WAMEDA Library

The WAMEDA Library is Open for Business!

The WAMEDA, Inc. Research Library is officially open!

For a list of available Library materials, see the WAMEDA Library Inventory List.

To check out library materials, see the WAMEDA Library Form 2014.


The exotic Cha L’Mar.

Ayaan Serene performs at the WAMEDA Members’ Showcase 2013.

Rashid Moudala performs in 2013.

The State of the Library in 2014

It’s wonderful to have the WAMEDA Library back again! Many thanks go to former WAMEDA Librarian, Tessa Gardner, for the hours she spent in reorganizing Library materials. But we still need your help! We’re down to only one WAMEDA Librarian, Joyce Jackson (Jamil Bient). We need more people to serve on the Library Committee, to catalogue, mail and keep track of materials sent to members and make sure they are returned. If you would like to assist our Librarian, please contact Jamil Bient.


A Dream for the Future

Dear WAMEDA Members:

Former WAMEDA Librarian Tessa Gardner performed an invaluable service in reorganizing the contents of our Library. However, we need aid in preserving, restoring, archiving and copying the hundreds of videos, DVDs, CDs, tapes, books, magazines, newspaper articles, & more that make up the Library. Our policy is never to lend out the original material, only copies, so we must have copies of every single item — and in up-to-date format. To that end, we’d like to copy our videos to DVDs and to archive our papers in electronic form. Maybe someday, the WAMEDA Library will be available online (in view-only format) to WAMEDA Members! This dream could someday become reality, but only with a great deal of work.

Susannah Challis (Shagoura)
WAMEDA President 2014


The WAMEDA Library is Back!

Dear WAMEDA Members,

The WAMEDA Library is a work in progress. Items are continually being added as new donations are received. Each item received must be reviewed, documented and given a catalogue number, which is a very involved process. We have worked to make your research experience more interactive by adding new fields (i.e., “Genre”) so that you can easily find items that you’re looking for. The inventory list is far from perfect. For example, two new fields, “Release Date” and “Run Time,” are not complete on most records because in many cases, we must view the video to find the information.

We welcome your feedback to help us make your research efforts easier. If you have questions or suggestions, please contact WAMEDA Librarian Jamil Bient.

Tessa Garner
Former WAMEDA Librarian

Support the WAMEDA Library
with Your Donation!

The WAMEDA Library is a treasure, but maintaining this treasure takes not only time & volunteer labor, but money, so WAMEDA still needs your help! Donations to the WAMEDA Library Fund are welcome — and they’re tax-deductible.

Many thanks & much appreciation to our donors!

Donate online to support the WAMEDA Library by clicking here:

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You can mail your check or money order (payable to “WAMEDA, Inc.”) to:

WAMEDA Library Fund
c/o Dancer
8010 Old Branch Avenue
Clinton, MD 20735


The State of the WAMEDA Library in Spring 2012

Dear WAMEDA Members,

Spring, a time of rebirth and renewal. For WAMEDA, this season starts with the RE-PURCHASE of our library. A welcomed and happy return! This would not have been possible except for all the members and non-members who donated funds to help us in this endeavor. THANK YOU!

— Doris Elias, Former President of WAMEDA
Many WAMEDA members look forward to being able to, once again, watch the videos of WAMEDA’s many years of joyous dance events as well as its collection of classic belly dancing videos. The library also gives new dancers an opportunity to understand who the dancers are that many of the experienced dancers talk about.

— Patrice LeBlond, Former president of WAMEDA