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    belly dance venues in Italy?

    Aloha Dancers-
    I will be in Italy from July 3rd- July 12th. I am interested in performing at a venue or two while I am there. Can any of you suggest some venues that have belly dancing? If so, do you know who the booker is? I plan on visiting Rome, Venice and Florence.

    Because I'm visiting from out of town and not a regular house dancer, I will not be asking for the typical compensation. Adding the experience of dancing in Italy would be great to add to my dance resume. I danced at the Pyramids Egyptian restaurant in Honolulu, HI a couple times while I was working with WATG. I was compensated with a meal and drinks. It was a blast and such a nice experience. Shadiya was a house dancer there and she helped me with that venue.

    Any feedback would be appreciated.

    Love and shimmies-


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    Re: belly dance venues in Italy?

    There's a very sweet lady and a bellydance costume shop in Venice. I was there during Carnivale and wanted desperately to dance, but no luck! Check out the shop, though. I wish I could remember where it was in Venice, or what it was called. That city is fun but very easy to get lost in!


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    Re: belly dance venues in Italy?

    I cannot remember where Maya Gaorry is from in Italy, but I think it may be near Venice. You could check with her. She is a lovely person and wonderful dancer. Here is her website:

    Danza del ventre, danza orientale, belly dance - Sito ufficiale di Maya Gaorry


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    Re: belly dance venues in Italy?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lisayasmeen View Post
    Aloha Dancers-
    I will be in Italy from July 3rd- July 12th. I am interested in performing at a venue or two while I am there. Can any of you suggest some venues that have belly dancing? If so, do you know who the booker is? I plan on visiting Rome, Venice and Florence.

    Because I'm visiting from out of town and not a regular house dancer, I will not be asking for the typical compensation. Adding the experience of dancing in Italy would be great to add to my dance resume. I danced at the Pyramids Egyptian restaurant in Honolulu, HI a couple times while I was working with WATG. I was compensated with a meal and drinks. It was a blast and such a nice experience. Shadiya was a house dancer there and she helped me with that venue.

    Any feedback would be appreciated.

    Love and shimmies-
    You have Faridas fabolous festival in Palermo 4th july! faridaonline.com or Raqs Sicilia : International Oriental Dance Festival


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    Re: belly dance venues in Italy?

    P.S.

    My profile pic was taken by my mum during the first set of my performance at "La Valle dei Cedri".

    Khalida


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    Re: belly dance venues in Italy?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lisayasmeen View Post
    Aloha Dancers-
    I will be in Italy from July 3rd- July 12th. I am interested in performing at a venue or two while I am there. Can any of you suggest some venues that have belly dancing? If so, do you know who the booker is? I plan on visiting Rome, Venice and Florence.

    Love and shimmies-
    Hi Lisa
    I will be in Florence from July 2nd thru July 6th for work. I'd like to know what you found out about dance in Florence as i would love to go to a class or 2 while I'm there & possibly to a restaurant that has dancers. If you are there at the same time - would you like to meet up?


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    Re: belly dance venues in Italy?

    Make sure to get paid properly, otherwise any other 'out of towners' or foreigners will have to fight to get paid properly after you. Good luck & I hope you have a great time.


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    Re: belly dance venues in Italy?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bellydancingcaroline View Post
    Make sure to get paid properly, otherwise any other 'out of towners' or foreigners will have to fight to get paid properly after you. Good luck & I hope you have a great time.
    Hi Caroline - I'm there for my other job - not to dance so getting paid will not be an issue. They have the big Pitti Filatti yarn show there. I made reservations to the Valle Dei Cedri for Friday night dinner s/b a great time! Now all I need to do is find out Maya Gaorry is still in Florence since I could not access her website...


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    Re: belly dance venues in Italy?

    You will love Valle dei Cedri!! Please say "Marhaba" to Ibrahim, the owner, for me (Kellye from Canada)!

    Firenze . . . bella Firenze. . . .



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    Re: belly dance venues in Italy?

    Quote Originally Posted by khalida777 View Post
    You will love Valle dei Cedri!! Please say "Marhaba" to Ibrahim, the owner, for me (Kellye from Canada)!

    Firenze . . . bella Firenze. . . .


    Khalida
    Hi Khalida - I sure will

    I'm really looking forward to this trip!!!


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    Re: belly dance venues in Italy?

