::Belly Dancing Diva has a Leading overview of the style.
Samantha Emanuel @ Beyond Belly Dance 2010. Lovely arms!!
:: New Website:Vagabond Princess
UPDATE: I just discovered that Samantha is the only British member of the Belly Dance Superstars. She is based in Devon, UK.
From her page:
On a roll and discovering all kinds of well done riches.
Flamenco song, dance and guitar by Ramon Ruiz and Anita la Maltesa. London based artists and teachers.
An Andalusian Dog , Maria Pagés Bulerías release Euskalduna Bilbao, 2001.
A scene from the film “Suaran Flamenco”.
One year on:
“On June 20th 2009, during a demonstration in Tehran against what many felt was a fraudulent election result, a young woman called Neda Agha-Soltan was targeted and shot to death by a sniper. An innocent bystander, and some distance away from the protest, her dying moments were filmed and seen by millions around the world. In Persian, her name means “voice”, “calling” and “divine message”, and she has become a powerful and iconic symbol for those who struggle against brutality and repression, seeking only freedom and truth. Neda, this song is for you.”
Chris de Burgh pays his respect to the memory of Neda on the day of her death.
MarchFourth Marching Band s a mobile big band spectacular, consisting of saxophones, trombones, trumpets and a drum/percussion corps, anchored by electric bass (battery powered). M4 “rocks” with the best of them, entertaining the audience with an over-the-top explosion of performance and charisma. The sound is huge, melodic, and dynamic, taking audiences on a musical journey around the globe. MarchFourth writes and performs its own material, and also draws inspiration from an eclectic range of worldwide influences, such as Eastern European Gypsy Brass, Samba, Funk, Afro-Beat, Big-Band, Jazz, and Rock music, as well as television, film, circus, and Vaudeville.
The Artown blog just posted a video featuring choreography that audience members can learn to participate in alongside the band. The Band will be a part of Artown’s Opening Night extravaganza, and will hold a marching parade from Wingfield Park to the Knitting Factory for a free After-party. Sounds like fun!
Back from Kosmos! This year’s experience was saWeet! Many new and wonderful faces and some amazing moments connecting and re-connecting with great folk from all over the region. Am so glad that I decided to go again this year – it was a break that was sorely needed. Great instructors, good food, amazing rustic accommodations made for an overall immensely fantastic retreat. Of course I didn’t manage to do all that I had hoped; took a drum for a class with Faisal – didn’t unpack it once; took a camera but only managed this parting shot on departure day… What?!Back from Kosmos! This year’s experience was saWeet! Many new and wonderful faces and some amazing moments connecting and re-connecting with great folk from all over the region. Am so glad that I decided to go again this year – it was a break that was sorely needed. Great instructors, good food, amazing rustic accommodations made for an overall immensely fantastic retreat. Of course I didn’t manage to do all that I had hoped; took a drum for a class with Faisal – didn’t unpack it once; took a camera but only managed this parting shot on departure day… What?!
Shelly DeCant of Unmata was awe-inspiring! La Fibi, pure grace and poetry; loved Paco Gomes Afro-Brazilian class, as I did Joti Singh’s Bollywood, Jordan Wilson’s Salsa Rueda, and Rafaella Falchi’s Samba classes! I also give grateful thanks to Brendan Furey’s Morning Yoga classes for keeping me grounded. 6 dance classes per day, plus some very choice and wonderful performances each evening made the whole event worth a million dollars! particularly enjoyed it when students from each training class joined the performances of the instructors in displaying their new found skills. Amazing talents all around.
It was amazing and well worth it.
Over 800 modern dryplate tintypes were made from b&w film to produce this experimental stop-motion video of a circus. Antonio Martinez created this video to serve as a desired childhood memory of the circus, but through the mind of an adult.
“Martinez spent a lot of time at a traveling circus, shooting dozens of rolls of 35mm black-and-white film. Then he made over 800 modern dryplate tintypes from the negatives, and then scanned them digitally, and then sequenced them artfully to produce this experimental stop-motion video.”
It is simply lovely.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s exiting Artistic Director, Artist
“We can go on talking about racism and who treated whom badly, but what are you going to do about it? Are you going to wallow in that or are you going to create your own agenda? People come to see beauty, and I dance to give it to them. Dance is bigger than the physical body. When you extend your arm, it doesn’t stop at the end of your fingers, because you’re dancing bigger than that; you’re dancing spirit.”