Raqs Tally: A Tallahassee Belly Dance Extravaganza!
On the weekend of July 8-10, 2016, I had the joy of participating in “Raqs Tally”, hosted by The Women's Bellydance Center of Tallahassee, FL. I performed in the show as one of featured guests and taught two workshops on that Sunday: American Cabaret and (my signature course) Unleash the Beast.
Check out the bangin' promo video that aired!
The gala show was held at a swanky nightclub called “The Moon”. I had just been on a short work-vacation in Las Vegas the week before (no really, I flew back to Atlanta and drove down to Florida two days later), so I was LIVING when I stepped inside. I prodded my partner in crime, Maddie Belly Dancer, joking “where are the games and cigars?!”. But I wasn't really joking. It was a truly stunning venue, one that I was really envious of. There aren't many in ATL that could match it's size, beauty, and innovative structural design. The stage was large and in charge, with a magical LED backdrop! SO AWESOME.
The performances included solos, group dances, students, professionals, locals, and out-of-towners. It was a great turnout, with dance friends and general public audience members alike. One of the most memorable performances for me was the group dance performed by the Women's Bellydance Center to an awesome electro-swing song and everyone was dressed in a striking black and white combo. Omaris, from Tampa, had recently relocated to Tallahassee and performed an AMAZING beledi for the adoring crowd. She is going to start teaching regular classes with WBDC soon, too, hooray! Danielle, a personal friend and past dance partner when I lived in Pensacola, performed an incredible goblet dance and drum solo. Just when you think she can't get any more amazing, she goes and blows you away again and again! Maddie and Petite Jamilla stunned the audience with some back-to-back, unadulterated badassery. I couldn't be more proud performing alongside those intense and kind women.
My classes had a good turnout! The AmCab and Beast classes were scheduled with only an hour break in between for much needed noms. I applaud those that were able to stick with it for the whole day, as both courses are physically exhausting—particularly the second! I wish I had been able to go to PJ's and Maddie's classes, but I didn't arrive till 2 hours before show time. With restaurant work and finishing a costume by a deadline, I had to miss them. Luckily, I can still make it to Maddie's workshops at Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance on July 31st!
It was great re-connecting with friends from the coast again. These were the folks that watched me grow into the dancer I am today before I moved up to the great white north (haha). Their support of my journey even to this day means the world to me. I look forward to seeing them again!
So all in all, thank you Julianna of Women's Belly Dance Center for having us down for Raqs Tally and congratulations on a stellar event!
Photos featured in this post are by Al Hall and you can view the full album at his Flickr account: https://www.flickr.com/photos/aliris05/sets/72157670232928191/with/27943...