Monday, July 21, 2014


Dancing   to Issam's drum solo at The Baladi Tour CD Release Party, Studio Iqaat, LA  Photo: Maharet Hughes

  Hope you’re having a terrific summer!
  Mine has been jam-packed with lots of fun stuff and new projects…   seriously, I feel so blessed to be able to have my job be something I love to do!

I’ve been working on follow-ups to The Belly Dance Handbook, and Showgirl Confidential, which wills both, be out sometime in the middle of 2015.  And there is talk of a new instructional DVD- keep your fingers crossed, you’re gonna love this one!

 This summer has been non-stop dancing and touring to teach and perform by myself as well as with Issam Houshan on our BaLAdi Tour. We’ve hit Eugene, Oregon, Wichita, Kansas and El Paso Texas, and we’ll be teaching an performing a lot together next year, nationally and internationally. Like The Baladi Tour on Facebook:

Baladi Tour Party Performers, photo: Maharet Hughes

 Our new Baladi Tour CD just came out; the release party was off the hook! Some of the best dancers in LA performed, many of who are internationally known, like Rania, Aubre Hill and Stefanya (all former members of Belly Dance Superstars) DeVilla and Nathalie, Olu, Adrianne and Qabila Folkloric Dance Company, directed by Aubre.

  If you missed it, the party streamed live and will be up on the internet for the next two days at Get the CD here:

 In between workshops in Oklahoma, The Theatrical Belly Dance Conference in New York City and Cairo Shimmy Quake in LA, (both festivals were amazing!)  I shot a movie last month with director Steve Balderson; called “Hell Town”…it’s a horror movie about a faux soap opera, and very tacky-on-purpose.  I play a very naughty and murderous nurse in the film…and I got to have blonde hair!  I also got to watch myself get killed in the movie-   cause I died off-screen. That was an experience, I tell you!

Photo: Maharet Hughes

 As of right now, I have space for two dancers in my  Star (Em)Power  Professional Development  And Mentorship Program.
  This   highly individualized course of study  will be fine-tuned to your individual needs and  help you  make your dance goals and dreams turn into reality.  It  can be accessed  from all over the world, we’ll work on your goals through live Skype lessons and discussions,  video reviews, and a plan of action, with  homework  assigned via email. Candidates are generally advanced intermediate through professional level dancers.
There is an audition process-  for more information on this opportunity, please click here:

  Here are some up coming dates for the rest of the summer, hope to see you someplace soon!

  Show at The Rumba Room with Amani Jabril, me and live Arabic with Jonatan Gomes Derbaq & friends music plus local dancers!  Friday Aug 1, 303 S. Main Street, Memphis info:
 Workshops in Memphis Aug. 2-3
Info & registration:

 Book reading & signing party for:
Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance 500 Bishop Street North Suite F-6 Atlanta, 30318
 21 or older, wine will be served with price of admission $7
Info: or 404-550-4692

 AUG. 9 & 10 Atlanta, GA
 Summer Extravaganza!
 Belly dance & burlesque workshops all day and into the night at Atlanta School of Burlesque, 1745 DeFoor Place, Suit D Atlanta…. There will be a show on Sunday Aug. 10th, too, where I’ll be performing both styles!  Info:    

AUG 16 & 17, 2014, BILLINGS, MONTANA
  Yellowstone Valley Belly Dance Festival

AUG. 24, 2014, SUNNYVALE, CA  (SF Bay Area)
Assuit Fest:  workshops & book release party for Dawn Devine’s new book on Assuit, “The Cloth Of Egypt” info:

 Get a signed copy of The Belly Dance Handbook  here:

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