WAMEDA Annual Holiday Party

December 7, 2014

We enjoyed a potluck luncheon, a gift exchange, plenty of music, and dancing!

Our lovely holiday meal …

We had plenty of food!

The gift table!

Veda Sereem and Lulu

Lulu graced us with a beautiful performance.

Congenial company: Veda Sereem, Susannah Challis, Dorsey Vengrouskie, Gerson Kuhr and Tim Wilson.

Tim Wilson (Rashid Moudala) and Lulu




WAMEDA Presents A Night of Stars

September 6, 2014

What a magnificent event! Six FINE PROFESSIONAL DANCERS performed in an amazing show.







Ladies, thank you so much for performing in our Night of Stars!

Unfortunately, due to a severe malfunction, our photographer’s computer and all of his work was destroyed. We sincerely regret that we have no photos of this lovely show to share with you. If anyone in the audience took photos, please let us share your photos by contacting Shagoura.

Many thanks go to those who organized the Hafla: Gerson Kuhr (The Fitness Pharaoh), Terry Faith (Bahiya), Dorsey Vengrouskie (Peg Leg Meg), Verna Thompson (Cha L’Mar), Jerry Thompson (The Sultan), and Susannah Challis (Shagoura). Special thanks go to the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the American Legion Post #259 for preparing and serving the delicious (mostly) Middle Eastern banquet.


WAMEDA Annual Members’ Showcase

June 1, 2014

Many thanks to all who worked so hard on the Showcase! We had a fun afternoon. The set was lovely; the dancers gave top-notch performances; and the audience was appreciative and enthusiastic.


The elegant Hasina balances her basket.

Simha and Hasina perform a duo.

What a lovely gesture!

Perfect balance is difficult!

Simha has a beautiful smile!

Hazine performs a cane dance.

What a gorgeous dress!

Precision cane work.

Jamil Bient & Sherzod perform a Bollywood number.

What spectacular costumes!

Jamil Bient in an elegant pose.

Here is a full view of Sherzod’s costume.

What a beautiful blaze of color!

Lulu strikes a pose.

Lovely Lulu, so beautiful in pink!

The fringe flies with Lulu’s lively hipwork.

Rashid Moudala, a great crowd pleaser.

Rashid shows his megawatt smile.

Rashid does fast zil work.

Shalaya makes a dramatic entrance.

Shalaya shows off her hip work.

Shalaya works those zils!

Cha L’Mar, in a beautiful red costume.

Double veil work!

Cha L’Mar envelops herself in her veils.

Jamil Bient sweeps her veil up and out.

Shimmy, shimmy, shimmy!


Jamil Bient dances to a zil solo by The Legendary Adriana.

Sherzod glitters in black, orange & gold.

Nice hip work!

A joyous dance!

Shalaya (center) & her dancers.

Three lovely ladies!

Skirts swirl as they spin.

Look at those smiles!

A striking pose.

Rockin’ it out!

Peg Leg Meg plays a rascally rogue.

“I’m a sly cutpurse …”

Peg Leg Meg ends with a flourish.

Shagoura, enwrapped in a veil.

Shagoura works a large veil.

Shagoura strikes a pose after the show.

Photos courtesy of Nevin Boll. Nevin, thank you so much for your hard work!


WAMEDA Annual Swap Meet

Sunday, August 3, 2014

What a great swap meet! We had so many vendors and tons of fabulous merchandise for sale! There were LOTS of elaborate bra tops & belts; full costumes; long dresses; costume coverups; shamadans, swords, and other dance props; veils; skirts; Bollywood costumes; and much, much more.

Dorsey (PegLeg Meg, center) sees that all is running smoothly.

Terry Faith (Bahiya) and Nadirah Nasreen chat, while Lisa Cosgrove (Dream Dancer) shops.

Beautiful merchandise for sale!

Colleen Hood (Shalaya) checks out a veil.
Nadirah Nasreen and a customer check out a belt.

What lovely fabrics!

Shall I take this one?

This beautiful young lady looked stunning in every costume she tried on!

There were saris on sale, too!

Thanks go to Shagoura’s daughter Meah for picking up and laying out the lunch.
Thank you to Dancer for allowing WAMEDA the use of their studio.


WAMEDA Winter Workshop

February 23, 2014

Thanks to all who made our annual Winter Workshop a success. It was a fun day, too! Thanks go to Gerson Kuhr and Verna Thompson for organizing this event; to Verna and Jerry Thompson for providing a delicious lunch; and to Gerson Kuhr (aka The Fitness Pharaoh) for leading the warm-up.

Special thanks go to our teachers:




Wendy “Bhagwati” Broadway


Latifa: Introduction to Nubian Dance

Nubian dance — a fun and joyful dance style that is Egyptian dance with a distinctively African flavor. Latifa showed us the joy that is in Nubian music. She taught us a bit of Nubian history and culture, plus some easy steps and combinations that we put together into a dance.

Verna, Latifa, & Dorsey Attentive students listen to the teacher.
What a fun class! Latifa’s class was so absorbing that the photographer forgot to take more pictures. My apologies to all, especially to Latifa! — Shagoura
We practice a few basic steps before beginning our circle dance.  


Amustela: Beautiful Arms and Poses (It Can Make or Break Your Dance Presentation)

Amustela shows us how to be remembered for our poise (“Not the noise!”) We worked on graceful arms, artful poses, and lovely hands to frame the dance.

Amustela explains the importance of good posture. We stand very straight as we listen!
Amustela: “When I start out as a dancer, I had chicken wings!” We listen before we practice graceful hand and arm techniques.


Nimeera: Power and Precision

Nimeera led us through a discussion on powerful dance moves and communicating with the audience. We practiced ways to bring our dance from passive to powerful.

Nimeera: “What is a ‘powerful’ move?” Arms up in a dynamic move!
Shift your weight! Do a cross step!


Wendy “Bhagwati” Broadway: American Tribal Style®

What is ATS®? It’s improvisational choreography! Wendy taught us how to improvise dance within a group using classical ATS® movements, lead and follow, and nonverbal and verbal cues to transition an entire formation.

Wendy Broadway explains some basic steps. Turn!
Improvising a circle dance. We learn some secrets of improv.




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