Is there any other way to celebrate a book about belly dancing than with a night filled with belly dancing and belly dancers? I think not.
We had dancers, lots and lots of dancers, as well as drummers, belly dance costume models and even pirates! (Oh yeah, and some of them were even extras in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies).
We owe a huge debt of gratitude to Merry's Fashion with Passion boutique in Long Beach for allowing us to take over her store (and her sidewalk, and her alley, and the street in front of her shop...) on Saturday night to throw this party for our friends, family and folks who wanted to get their own signed copy of THE BELLY DANCER.
We had a phenomenal turnout -- at least 200 people at one point packed the store and back patio, where the guys from Hana Lima Industries set up the most amazing Moroccan tent. The crowd was so thick, it spilled out onto the sidewalk and street. My husband says he watched as the traffic on Broadway had to maneuver around the crowd, and at one point a city bus slowed down to a crawl so the driver and passengers could get a good look at the dancing and drumming taking place on the sidewalk.
We sold out of the books that Laguna Beach Books so kindly provided!
The event was such a wonderful success because of all the help and support from so many people.
The dancers: Katerina, Sarah al Nour, Enala, Sooz & her troupe Azuluna & the Om Sisters!
The musicians: Ed Lee, Donavon, Austin Cameron, Marc, and their friends
Andrea Farese of Stellar Advantage for providing the belly dance costumes for the fashion show.
Rachel from O.C. Bellydance Connection for taking great photos!
And of course, my parents, who kept my 9-week-old daughter fed, dry and entertained during the madness, and my dear friends Alane & Diane, who were the first to arrive and the last to leave, and stepped in to help me fix all the little problems that popped up throughout the night.
Honestly, I can't thank everyone enough. You're the best :-)
(Photos courtesy of Rachel of OC Bellydance Connection)