTY CONTEST FOLLOWED BY THE PYROTIC FIRE SHOW…CRAZY BOY COY & WinnaVegas Casino/Lantis FIREWORKS & THE KINGDOM DRUM CIRCLE
SUNDAY
11:00   ScallyWags Pirate Comedy
1:00     ScallyWags Pirate Comedy
3:00     Wayne State Madrigals                   

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Belly Dancers at 2011 Riverssance Fair

(2011 Riverssance Commercial)
  
The 8th annual Sioux City Renaissance Festival will be the first weekend in October. The gates are open Saturday, October 1st 10:00 am – 7:00 pm. On Sunday, October 2nd, the fun begins at 10:00 am and ends at 5:00 pm.
 
(The Desert Angels at Riverssance in 2011.)
 
Catch a Middle Eastern dance show between the jousts and other festivities! On Saturday, the Desert Angels Belly Dance Troupe will perform at the WITCC Ancient Oaks Masters Stage at 11:00 am and 4:00 pm. On Sunday, the Desert Angels will dance at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm.
 
Danza Mystique from Des Moines, Iowa will perform at Merlyn's Stage at 11:15 am and 1:00 pm, and 5:00 pm on Saturday. On Sunday, they'll dance at 11:15 am and 1:00 pm.

Both dance groups feature lovely dancers and will provide family-friendly entertainment! If you’ve never seen a belly dance performance before, check out Shira’s tips for being an appreciated audience member. If you want a good seat, come to the morning shows because there are usually less patrons at Riverside Park before noon.
At 7:00 pm on Saturday, at the Fallen Friar’s Pub, there will be a “Gypsy Party.” Pyrotic Fire Entertainment will perform a fire show; there will be also drumming and fireworks!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Lakeport Commons 09/24

The Desert Angels will perform at Lakeport Commons Mall in Sioux City, Iowa by The Gap at 12:30 pm on Saturday, September 24th.
   

Saturday, September 17, 2011

2011 Riverssance

Riverssance (Sioux City’s Renaissance festival) is only two weeks away! The 2011 Riverssance faire is October 1st and 2nd at Riverside Park. There will be a lot of great performances by various entertainers, plenty of good food, and a lot of shopping! Don’t miss the Desert Angels belly dance troupe year. They will perform a few times on both Saturday and Sunday.
 

You can buy advanced Riverssance tickets for a discount at local Hy-Vee grocery stores if you buy them before September 25th.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Magdalena's Fall Classes

(Photo of Magdalena Christina from her event page.)
   
Magdalena Christina is teaching two levels of belly dance classes in Omaha, NE. Bellydance Level 1 will be on Tuesdays at 6:45 pm. Bellydance Level 2 is at 9:00 pm on Tuesdays. Finger cymbals are required for Level 2. Both sessions begin September 27th and ends November 8th, 2011. Register by September 17th for a discount!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Arts and Crafts and Stuff Sale

If you want to get a jump start on holiday gift shopping and you want to support local artists, go to the Arts and Crafts and Stuff Sale at the Bedouin Star Studio! The event is Saturday, November 19th from 1:00 to 5:00 pm at 800A Fort Crook Road South, Bellevue, Nebraska.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Belly Dance Photographer on Facebook

(Danse Orientale by Entity Photographic.)
 
Entity Photographic Image now has a Facebook fan page! Photographer Tani Russell has some of her belly dance photos posted on this page in addition to Graduation Photos, Teen and Children Portraits, and Artistic pictures.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Lakeport Commons 08/27

The Desert Angels are going to perform on Saturday, August 27th at the Lakeport Commons Mall in Sioux City, IA. The show begins at 11:00 am.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Midlands Pirate Festival 2011

The Midlands Pirate Festival is happening Saturday and Sunday, August 27-28. It’s at the Bellevue Berry & Pumpkin Ranch, which is near Papillion, NE. There will even be belly dance performances at this event! On Saturday, the Lotus Dancers will perform three times. On Sunday, Raqs Awn will take the stage. You might need to take off your eye patch when watching their shows so you don’t miss a thing!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Basharaat's Virgo Party

The Virgo Party on September 3rd will begin at 5:30 pm in Lincoln, NE with a potluck dinner. Performances will begin at 7:00 pm and the suggested donation is $5. Visit the facebook event page for more information.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

After School Program in Bellevue

There is going to be a brand new afterschool dance program at Bedouin Star Ethnic Studio in Bellevue, NE. Students ages 10 and up can take classes in Middle Eastern dance or hula! These classes will be a great activity for kids who aren’t in fall sports and want to experience a cultural activity.

