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Adventures in Belly Dance Competition at the East Coast Classic

Last weekend I had the incredible pleasure of attending the East Coast Classic belly dance convention in Hampton, VA. Despite crazy weather that alternated between heavy snow and torrential rain, the convention was an absolute blast and went off smoothly thanks to the amazing organizers.  I attended fabulous workshops by Karolina Lux and Katayoun, enjoyed wonderful performances by a variety of incredibly talented dancers, and threw my hat in the ring as a competitor in the Semi Pro Cabaret category.

My decision to enter the competition was not an easy one. I am not a competitive person, nor am I a seeker of fame. As a performer, my primary goal is to inspire emotion in my audience and as long as I can keep my audience engaged, I am content. That said, I felt that preparing for and entering the competition would be a good practice in self-improvement as I continue to rebuild after time away from dance; I also looked forward to constructive critique from the judges since my teacher recently moved out of the area and I have been studying on my own.

Luna accepting the crown and sash as Semi Pro Cabaret category 1st place winnerThe other ladies in my category danced beautifully, and it felt wonderful to be back stage surrounded by so many wonderful artists. The experience of preparing for the event and then communing with so many like-minded people was worth the trip alone.

And then they announced the winners and I found myself accepting a tiara and sash as the 1st place winner of the Semi Professional Cabaret category.

I am so immensely appreciative of the judges for this acknowledgement of the research, practice and emotion that I put into those short four minutes that I was on the stage. I am thankful for every kind word and every constructive criticism offered, because these things give me motivation to push harder and grow stronger in the dance.

I don’t know if I’ll ever enter another competition, but I certainly look forward to returning to ECC next year for even more workshops and FUN!

Shimmy on!

-Luna

Upcoming Appearances: 2016

Luna will be appearing at the following 2016 Events:

East Coast Belly Dance Classic

Friday, January 22, 2016
Competition – semi pro category
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Art of the Belly Festival

Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 2:08pm
Main Stage
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Delaware Drum & Dance Hafla

Sunday, June 26
Newark Arts Alliance, Newark, DE
$5 Suggested Donation
Drum and Dance Haflas usually feature a 3 – 6 performances, some from professional restaurant dancers and some from students of bellydance, but all have experience. Both traditional Middle Eastern styles as well as Tribal, Tribal Fusion, and Cabaret Fusion will be performed.
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Doukissa’s Annual Hafla

September 11, 2016
Time & Location TBA

Virginia Theatrical Bellydance Festival

Workshops: Saturday – Sunday, October 1-2, all day
Gala at The Broadberry: Sunday, October 2, 2016 at 6:30pm
Learn More about this 2 day event.

All Season’s Hafla

November TBD, 3pm
7 WEST · Towson, MD

September 13, 2015 – Doukissa’s Hafla

2015-Hafla-invitationLuna will be performing at Doukissa’s Annual Hafla, Sunday, September 13th at Walter Fox American Legion.

835 Bay Road, Dover DE
Sunday, September 13, 2015

$10.00 per person (please bring exact change, no checks). Tickets can be purchased in advance, they will be left at the front door, marked with your name/group name.

Vending by Moustafa Imports, Nomadic Magic, Henna by Roma, fabric by the yard – large selection, trims, etc.

Directions:
From the North: Take Rt. 1S into Dover to Exit 95 (this is the last exit before you pass the base), exit right, bear right at the end of the ramp. *Go under the Rt. 1 over -pass and the American Legion will be on your right. Look for the airplane out front of the building…you can’t miss it.

From the South stay on Rt. 113/1 N continue north past DAFB – follow *Plenty of parking behind the Legion.

*******Please Do NOT park in the designated – reserved parking spots. Entrance is door to the right from the parking lot as you face the building.