Sunday, January 13, 2008

BELLLY DANCE IN BALI: Lotus Dance Retreat



BALI is more than a resort island. It is one of the most magical places on earth, and its people genuinely warm and welcoming. The island's natural beauty and amazing colors, as well as the low costs and fabulous shopping opportunities, will make you want to come back again and again. Tourists DO NOT need advance Visa to enter Bali if their passport is valid for at least 6 months.
Money matters: The cost of the Lotus Dance Retreat 2008 experienceis 895$ and includes everything listed below. Bring your non-dancing friend, husband, mother..., companion price is 595$ including everything listed below except dance classes• Free pick up at airport • 9 nights of accomodation, starting from 22 March. 6 nights incl• breakfast at 4 star Pelangi Bali Hotel (3 nights, with full meals, at a fabolous mountain resort (Batukaru Mountain Retreat in the heart of the island• 21 hours of classes (read about instructors and their classes below) plus Balinese Dance workshop• Balinese dance performance, dancers + gamelan orchestra• Temple sightseeing (on our way to the mountain resort)• Free massage or SPA voucher• Two dance shows, opening and closing gala, opportunity for all participants to perform (bring your best costume, ladies) a faboulous opportunity to meet new friends from around the world, sharing your passion for the dance.* Dance with candles by the beach
Want to extend your stay? Talk to our local representative Yani , e-mail: who is extremely knowledgable and helpful. You will also find a lot of useful information on or just type "Bali" on any search engine. Bali, and the rest of South East Asia, is an easy and incredibly inexpensive destination for travellers)
Sending a deposit as soon as possible will reserve your spot. Contact one of retreat teachers for instructions.

About the Teachers: SAMRA
SAMRA, of Brazilian origin but living and working in the USA, considers dancing a form of communication and a way to experience other cultures. After many years of intensive study she is a performer of dances from Latin America, Middle East, Polynesia, Turkey, and other parts of the world. She has also studied with masters of North African, Armenian, Balinese, and Central Asian dances. Her interpretive dances include fire, sword, balancing, and other exquisite dances. Samra is a popular performer at cultural and traditional events such as weddings, birthdays, banquets and festivals. She teaches dance workshops regularly across the USA and around the world. She has produced several dance instruction DVDs and has written for academic and artistic publications. Samra won an Excellence in Education award for her educational program to integrate all arts with academics. In Bali, Samra will teach dancing with fire, taste of Turkey, double veil, and left side right side of brain-dancing. Contact me to sign up! 1-276-236-4533

SIRI YDSTIE is a professional belly dancer and instructor based in Oslo , Norway. She runs Oslo Bellydance Studio, with four branches. Her style is Egyptian raqs sharqi, having studied with the world famous Raqia Hassan of Cairo as well as with other Egyptian stars. In addition to regular classes in her own dance studios, Siri also teaches weekend workshops during festivals and similar events in Norway and around the world. She is also in charge of the Noorwegian teacher training and certification program for bellydance instructors. Siri is also a much sought after performer, doing both private events such as weddings and birthday parties, as well as bellydance festivals and other cultural events. Siri, and her good helpers at Oslo Bellydance Studio, organize “1001 Nights” - Oslo Bellydance Festival, an annual event that has been drawing crowds since 2001. Siri has produced one instructional bellydance DVD for beginners, and two DVDs of choreographies for intermediate to advanced students. She will be teaching a drumsolo choreography, saiidi technique and choreography (both choreographies available on DVDs). Contact me to sign up!

IMAN HAUST is a professional Egyptian bellydancer, living and working in Norway. She started her dancing career at the age of 14 in her native Egypt, performing as a soloist in the local dance ensemble, one of many troops following the Mahmoud Reda tradition. At the age of 22 and 23 she won first prize in the Egyptian contest for soloists of such troops, and was sent to Morocco and Tunisia to compete on an international level. In 2003 Iman moved to Norway, where she now runs two bellydance schools on the outskirts of thecapitol Oslo. She is also a much sought after performer, both in local events such as weddings and birthday parties, as well as in international festivals. Her main influences have been Mahomoud Reda, Farida Fahmy, Nagua Fuad, Dina and Fifi Abdou, and her dance style has been described as similar to that of Egyptian bellydance legend Soheir Zaki. In addition to the dance, Iman also teaches her students about the culture of her native Egypt, and is known to be a very warm and generous instructor. Iman will be teaching the following workshops: Sword-dance , Shaaby (Egyptian pop) technique and choreography, zagat. (zils)