Mondays: Tribal Style Belly Dance (3:45 pm), Tunisian Style Dance (5:00 pm)
Tuesdays: Tahitian Style Dance (3:45 pm), Kahiko Style Hula (5:00 pm)

Visit the event page or Bedouin Star website for more information. Classes start September 12th and 13th.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Bedouin Star September Classes

The Bedouin Star class schedule for September features a variety of belly dance classes in Bellevue, NE.

Mondays: Tribal Style Belly Dance 3 at 6:30 pm, Tribal Style Belly Dance 4 at 7:40 pm
Tuesdays: Tribal Style Belly Dance 1 at 6:30 pm, Sword Choreography at 8:45 pm
Wednesdays: Tribal Style Belly Dance 1 at 5:30 pm, Veil at 8:45 pm
Fridays: Costuming at 6:00 pm

Visit the Bedouin Star website for class descriptions, start dates, and to register. Isis is also available to teach private lessons.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Alimah's September Workshops

Register before September 7th for Alimah’s workshop in Omaha for a discount. On Saturday, September 10th, Alimah will teach “Feet and Variations: How to Dress Up Your Dance From Toes to Fingertips” at noon and “Drum Solo: Concepts and Choreography” at 2:00 pm. On Sunday, September 11th, “Drills and Frills” will begin at 10:30 am. The lessons will be at the Benson Community Center, 6008 Maple St., Omaha, NE. Visit Della’s website for details and to register.
  

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

LHT Classes in Sioux Falls

(Liquid Hip Therapy at the 2010 Siouxland Renaissance Festival from the LHT fan page.)
  
Get ready to learn to belly dance with Liquid Hip Therapy in Sioux Falls. On Wednesdays at 6:30 pm this August, Robin will teach a belly dance choreography class at Dance Ballroom & Studio, 1200 E. 57th, Oak Ridge Plaza, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. On Sundays at 5:00 pm, Shelley is going to teach Tribal Fusion.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Tribal Boot Camp in Bellevue

Bedouin Star is hosting a tribal workshop for beginners and intermediate dancers on Saturday, October 1st. At 1:00 pm, tribal basic will be covered for dancers with less than 2 years of experience or those who want to review. At 4:00 pm, the intermediate lesson will begin. Students need two years of experience to enroll. Visit the Bedouin Starworkshop site for more details about pricing, curriculum, and registration.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Della's Dance Classes

Della’s August schedule for belly dancing in Omaha is posted on her website. Della is a knowledgeable instructor who many dancers in the Midwest respect, and she is teaching at a new location. The classes she teachers at the Chrysalis at the Center Mall include: Mix Level Belly Dance (Sundays 7:30 pm), Belly Dance Workout (Tuesdays 5:30 pm), Intermediate/Advanced Belly Dance(Tuesdays 6:45 pm), Belly Dance Beginners (Tuesdays 8:00 pm or Wednesdays 6:45), Beginning/Intermediate Belly Dance (Wednesdays 8:00 pm), Improvisational Tribal Style Belly Dance (Thursdays 5:30 pm), and Improvisational Tribal Style Belly Dance Beginners (Thursdays 7:30 pm). There will also be Mix Level Belly Dance (Tuesdays 1:00 pm) at the Benson Community Center.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

2011 Tribal Dreams

Tribal Dreams is going to be November 11th-13th in Lincoln, NE.
  
Here’s the schedule from the 2011 Tribal Dreams event page:
     
Friday November 11
8 - 9 AM - Sign in for classes
9 - 11 AM - Samantha Riggs - Bollywood via Rajasthan: Minnat Kare
11:10 - 12:40 - Masani - Kashlamar 9/8
2 - 4 PM - Princess Farhana - Soft, Slow, and Slinky
4:10 - 5:40 PM - Barbara of Benu
7:00 PM Doors open for show
7:30 PM Participants Show
    
Saturday, November 12
8 - 9 AM - Sign in for classes
9 - 11 AM - Princess Farhana -Screen Siren -Dark and Wanton, Retro Style Make-up
11:10 - 12:40 - Morgan Fahrnbruch - Fusion Choreography
2 - 4 PM - John Compton - Coffee Dance Choreography (Yeah!!)
4 - 5:30 PM - Masani - Rhythms and the Dance
7:30 PM Doors Open For the Show
8:00 PM Presenters Show
    
Sunday, November 13
9 - 10 AM - Sign in for Classes
10 - Noon - John Compton
1:20 - 3:20 PM - Hallie Marie Tibbs
3:30 - 5:30 PM - Afro-Brazilian Combos for Warrior

Thursday, July 21, 2011

I Dream of Belly Dance

(Flyer from the Raqs Awn website.)


