Zorba, Male Belly Dancer

Henna Design A Belly Dance Diary 2022 Henna Design

Dancing a skirt dance in honor of my late father.

2001-2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025

Herein is chronicled Zorba's on-going voyage of discovery into the magical realm of Belly Dancing. Sometimes major events, more often just baby steps along the way. Presented here in reverse chronological order.

13 May 2022

Dunia has graciously given me permission to post her pair of 1992 instructional videos on youtube:

Link opens in new window In Step With Dunia

Link opens in new window Dunia's Secrets Unveiled

These are WELL worth the watch!

8 May 2022

Cruising the "wayback machine" (Internet archive) and found a pair of pix of the late Didi, so I snagged them and put them into her gallery. THEN I found a few more on the current web, so I put them in her gallery as well. I still miss her...

Also found this picture as a real film photo print, remember those?

Zorba @ Kalisa's in Monterey
29 October 2004 @ Kalisa's

Scanned it in and added it to both the Old Picture Gallery as well as the appropriate location in the 2004 Dairy.

17 March 2022

Pictures from the Spring Hafla have arrived, and are now in the 2022 Gallery.

26 February 2022

ABDC Spring Hafla - live! First time in 2 years. I did not do a solo, time limit is just too damn short for me to get excited about it - but I did dance "Op" with Luna Habibi and a gal named "Heather" had given a short workshop on a choreo that I also got up and blundered around with. Pix should be forthcoming...

22 February 2022

Now that I can post videos of "Mary Jane's Dance" on youtube, I uploaded 3 of them from the past:

Link opens in new window Desert Dance Festival 2005, my VERY first Big Festival performance!

Link opens in new window Carnival of Stars 2010, a few months after I got my "tramp stamp"!

Link opens in new window Mindy's class in 2013, Mindy was kind enough to ask me to dance for her class!

18 February 2022

After years of not being able to post videos of "Mary Jane's Dance" on youtube, apparently youtube came to an arrangement with the copyright holders of the music used. Therefore I was able to actually post the video of last weekend's performance: Link opens in new window Mary Jane's Dance 2022 Video

16 February 2022

The all new 2022 Gallery is now open for business, starting with pix from last weekend's veil duette with Jenn!

12 February 2022

Fooling around with a video editor, I slightly revised Thalya's video for Bianca's event by adding an unused sound clip from my "Reel of Years" promo video. I had to lengthen the video slightly to accomodate the sound. It turns out that if a video is uploaded to youtube, is vertical or square format, AND is less than something like about 1 minute long, it gets automatically converted into a low rez version called a "short", and is displayed in a loop in a frame that is even shaped like a smartphone. Apparently designed for smartphone idiots that cannot turn their phones sideways to compete with TikTok and Instagram. I want absolutely NOTHING whatsoever to do with smartphones, Instagram, TikTok or other nonsense. So I had three videos this had happened to. I changed two of them to horizontal with black bars format, and deleted the third. This video was the first:

Said event was tonite. Danced "Mary Jane's Dance" as a solo. Something goofy with the computer running the music, I ended up dancing to part of Jenn's music, then there was a long silence, then mine came on. As sound problems go, this was beyond minor! Used my pink/fuchsia swirl veil for this dance.

Then danced the Luna Habibi veil dance with Jenn (with a new 4 yard vari-colored blue veil). The fact that it was a duette instead of the full troupe meant a couple of minor last minute changes were made. It was "ok", but I made plenty of mistakes - I'm not particularly happy about my performance here.

Pix incoming, possibly some video as well...

29 January 2022

A non-performance. An outdoor performance I was originally supposed to dance at. Between not being rehearsed for the troupe dances due to my extended recuperation from the CCP virus, coupled with unexpected de-scoping of our performance by the event organizers, resulted in my not dancing - although Jenn and dance sister Liz did.

Goddess Athena was looking after me - this event was outdoors in 50 degree weather with a gusting 10 to 15 knot wind. Even colder than an event in Monterey years back with Janette that was also freezing cold. I attended as the designated "Booth Bitch" while they were up dancing. With veils. They did a fantastic job with the veils as dancing with them is always a challenge outdoors, never mind with that much wind. I'm very proud of them both! Link opens in new window YouTube Video of high wind veil dance!

They also did "Hely Meli", also with a Link opens in new window YouTube Video!

And ended with "Op", which was joined by Thayla with her troupe; and briefly by Bianca who had to withdraw as she discovered that she had injured herself during her own performance! Link opens in new window YouTube Video!

Zaira and her troupe performed as well. An unexpected performance by Tambil was a special treat!

1 January 2022

Thanx to Nadirah Johara, I had a very nice beach sequence filmed for promotional purposes. So I combined it with several excerpts from many years to create a Demo Reel, aka "Reel of Years". It was quite a bit of work to get this done, and being as I was - and as I write this still am - sick with the CCP virus, I'm sick to death of this thing although I'm proud of it at the same time:

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