Posts tagged ‘Middle Eastern music’

Follow Your Heart Premieres Next Week in Toronto

On the way to Toronto for the final week of rehearsals and the premiere of the production, “Follow Your Heart” at the Harbourfront centre .
I’ve been working with Evolution Dance Theatre for 2 years on this show – the passion and visions of the cast and crew of nearly 60 individuals is something I am honored to be a part of.

“The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.” ― Phil Jackson

If you can make it to Toronto for any of the show dates, May 8th-11th, I guarantee this will be a one-of-a-kind multicultural, multidisciplinary spectacle. Be sure to holler at me if you’re there!

Purchase tickets here:



Upcoming Dance Workshops with Kendra Ray

Jan. 25, 2014 – Bay City, MI
Fifty Shades of Fusion
Day of Workshops and Show
Presented by MeZnoTiK Tribal Fire and Fusion  

Bringing you some of the best belly dance, tribal and fusion artists in the Northern states and Canada. Join us as these amazing performers spin a web of wonderment that will surely entangle all of your senses.

Compare and contrast cabaret, tribal and fusion belly dance styles. Learn how each genre evolved from Middle Eastern Dance. Three professional belly dancers have been chosen to present this workshop. Each of them will demonstrate the classic styling of each genre. We end your day with a relaxing and informative discussion designed to better your understanding of all three genres.

Yasmina Amal, Kendra Ray, and Sarah Mayne.
Think you know who is teaching what?
You may be surprised.
Workshop will be held at the
Arbeiteor Hall
1304 S. Wenona Bay City Mi

Workshop time:
From 11:00am to 3:00pm
Cost before 12/15/2013 $55.00
There will be an area at the bottom of the registration form for you to ask any questions regarding the three genres of dance being presented at the workshop. These questions will help the instructors to focus on the needs of the workshop attendees. This all about education, fun and dance, so help us to make it a great experience.

Will take place in Bay City at the Arbeirtoer Hall
1304 S. Wenona Bay City Mi
Show starts at 7:30pm
Doors open at 6:30pm
Cash bar available
Tickets available at the door for $18.00
On Line for $15.00

Feb. 22nd, 2014 – Kalamazoo, MI
Kalamazoo Raks Community Hafla
Day of Workshops and Show
Presented by Boheme Tribal Belly Dance

Workshop Descriptions:

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.

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.

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

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.

Hafla Info:

Click here for facebook event page

This event to follow a day of workshops with Kendra Ray, who will be our guest star for the evening. We’ll also be featuring live music by Katara

Cost: $7/person in advance & $10/person at the door
To purchase in advance, please send $10.60 per person through Paypal to

This showcase is open to all belly dancers, regardless of style, budget or skill level. Newb to Pro, all are welcome.  This event is open to dancers that live outside of the Kalamazoo area, but preference will be given to those that live and/or work directly within our Kzoo community.

Public Classes No Longer Available… Inquire for Private Lessons and Workshops

After a year at FAB Music and Dance School, I will no longer be teaching public classes until further notice.

I am so grateful for the opportunity FAB has provided for me to teach classic styles of Raqs Sharqi and provide some Middle Eastern dance education along with dance training – something that is rare these days in the bellydance world. The students that have dedicated their time and energy are the fuel that kept me going – literally. I feel privileged to have exchanged dance experiences with them all as they taught me alot and it brightened my week to spend time with them. Stay tuned to what’s happening at FAB School as they undergo major changes for progress in early 2014!


Private Lessons:

Should anyone be interested in private lessons for themselves or for a group, feel free to contact me for scheduling availability using my website form here — Kendra Bellydancer Contact Form


Upcoming Workshops for 2014:

January 25th – Fifty Shades of Fusion – Saginaw, MI – Event Page

February 22nd – Workshops and Hafla – Kalamazoo, MI – Event Page





New Bellydance Choreography Classes – Beginner to Advanced!

New Bellydance Choreography Classes - Beginner to Advanced!

Dick Dale “King of Surf Guitar” Influenced By Bellydance Music?

Dick Dale – “Misirlou” Live on TV! – 1963

Seriously. You know his music, but here’s the real story.

Known as the “King of Surf Guitar” he helped to change rock music as early as the 1950s. Always a fan of his technique and tremolo innovation, little did I know that he was heavily influenced by his Uncle, an oud player, who performed for bellydancers!

I should’ve known – the musical scales, the steady picking in conjunction with melodic changes, rising/falling, pushing/pulling – all classic elements found in Middle-Eastern belly dance music.

Plus, Dick was left handed but played his guitar upside down AND backwards. To top it off he beta-tested the new electric guitar created by his friend, Leo Fender. A little invention called the Fender Stratocaster! Leo cracked up when he saw Dick playing it upside-down and backwards, but of course, Dick tore it up and the rest is history.

Chances are you’ve heard his rendition of “Misirlou” as seen here, live on a TV show in 1963, or more famously in the Quentin Tarantino flick Pulp Fiction.

Unveiled Dance Company has even performed a choreography to The Clapsaddles version.

In short, I think it’s safe to say that if it weren’t for bellydancers influencing an old oud player, rock and roll music wouldn’t be what it is today.

The world is making more sense now.

New Video Coming Soon…


Photo by Kuba Ingram

Courtesy of Dizzle Productions, a video unlike any I have done before is about to hit cyberspace. Judging by the amount of crazy camera angles, techniques, and overall professionalism used by this upcoming filmmaker, I can only expect that an eye popping, cinema-tastic music video will result from our antics.

If you’ve never heard of this Detroit-based artist, check out some of his work here –

Also, a big shout out to Tony Bahu, another Detroit-based artist who was kind enough to provide us with music for this project. Tony is one of the best percussionists I’ve heard, let alone have met. His application of traditional Arabic rhythms with modern electronic and pop music influences, provide an exotic soundtrack for a non-stop dance party.

His music is known world-wide and one of his songs was actually featured on a Bellydance Superstars CD. If you haven’t heard him before, check out his music here –

I’m very grateful to be a part of a project that showcases the talent found in Michigan – we’re starting 2012 off with a bang, kids! Stay tuned …

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