Raqs Awn Belly Dance Collective is putting on fundraiser show for Lara Marsh, who is in need of a double lung transplant. The show will have a variety of belly dance entertainment at the Pizza Shoppe Collective, 6056 Maple St., Omaha, NE. Doors open at 7:00 and the show starts at 7:30 on August 13th. Visit the facebook event page for more information.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Basharaat’s Fundraising Party

Basharaat is hosting a fundraiser on July 30th so they can further their education by attending TribOriginal. There will be belly dance fire dancers, and there’s a $5 suggested donation. The party starts at 7:00 pm in Lincoln, NE. This family-friendly event will also be a potluck. Visit their event page on facebook for more details.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Bedouin Star Choreography Challenge

Bedouin Star will be hosting auditions for their troupe in a fun and unique way! On Friday, July 15th, visit the Bedouin Star website to learn a choreographed dance. On Saturday, August 6th, go the Bedouin Star Studio to audition. For more information, go to their facebookevent page  

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Drum Circle Photos

(Picture of the Desert Angels at the drum circle by Tani Russell.)
      
The Drum Circle Social last Saturday at the Yoga College was a lot of fun. Drummers and dancers from the community came together and made the event a success! The musicians varied in skill level, but the beginners were able to play rhythms with the more experienced percussionists. Extra instruments were provided so no one was empty-handed.
  
The music allowed dancers of all ages to get up boogie! Most of the dancers chose belly dance movements, but there were no restrictions. All of the dancing was made up on the spot. Sometimes groups improvised, but there were opportunities for soloists to dance.
  
(Picture of the drum circle by Tani Russell.)
       
Overall, this was a great event for the whole family. Husbands drummed for their wives. Brothers and sisters played together. Friends had a chance to socialize by talking or through music and dance.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Shira in Okoboji

Shira will teach a belly dance class in Okoboji, Iowa on Saturday, July 16th. The class will be at Yoga Okoboji from 4:30-6:00pm. The cost is $25. Visit the Yoga Okoboji website and click on “Events.”

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Drum Circle Social Video

The Drum Circle Social at the Yoga College on July 9th was a lot of fun! If you’re curious about what the drum circle was like, here is a video highlighting the event.
    

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Celtic Tattoo Workshop in July


Henna 201: Temporary Celtic Henna Tattoos will be on Saturday, July 30th at 1:00 pm at the Yoga College, 520 Nebraska Street, Sioux City, IA. The instructor will share how to draw overlapping knot-work designs in the Celtic style. The knot-work will begin at a beginning level and become more complex as the workshop progresses. Participants will be able to draw abstract overlapping designs or create zoomorphic designs. After practicing on paper, students will be able to give themselves Celtic tattoos of their own design with premixed henna in applicator cones.
 
Remember to register before July 16th for a discount! Call 712-224-9642 or visit the Yoga College website.

Monday, June 27, 2011

July Classes in Bellevue

If you’re in the Bellevue area and looking for a fun class to take this summer, check out the July schedule at the Bedouin StarEthnic Dance Studio and Boutique.
  • Mondays: Tribal Style Belly Dance Level 3, Tribal Belly Dance Level 4
  • Tuesdays: Tribal Style Belly Dance Level 2, Hula Inspired Movement
  • Wednesdays: Tribal Style Belly Dance Level 1, Hoop Dance
  • Thursdays: Belly Dance Basics, Veil Choreography
  • Fridays: Costuming, Crafting, Beading, and Sewing
  • Saturdays: Tribal Style Belly Dance Level 1
Visit the Bedouin Star website for times, start dates, and costs. There are a lot of nice discounts too.

Monday, June 20, 2011

2011 MN Renaissance Festival

The Minnesota Renaissance Festival is every weekend from August 20th through October 2nd. Each weekend is a different theme, and there is also a lot of good food, entertaining shows, and plenty of shopping.
 
