We are very excited
this year to be putting together the 17th Annual San Francisco International
Belly Dance Festival, which includes "The Ms. and Mr. America
of the Belly Dance!"
This year we
already have a very beautiful contestant from the Argentine. Her
name is Saida, and she is of Arabian heritage. She is coming from
the Argentine and her parents were born in Syria. She is a member
of the Amir Thaleb's Arabian Dance Company. She has been presented
throughout the most important theaters in Buenos Aires and the rest
of Argentina. While in Miami Florida, she appeared along with Tamalyn
Dallal's Mid Eastern Dance Exchange for the Show named "Infinito"
in the year 2000. In 1998 she started her own
school "Saida" which has become one of the main centers
for learning Arabian Dance in the country and has gained great recognition
among the Middle Eastern Community.
We have another
famous Brazilian belly dancer who will be a guest artist on Saturday
evening and Sunday night. She is the director of the Luxor Academy
and owner with over 300 students. She organizes a big Brazilian
international festival each year. Her name is Hayat El Helwa. She
received an IAMED award last year and she is on the Four Annual
Awards of Belly Dance video cover, and on the cover of a CD released
by Moves Panossian--Belly Dance with Hayat. She was at the Orange
Coast College Convention with Nagwa Fouad and will be a special
performer for the Fifth Annual Awards of Belly Dance. Magana will
present her with an Achievement Award at the Saturday Night Event,
and she will be one of the judges for the competition.
There has been
quite a bit of interest from the South American and Cuban dancers
in the Miss America of the Belly Competition and Festival. It is
important to know that the last three winners of the competition
have been of Hispanic and Middle Eastern heritage: Tamalyn Dallal
from Miami, Amar of Cuban descent and Bozenka of Cuban and Polish
descent. The Latin dancers are very dynamic and have a very special
energy that has contributed tremendously to our last year's events.
Hope to see
you at the event in August!