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Sep. 18th, 2014 @ 12:50 pm Egyptomania: a Love Affair with the East

Egyptomania: A Love Affair with the East

A Vintage Belly Dance Production and Fundraiser for The Bantwana Initiative

Date: Saturday, October 11, 2014 8-10pm

Where: the Cambridge YMCA Family Theater 820 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge MA

Tickets: $20/$25; http://www.joharasnakedance.com (click on Events)

Join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/640713949287060/

Inspired by America’s fascination with Egypt and Egyptian adaptations of Hollywood

style and western music, Snake Dance Theater Company shares a mélange of dances

from the 1890s to the 1950s. After the discovery of King Tut’s tomb in the early 20th

century, America and Hollywood took notice of Egyptian culture and music. From the

art deco craze to the silver screen, Egyptian icons were everywhere. And as Hollywood

movies spread, Egypt began producing its own films, blending American culture with its


Egyptomania explores the cultural appropriations between these two nations and

beyond. We welcome you to delight in a world in which tradition, music and dance

blend to create a fascinating fusion of beauty, intrigue, fun and—of course—flappers!

Join us for sequin-studded performances by some of New England’s most acclaimed

soloists and companies from the world of Middle Eastern and Tribal Fusion belly dance

along with live Middle Eastern music by Club Mediterranean.

Featuring: Johara & Snake Dance Theater; Naraya of Vadalna Tribal Belly Dance, Bevin Victoria of Hybrid Belly Dance, Dan Yonah Ben-Dror Marshall, Tamsyn Bindal, and more.

The Bantwana Initiative, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of families affected by HIV, AIDS and poverty in Africa.


For more information on Egyptomania and to purchase tickets, visit www.joharasnakedance.com. To schedule an interview with the producers, Johara Snake Dance or Alashiya, please contact us at Johara@snakedancetheater.com or Alashiyabellydance@gmail.com.

Snake Dance Theater Company is dedicated to the exploration of traditional and modern belly dance styles as well as fusion styles. Annual performances at the Cambridge River Festival, Figment Festival and GreenFest compliment our yearly fundraiser at the Cambridge YMCA.

Its director, legally blind choreographer Johara (Juliette Cusick), has been producing dance concerts in the genre of Middle Eastern Belly Dance in Boston area since 2001. She has been featured on the covers of the Brookline and Watertown Tabs and has appeared in the Boston Globe, Herald and Phoenix for her past work.

The Company’s co-director, Alashiya (Anne Wright), has been bellying dancing since  2005, learning from Serena Wilson at Serena’s Studio in NYC and choreographing since 2007. She holds a master’s degree in arts education from Harvard University and is passionate about sharing her artistic vision and love of dance.

Visit us online at www.joharasnakedance.com or on Facebook at “Snake Dance Theater”.
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Jul. 27th, 2013 @ 03:12 am It is I, your derelict admin! With another question about a potential belly dance fundraiser
So, I've been out of the local belly dance circuit for awhile, but I have an idea and I figured I'd see if anyone here had any interest.

Would anyone be interested in participating in a quasi-hafli at a New London LGBT venue sometime this October (probably Saturday the 19th) with the goal to raise money for the Trevor Project? I'm contemplating pitching the idea to the owner and figured it'd be a good idea to have some clue if there was dancer interest.

They routinely have stage acts (primarily drag queens with the occasional drag king) on Friday and Saturday nights, going on stage at 12:30am. On occasion they hold fundraisers and acts may go in spurts starting at 10:30pm with the next act at 11:30pm and so on. I'm not sure what the owner would go for in terms of gate going to the cause (he's done other fundraisers, just don't remember if it was 50% of the cover or what, maybe even 100%), but people usually do tip well, and I was envisioning a basket at the corner of the stage with a note stating tips go to the Trevor Project.

So, any interest?
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Nov. 3rd, 2012 @ 01:00 pm Hurricane Hafli?
Current Mood: curiouscurious
Back in 2005, after Hurricanes Katrina and Wilma, there was a "Hurricane Hafli" up in Boston that raised over $1500 (if memory serves) for Red Cross relief efforts.

Does anyone know if something similar is being planned post-Frankenstorm Sandy? I have neither the time nor the energy to organize such a thing, but if someone else does, I'd be more than happy to help however I can.
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Aug. 8th, 2012 @ 10:18 am Live music, pro dancers, reasonable time of day!
Do you always wish you could go see more live music and see more dancers performing in a nightclub setting, but late nights keep you from attending?  Well, there's two events coming up in the next two weeks in MA that will give you that opportunity on a Sunday evening and have you home in time to get enough sleep for Monday's workday!  In both cases, advance tickets are strongly advised.

