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Entelechy is the essence which completes matter, the soul or intelligent energy of living things.. Layla Isis and Mariyah co-founded Entelechy Dance NYC in 2012 based on a shared artistic frequency that aims to express the elements of spirit, humor, and myth through theatrical dance. Drawing inspiration from mystic traditions, nature, and explorations into the psyche, the heart of Entelechy Dance is a journey into authenticity, absurdity, archetypes, and the aether.

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TOMORROW NIGHT!! Come watch beautiful dancers AND do something great for the world! A portion of proceeds from this show will go to victims of Typhoon Haiyan and the refugees of Syria

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Happy Holidays everyone! Mark Balahadia will be hosting his first holiday belly dance show at Jebon Sushi NYC, December the 29th, 2013. This is probably the last belly dance community show this year before New Years, so definitely come out, enjoy the show and party with us!

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TOMORROW NIGHT!! Come watch beautiful dancers AND do something great for the world! A portion of proceeds from this show will go to victims of Typhoon Haiyan and the refugees of Syria

 

So what’s crazy about this TBT  is that last week I posted about Soraya Melik.

While researching Fawzia ,I  read an article from the Ottawa Citizen, which you should all read because it’s really cool. The article is an interview with Fawzia (click here to read) and the author is describing his settings etc. He starts to talk about how a dancer performed as he and Fawzia were talking and then, as Fawzia went to change for her number, the dancer introduced herself, and guess who she was???? Soraya Melik. How awesome is that?

Anyway…. here’s the deal with Fawzia Amir.

Fawzia was born in Cairo, Egypt in 1930.  She began her career dancing for King Farouk of Egypt from 1945-1947. Her father was a film producer and her sister, Amira Amir, an actress. Fawzia came to the US when she was 17 and married a U.S. marine who had been stationed in Egypt.

While in the U.S. she performed in places like Las Vegas, opening for Eartha Kitt and others. Eventually, after her first marriage ended, Fawzia moved to Canada in 1957. She performed in the Latin Quarters and El Morocco in Montreal as headliner alongside dancers such as Ozel Turkbas and Samia Nasser. This led to her opening her own nightclub, The Sahara Club, with silent partner and manager Harry Ship. Fawzia was all about authenticity and she wanted her club to be comfortable for her Arabic patrons. The waitresses all wore harem costumes and those who weren’t Arabic looked as if they were. The club was finished in grey stone like the cellars of Cairo and she always had great authentic musicians like Lebanese oud player George Sawaya.

Fawzia had a couple run ins with the law. In 1960 she was charged with presenting an immoral dance. In 1961 she danced in a Montreal courtroom to prove her point that belly dancing was not inappropriate.The charges were dropped. The same year there was a brawl in her club and she was punched in the face. Needless to say none of that stopped Fawzia – talk about a tough girl.

In 1963 she was convicted on charges of staging an obscene dance at her club. She was fined $200 and ordered to be deported. Luckily the deportation part of the conviction was never carried out. Instead, the mayor at the time implemented an old zoning law that prohibited her club from selling liquor in order to shut her down and driver her out of town.

 

 

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There isn’t much info out there on Soraya Melik. But I did learn that she danced at the Egyptian Gardens with another wonderful dancer Saliha. Soraya hit the NYC dance scene in the 60’s and 70’s. She was a very classy dancer who incorporated  older traditional belly dance movements into her dance, she was truly authentic. She also recorded music, which is pretty cool – if you want to check it out visit this website