Aug 28

Summer Bellydance Festival - Day I

Aug 28, 2011 00:48////

It’s been three weeks since I got back home from the Summer Bellydance Festival in Leiden, Netherlands, but I don’t believe I have landed yet. The festival was organized by Anusch Alawerdian , whom I met at the Eilat festival this January. Anusch saw my Turkish Roman set and invited me to teach and perform at her festival!
6 months later I landed with two suitcases in Netherlands. (Stay tuned for another post on how to pack 5 costumes into a small trolley that fits into an airplane overhead compartment!)
Since we arrived early in the morning, Shayma, my roommate and fellow festival teacher and I went on our first trip around the town. Leiden, the birthplace of Rembrandt, is a green picturesque town, intersected by numerous canals. The weather was just what I needed after the scalding Israeli heat: sunny but cool enough to enjoy a stroll along the canals. We managed to explore about half of the long pedestrian shopping street, then went back to meet Milla Tenorio, who arrived to Leiden by train from Paris. Milla was supposed to teach and perform at the festival, but unfortunately she broke her toe just before the event. Being a true pro and a trooper she didn’t cancel and came to support the festival and to judge in the competition.
In the evening we went out to a Greek restaurant to celebrate the beginning of the festival. Yamas! Cheers!

Aug 22

Welcome to my new website!

Aug 22, 2011 21:20////

Hey, everyone! As you could tell my new website is up and running and I'm very excited to welcome you all here! It's been a long time since I started working on it, but as the proverb goes "the shoemaker's children always go barefoot". I had to cut on a lot of features in favor of speedier launch so there are lots of improvements pending both in design and functionality. Regardless, in the upcoming weeks I will be making an effort of filling the site with brand new content. Lots of goodies will be posted gradually into the Extras section and of course I will post entries to the Blog section. So stay tuned for updates! Please note that there is no need to register to post comments to the blog posts, you can use your facebook/twitter/google/etc ids to correspond with me. Easy!!!