BDC - Belly Dance China Conference - 2013 (Ningbo, China)
Belly Dance China (BDC), an organization whose mission is to spread the art and knowledge of belly dance around the world by organizing events which help in connecting the top master instructors with the students from world over.
Within seconds, women from all parts of the world were shimmying and spinning together to his beautiful rhythms and that’s all it took for strangers to become friends. The room was an amazing blend of dancers from Korea, Japan, Malaysia, China, USA, Australia, Germany, India, Russia, Israel and many such countries- all trained versatile in different dance forms and equally passionate about belly dancing.
First workshop at the 2013 Global Belly Dance Conference (BDC) was taken by the inspirational and exotic Master teacher and performer, the famous tribal belly dancer Ms. Sharon Kihara. She broke down chronologically Tribal Belly dancing and its multi-layered techniques.
After 1.5 hours of the first set of workshops, the group re-united sweating and red-faced from both workshops for the tribal workshop by Master instructor Moria Chappell. The workshop was about the superlative technique of muscle and body control with emphasis on key muscle groups. Quoting Moria, "Tribal belly dance will pull all the energy back into your body to bring out that sensuous animal; so that you dance not from the outside, but inside."
Korea's new star and International belly dancer Jinhee Kim took the stage by storm with her dazzling oriental performance and everyone got a glimpse of why she is called as the new ‘sensation’ in the belly dance fraternity.
The one and only Rachel Brice mesmerized the audience with her sedate and sinewy moves. The beautiful utilization of the light and shadow, gave her performance an other worldly effect. Her musicality being so strong that with each and every step she gave out the feeling that she was creating the music with her moves, rather than just dancing on it.
In an utterly mind "whirling" performance, Egypt’s new megastar the gorgeous Wael Mansour, wearing a neon costume was swirling and spinning, performing the Tanoura for 15 mins non-stop.
Youtube sensation Didem danced on a medley of multiple drum solo's, one beautifully flowing into the other and with her brilliant shimmies and beat marking, she had the audience sitting on the edge of their seats, eagerly waiting to see the magic she created with her moves.
Master instructors Tito Seif and Alla Kushnir also performed to reverberating cheers from the audience who were eager to see more and more and more!!
Various other dance schools from all over also got a chance to showcase their talents.
Oriental Tito Style!!!
A special workshop by yesteryear’s belly dance Egyptian superstar Yousry Sharif.
One of the greatest lessons imparted by all the Masters was to 'Learn what we can offer, but discover who you are amongst all this'.
A special mention of a very special artist who happens to be Veve Dance team's all time favorite right from our 2011 workshops. A charmer who definitely knows how to get undivided attention, Tito Seif.
Paying a special tribute to his teachers- Fifi Abdou and Yousry Sharif, Tito performed a Saidi number with not 1 or 2 but 4 Assays!! Blew off the minds of every one present, with his teasing hip moves, uncontrollable shimmies and the inviting smile on his lips.
Whether it was by shimmying on Yousry Sherif’s lap or jumping on a dinner table and moving hips or throwing flowers at squealing girls or sharing a beautiful moment with Fifi Abdou; Tito Seif was undisputedly the Master blaster of the entire Belly Dance China conference.
Our Director Veronica says that, "He is an all rounder. He performs Baladi, Saidi, Drum-solo's, Oriental; dances with all kinds of props like balancing a Sheesha (Hookah) on his head or dancing on a Darbuka or with 4 canes twirling and balancing and the list goes on and on! He is the undisputed king of all things egyptian classical belly dancing."
There was a special category 'Beyond Tradition' where Belly dancing in its fusion styles could be given a fair representation.
And finally it was the troupe category! There were many interesting performances from varied genre's like ATS, Tribal fusion etc.
The ramp-walk sequence was choreographed by Ms. Simona Guzman.
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Later that day was the 'Fifi Abdou Show'. A total of 6 theatrical and musical dance performances, each more unique then the other was put forth by the legendary Queen of oriental belly dancing.
