The Gilded Serpent
The Golden Goddess
Left to right back row: Delilah, Zahirah, Haya Davida, Alexandra.
The front row left to right: Isis and Zulieka
(part 1 of 2)
is alive and well in Las Vegas. When one thinks of Las Vegas,
belly dancing may not be the first image that comes to mind.
But woven into the grand tapestry of flashing neon lights and
high-kicking show girls is a prominent and diverse belly dance
community that includes cabaret, tribal, and folkloric dancers. Las
Vegas has hosted many wonderful belly dance instructors, workshops,
and haflas, and area dancers have developed their our own web
ring. Several internationally-known Middle Eastern musicians
also live and work in the area.
am pleased to introduce a few of "The Divas of Las Vegas."
a wonderful group of ladies that I call, "The Golden Goddesses," because
they are all senior citizens and they represent a very special
part of our belly dance community. These lovely ladies live
in a Sun City MacDonald Ranch in Las Vegas and have been performing
for two years. The troupe is taught and directed by my friend, Fran
Dundee (Zulieka), who has been dancing for 29 years
and teaching for 4 years. "The Golden Goddesses" truly believe
belly dancing is great for their bodies and for their minds.
I have seen them rehearse and dance, and they are very dedicated
and talented. They have demonstrated that all can enjoy belly
dancing, and that this art form is as timeless as they are.
I would like to thank "The Golden Goddesses" for being a part
of our community.
local group of very knowledgeable and richly talented belly
dancers is "Al-Teeka". "Al-Teeka" translates
to "ancient ones," in reference to women who have gained knowledge
and wisdom through years of experience. This American ethnic
fusion style troupe does not represent one specific tribe or
ethnic group. Rather, their folkloric look and repertoire incorporates
elements of dance and costuming from various cultures throughout
the Middle East and North Africa, such as the Ouled Nail tribe
of Algeria, and the Bedouin Berber tribes. "Al-Teeka's" performances
are exciting and dramatic.The troupe members are: Linn
Smith, Shirley Rivera, Nancy
Eason, Karen Kampser, and Joeanne
Jacobs . These ladies are truly a class-act and a
strong cornerstone in our belly dance community. (Sorry no
picture - they are a little camera shy).
of costuming, where in Las Vegas does one find a belly dance costume
designer? Meet Aradia, our very own Belly Dance
Costume Diva! Aradia's gorgeous and affordable costumes will make
a dancer look like a diva! Aradia said her goal is, "making affordable
costumes with an emphasis on bras that actually fit and enhance
the bust line." I have several of her very stylish, well-made costumes
and I get many compliments when I wear one. So how does she know
so much about belly dancers and what they want? Aradia IS a belly
dancer! Aradia has been dancing since age 7, has won numerous awards,
and has worked at various restaurants and hotels in Las Vegas.
She put herself through college by dancing, and one of her career
highlights was Celine Dion's wedding. During her
dancing career, she started making costumes for herself, and later,
decided to begin her own line of costumes. Aradia also teaches
various styles of belly dance and performs on a regular basis.
In addition to being a quality costume designer, she is a very
high energy and delightful performer.
in one of her costumes
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