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UPCOMING EVENTS IN ORDER OF DATE:

*Want to add an event to The Belly Blog’s calendar + What’s Coming Up Wednesday? Email me at thebellyblog13@gmail.com

FRIDAY, JANUARY 30TH 2015

Anahid Dance party

ANAHID SOFIAN MIDDLE EASTERN DANCE PARTY FRIDAY JANUARY 30, 2015

If you’re in the NYC area, you don’t want to miss this party! I always have a great time at Anahid’s!

FEBRUARY 22ND, 2015

sira sword master class feb 22

SIRA’S DRAMATIC SWORD 2 HOUR MASTER CLASS. FEBRUARY 22ND

I have taken many classes with Sira and she is THE BEST! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn from a master!

MARCH 16-21ST, 2015

Ahmed Workshop March 16

AHMED HUSSIEN MASTER CLASSES – 2ND ANNUAL SPRING IMMERSION 2015 WITH LIVE MUSIC

Jealous of everyone in California! This should be amazing! In case you don’t know my feelings on Ahmed see two posts ago lol 🙂

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Anahid Sofian….where should I start????? Anahid has been a HUGE INSPIRATION in my life. Not only is she an incredible dancer, but she is the symbol of perseverance and strength.

You guys might have seen the What’s Coming Up posts promoting Anahid’s 35th anniversary show, well, Crain’s NY Business wrote an article about it and about Anahid’s studio. They also shot an absolutely beautiful 4 min. documentary of Anahid. You can really get a sense of her passion and love for oriental dance. She never gives up and she makes things happen for herself. Take a look below and read the article here!

 

 

Clear your calendars for the end of the month, because it’s time for Anahid Sofian’s annual intensive in NYC! Anahid Sofians intensive will include workshops on Zills and Rhythms with Anahid and Richard Khuzami an awesome dumber player, Chifte Telli, Karshilama, The Art of Flying Silk with Eva Cernik  Signature Moves with Eva Cernik, and Floorwork! This is a once in a life time opportunity to study with LEGENDS!!!!! See below flyer for contact info etc. and get your booties over to 15th street Aug. 28th- 31st!!!! #YOLO

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ATTENTION DANCERS IN THE NYC AREA: Uza Mitra (click here to read her interview on The Belly Blog) is teaching a workshop next weekend: Iraqi “Raqs El Kawliya” with Uza  on Saturday, July 26 from 3:00-5:00 p.m.

DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS AMAZING OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN SOMETHING NEW AND DIFFERENT WITH AN AMAZING TEACHER! 

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This week I  made a really cool playlist for you guys of the legend Sugar Mary Vartanian! Make sure you listen – it’s some classic stuff!

We are always so interested to hear stories of 8th avenue back in the day. 8th avenue between 23rd to 40th streets in NYC used to be the place to be. The avenue was lined with clubs that played Turkish, Armenian, Greek, and Jewish music. One of the stars of 8th ave was Sugar Mary Vartanian – or as she was known  – Seker (Shakar in Armenian) Mary. Seker is Turkish for Sugar.

Sugar Mary came from Istanbul. She played the mandolin in France and ended up as a cabaret singer in NYC. During the summer, she like many other Armenian musicians would perform in NY’s Catskills, in what was called the “Yogurt Belt”, because of all the Armenian resorts.  She was known for the sultry tone of her voice and her wooden spoons that she would clap in each hand.

Click below to see a video of her performing when she was in her 90’s!

 WATCH SUGAR MARY VIDEO! 

So freakin’ cool !!! ^^^^^^