THE Western Australian Middle Eastern Dance festival was held in Midland for the first time ever this year.
The annual event held during the long weekend in June is a time where bellydancers come from all over Australia to meet up, participate in workshops, conferences and concerts and shop at the Grande Bazaar.
This year the Raqs Café – an informal concert setting – was held at the 7th Ave Bar & Restaurant.
The evening showcased a select few dancers including Perth’s bellydancer Aiveen and Q&A sessions with invited guest teachers so the audience got to hear about their dance journey.
At the Raqs Café event the Free Spirit Dance Community – one of the three hosts of the festival – announced honorary lifetime memberships to four of the matriarchs of WA bellydance – Belyssa Radzivanas, Eva Cass, Ayesha Watson and Angie Irwin known to bellydance followers as Shaheena.
Richelle Spencer from Free Spirit Dance community said the honorary lifetime memberships were to honour and show appreciation of the dedication, commitment, inspiration and enthusiasm the four women had made to the development of bellydance in Western Australia.
The finale of the Raqs Café was a beautiful, stunning and fierce performance by Belyssa, who stole the show.
Raqs Zahara of Midland and Bellydance Central were the other two hosts of the festival.
The festival included two concerts held at Governor Stirling Senior High School.