(Sisters of the Sahara at the 2008 MN Ren Fest. Photo by Karnak.)
    
Silk Roads, Discover the Riches is the Middle Eastern and Asian themed weekend on September 3rd, 4th, and 5th. The Middle Eastern Belly Dance competition will be at 5:00 pm on the Pavilion stage each day. The categories include Junior (under 16 years old), Adult (16-38), and Adult + (39 and older). Preregister by August 26th, 2011 for free admission!  The winner will get a gift certificate for Dahlal International. In the past, this contest has been very stress-free. Each competitor will get up on stage and dance for about 30 seconds. Sometimes there are judges to decide and sometimes the audience will pick by applause. Seasoned professionals have won, and so have brand-new beginners!
  
The Sisters of the Sahara will also perform this weekend, and so will John Khoury’s Arabic Ensemble. There will also be free belly dance lessons at the festival.

Monday, June 13, 2011

2011 Bedouin Star Bazaar

The 4th Annual Bedouin Star Bazaar and World Dance Day is July 9th! The workshops include Bollywood Choreography with Maliaka, Cane Choreography with Ashiya, Musicality: Dancing to Music with Isis, and Stage Makeup with Ashiya. Register by July 7th, and each class is only $20, or pay for all classes for only $65. The event begins at 10:00 am at the Bellevue University Student Center, 1000 Galvin Road South, Bellevue, NE.
 
The Studio Recital and Evening Show featuring Special Guests is also July 9th, and it’s at 7:00 pm. The doors open at 6:00 pm and there will be shopping! The show is free for the audience!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Postponed: Beginner Hoop Dance Workshop

The Beginner Hoop Dance Workshop originally scheduled for June 18th will be postponed. It will be rescheduled for a later date.

New Date: September 10, 2011.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Summer Belly Dance in Sioux Falls

If you saw the Little Sisters of the Desert Sands belly dance at the Siouxland Renaissance Festival and now want to take belly dance lessons, you’re in luck! The Little Sisters are also known as Liquid Hip Therapy, and they teach at Dance! Ballroom & Studio, 1200 E. 57th, Oak Ridge Plaza, Sioux Falls, SD. In June on Wednesdays, Laurie will teach Improvisational Tribal Style dance classes at 6:30. On Sundays at 5:00, Robin will teach Belly Dance Basics. Visit the Liquid Hip Therapy website or facebook page for more information.
 
(Photo taken at the 2011 Siouxland Renaissance Faire from the Siouxland Renaissance Association page.)

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Summer Dance Classes in Sioux Falls

Liquid Hip Therapy has some changes to their summer class schedule. During June, July, and August there will only be belly dance lessons on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm and Sundays at 5:00 pm. Instructors will rotate, and there won’t be any class on June 5th because all of the dance teachers are performing at the Siouxland Renaissance Festival!
 
The belly dance classes are at Dance! Ballroom and Studio 1200 E. 57th, Oak Ridge Plaza
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57108.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Siouxland Renaissance Dance Schedule


(Little Sisters at the 2010 Sioux Falls Renaissance Faire. Photo by Karnak.)
    
Sioux Fall’s belly dance troupe, Liquid Hip Therapy, will perform at the Siouxland Renaissance Festival as the Little Sisters of the Desert Sands. They are scheduled for 3 shows on Saturday and Sunday, June 4th and 5th. The shows are at 10:30, 1:00, and 3:15 at the Unicorn Stage.  

Sunday, May 29, 2011

June 18th Parthenon Grill

Magdalena Christina will be the guest performer at the Parthenon Greek Grill in Lincoln, NE.  She will be dancing on June 18th.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Summer Belly Dance with Magdalena

(Photo for Madgalena from her event page.)

Magdalena Christina will teach the basics of Arabic dance on Tuesdays at 7:30 pm at 5510 N 103rd St. in Omaha, NE. The next session begins June 21st and ends August 9th. Preregister on Magdalena’s website for a big discount for the dance lessons!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

2011 Siouxland Renaissance Festival

The 2011 Siouxland Renaissance Festival will be June 4th and 5th in Sioux Falls, SD. The Little Sisters of the Desert Sands will share the art of belly dance multiple times at the festival, so make sure to catch at least one show!
  
(Photo of the Little Sisters by Karnak at the 2010 Renaissance Faire.)

