Floralia is Finally Here!!!!

Floralia is Finally here - Leyla Najma's Belly Dance BlogI just talked to Selena Kareena today and we talked excitedly about the up and coming Belly Dance Festival “Floralia” in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico happening this weekend, April 29-May 2, 2010.  I can’t believe it’s here already and I am looking forward to spending time with dancers from all over the country! Here are a few tidbits happening this weekend:

  1. Thursday Evening showing of the documentary “Belly”.
  2. Workshops Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
  3. Friday Dinner Dance Show with the workshop instructors.
  4. Saturday Show including dancers from around the country and local.
  5. Saturday evening raffle for amazing prizes!
  6. Instruction from some of the best belly dancers around.
  7. Daniel and I will give away a free video to dancers who come to the workshop and tell us the secret word from this blog. Here it is…….drums rolling…….. (Bellydancehusband) As you can see Daniel came up with the secret word!

It looks like Selena has a lot of dancers coming in so make sure you get in contact with her ASAP so you can get registerd for the classes that interest you. My workshop will be on the art of restaurant performing and information on how to make better tips and deal with the problematic customer or couples. Come and dance and I’ll look forward to seeing you in Truth or Consequences, NM this weekend!

Here is Selena’s info one more time:

www.myspace.com/floraliabellydance                                                                                                         [email protected]                                                                                                                                                           575-743-2048

Floralia will be held in Truth, or Consequences, NM. Here’s the map

Floralia Workshop Sneak Peek: Restaurant Dancing Tips and Secrets

Restaurant Dancing Tips and Secrets - Leyla Najma's Belly Dance Blog

Here is the  Floralia Workshop info for those of you who are interested in coming out to Truth or Consequences, New Mexico April 29th-May 2, 2010. Daniel wanted me to put in more detail in regards to what I will be teaching and I thought it was a good idea. I will blog again and give you all some hotel information so you will know where to stay and keep up with the busy schedule Selena Kareena has in store for everybody. I can’t wait!! Read more

Floralia Belly Dance Festival for the Goddess

Floralia Belly Dance Festival - Leyla Najma's Belly Dance Blog

I keep thinking to myself that Floralia is months down the road and looking at my calendar today…..wow…..it’s just around the corner! This is a very exciting Dance Festival for me because it is produced by a very special friend of mine Selena Kareena of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. Selena is one of the most down to earth belly dancers I know and this Festival really tells a lot about her and her giving heart. The story of Floralia is as follows; The Floralia, also known as the “Florifertum,” was an ancient Roman festival dedicated to Flora, the goddess of flowers and vegetation. Floralia symbolizes the renewal of the cycle of life, marked with dancing, drinking, and flowers. So be assured there will be plenty of dancing, eating, laughing and enjoying the change of seasons.

You can put on your dancing shoes or come bare foot and enjoy live music by James Yousif of Andaluse Entertainment. This year Selena personally invited dancers that she felt have unique and different qualities that offer a change for dancers from the normal workshop venue. I am honored to be one of those instructors who Selena has personally invited this year along with Farasha of Las Vegas, Saz’hrah of El Paso, Raksanna of Chicago, Helena Vlahos of Phoenix, Nadia Yousif (James Yousif’s wife) from Albuquerque. One thing for sure, with the caliber of teachers at Floralia, I will be taking classes myself besides being an instructor.

A little info on my workshop class:

I am so excited because the class I am teaching on Sunday is my favorite kind…….. a mix of my restaurant secrets and tips on how to work a room especially those spaces that are small, confining and suggestions on how to handle those occasional grumpy diners. You will be learning combinations that work best for restaurant dancing and a different kind of layering with sharp and soft hip combinations. There is a mind set that is required for restaurant performing because we are closer in proximity to customers and we can unintentionally invade their space. So there are a few dos and don’ts I will be sharing with dancers who are ready to venture into restaurant dancing. Plus the little secret I’ll be letting you in on will be my techniques for getting good tips from customers that are easy and rewarding to say the least! All in all it will be a very exciting 4 days!

The best part of all will be making new friends and meeting dancers from all over the US. So I’m looking forward to seeing all of you at Floralia and doing what we all do best which is having fun, laughing and of course dancing! Information to remember; Floralia Belly Dance Festival for the Goddess is April 29th-May 2nd, 2010 in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico.

For more information on Floralia watch the video interview I did with Selena and then visit the links. If you’re interested in attending get in touch with Selena at the number below.

Selena Kareena 575-743-2048

Download The Floralia Belly Dance Festival For The Goddess, Flyer