Sandralis, Athena Najat, Tava Naiyin, Kaeshi Chai, Hillary Coniglio, Sezim Nurmasheva and Kaeshi’s students will share their dancing talents!
Djinn will provide live music www.djinnnyc.com
Carmine Guida – Cumbus
Fung Chern Hwei - Violin
Jessie Reagen Mann – Cello
Brad MacDonald - Percussion
Pete List – Beatbox
Jebon Sushi and Noodles, 15 Saint Marks Place, downstairs, between 2nd and 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10003 www.jebon.nyc
7.45pm Doors open
8pm Show begins
10pm Show ends
$15 entry, $5 minimum food or drinks
Sandralis A professional bellydancer from the enchanted island of Puerto Rico, Sandralis has over 10 years of diverse dance experience and training, which includes Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Improvisation, African, African-Caribbean, Salsa, and Merengue. Sandralis ‘ dance experience is versatile and her dynamic performances have captivated an array of audiences in the thriving travel and tourism industry throughout Puerto Rico. Beyond her extensive experience as a performer, Sandralis ‘ is also a highly regarded, charismatic and dedicated instructor who has taught with several dance companies in Puerto Rico including Oriental Dancers, Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico and Hincapie. Sandralis has also developed and taught numerous classes and workshops through a wide range of school- and community-based dance programs in Puerto Rico and later Western New York, where she moved to pursue graduate studies in Modern Dance in 2004. Sandralis has been the recipients of several recognitions for her bellydance performances including First Runner Up and Troupe of the Year in the 2001 Bellydancer of the Year Pageant.
Athena Najat is a Greek-American belly dancer with an extensive background in classical ballet and modern dance techniques. She began her Middle Eastern dance education under the mentoring of master teachers in New York such as Serena, Rayhana, and Layla, whose motivation and encouragement deeply inspire her performances. She has since travelled the world to experience the dance traditions of Egypt, Turkey, Morocco, Cyprus, Greece, Macedonia, and Israel and continues to extend her research and learning in this rich dance form.
Tava Naiyin is a performer, instructor, choreographer and troupe director based in CT and NY. With an early foundation of jazz, gymnastics and ballet, she was drawn to the variety and expressiveness of Arabic Dance in 2000 and has immersed herself in it ever since. Tava lectures at Universities and symposiums on the history and regional differences of the dance. As an adjunct professor at Norwalk Community College, her courses combine technique with cultural context. Tava’s dancing has been described as “soulful, playful and contagious” and she is known for her musicality and dynamic finger cymbal playing. A member of Elena Lentini’s Caravanserai Dance Theater and director of the Manipura Dance Collective, Tava seeks opportunities that elevate the artistry of bellydance. Please visit BellydancebyTava.com to learn more.
Kaeshi Chai is a world-fusion bellydancer and teacher trainer who co-founded the professional dance company Bellyqueen and PURE (Public Urban Ritual Experiment), an international community of artists who create positive change through dance and music. Kaeshi has performed and taught internationally, and is an alumni member of the Bellydance Superstars, and Jillina’s Bellydance Evolution. She curates the weekly Djam NYC event showcasing dancers and musicians, and teaches at the Bellyqueen School of Dance and Steps on Broadway. Her mission is to develop bellydance as a stage art and explore it’s powerful, healing properties. www.kaeshi.com