Sunday, May 15, 2011

2011 JAV Renaissance Faire

On Saturday, May 21st at the James ArthurVineyard in Raymond, NE there will be many belly dancers performing at the 14th annual Renaissance Festival. The Festival begins at noon and will end in the evening. Performers include: Troupe Sicorae, Benu Dance Company, Whorlwind Dance, and Karavan of Dreams. There will also be live drumming.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Tribal Belly Dance in Sioux City

Don’t forget to preregister for the Beginner Tribal Belly Dance class by May 21st for a discount! The dance lessons will be Saturday mornings at 9:30 am at the Yoga College from June 4th until July 9th. Each week, new slow and fast belly dance movements will be taught in addition to basic finger cymbal patterns.
  
Remember to bring your zills to the first class too. If you don’t have any yet, many of the Desert Angels recommend Saroyan finger cymbals. They range in size, tone, and cost. Small, light-weight zills made out of brass are good for beginners.
  




Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Basharaat's Bellydance Showcase

Have fun on Memorial Day weekend in Lincoln, NE with belly dance! Basharaat’s Belly Dance Showcase will be at 7:00 pm at the Bricktop, 1427 O Street.
  

(Photo of Basharaat from their event page.)

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

May Tribal in Bellevue

Every Saturday in May, there is a Tribal belly dance class in Bellevue, NE at the Bedouin Star Ethnic Dance Studio and Boutique. Visit the Bedouin Star website for more information and the register.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

May-June Belly Dance in Omaha

Magdalena Christina’s next 7 week session of belly dance lessons begins May 3rd and ends June 14th. The classes are Tuesdays at 7:45 pm at 5510 N. 103rd St., Omaha, NE. Visit Magdalena’s website for more information and to register.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

2011 International Day of Dance

The 4th Annual International Day of Dance in Sioux City will be Saturday, November 5th, 2011 at 1:00 pm. Dancers from all styles from around the world will share their art. Some of past performances include: belly dance, hip-hop, jazz, ballet, ballroom, Egyptian folklore, hula, country line dancing, bhangra, Celtic step dancing, and an Elvis impersonator. Save the date for an exciting show!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Delicious Shimmies and Delectable Locks, Pops, and Drops Workshop

Learn about shimmies, locks, pops, and drops at a workshop at the Bedouin Star Ethnic Dance Studio in Bellevue, NE on Saturday, May 21st. The workshop is from 1:00-3:00 pm. There are only 25 spots available.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Rocks On 2011

Raqs Awn Belly Dance Collective is raising money for the Omaha Hearing School on Saturday, May 21 at the Pizza Shoppe Collective in Omaha, NE. The show is called “Rocks On,” and they will be belly dancing to rock music. Doors open at 7:00.


Sunday, April 17, 2011

2011 NE Renaissance Faire

The Raqs Awn Belly Dance Collective will dance at the Nebraska Renaissance Faire Saturday, April 30th and Sunday, May 1st. They will perform 3 times each day at 11:30, 12:30, and 4:30.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

2011 Earth Day

The Raqs Awn Belly Dance Collective is going to perform at Elmwood Park in Omaha, Nebraska for Earth Day on April 23rd. Other belly dancers from the area will join them at 1:00 pm. There will also be live drumming!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Zill Workshop in Bellevue

On Saturday, April 9th, there will be a Zill Workshop at the Bedouin Star Studio, 800A Fork Crook Road South, Bellevue, NE. This class will be great for dancers who need specialized instruction for playing the finger cymbals. Basic patterns will be taught as well as figuring out how to move and play at the same time.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Belly Dance for Beginners with Magdalena

Magdalena Christina’s next session of Belly Dance for Beginners begins May 3rd and ends June 14th. The classes are at 5510 N. 103rd St., Omaha, NE on Tuesdays at 7:45 pm. It’s $10/class, but students who preregister by April 19th will save $20!
  
(Photo of Magdalena on her website taken by Emerald Eye Photography.)

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Inner Goddess Hafla


Prairie Moon Belly Dance is hosting the 3rd Inner Goddess Hafla in Hastings, NE. The party will last from 7:00-9:00 pm on April 9th.  

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

4th Northland Belly Dance Forum

The fourth Northland Belly Dance Forum will be April 16-17, 2011 in St. Louis Park, MN at the Marriott. The instructors include: Tamalyn Dallal, Aliyah, Julianna, Khalila, Tamarind, Ayperi, and Akasha. There will also be a show on Saturday night.