She chose to bring more awareness about the Indian classical dance form of Kathak and took a workshop on how to fuse it with oriental belly dance. She was welcomed very warmly by a fully packed class of 80-100 enthusiastic (mostly Chinese) women and men who wanted to know more about India. Veronica introduced the students to many an intricate foot and arm movements of Kathak and also taught them how to fuse it with Belly dance moves.
The luscious Alla Kushnir’s trademark groove had even the women weak-in-the-knees. Her deeply dynamic shimmies were much talked of and she can be said to have brought the *louder shimmies* back in fashion.
Moria Chappell's performance was a yoga inspired acrobatic tribal belly dance fusion performance with a slightly eccentric & wild edge to it. One of the most eye-catching sequences in her performance was the floor work sequence, where she executed picture-perfect splits and alternate turns which beautifully flowed from one to the other.
Sharon Kihara's jugalbandi with the King of drums - Issam Houshan. She performed a drum solo putting together a mind blowing fusion of oriental belly dance with ATS and tribal fusion belly dance moves.
Bozenka performed a classical drum solo number with very intricate hip movements, shimmies and foot and arm work.
Later that night: Veve Dance was invited to a special Roof Top Party, on the 35th floor of Shangri La Hotel, which was also attended by all the Masters. While everyone was loosening up and relaxing to some Caribbean and Latin music, the Veve team was conniving among themselves on how to hijack the party. After a little persuasion, the DJ was convinced to play some bollywood music and boy-oh-boy did the mood of the party change. Suddenly the floor had people matching Bhangra, Bollywood and Indian dance steps with the Indians; along with the entire bucket loads of hand gestures, hip moves and expressions!
Right from sampling various cuisines, to visiting landmark monuments, midnight shopping and square dancing in the streets with the localites, there was nothing that this girl gang from India did not try. The group made rounds of the famous Science and Technology Museum, Shanghai Museum, Jade Temple and Bundh riverside; and also went on a crazy shopping spree covering all *genre’s* of shopping like street shopping, mall shopping, midnight shopping, tea shopping, antiques shopping, souvenirs’ shopping, gadgets’ shopping and extra suitcase (as there was no space left in the suitcase) shopping.. ;)
TARAZADE - 2013 (Istanbul, Turkey)
Hale is a renowned world class Turkish belly dance master and performing artist. Her belly dance style is exceptionally fluent, free of stereotype, passionate, uniquely spiritual and always leaves her audience in awe and breathtaking delight.
Next in line was the workshop by beautiful, down-to-earth and extremely graceful Lulu Sabongi.
At the age of seventeen, Lulu fell in love with the Arabic culture and because of that she has maintained contact with the Arabic community and close relationship with the best musicians in the country.
Her workshop on arm technique was a delightful workshop where she explored the nuances of beautiful arms and hand movements in belly dance.
Dr. Hassan who is in his 70s, is a Professor and Head of the department of acting and directing at the Academy of Theatrical Arts in Cairo. He is not only a specialist in Egyptian folklore, but is also well-known in the field of folklore of the Gulf. He was the first person to conduct studies on the folklore dances of Egypt such as Nubian folklore, Hagallah, folklore from Port Said and many more.
While some members of our team were attending the workshop by Dr. Hassan, others were bringing out their crazy shimmy package with Claudia Hildreth.
Widely regarded as an expressive and naturally gifted dancer, Claudia has devoted over 15 years in the pursuit of passionate, musical and technical living art form that is middle eastern Belly dance. She is also the member and co-creator of the troupe Bellydance Soulfire.
A young Turkish dancer, pedagogue for dancers from all across the globe and choreographer for oriental and contemporary dance-arts in Europe. During lots of tours and workshops in Italy, Spain, Turkey, Switzerland, Austria, Greece and Germany he has shown his passion and spirit for dancing on stages and worked with famous choreographers in Europe.
The last workshop of the day was a drum solo choreography by the warm and friendly Aziza and the rarest of talents Master Issam Houshan.
