Eventful Summer (2016) for Starbelly School of Dance

Starbelly had an exciting dance and joy filled summer and early autumn!  We want to share some of the highlights!

Delilah & HOT at Starbelly!

Delilah & HOT at Starbelly!

Starbelly hosted legendary dancer Delilah http://visionarydance.com/&  the amazing band House of Tarab http://www.houseoftarab.com/the weekend of Sept. 23rd-25th.  The weekend started with an intimate “Hafla”, or dance party at the Starbelly studio, where participants were treated to an impromptu performance by MaHaviahttp://www.mahavia.com/, and House of Tarab Friday night. Video below:, The fun continued with wonderful workshops from Delilah and House of Tarab all weekend, and a fabulous show at the wonderful Sapphire Room .  Big Thanks to all of you that showed up to partake in the festivities and support Starbelly School of Dance!

Starbelly Dancers were chosen to participate in “A Dancer’s Prologue “ at the Egyptian Theater Sept. 17th. Being able to watch and connect with the diverse and talented dancers from around the Treasure Valley was such a pleasure and treat for us.  We hope that this will be the start of many more such collaborations.

On Sept. 10th Starbelly Dancers had the pleasure of performing at the BAM Art in the Park!  Fleet Street Klezmer http://www.fleetstreetklez.com/ was there rockin’ the crowd, like always, and we even got to stay and watch the wonderful Idaho Dance Theater http://idahodancetheatre.org/ , which was the perfect way to wrap up a day of fine ART!

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Cecilia, Amy Iris, & Jessica Marie were able to go on a mini dance “tour” of Oregon in July this past summer. We started off in Portland, where we all three got the honor of dancing to Arabesque at the Hoda’s Middle Eastern Cuisine, then on to a private lesson with the incredible Ruby Beh. Next to Bend Oregon for a private lesson with Quinn Fradet of Gypsy Fire Belly Dance  http://www.gypsyfirebellydance.com/, and then off to teach a workshop and perform at the High Desert Belly Dance Guild’s annual Campout.http://highdesertbellydance.org/index.html1000-trails-122

We developed, and deepened some great partnerships with local restaurants this past summer. We started dancing the first Fridays of the month at Mazzah http://mazzahboise.com/, which has been really fun. We also were able to dance for the grand opening of the Goodness Land, which was extra special to see a fellow vendor of the Boise international Market rise up from the ashes with a beautiful new space. We have had the pleasure of continuing to dance the 3rdSaturday each month at Sofia’s for the 3rd year running.  We added Greek line dancing to the festivities, too!  Jessi & Litsa, Sofia’s owners, are such wonderful business owners ( and cooks, OMG!), and always supporting their community. We just LOVE those ladies!

Starbelly Dancers at Hyde Park Street Fair 2016

Starbelly Dancers at Hyde Park Street Fair 2016

We created some new local partnerships this summer, performing at the Salsa Festival at the North End Nursery, St(r)eam Coffee and Tea Bike Artist Studio/Gallery Tour , Boise Public Library, Pocatello Pride Fest, and continued our connection with other great community events & venues like: Hyde Park Street Fair,  Goddess Fest, Community Progressive, BAM Art in the park, Museum Comes to Life, and our family at Shangri La Tea Room & Café.

We started this summer season off by competing in the Idaho’s got Talent competition, where we made it to the semi finals.

We sadly had to say goodbye to three of our Starbelly dancers this summer: Heather, Kristen, & Janet. They all moved to new cities and/or new ventures, and we wish them all the best. Early this fall we are pleased to announce two new members to The Starbelly Dancers, Krina & Lara Rose.

012This season we have had the pleasure of performing at 2 birthday parties, (for a nine year old and a 45 year old), a backyard wedding, and a number of assisted living facilities, which will always be some of our very favorite places to dance.

We also started to nominate and elect a Starbelly “Raq Star” student of the month. This has been a wonderful way to bring recognition to some of the amazing students we have with us here at Starbelly School of Dance.

cecilia-tribalThanks to Frank Kovalchek and Brian E. Bothwell (of BEB Photography) for doing a marathon photoshoot this past August. What was the photo shoot for? you may ask…That is a surprise coming just in time for the holidays!

 

We are looking forward to one of our favorite gigs of the Fall season, The Idaho Renaissance Faire out in Emmett Idaho http://idahorenfaire.org/index.html.

 

Starbelly Dancers FlowersWhat’s next for Starbelly School of Dance? The Fall student Salon on November 19th, A Holiday show at the Shangri La tea Room & Café on Friday Dec. 9th, and preparation for the Big Bad-Ass Belly dance Show in Feb. 2017 at the Visual Arts Collective.

Thanks for all your support and LOVE!

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