(Picture from the Northland Belly Dance Forum website.)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Nebraska Belly Dance Spectacular Tickets


  
Don’t forget to get your tickets for the 2011 Nebraska Belly Dance Spectacular on Saturday, March 26th! The preshow will begin at 7:15 pm at the Holland Performing Arts Center in Omaha, NE. The performers include: Magdalena Christina, the Athenian Dancers, Bedouin Star, Dance Orientale, Della, Karavan of Dreams, Liquid Hip Therapy, the Lotus Dancers, Metamorphosis Dance Studio, Prairie Moon Belly Dance Troupe, Raqs Awn, and the Zuha School of Middle Eastern Dance.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Offering to the Fire Gods

The Basharaat Dance Co. is holding a fundraiser called “Offering to the Fire Gods” on March 26th at 12:30 pm. The event will be at 1323 N. 25, Lincoln, NE. Free will donations will be accepted, and the money will be used to buy a pair of fire belts for Hallie and Morgan. This will be a potluck lunch, so bring a dish to pass.

Friday, March 18, 2011

March Dance Classes with Basharaat

(Photo from the Basharaat event page.)
   
Hallie Marie and Morgan Fay of Basharaat will be teaching belly dance classes in Lincoln, NE on Sundays March 20th and 20th. 1:00 will be Drills, 2:00 will be Intermediate, and 3:00 will be Beginners. Each class is $7.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

NBDS Promo on Morning Blend

The Morning Blend show in Omaha, NE had Magdalena Christina as their guest this morning to promote the 2011 Nebraska Belly Dance Spectacular.  She taught a quick dance lesson, spoke about belly dance, and then she danced briefly at the end. Visit the Morning Blend website to see the video and learn more about the NBDS, which will be March 26th.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Bedouin Star Drum N' Dance Club

Bedouin Star is hosting a Drum N' Dance Club once a month on Saturdays in Bellevue, NE. It's $20 for 6 months and $45 for 12 months and a Bedouin Star T-shirt! Otherwise, each event will cost $5-10/per person.
  • Saturday, April 2, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
  • Saturday, May 7, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
  • Saturday, June 4, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 2, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
  • Saturday, August 6, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
  • No Drum 'N Dance Jam in September
  • Saturday, October 2, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
  • Saturday, November 5, 7:00 - 9:00pm
  • Saturday, December 3, 6:00 - 10:00pm

Monday, March 14, 2011

Costuming Workshop

In Lincoln, NE at the 9 Muses Studio there will be a Costuming Workshop on March 26th. The class begins at 1:00 pm and costs $15.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Alimah in Omaha

Mark your calendars for September 10, 2011! Della is bringing Alimah to Omaha to teach “Feet and Variations: How to Dress up your Dance from Toes to Fingertips,” and “Drills and Frills.” Visit Della’s website for more information.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Dance Your Prayers

Dancers of all styles are welcome to the first anniversary of Dance Your Prayers in on Sunday, March 6th. The event will begin with an informative session at 10:30 AM, and then there will be dancing. Afterwards, there will refreshments. Dance Your Prayers takes place at Simply Ballroom, 2679 Farnam St., Omaha, NE.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Artist Reception March 4th

Photographer Charity Hathaway is March's featured artist at the Silver of Oz in Omaha, NE. Charity Hathaway runs Emerald Eye Photography, and her pictures are stunning. She is well-known for her photographs of belly dancers in action and portraits. The artist reception is Friday, March 4th from 6:00-9:00 pm.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

NBDS Past Videos

If you’ve never seen the Nebraska Belly Dance Spectacular, here are video clips from past shows. The show is organized by Magdalena Christina and features performances from many great dancers in Nebraska, Iowa, and Sioux Dakota.
  


The 2011 NBDS will be March 26th in Omaha.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Cassandra Shore’s 2011 Weeklong Intensive Workshop

Cassandra Shore’s long workshop begins March 21st and ends March 26th. There will be five days of classes and three shows. There is only room for 30 participants and the cost is $675, which is due March 1st. Visit Cassandra’s website for more information and to register.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Belly Dance for Beginners in Omaha, NE

The next 7-week session of Belly Dance for Beginners with Magdalena Christina begins March 1st and ends April 21st. There won’t be any class on March 29th. The classes are Tuesday evenings at 7:45 pm in Omaha, NE.
 