Day 3 of the workshop:
The day could not have had a more fantabulous start! Workshop with the extremely talented and highly acclaimed belly dancer Luxor from Moscow, who had all the women-folk weak in the knees with his charming laughter.
He became world-famous by his fashionable and eccentric belly dance performances which are a terrific blend of filigree technique, powerful choreography and overwhelming male charisma. Accordant to the International Dance Organization (I.D.O), he attained the title of European Champion 2010 and won the World cup in 2010.
His workshop was an Arabic pop choreography workshop, where he explained how to enhance ones’ moves by enjoying and feeling the music while you dance.
The most unique and outstanding among all her workshops was the ‘Fantastic Classic’ choreography workshop. Jilina taught a choreography which incorporated parts of Egyptian belly dance and modern contemporary moves with the essence of a tarab performance. A choreography which makes one feel the deep longing of one’s beloved.
While some members of the team were being mesmerized by Jilina, others were being enchanted in the workshop by the one and only Didem Kinali.
And finally the most awaited – ‘The Open stage’ performance night.
The team attended more workshops by the masters Aziza, Jilina and Didem.
The evening turned electrifying, as the Master instructors graced the stage one after the other and delivered one power packed performance after the other at the 'Turkish Gala Night',
Azad Kaan's eloquently athletic style and compelling performance had the girls in the audience shouting on the top of their lungs for more.
Jilina's striking performance left no doubt in the minds of those watching that she is still the reigning belly dance superstar.
Patricia Zarnovican's tribal fusion performance was a beautiful inclusion into the varied repertoire of performances that was hosted during the gala.
Didem with the trademark moves was the darling of the crowd who keep hooting for more!
Famous turkish belly dancer and master teacher Sema Yildiz also performed a beautiful number at the gala.
Nile Group Festival 2011 & 2012 (Nile, Egypt)
Veve dance team has learnt under many of the eminent belly dancers who grace the Nile group festivals with their presence.
Oriental Veil Choreography workshop with Mohamed Kazafy
The opening and closing gala performances at Nile Group Festivals are legendary. Be it Tito Seif dancing whilst balancing a sheesha on his head or Camelia's breath-taking moves or Khaled Mahmoud's grace; it is an oriental dancers paradise.
The one place that automatically pops into our mind every time the name Egypt is uttered are -The Pyramids of Egypt!
New York - Theatrical Belly Dance Conference - 2010
Famous International Dancers and Co-directors Anasma and Ranya Renée have collaborated together and worked towards making this conference one of the most successful belly dance conferences in the world.
The Theatrical Belly dance conference 2010 was held in New York and was a 5 day event from 5th to 11th July. Featuring instructors & speakers from across the United States, Canada, Spain and Sweden, it included a full schedule of workshops, panel discussions & three curated programs at the Dance New Amsterdam (DNA) theater which aimed to demonstrate a variety of theatrical treatments of belly dancing.
Out of town visitors (including members of the Veve Dance team) were taken on a belly dance oriented shopping tour the day before the workshops began; by Hospitality co-ordinator Nabila Nazem and conference instructor Lotus Niraja.
Lunch after 5hrs of non-stop shopping! A unique way to get recharged before the workshops.
Some of the workshops that our team members attended at the conference:
Presence, Intention and Emotions from inside out;
and Character embodiment and Character Development technique workshops with Anasma.
Character in Performance and Introduction to Breath-work for Performance technique workshop with Ranya Renée
The Sensual Belly dancer technique workshop with Blanca.
Embodying Mythical Archetypes technique workshop with Aepril Schaile
Silent Film Starlet technique workshop with JeniViva.
Own the stage technique workshop with Lotus Niraja
Choreography tool-box and Structured Improvisation technique workshop with Elisheva
Emotion in motion and Dynamic staging to enhance Stage presence technique workshop with Aszmara.
The goal of this Project is to advance belly dance as a performance art, as well as to provide education and community to fellow belly dancers. At their shows, which are open to the general public, they present an array of mind-blowing performances, the best that their eclectic mix of Master instructors have to offer—world-renowned international performers and choreographers in programs of diverse, groundbreaking entertainment.