Archive for February, 2014

24 Hours Until a Day of Dance with Kendra Ray in Kalamazoo!

This time tomorrow, I will be en route to Kalamazoo, Michigan for an interview, day of workshops, and an old-fashioned hafla to wrap up the day’s festivities! Workshop participants – get ready to let loose and use your imagination!




Workshops Taught By Kendra Ray – Saturday, February 22nd – Kalamazoo, Michigan

Stage presence and delivery are key factors to a performance that will be remembered. Whether you’re a bellydancer, actress, or ice dancer, you can apply these fundamentals to your piece. This Saturday, I will be teaching a 2-hour workshop in Kalamazoo on this very topic. There are still a couple of spots left! Workshop participants are encouraged to perform in the evening Kalamazoo Raks!! Community Hafla. Spots are filling up quickly, be sure to get signed up soon!

2-3pm: “Social Style” All Level 1-hour workshop
You’ve got your own style so why not let it shine through in your dance? Enjoy the moment and let the music move you in this casual, cardio-filled workshop. We’ll review some basic, up-beat movements found in Middle Eastern belly dance with less of a focus on technique and more emphasis on fun! All Levels Welcome.

3pm-5pm: “Watch Your Tone” All Level 2-hour workshop
In everyday life, people use body language as means of communicating or delivering a message. As a dancer, your technique and movement vocabulary are tools for “speaking” to your audience. You know what you’d like to say, but do you know how you want to say it? In this workshop, we’ll focus on developing expression, posture, and stage presence as ways to determine the “tonality” and mood of the message you want to convey.

Location: Strength Beyond Fitness and Tanning – 5660 Gull Road – Kalamazoo, MI 49048
(Driveway located between Belle Tire and KFC on south side of the road.)

Cost: $55 until February 1st/$65 after. Please send payment through Paypal to

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Davis-White Explain Origins of Their Gold Medal-Winning Olympic Program

Ice Dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White Compete for Olympic Gold Today

I was fortunate enough to have been a consultant on the Free Dance program “Scheherazade” performed by Meryl Davis and Charlie White. They are in the final competition today on NBC at 10AM EST – and they are gearing up to take the Gold. Proud that they are Michigan-based and proud that belly dance has had an opportunity to influence an Olympic sport.

September 2013 article on Kendra Ray’s involvement with Meryl Davis and Charlie White


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