Sunday, August 12, 5-8pm:  The Shimmy Shack in East Berkeley, MA, with the music of the Mitchell Kaltsunas Ensemble (Arabic style) and featured dancer Chantal, a fabulous professional dancer and entertainer.  Several other performers from student to pro will be featured (including me :), there will be open floor dancing and excellent shopping opportunities at Alimah's Closet, importers of belly dance goods from around the world.  Refreshments will be available.  For more info, see the Ancient Arts Studio website.

Sunday, August 19, 6-9pm:  Live@ the Red Fez featuring Jemileh Nour, 1222 Washington Street, Boston MA, with the music of Hagop Garabedian, Dwayne Green, Costas Maniatakos, Ron Sahatjian and Bill Ferguson (music styles from around the Middle East).  Jemileh Nour is an exquisite and dynamic performer, and several of her students and colleagues will be performing along with her (including me :).  There will be open floor dancing, and other musicians are invited to sit in with the band after the performances.  The Red Fez is a full service restaurant featuring Middle Eastern delicacies and a full bar.  For more information, see the Facebook Live@ the Red Fez event page.

Both of these events are run by dancers who do this for the love of music and dance, and the desire to share that love with others and build community among dancers, as well as provide opportunities to hear and perform to live music for dancers who might not otherwise be able to do so.  Both events are worth supporting for those reasons alone--but the biggest reason, of course, is the wonderful quality of the shows you will see at both events, highlighting the skill and diversity of styles that can be seen within Middle Eastern dance.  These are great learning opportunities for students just learning about different styles of traditional music, or for dancers who have come to belly dance from a less traditional route who would like to know more about their dance's roots.  Good times are guaranteed!
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Mar. 27th, 2012 @ 09:53 am Waking Persephone 4/13-15, Providence, RI!
Waking Persephone is less than 3 weeks away - and there’s a lot of excitement around here. We have over 30 workshop offerings, and some of them are about to sell out!

Some folks have asked me more about what the event is about – is it just for “dark” or “gothic” dancers, for tribal? The answer is NO. While both of our evening shows focus on presenting the dramatic, the dark, and the unusual, our workshops have been carefully tailored to help craft the well-rounded dancer – whether you’re into traditional, oriental, tribal, or fusion, there’s a workshop that will advance your dance.

We have an array of incredible vendors that cover the spectrum of bellydance – including the ever-popular Geisha Moth and Tribal Bazaar (both coming all the way from California), Crimson Gypsy – who has amazing practice-wear and attire, Delicious Boutique from Philadelphia for urban and edgey looks, the drool-worthy treasure troves of Father Dunn (both old and new Tribal/folkloric/Indian/Middle Eastern jewelry), plus many more vendors offering silk, henna, photography, artwork, jewelry, and the latest in bellydance fashion. The vendor bazaar is open all weekend from Friday afternoon through to Sunday afternoon - so come enjoy the workshops, see the show, get some great shopping in!

Community Gathering! We will kick things off on Thursday evening with "Motif" - a special community event combining dance, ritual, music, and great vibes. All are welcome!

LIVE MUSIC! Both of our Friday and Saturday evening shows feature live music (in addition to all of our amazing instructors - including Tempest, Anaar (CA), Asharah (CA), Celeste (IN), Ami Amore (MO), Unsinkable Molly (CA), Kendra Hayes(WA), plus local favorites, applied performers, and special guests) by world-class talent: Nathaniel Johnstone & The Ghosts Project, and Sunday will feature a special concert by Frenchy & The Punk.

Here’s a quick breakdown of workshop offerings: (behind the cut)

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Nov. 21st, 2011 @ 02:21 pm Marrakesh Market: Belly Dance Yard Sale and Show

 THIS WEEKEND! Get a start on holiday shopping and see an amazing show!
Marrakesh Market: Belly Dance Yard Sale and Show
Sunday, November 27th, 2011
The YMCA Theatre, 820 Massachusetts Avenue, Central Square, Cambridge, MA
PLENTY of FREE parking!
Shopping 12-5 pm, Belly Dance Show 2-3:30 pm
Buy used and new belly dance items and more!! PLUS see a fabulous belly dance show with 13 AMAZING acts!

