elpaso belly dance

UTEP Presents Arabian Nights: Featuring Danyavaad & The Shimmy Sisters
With Special Guests :Jitano & The Desert Prophets

Returning for their 6th annual Arabian Nights showcase on June 12  and 13, 2010 El Paso’s native daughters, Leilainia and Adelaide Marcus, better known as award winning-belly dance troupe, The Shimmy Sisters, return to the UTEP Dinner Theatre,  for 2 shows with LIVE MUSIC! We invite you to embark on a cultural journey through dance, music, and the mystique of belly dance.

Event Info:
WHO:   Arabian Nights: Featuring Danyavaad & the Shimmy Sisters
WHERE: UTEP Dinner Theatre
WHEN:   Saturday, June 12, 2010 and Sunday, June 13, 2010
Performance Times:  Saturday 7 p.m. & Sunday 1:30 p.m.
COST:  Performance Tickets $15 each show / Saturday Workshops: $25, plus applicable service charges.
Tickets available at UTEP Ticket Center, online at www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 1.800.345.8000,
Tickets on sale May 1, 2010       *
* 20% discounts until May 20**
FOR MORE INFO:  915.747.5234

Saturday June 12, 2010
El Paso dancers of all levels are invited to participate in several workshops provided by The Shimmy Sisters.
All workshops are 90 minutes long and cost $25 each. *Discount available until May 20, 2010 * (plus applicable service charges)

11:00 - 12:30 Dancing with Nuance: The Eloquent Body with Leilainia - All Levels
12:45 – 2:15  Bellydance Combos with The Shimmy Sisters - Level 2
2:30 – 4:00  Circus Belly - Strength. Flexibility and Fun with Adelaide - Mixed level

Shimmy Sisters:

For their El Paso performance, The Shimmy Sisters will be joined by several El Paso/Juarez dancers such as: Rakkassat Aldahab, Karessha, Sazrah, Ileana, Jacqueline Barragan, The Bellydance Institute from Juarez, Bella Fusion, Sonia & Senee, Jenny, Dance Alive and the Shimmy Sisters mother Judith Ann. This show has sold out for the past 5 years and will sell out again!

The Shimmy Sisters have had quite the year--celebrating the release of Leilainia’s Instructional Belly Dance DVD released by Acacia, and their nomination for the 2009 San Diego Music Awards (Danyavaad and the Shimmy Sisters Best World Band & Best World Album “March of the Gypsies”), followed by extensive touring, special performances with world acclaimed Queen Harish from India, and teaching and performing on the Arabian Nights Sea Cruise.

About the Music
Allow the live music of Danyavaad to take you back into an ancient past with their Middle Eastern lounge mixed with Indian vibes and rock. They play live original Middle Eastern flavored music featuring the electric sitar and tribal drum beats The unique songs of Danyavaad are originals by San Diego's Guitarmageddon Champion Greg Vaughan, tribal drummer Gabriel Penix, and DJ/bassist Sandy Bagri. Danyavaad means 'thank you' in Hindi.

Opening for Danyavaad is El Paso’s lost gypsy band reuniting after 10 years Jitano & the Desert Prophets featuring The Shimmy Sisters father Hal Marcus on percussion, Adam Schydlower on Guitar, and Nathan on Violin. 
For more information about this event or to set up interviews please contact Marina Monsisvais at 915.747.5481 or via email at mmmonsisvais@utep.edu. For more information visit www.theshimmysisters.com.


Plus: TRUNK SHOW before and after the show on Saturday and during the workshops on Sunday at the UTEP Dinner Theater.
Join us and purchase on of a kind goodies from India, Egypt, and Morocco


leilainia belly dance

hoop dance


Photographs by aarondressin.com


Saturday June 12, 2010 @ the UTEP Dinner Theatre


11:00 - 12:30 Dancing with Nuance: The Eloquent Body with Leilainia - All Levels

Nuance is a subtle difference or distinction in expression, meaning and response. To be Eloquent is to be fluent, forcible, elegant or persuasive. It is primarily the power of expressing strong emotions in striking and appropriate language, thereby producing conviction or persuasion. We will explore these expressions through dance. We will become the Muse of epic poetry and create nuance and eloquence through our dance. Creating the ability to project movement fluidly and understand the inner body to express outwardly in a graceful style coupled with the power of persuasion, and being extremely graceful in the interpretation of movement. We will explore the feeling of music in our bodies and express that boldly and subtly.



12:45 – 2:15  Bellydance Combos with The Shimmy Sisters - Level 2

This workshop is fun, dynamic and challenging. The workshop teaches high energy cabaret collage combos that you will definitely use in your solo or troupe performances no matter what style you dance.
*Bellydance movement knowledge required*
Come solo or with a dance partner.  Isolation, techniques, fun duet choreography, perfect for duets or troupes.
Bring water, smile and a hip scarf



2:30 – 4:00  Circus Belly - Strength. Flexibility and Fun with Adelaide - Mixed level

This workshop links the sensual connection between belly dance and hoop movements. The circular nature of Hoop Dance provides the opportunity of constant flow and playful possibilities. Adelaide will share belly dance movements that will make hooping easier, and hoop tricks that will be both challenging and inspiring. The hoop will bring awareness to parts of the body that may normally get neglected, and thus will enhance your belly dance practice. Enjoy a tastes of a unique fusion of circus arts through this mixed level workshop. If you have a hoop bring it, otherwise Adelaide has extras and will have some for sale for you to take home and practice. Caution: it's very addicting!


Watch videos of 2008 perforamnces:








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Direct Contact Leilainia: info@leilainia.com

Direct Contact Adelaide: adelaide@theshimmysisters.com



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