Category Archives: Creative People

Phyllis Patterson (1932-2014)

We are saddened to learn that Phyllis Patterson passed away on May 18, 2014.  She was a passionate and artistic woman who conceived and created the modern Renaissance fair; and without her vision, the world of belly dance might be … Continue reading

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From Tap Dancing to Responsible Fusion

Last year, I wrote about my pop and locking work with Walter Freeman who went on to perform on Broadway for 10 years as an American tap dancer in Riverdance.  Walter and I attended many of the same tap classes … Continue reading

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Remembering John Compton

I was greatly saddened to hear the news that John Compton passed away this week.  He had a long and prosperous belly dance career, and I want to share my story of how I first knew him. John had seen … Continue reading

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Tribal Fest Interview with Kajira and Chuck

Kajira and Chuck are the co-producers of the extremely successful Tribal Fest that is held annually every May in Sebastopol, CA.  Tribal and tribal fusion comprise a very popular and growing segment within belly dance.  I am frequently asked about … Continue reading

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Batwanes Beek & Break Dancing

Many of you have already seen this video of dancers performing to a recorded version of “Batwanes Beek” sung by Warda al-Jazairia.  The young men are break dancing (a dance form which originated in the United States) on the Avenue … Continue reading

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Warda al-Jazairia (1939-2012), the Algerian Rose

Our dance world has suffered a major loss with the recent passing of Warda Al-Jazaairia (1939-2012) this past May.  She was an amazingly gifted singer.  She worked with several of the great Arab composers, and many of her songs are … Continue reading

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Freedom

This May, I had the amazing opportunity to meet one of my greatest dance inspirations:  Mikhail Baryshnikov.  He is truly amazing; he vibrates with energy, and when he focuses on something. . .you can feel the intensity. In 1974 while … Continue reading

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Announcing the “Enta Omri” Double Album

Suhaila Salimpour & Ziad Islambouli present Enta (You Are) Volume 1     &    Omri (My Life) Volume 2 An intimate love letter telling the story of a lifelong love:  you are my life! This double album includes my … Continue reading

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The Oakland Boogaloo & Walter “Sundance” Freeman

When I was in high school (it was probably 1982 or 83), I learned about a performance in Oakland featuring local tap dancers.  I was eager to attend, and I thought I might even see some of my fellow tap … Continue reading

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Popping, Locking & Belly Dance

In the early 1970s, new “funk style” dances were being developed by urban dancers in California.  Locking (created by Don Campbell in the late 1960s) and popping (created by Sam Solomon) were two of the first and most popular.  Others … Continue reading

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