Kaeshi Chai, Nahoko, Irina Akulenko, Gigi Dilsah, Yuuko Kader, Juniper, Nodira Alizade and Kiaroscuro will be sharing their dancing talents.
Carmine and Friends will provide live music http://www.carmine.com.
Carmine Guida – Oud
Brad MacDonald- Percussion
Megumi Saruhashi – Violin
Casey Bond – Bass Doumbek
Shlomit will greet you at the door.
Jebon Sushi and Noodles, 15 Saint Marks Place, downstairs, between 2nd and 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10003 http://www.jebon.nyc
7.45pm Doors open
8pm Show begins
10pm Show ends
$15 entry, $5 minimum food or drinks
Kaeshi Chai is a theatrical world fusion bellydancer and teacher trainer who co-founded the professional dance company and school, Bellyqueen, and also PURE (Public Urban Ritual Experiment), a global community of artists focused on healing and social 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. One of her all time joys is dancing to live music. In addition to her years on stages from Las Vegas and beyond, in 2007 she set up the weekly, ongoing Djam Under Jebon event for dancers and musicians to create and play together in a safe space. She teaches at the Bellyqueen School of Dance and Steps on Broadway. Her mission is to develop bellydance as a stage art and explore its powerful, healing properties. http://bellyqueen.com | http://www.pureglobe.org | http://www.kaeshi.com
Nahoko Sugiyama began her study in Middle Eastern dance in Tokyo, Japan where she became quickly one of the most sought after professional oriental dancers. The passion of this beautiful dance form (oriental dance) led Nahoko to New York City to pursue her career with more in depth training with renown master teachers as well as more in performance experiences. Nahoko is known for her passionate and dynamic stage work, graceful movements and beautiful lines as her signature style. She collaborates a wide range of musicians from Arabic to Japanese to keep exploring possibility and artistry of the oriental dance. Since 2010, Nahoko is regularly invited to have workshops and shows in Japan sharing her unique style acquired in her beloved city, New York and Cairo.
Irina Akulenko is a New York City-based performer, teacher and choreographer, with a burning passion for arts of all genres. Although she discovered Middle Eastern dance purely by chance, her interest in expression started at an early age and was channeled into ballet training, in addition to piano and voice lessons as well as drawing. However, belly dance became her main addiction which she sustained by seeking instruction with numerous local teachers as well as visiting master performers. Since 2001, Irina explored both Egyptian Cabaret and American Tribal style belly dance, Odissi and Flamenco and now enjoys fusing these art forms as well as everything in between.
Today, Irina performs on various New York stages and tours nationally and internationally as a soloist and as member of various stellar projects. She completed successful tours around the world, teaching and performing in Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Korea, Taiwan, Colombia, Czech Republic, Germany, France, Iceland and Canada. She released three successful instructional DVDs with World Dance New York (“Tribal Fusion Workout”, “Diamond Cut” and “Sculpted Blossom”) and two instructional series of videos with the popular website “Howcast.com”. Additionally, her performances were featured on “Fantasy Bellydance: Cult of Myth” DVD, “Fantasy Bellydance: Tarot” DVD and she could also be seen on Bellyqueen’s “Bellydance NYC: The Ultimate Fusion Experience” DVD. Irina is one of the principal dancers, instructors and choreographers with Bellyqueen Dance Theater, is the main choreographer and performer for Project “Bella Gaia” and an alumni member of Alchemy Dance Theater. While home, she also directs her student troupe “Kiaroscuro Dance”, focusing mainly on Classical Indian fusion. She loves collaborating with other artists and has completed projects with Jillina (Bellydance Evolution project), Dalia Carella, BALAM Dance Theater, NY Gypsy All-Stars and many others. Irina is dedicated to continuing her dance education, always looking for new ways to be inspired. Furthermore, she holds a Bachelors degree in Political Science, and has a strong interest in women’s issues and visual arts. danceirina.com
Gigi Dilsah is a passionate Turkish dancer and teacher who was born in Istanbul. Gigi’s influences include US dancers, Artemis Mourat, Aziza, Suhaila Salimpour, Delilah, Tamalyn Dallal and Nalini. She studied ballet and jazz dance at the American Dance Institute and studied Turkish bellydance and Gypsy Romany dance with Nesrin Topkapi, Tuncay Akyar and Sema Yildiz.