I will be headlining at the Belly Dance show (Hafla), Silk Route, on Sunday 22nd November 2015 in Balham, London.
Come along watch me and my students perform as well as other belly dancers for a great night of belly dance entertainment in London. The theme is one I'm really excited about, it's Turkish with a twist....ooooooo. I won't give away what I'll be performing but it will display both my Turkish roots and western theatricality. Don't miss out as this is my only public appearance this Autumn.
For more details, visit the Silk Route's website: www.silkrouteshow.com
I look forward to seeing you there.
Recently I had the absolute pleasure of teaching a belly dance class for a very special big birthday. The birthday 'girl' invited around 40 people to her house to celebrate this special occasion. I was hired as the entertainment to teach a belly dance class for 1 hour. I started with a quick warm up, technique and then a short, fun routine finished with a cool down. The host was kind enough to buy coin belts for all her guests to make them feel the part - a good idea for a thank you gift or favour. What a fantastic way to involve your guests and try something a bit different!
The guests were glamourous middle-aged females and made for a very lively, excitable group. It got me thinking what a great yet simple idea for a big birthday. Host a party at home, invite all your lady friends, serve drink and food and have a great time. It cuts out the fuss of finding a venue, confirming numbers to a restaurant or caterers and other restraints and costs that venues provide. It also gives an opportunity for the birthday 'girl' or 'boy' to relax and enjoy themselves.
I have always found that belly dancing at parties with no males and/or people you know at home helps relax inhibitions - as opposed to women that I approach at restaurants or in a wedding environment most of whom tend to shy away. Whether it's a henna, hen or birthday party, the moment you get women at home away from men and/or 'the community' it's refreshing and so much more enjoyable for them.
All in all, we had a great time, laughed lots and learned some cool moves too. Well done ladies!!!
Award-winning Turkish Oriental and Theatrical Fusion performer and teacher.