Wednesday, 25 June 2014


TABLA bellydance's YouTube channel is slowly being populated! Here's a piece we all loved performing - "Gypsy Sentez" or sometimes called "Misbehaving Basimah" ...  i'm sure someone knows where the second title came from ...

Here it is for your viewing pleasure, from a performance at Bellyissimo in 2010!

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Monday, 16 June 2014

The TABLA photo Archive - 1

"Basic to all dance is a sense of celebration. The word dance itself comes from the Sanskrit, tanha, meaning - joy of life."

                                               Wendy Buonaventura, Belly Dancing, The Serpent and the Sphinx.

Here is the first post from the TABLA image archives. I go back and look through these every so often to have a trip down memory lane. I love seeing the joy, laughter and fun we always when performing. I only wish we had images of the faces of the audience when they watch  the colour of the costumes, see the joy on the dancers faces and hear the music.

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Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Behind the scenes - getting our SEW on!

It was many years ago at a National Folk Festival that I first saw these gorgeous women in gorgeous costumes, dancing. The things that caught my eye were the colourful costumes that swirled and glittered as they moved. Next were the dazzling smiles and fun these ladies were having up there on stage. It was the colour costumes that really stuck in my mind.

 One way that we in TABLA like to make ourselves unique is to have gorgeous costumes. This means getting our sew on regularly. Now, not all of us are sewers, be we sure do have a good crack at it. One year Santa bought me a sewing machine & under the careful (& patient) instruction of Zohra, my first TABLA harem pants came to being (bright yellow bloomers with 3 meters of satin - wowzers).

 When a new costume is required we chat, research, chat some more and decide on the design. There might be working bees that find some people cutting patterns, others pinning, some over-locking & the most prestigious position- foraging for sustenance (read chocolate/coffee).

Here are some behind the scenes costume creating photos

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