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Viva Las Vegas 2014

Viva Las Vegas

Elvis has left the building … The town … The earth … Whatever. The Middle Eastern belly dancers are taking his place.

From September 4-7, 2014, the Las Vegas Bellydance Intensive & Festival is taking place at the historic Flamingo Hotel & Casino, 3555 Las Vegas Blvd. in Las Vegas, Nevada 89109 and at the Clark County Library Theater.

This is the big one with some of the top names in the art of belly dance instructing a performing. There is literally something for everyone, beginner through professional.
Hone your craft from classes in the foundations of belly dance, isolation and layering, floorwork, combinations, spins and turns, to Taxsim, Saidi, Khaleegi, Turkish, Shabbi and Spanish Gypsy. Learn to work with props like drums, fans, canes, veil, zills, water pots, Shamadan and working with your skirt. Work on drills, improvisation, theatricality and costuming and more.

The extravaganza will be a whirlwind of non-stop education and entertainment, including a bazaar with vendors Magical Fashions, Sharifwear, Hollywood Music Center, Leyla’s Boutique, Shiny Sparkly Things, Diva Dreads, Silver Egypt, The Eyes Have It, Henna Art Las Vegas, Dhyanis. Joharah International, Devadas!, Anaya Tribal, Ashner by Elizabeth, Designs by Janie, BadAss Sophisticate, Diamond Pyramid, Melodia Designs, Snake Church by Dusty Palk, Medina Maitreya Designs, Bipin’s Bazaar, Chovihani, Hallah Moustafa Costumes, Originales by Faye, Dandash World, Caricatures by Colleen, Back Again Massage, Candlelight Productions Videography, Photography by Lee Corkett and Stellar Advantage. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Flamingo for those attending the event.

Shows, parties and the “Think You Can Belly Dance?” contest (judged by Ashtalea and choreographer Inara), are additional activities.

Instructors and performers include Ansuya, Moria Chappell, Madame Onca, Sahra Saeeda, Aziza of Vegas, Aradia, Ashtalea, Kajira, Kaeshi Chai, Raven Sumner, Da Villa, Ranya Renee, Sherri Wheatley, Kamala Almamzer, Sandra, Leyla Soleil, Nourhan Sharif, Inara, Rose Harden, Hala, Ruby Jazayre, Paige Laurence, Karin Jenson, Fuego Fusion, Divine Chaos, Maggie Manners, Phoenix of Denver, Sherena, Paulette Rees-Denis, Lorena Sedran, Estela, Maria Sakolova, Martina Crow-Hewett, Janie Midgley and more.

This annual event began in 2003 and takes place every September the weekend after Labor day Weekend. It (various packages are available) has become one of the country’s premier Middle Eastern belly dance festivals. The organization’s Mission Statement says it all, “The Las Vegas Bellydance Intensive & Festival is an event that serves to promote & celebrate the full spectrum of belly dancing – from Oriental to Tribal, from Folkloric to Fusion. We value the diversity of the art as well as the diversity of the artists. We also strive to produce an event with exceptional quality, integrity, professionalism & customer service.”

Sponsors include Dr. Farag and Sphinx Reads, Shiny Sparkly Things, Sharifwear,, Raq N Monkey, Art of the Belly, Mediterranean Dance festival, Candlelight Productions, Stellar Advantage/Bellydance Masters and Yaa Halla, Y’All.

For further information and pricing, contact Samira Tu’Ala at 1.888.587.2578 or email at

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