Friday, April 24, 2009

Raqs L.A. Returns This Weekend

The Bellydance Superstars' Raqs L.A. festival returns this weekend to the Glendale Civic Auditorium for two days of performances, workshops, shopping and more.

Workshop leaders on the cabaret side include Sonia, Issam Houshan, Petite Jamilla, Sabah, Jayna and Suhaila Salimpour. On the tribal side, leaders include Kami Liddle, Samantha Hasthorpe, Zoe Jakes and Moria. Prices at the door are $45 for 2-hour workshops and $55 for 3-hour workshops, and all workshop attendees will receive free festival admission. Check for available spaces.

Shopping and performances on the open stage will run throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday, and a special Bellydance Superstars show will take place at 8 p.m. Saturday. ($38 at the door.) Think you have what it takes to join this world-class troupe? Auditions for both cabaret and tribal dancers will take place at 6 p.m. Sunday.

Festival admission is $10 per day at the door. The Glendale Civic Auditorium is at 1401 N. Verdugo Road, Glendale. Check for more information.

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