Memorial Day weekend Friday May 27th - Monday May 30th 2011
INTRODUCING OUR 8th Annual Folk Tours Middle Eastern Dance & Music Camp. We welcome all levels of dancers and musicians, from beginner to professional!
CAMP VACAMAS; (Located approximately 25 miles from New York City. Easy to reach by car or bus. 100 miles From Philadelphia (2 hours drive) and 4.5 hours from Washington DC) Also, only 45 minutes from Rakkasah Spring Caravan, right off rt. 287 (we are offering day rates so you can visit both events)
Lee Ali was voted Favorite Ethnic Dancer and Golden Belly Award Winner, 2008. She's a multicultural shapeshifter who bridges the boundaries between East and West, modern and traditional. She's both a riveting performer and respected a folklorist in Moroccan and pan Arabic dance. With a Moroccan dancerRead More
choreographer and designer. Ayshe blends her Greek and American heritage to create an exotic and unusual dance style. She has trained extensively in classical ballet, modern dance, yoga, and numerous ethnic dance forms, particularly Middle Eastern dance, ancient Pharaonic dance, and Indian dance. She holds a B.A. from Hunter College in Dance & Human Movement, Archaeology, and Middle Eastern Studies.Read More
One of the “Ladies” of Oriental Dance in Turkey, was born in Sulukule the gypsy quartier of Istanbul. She started her professional career in 1973 dancing in Kervansary, even today the first place for bellydance in Istanbul.She also performed many years in Gar casino in istanbul.Read More
Darshan aka Cammi Vance chose the dancer's path in 1991 as she began the avid study and practice of bellydance. Oh, there had always been dance in her life: music, dance, and spirituality were key elements in her family. Growing up, her movement studies included ballet, jazz, gymnastics, martial arts. As with many on the path, her soul ran off with bellydance and left no return address.Read More
Prolific, gifted, and tireless, New York ’s Nourhan Sharif keeps expanding the educational and artistic horizons for Middle Eastern dance. She persistently creates new ways to bring this dance to newcomers and new audiences and executes opportunities, new ideas, and projects for professionals.Read More
ails from Denizli, Turkey and graduated from the respected Manisa Youth and Sports Academy in 1979.
After graduation Ibrahim performed in various folk dance organizations in Izmir until 1981 when he joined The Turkish State Folk Dance Ensemble as a performer and an instructor for "Zeybek" dance.Read More
Tayyar has been involved as a dancer, musician and director of folkloric troupes for 25 years in Turkey. He has performed and traveled extensively around the world with the Turkish State Folk Dance Assemble and several other distinguished dance companies from Turkey.Read More
Ossama Farouk, known as Farouk to friends and colleagues, is a self-taught performer of Middle Eastern percussion. Egyptian-born, he has been playing the popular Arabic hand drum instrument named table (other names for this drum include darbuka, dumbek, doumbek, derbakeh) since the age of 5. A natural talent, he was the first in his family to develop a passion for music and percussion.Read More
Studied kanun, chorus and violin at the Bogazici Music Foundation in Istanbul. He has performed in concert with many classical Turkish singers, such as the Erkose Brothers, Inci Cayirli, Safia Ayla, and many others. He has been living and performing in NYC since 1998Read More
Studied Arabic violin with Simon Shaheen in New York, Alfred Gamil in Cairo, Abdul-Baset Bakkar and Abdul-Min'im Senkary in Aleppo, Syria, and Arabic classical singing with Mohammad Qassas in Aleppo.Read More
A Roma born to a singer mother and a folk dancer father in Prilep, Macedonia, Seido has palyed darbuka / dumbek in Balkan and Middle Eastern style for 30 years. With his extensive experience playing Turkish, Greek, Balkan, and Middle Eastern percussion Read More
Is an Armenian born artist in NYC. He has performed throughout the US and abroad as a soloist for over 35 years. His groups "Taksim" a Near Eastern jazz-fusion ensemble and "Transition" a folkloricRead More