I had the opportunity to go Las Vegas and work in a motel lounge that was at that time across from the Hacienda. Sorry, I can’t recall the name, but there I met Antoine Hage. He was an excellent Oud player originally from Lebanon. After a few short months I went to San Diego with him and met his beautiful family. I worked there another few short months and returned to Detroit. Not long after I went back to Minnesota and went brain dead again and got married. I worked “George’s in Fridley” Greek night club every winter for 5 years and “Nicholas” for a year. There I gained a life long friend and dancer MaryKaye Piazza.
1977-Divorced, back on the road to Chicago, Detroit, Denver, San Diego (where I worked with Antoine again).
Denver, I met a really good dancer named Valerie and in back again in Detroit another great dancer, Rheema. And finally, San Francisco, CA. which was the nightmare of my entire career that I will pass on telling. What I will tell you is that one beautiful thing did come out of that miserable time a year later back in Detroit. Aida approached me at a party I was doing. She remembered me and we talked about what happened and still joke about it. Just a note, she had nothing to do with the event. Since, we have become life long friends. Her talents never cease to amaze me. She sings in Arabic, sings opera, has a masters on piano, plays any reed instrument, her ability to play different cymbal patterns are incredible and, as a dancer she is a master technician with all the “Chutzpah” to go with it. She is an encyclopedia of information and a loving caring giving person. If you ever have a chance to study with her, you would be blessed.
Enjoy the best Greek food in Dallas and Dallas’ favorite Belly Dancers, Neenah, Aliki and Aicha. The belly dancers and Stratos are great for every celebration. It is totally fun and festive. Every Friday and Saturday is great belly dancing entertainment with Neenah, Aliki and Aicha and every Thursday night, the Harem Jewels will make your evening a memorable one for your special event. Join us at Stratos and learn to Greek Folkdance and belly dance with the beautiful belly dancers of Dallas, Texas.
“Bringing Belly Dancing to the Women” is a unique concept with the simple goal of making belly dancing available to all women for summer fun. Exactly what does “Bring Belly Dancing to the Women” mean? We’ve heard from women everywhere that they simply can’t find the time to do belly dancing on a regular basis. We want to make it possible for every woman to “sample” belly dancing before committing to a routine regime. Belly dancing is an amazing form of exercise that strengthens the belly, torso and back muscles; sculptures the body to the beautiful hour glass figure that is hidden in every women; enhances flexibility and balance, lets your body move to rhythms that are so foreign to the feminine body, but exciting to the mind.
The beauty of belly dancing is that it is challenging, yet not too extreme and therefore accessible to every women. The ages of our students range from 8 to 80. Belly Dancing has many benefits because it is great for the mind, body, and soul. This experience can be had for a very affordable temporary price. In a world of stress, especially in the HOT, HOT, HOT summer, belly dancing helps women escape and achieve a sense of inner feminine strength.
The Summer Session Begins June 2 and ends August 15!
$10 Summer Drop in Fee for an Hour of Belly Dancing Fun
Location: Dana’s Dance Academy: 414 S. OConnor Road, Irving, Texas 75060
Re-Create yourself with Belly Dancing!
Happy Shimmies and Summer Fun, Love Neenah
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Stage name Saida, real name Athena and she’s Greek, Go figure? Looking back over the years I have to tell you that there was nothing like having the the power of Athena’s “Arse” 3 feet in front of your face. She still reminds me of a wild black stallion.
Now don’t get full of questions on me. I know a stallion is a male horse. No, she was not gay. She came with her famous husband “The left handed Bouzouki player” John Palaologou.
It was her AURA, that wildness and power of a stallion that she emanated along with the attitude. Was she one of the Super Stars? You better believe it! She was also the first dancer that let me know just what the hell floor work really was. Did she have the “glamor” hell ya.
I remember that first night Sabah taking the drum from me (God Bless her). I thought it was just for Athena’s drum solo-ya right. Athena took off her “heels” and started in with a 9/8, SHE FLEW. Did we become friends, yes. Just a few years back on her birthday I presented her with a beautiful lithograph of a black stallion. Her response—–just a chuckle. Another power house, another style to ponder and again the more I learned the more I knew I didn’t know. GEEZZZZZZZZZ