Billed as Dhyanis and Friends, a group of Marin-based bellydancers performed on Sunday afternoon at Rakkasah West. The festival was held in the Richmond Memorial Auditorium in Richmond and attracts dancers, musicians and vendors from across the US.
Dhyanis and her students danced on the cabaret stage on Sunday afternoon, wearing Dhyanis-designed original costumes.
A longtime member of the national bellydance community, Dhyanis says, “I look forward to seeing friends and colleagues at these annual events. I feel lucky to have Rakkasah West in my Northern California neighborhood, but I also go to big festivals in Texas, New Jersey and around the country.”
And Dhyanis doesn’t travel light. She takes a wide assortment of her custom-designed bellydance workout and performance wear to the festivals, to stock her vendor’s booth. “It’s a joy to be immersed in the bellydance world,” she says. “I am constantly inspired and delighted.”
Marin bellydance classes
Saturday, Dec. 5 – San Rafael
Terry Del Giorno’s Holiday Hafla
Performance: Dhyanis Solo (CD) 6:30 p.m.
$15 entry Includes hors d’oeuvres
Tuesday, Dec. 8 – San Francisco
Alaya pop-up boutique event
Friday, Dec. 11 – Novato
Holiday Show at Ghiringhelli’s Restaurant
Performance: Troupe (Trio) 6:30 p.m.
$30 Dinner included
Tuesday, Dec. 29 – San Francisco
Veteran’s Hospital Annual Show & Party
Performance: Troupe & solos – 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Meet 12:00 noon at studio to carpool
Sunday, January 10 – San Francisco
Al Masri Egyptian Restaurant
Solos by all (MaShuqa & students also) 6:30 p.m.
$25 Dinner included
In August, I danced at 2015 Yaa Halla Ya’ll, which they bill as “a gathering of the stars in Texas.” As you can see in the photo, I had a great time!
Over the years I’ve danced across the Middle East and Europe, and throughout the US. It’s great to know that belly dance, originated by and for women, is alive and well in so many places. It’s truly a celebration of the power of femininity.
If you like music, movement and would like to feel your feminine power, come and try one of my San Rafael classes. We have a ball, and no dance experience is needed to enjoy yourself!
Dhyanis, with fringe and silk veil flying
Here’s your chance to see a variety of Bay Area bellydance troupes perform in an intimate setting. On May 30, 2015, nine troupes will present Club Oasis, a bellydance extravaganza at Open Secret in downtown San Rafael.
Among the performances, Marin’s longtime bellydancer, instructor and costume designer, Dhyanis will lead her troupe in exciting shimmy, baladi and hip-swiveling choreography for your entertainment.
Troupe Dhyanis, bellydance performers based in Marin
D E T A I L S
Saturday, May 30
Open Secret Bookstore
923 C Street
Tickets: $15 each
Call to reserve: (415) 388-6683
Interested in giving bellydance a try? Or looking to polish up your dance skills? Dhyanis invites women, from those with zero dance experience to the performance-bound, to come have some fun. See the class schedule.
San Rafael bellydance teacher Dhyanis led her students in a performance on the big stage at Rakkasah West in March 2015. Although performing is optional, learning original choreography is included in Dhyanis’ classes. She welcomes those with no dance experience as well as seasoned dancers.
Dhyanis performs with musicians at Rakkasah East (Pangia singer Pat Olsen in the background)
Dhyanis, a longtime bellydancer and dance instructor based in Marin County, will perform with the band Pangia at the 2015 Rakkasah West Dance Festival in Northern California.
Dhyanis and Friends (several of her students) will join her for the Persian song “Mosafere Azizam,” followed by Dhyanis’ solo performance.
Come to the event for one day or all three. See dozens of bellydance troupes and soloists dance to live music. Polish your techniques at the workshops (starting March 11). Visit the dance bazaar and shop for costumes and accessories. Don’t miss the fun!
Richmond Civic Auditorium
403 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond, CA
Sunday, March 15
5:50 p.m. on the big stage
Learn more about Rakkasah West
Tickets, workshops, bellydance clothing & more
Rakkasah East – workshops, festival & bazaar: Oct. 7-11, 2015, Somerset, NJ
Join us for an evening of exciting bellydance performances featuring several Bay Area bellydance troupes.
Saturday, May 31
Open Secret Bookstore
923 C Street
Call for tickets: $15 each
San Rafael-based Troupe Dhyanis will perform our newly choreographed 2014 Turkish set. The medley includes a piece with tambourines to Roma Karshlama music, then a moving female vocal (Turkish/Romanian Gypsy) danced with swords, and a Turkish drum solo incorporating both chiftitelli and karshlama rhythms.
We will be wearing our colorful double
circle, double ruffle gypsy skirts (which can be custom made to your favorite tri-color palette at our online store) and new-style vests and lace chemises designed by Dhyanis.
Come and enjoy an entertaining night of music and dance. See you there!
See more photos of Troupe Dhyanis performances.