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Tribal Tigerlily is teaching some tribal fusion classes in Edinburgh.  Yipee!

The fabulously talented and gorgeous Tribal Tigerlily

She running a 4 week ‘taster’ set before Christmas starting Sun Nov 18th, and a 6 week regular term afterwards starting Sun Jan 20th, £9/£7 per class in advance, £10 on the door.  Both sets are being held at the Edinburgh Studios, off Leith Walk.  You can get full details, and whatnot on the Facebook event page.

And, because it’s such a treat, here’s a video of her performing:

 

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As some of you may know American tribal-fusion performer Sherri Wheatley will be visiting Peebles and Glasgow teaching workshops and performing at hafla’s in both venues. Borders Arabic Dance is hosting the first of three workshops (“Combos and Transitions”) next Thursday (July 22nd) afternoon and that evening there will be a hafla with a wide variety of performers. Saravati Tribal are playing host to workshops two and three (“Layering Fundamentals” and “Polished Performance”) in Glasgow on Saturday and Sunday (July 24th & 25th) with their hafla on Saturday evening. Visit the links for more info and to book.

From what I understand a big part of the reason we’re getting to have Sherri over is thanks to Tigerlily who met her on a bellydance trip to South Africa. Well done Tigerlily, and thanks to the lovely ladies of Borders Arabic Dance and Saravati for getting these workshops and haflas together!

Something I noticed in the promotional material for these events is that Sherri also goes by the title “Cherchez La Femme”. This is a French expression literally translated as “look for/seek out the woman” and is typically used as a way of saying that the root of most problems involving a (straight) man is a woman. I’m not clear on how this connects with Sherri’s dance persona, maybe it’s more about the cadence of the phrase than it’s meaning, or perhaps it’s a modern reclaiming of the expression (I’ve noticed that there’s a feminist salon in Melbourne, Australia with this title). If I find out I’ll let you know – and if you know please share!

AND if you’d like to see Sherri perform before the hafla’s, well, that’s what YouTube is for 🙂 Enjoy:

As part of the festival of Middle Eastern Spirituality and Peace that Neill Walker is organising in Edinburgh, there are a few events coming up that will feature live bellydancers.

The first is a concert, on this Saturday (Feb 6th), is a fund-raiser for the festival.  It costs £12/£10 (concessions) and is on in the Roxy Art House, doors at 6pm.  Full details, including where to get tickets can be found here.  Performing at this are local bellydancers, Constantina and Sheikha.

Here’s the most recent clip of Constantina’s dancing I can find (I can’t find any for Sheikha):

The next event is a ‘Safa’ which is a Turkish word meaning “party / entertainment / pleasure”. This one is on on Wednesday the 24th of February at Empires Cafe on 24 St Mary’s Street.  The dancers aren’t named as of yet, there’s more information about the event here (though you need to scroll down).

After this is a concert by (the only) local Turkish band, Joombush/Cümbüş on Sunday the 28th of February.  It costs £10/£8 (concessions) and is on at the St. Bride’s Centre on Dalry Road. More details can be found on the facebook event listing here.  Performing at this are local bellydancers Kardelen, Tigerlily and the group Paravana (comprised of Raquel Alvarez and Jeanette Hunter).  Aside from Tigerlily’s video’s (and I’ve already posted some of those in earlier blog posts here and here) I can’t find any of Kardelen or Paravana.  I can’t find any public photos of them either.

You can find details of all these events in the Edinburgh Bellydance Calendar and if you know of any other local live bellydancing performance events please tell me and I’ll add them in!

There are no tribal fusion teachers running regular classes in Edinburgh to the best of my knowledge.  Happily, though, Laura Monteith of Sarasvati Tribal runs tribal fusion workshops for the University of Edinburgh’s African & Arabic Dance Society.  Here’s a pic of Laura, and a pic of her troupe (which, incidentally, Tigerlily is a member of):

You can find the schedule of these workshops in the Edinburgh Bellydance Calendar.  They are split into a beginners session, 12noon til 1pm and then an intermediates session from 1-3pm.  Read the rest of this entry »

It seems like we’re entering hafla season! Thursday just past was the Edinburgh University’s hafla and now Caroline Rose tells me that she’ll be having a hafla in the Pleasance Cabaret Bar on Feb 27th – which, I think, would be a fabulous end to a day of workshops thatI’m throwing as part of Festival of the Middle Eastern Spirituality and Peace (there are more details and the ability to book my workshops on my website and there is, of course, info on the Edinburgh Bellydance Calendar – see links at the top of the blog page).  I’ll add more details to this on Caroline’s hafla when I have them.

[EDIT 2/2/10: I’ve heard on the grapevine that Caroline might be shifting the date of this hafla to March. Will update when I know more.]

AND… the weekend after that there’s a hafla at the Inchture Hotel in Perthshire on March 6th.  There’s event details on facebook here and a facebook group for the hafla here and it has it’s own website here!  This hafla raises money for Talking2Minds  (http://www.talking2minds.co.uk) a charity that works with people who have Post Traumatic Stress disorder.  Tickets cost £8.

And for your viewing pleasure here are some videos from the University hafla last week:

Habiba Dance

Hannah

Tigerlily

For your viewing pleasure!

If I find videos of the other hafla performers I’ll pop them up too – and if you know of any please send me their links 🙂

Celia Buchan teaches adult & teenager classes in Egyptian bellydance in Peebles and organises a hafla there on an annual basis.  (There was talk on the night of there being an April Peebles hafla too – I’ll add more info about this when I get it.)

I wasn’t sure what to expect, but had heard good reviews about past haflas in Peebles.  I wasn’t disappointed. Read the rest of this entry »

There’s a hafla on next Friday!  Tickets cost £10, or £5 for under 12s and things kick off around 7.30pm.

Here’s a performance video of Tigerlily, who (I am told) will be one of the performers. Woop, woop! 🙂

For more info and to book your ticket(s) see the Eastgate Theatre website

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