    I second both Maya(fabulous teacher!) and Raqs Sicilia,here´s Maya´s site:
    Danza del ventre, danza orientale, belly dance - Sito ufficiale di Maya Gaorry

    AND if you scroll down here you will see my adventures in gothy bangs:/

    Plus how hair extensions look if you dance Iraqi style with hair spinning-
    and forgot your hair brush at home;D
    MAYA GAORRY IN SVEZIA

    Our troup "Rainbow Pride"galabeyas looks great though!
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    Re: belly dance venues in Italy?

    Quote Originally Posted by magdelenam View Post
    Hi Caroline - I'm there for my other job - not to dance so getting paid will not be an issue.
    Not for you maybe - but undercutting ist undercutting. No matter why.
    The resident dancer might not be happy about a foreign dancer coming and snatching her gig because maybe SHE needs the money!

    MEISSOUN


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    Re: belly dance venues in Italy?

    From a dancer who picks up spare cash when she travels by dancing in new places - please charge a fair rate for this gig ! Or if you only want to dance for fun, go the the place as a customer, have a nice dinner and get up and dance with the house dancer when invited.


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    Re: belly dance venues in Italy?

    Guys, I don't think Maggie was saying she was going to perform while over there...but the original poster did (and also mentioned the dancing for "less than usual compensation"/for meals and drinks). In the latter case, I agree with what Meissoun and Caroline are saying...even if you are just a visitor, please try to research and charge the "going rate" for the sake of the local community, who may be struggling to get that fair wage.

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    Re: belly dance venues in Italy?

    Quote Originally Posted by meissoun View Post
    Not for you maybe - but undercutting ist undercutting. No matter why.
    The resident dancer might not be happy about a foreign dancer coming and snatching her gig because maybe SHE needs the money!

    MEISSOUN
    Just so you all know - I am a fashion designer for my day job and I travel a lot. I am going to Florence for the Pitti Filati Yarn show. Going out to dinner & taking a class here & there while traveling for work is just a fringe benefit. At no point in this post did I say I was going there to work as a dancer - please read what I said before you jump on me for imagined crimes against our already stuggling dancer pay scale.


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    Re: belly dance venues in Italy?

    You don't mention Milan, but if you should happen to find yourself there, you might want to look up Olivia. Her websites are all in Italian, but she does speak English -- she's come out to the Bay Area a couple of times for Suhaila weeklongs -- so no problem in e-mailing her.
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    Re: belly dance venues in Italy?

    Hi - just incase there was any confusion my comments were in response to this post
    Quote Originally Posted by Lisayasmeen View Post
    Because I'm visiting from out of town and not a regular house dancer, I will not be asking for the typical compensation. ... I danced at the Pyramids Egyptian restaurant in Honolulu, HI a couple times while I was working with WATG. I was compensated with a meal and drinks.


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    Re: belly dance venues in Italy?

    Quote Originally Posted by JeanneLF View Post
    You don't mention Milan, but if you should happen to find yourself there, you might want to look up Olivia. Her websites are all in Italian, but she does speak English -- she's come out to the Bay Area a couple of times for Suhaila weeklongs -- so no problem in e-mailing her.
    AL-KIMIYA
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    I will be in Milan this trip but not long enough to take a class - maybe next time. Thanks for the contact info!


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    Re: belly dance venues in Italy?

    how did your trip go?
    did you take any classes? i just read the post now, otherwise i would have given you a couple of suggestions...


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    Re: belly dance venues in Italy?

    Quote Originally Posted by romymart View Post
    how did your trip go?
    did you take any classes? i just read the post now, otherwise i would have given you a couple of suggestions...
    I went to Valle Di Cedre for dinner & that was nice - no classes in Italy though. I did take a couple private classes in Cairo w/ Magda Ibrahim & that was fastastic - I cant wait to go back Cairo!

    I will probably be in Milan in September so I would love any info you have


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    Re: belly dance venues in Italy?

    as they told you already, in Milan there is Olivia who studies often with Suhaila Salimpour..
    there is also Wael Mansour a male teacher..i never studied with him, but everybody says a lot of good thing about him.
    his website:
    www.waeldanza.net

    and if you speak italian, you can go take a look at this website:
    LucyintheSky Immaginari e dintorni della Danza Orientale
    where you can find instructors, shows and workshops devided by areas!


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    Re: belly dance venues in Italy?

    Quote Originally Posted by magdelenam View Post
    I went to Valle Di Cedre for dinner & that was nice
    Glad you enjoyed La Valle dei Cedri :)



    Khalida


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