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Safar Conference of Middle Eastern Dance and Music Special

Posted Sep 4, 2014 by AR Vasquez
The Safar Conference of Middle Eastern Dance and Music is coming to Vancouver from September 26-28. An exciting weekend of Middle Eastern Dance and Music for dancers to hone their craft and participate in competitions.
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For those looking for a fun-filled night out, there are three evenings of shows lined up which include the first ever Safar Dance Challenge, Gala Show and a party to remember.
Digital Journal had the pleasure to speak with Maki Natori, a professional Middle Eastern dancer and instructor whose performances were highlighted in the Jillina's Bellydance Evolution-Immortal Desires and a feature film.
DJ: Tell us about the Safar Conference of Middle Eastern Dance and Music
Maki Natori: We have four amazing instructors Yasmina Ramzy, Lulu, DaVid from Scandinavia and Dr. George Sawa coming to Vancouver to teach workshops which will show participants the art and magic of Middle Eastern Dance and Music.
Yasmina Ramzy is a visionary and a highly acclaimed choreographer committed to the presentation of Belly Dance as high art. She has performed over 10,000 times often for royalty and heads of state and throughout the Middle East.
Hailing from Sao Paulo, Brazil, Lulu is a sought-after international Middle Eastern dance performer and instructor. Lulu began her dance career in 1983, and has established herself as a pioneer and authority in the Middle Eastern community in Brazil.
DaVid of Scandinavia is an internationally touring Middle Eastern dance artist, choreographer and dance coach. Norwegian by birth and East Indian by heritage, DaVid trained in Punjabi Folk dances from an early age under his father, Ustad Tarlochan Singh, former member of the award winning Layllpur Khalsa College Bhangra Team.
George Sawa was born in Alexandria, Egypt. He studied piano with Irene Drakides, a student of Alfred Cortot, and at the Higher Institute of Arabic Music he studied voice, theory, and qanun (Arabic psaltery).
DJ: Why Vancouver?
Maki Natori:
Vancouver, BC Canada provides the gorgeous backdrop making this three-day intensive conference the perfect place to inspire and connect you to this beautiful art form and the global dance community.
DJ: Tell us about the dance competition.
Maki Natori: Our mission is to provide a safe, fun environment for all styles of Middle Eastern Dancers to show their work in front of an expert panel of judges, obtain valuable feedback, make friends, and possibly even win a title! Open to women and men at any level of experience, in any style of Middle Eastern Dance.
To keep things simple, we’re offering only two categories: Solo and Group (two or more dancers). There will be TWO winners in each category - one winner as awarded by the judges, the other winner selected as “People's Choice!” That's right - the audience gets to pick a winner too!
DJ: What does the conference provide participants?
Maki Natori:
The three-day weekend has over 50 hours of activities including:
36 hours of dance and music instruction, 15 hours of lectures and panel discussions, a full suite of vendors, a dance competition, Closing Night Show and of course the incredible Gala Show!
To find out more or purchase tickets:
Safar Middle Eastern Dance and Music Gala Show
A star studded night that will dazzle and inspire! Experience an evening of Middle Eastern Dance and Music in all its variety and glamour. Starring Safar Conference Instructors: Lulu Sabongi (Brazil), Yasmina Ramzy (Canada), DaVid (Scandinavia/USA) and Dr. George Sawa (Egypt/Canada) - and featuring some very special guests! All ages welcome.
Sep 27, 2014
Doors at 7:30pm, show at 8pm
Norman Rothstein Theatre, 950 West 41st Ave, Vancouver BC
Tickets: $35 in advance, $40 at the door.
Purchase tickets online.