Zehara Nachash
Belly Dancer * Snake Charmer

(I am not Zehara, but I am a performer in the show :-)

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Nov. 16th, 2011 @ 09:50 am [MA] Raks Nativity: A Christmas Pageant in Middle Eastern Dance
Have you been waiting for a holiday show that is perfectly suited to you?  While there are many opportunities to attend Christmas shows, from the Nutcracker to the Revels - no other show brings you Middle Eastern dance and music AND the original story of  Christmas. 

The Ahlam Selene Dance Company presents - for its second year:

Raks Nativity: A Christmas Pageant in Middle Eastern Dance
December 11, 2011 7:30 PM (Doors at 7)

Website: http://raksnativity.bellydancernepenthe.com
Tickets - 15$ Individual, 12$ for Groups of 4+

Featuring Johara as the Little Drummer Boy, Badriya Al-Badia as the Angel Gabriel, Aurel as a feisty tea-seller, and Najmat as the Star of Bethlehem.  These are only a few of our many stars from the New England bellydance community.

This show is a great opportunity to share the beauty of your avocation - Middle Eastern Dance - with your family, friends and co-workers.  The show intends to broaden cross-cultural understanding by taking the beloved Christmas story and setting it to Middle Eastern Dance and Music - both the story, the music, and the dance all originate from the same part of the world!
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Nov. 9th, 2011 @ 09:35 am Waking Persephone: Dancing Through the Dark & Unusual, April 13th-15th, 2012, Providence, RI
"Waking Persephone" is an event specializing in exploring the dark and the unusual within the realm of bellydance. This event will take place for the first time April 13th-15th, 2012 in Providence, Rhode Island - the dark heart of New England. Nothing like it has ever taken place on this scale in New England for the darker side of the dance, and we are thrilled to bring it to you!

It will be a different kind of dark dance event experience, with a core focus on education and exploration, creating community while breaking borders. While there will indeed be performing opportunities, the main goal is an intensive series of classes, lectures, and activities featuring both new and established faces in the genres of dark, gothic, steampunk, experimental, theatrical, and ritual dances. Over the course of 3 days, there will be two shows, live music performances, workshops, master classes, panel discussions, vending, and more!

Our fabulous teaching staff includes Tempest, Anaar, Asharah, Ami Amore, Celeste, Kendra Hayes, with more being announced as we confirm. Also, we are accepting applications for those interested in teaching at Waking Persephone through November 13th. Info at http://www.wakingpersephone.com/teach.html

We are lining up some amazing live music from all over the US for WP including Nathaniel Johnstone (of the Nathaniel Johnstone Band and Abney Park), French & the Punk, Servitor Sanctum 7, and even more special guests to be announced!

Vending is also officially open for WP - with just 13 spots total - 8 regular vending spots, 3 artist spots, and 2 services spots - and they're already going quick! http://www.wakingpersephone.com/vendors.html

Complete details available at http://www.wakingpersephone.com
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Jun. 28th, 2011 @ 10:20 pm Theatre of the Dark Goddess: Bellydance with Aepril Schaile online fundraiser

Theatre of the Dark Goddess: Bellydance with Aepril Schaile

A Bellydance instructional/performance DVD focusing on dance technique, form, expression, energy and ritual.

Aepril is thrilled to announce her new self-produced DVD to bring you her unique approach to Bellydance! Help make it happen!

Contribute by visiting our Kickstarter page with lots of great REWARDS for pledging. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/aepril/theatre-of-the-dark-goddess-bellydance-with-aepril Get in on this now!

… is a holistic combination of elements, both ancient and contemporary, the integration of which comprises the Aepril Schaile Mysterie School of Dance. Aepril has taught hundreds of students internationally over the course of several years; her students are recognizable for their graceful and powerful stage presence, unique and dramatic creative expression, and ethereal yet precise and sharp form. Your own dance and creative power will be strengthened, refined and deepened by the methods in this DVD.

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Apr. 8th, 2011 @ 09:05 am Save the Spooki Date

Spring may be stirring, green shoots beginning to unfurl, colorful tiny birds singing of warm weather to come, but deep within the woods, something dark pulls the earth close to itself as it burrows underground, begrudgingly giving the days of sun their due as it says "wait... my time will return, and you will dance and celebrate what belongs to me and mine...  on October 16, to be exact..."
Save the date--Raks Spooki will return on Sunday, October 16!  No further details are ready to be announced at this time.  The call for performers will go out later this spring--may the dreaming of the aestivating darkness inspire you!

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