Magdalena is also available for Bellygrams, Mini-Classes and Performances, Small Group Classes, and Workshops.
 
For more information and to register, visit Magdalena’s website.

(Photo of Magdalena Christina from her website. Picture by Emerald Eye Photography.)

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Cassandra Shore Performing in Sioux City

Cassandra Shore, a nationally known professional Middle Eastern dancer, will be performing in Sioux City on Saturday, February 19th! There will be a short belly dance show at Western Iowa Technical College at 7:30 pm. The Desert Angels will also be performing along with other Midwestern dancers.
    

(Photo of Cassandra Shore from her website.)       
Western Iowa Tech is at 4647 Stone Ave, Sioux City, IA. Use parking lot 4 and entrance 14. The cost is only $5.

Friday, January 28, 2011

NBDS Promotional Video



The Nebraska Belly Dance Spectacular is going to be March 26 in Omaha.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Something Fun for Valentine’s Day

The Raqs Awn Belly Dance Troupe is going to perform at the Pizza Shoppe Collective in Omaha, NE on February 12th at 7:30 pm. Go early to get a good seat. Whether you’re going alone, on a date, or even with the whole family, this will be a unique was to celebrate Valentine’s Day! The proceeds will go to the Dylan and Tyler Peters Fund.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Midwest Bellydance Happenings

The Midwest Belly Dance Happenings website provides a list of Middle Eastern and Tribal dance workshops and events throughout the Midwest. This is a nice resource if you’re looking for dance events outside of the Sioux City area. Many of the events take place in Kansas and Missouri, but there are some events listed for Nebraska and Iowa too.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Tribal Boot Camp

On Saturday, April 16th, there is going to be a Tribal Boot Camp belly dance workshop in Bellevue, Nebraska. Check-in begins at 9:30 am at the Bedouin Star Ethnic Dance Studio. The classes will be taught by Isis.
    
10:00 am – 12:00 pm, Foundation Review, Major Moves, and Floor Patterns
1:30 – 3:30 pm, Movement Intimidation
3:30 – 4:30 pm, Open Dancing
   
Spots are limited and no payment at the door will be accepted. As of January 11th, there are only 18 places left.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Ashiya, Naajidah, Nysa, and Magdalena on 01/15/11

At the Parthenon Restaurant in Lincoln, NE, there will be belly dance performances on Saturday, January 15th. The shows are at 7:00 and 8:00 pm. Call (402) 423-2222 for reservations.
 
(Poster from the facebook event page.)

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Cabin Fever this Month

The Cabin Fever Workshop hosted by Karavan of Dreams is coming up soon! Hallie Marie and Morgan from Basharaat are the instructors this year, and they are wonderful teachers. The workshop is at the YWCA in Grand Island, NE from 1:00-4:30 pm.

  

(Flyer from Karavan of Dreams website. Click to read.)
    
Even if you can’t take the workshop, watch the show at 7:00 pm. Admission is only $5. Hallie and Morgan are amazing performers, and it will be a very entertaining evening. Workshop participants will also be presenting in the show.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Dance Studio Photographer

There are a lot of new portraits of dancers in the “Performing Arts Studio” folder at the Entity Photographic Imagery website. Most of the pictures are of belly dancers, but there are also some of flamenco dancers, African dancers, and an Elvis impersonator.
     
(Picture by Tani Russell.)
  
Entity Photographic Imagery is based in Sioux City, Iowa. Photographer Tani Russell has a portable studio, so she is able to travel to dance studios and karate schools to take pictures. If you’d like to view her artwork or contact her, visit the Entity Photographic Imagery website.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

January Liquid Hip Therapy Classes


(Liquid Hip Therapy at the 2010 Siouxland Renaissance Festival. Photo by Karnak.)
   
Liquid Hip Therapy recently announced their January class lineup. For more details, visit the Liquid Hip Therapy Fan Page.
  • Wednesdays at 6:30 pm will be Egyptian Nightclub Style with Ann.
  • Wednesdays at 8:30 pm will be Belly Dance Basics: from Beginners to Perfectionists with Robin.
  • Sundays at 5:00 pm will be Follow the Leader: Structured Improvisation with Laurie.
  • Sundays at 6:00 pm will be Belly Dance Bootcamp with rotating instructors and themes.
 All classes are at Dance Ballroom and Studio at Cliff and 57th in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

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