Yet to come in 2013 -

Early December - Watch for details regarding Nominations & Election Process for your 2014 Board of Officers.

Coming in 2014 -

Sunday, March 2 - Dancers' Night at EL Morocco in Pleasant Hill with live music by Al 'Azifoon.

Watch for details on our website, Facebook and in upcoming newsletters for the event listed above and more!

Please continue to send us your recommendations for dancer night venues and we'll continue to check them out. Your suggestions for other types of events are also welcomed. We're looking forward to hosting an event at your favorite location.

Thank you.

President & Editor

San Francisco Bay Area MECDA

SF/BA MECDA Facebook
SF/BA MECDA Yahoo Group


Fall is definitely here. The leaves are falling, the days are shorter and the air much cooler. Many of us will soon be gathering together to enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving Day meal with family and friends and taking time to reflect upon our many blessings. In this newsletter we would like to reflect back on some of our most recent past events. I hope you enjoy the accompanying photos and you can visit our website for even more photos.

On behalf of the Board of Officers, I would like you to know how grateful we are to all of you who continue to participate, volunteer and support our chapter events. I would like to thank those of you who took the time to come to one of our board meetings with well-prepared and interesting presentations for our consideration. (If you would like to attend a board meeting, please contact us, but keep in mind that only the board members present can vote.) Of course, we also want to thank you for your generous donations to our designated charity, Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence.

As we enter the holiday season, please continue to visit our website and our Facebook Group page. Be sure you're on our mailing list so that you receive upcoming newsletters and special event alerts.

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Dancing!

Safiyah, President

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Reflecting upon our most recent past events ...

Sunday, August 11, 2013 - SF/BA MECDA teamed up again with PALOMA, owner of Lunatic Fringe, for Swapportunity, a Super Swap 'N Shop Sunday! Under the tents lining So. Murphy Street in Downtown Sunnyvale were bargains galore -- all those gently-used items just waiting for a new home! Shoppers and sellers alike could also take 1 or all 4 of the FREE belly dance workshops. The teachers who generously donated their time and talent were: NATIKA, PARRI, RAWIYAH and SABIBA. There were plenty of snacks and if that wasn't enough, there was opportunity to win a fine prize. Swapportunity was once again a successful event and fundraiser. Thanks to PALOMA who made it so easy for us to coordinate this popular event and thanks to all who attended, (See photos below.). 


Sunday, September 15, 2013 - Return to the Casbah - By popular demand, a benefit for SF/BA MECDA and Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence, returned to the Village Kebab Restaurant in Los Altos for another Dancers' Night. This time we enjoyed an intimate indoor setting with sumptuous food and dazzling performances by ADRIANA, BASINAH, LULU, PALOMA, RAJA, RAWIYAH, SETAREH, SUDEEP, TATIANA and ZELINA. Also back by popular demand, HAZAR entertained the audience with a lovely Dancing for Donations routine to benefit Next Door. All the dancers performed to a packed house with many guests standing in the aisles. It was at this event that our Board of Officers chose to present PALOMA with a Certificate of Appreciation for her Dedication and Contrbutions to the Bay Area Belly Dance Community. PALOMA had recently announced that after some 8 years she was relocating her business to Chico. (See photos below courtesy of Alisha Westerfeld.)

L - R, Leyla, Rawiyah, Paloma, Safiyah, Hazar


Saturday, November 2, 2013 - SF/BA MECDA presented its 14th Annual Belly Dance Festival and Fundraiser - SPICE OF LIFE! In order to bring you this annual event our Board of Officers literally works all year round. And its success depends on the support of the vendors, the many volunteers, musicians, the community in general, and, of course, all of the Bay Area's best belly dancers. Many of you have told us how much your enjoyed this event. Spice of Life was well attended and a fundraising success. With your help, we can once again end the year on a high note!!

We thank you all -- Attendees; Vendors: Ancient Egyptian Collection, Aneena's Silk Veils, Artemis Imports, Dawn Devine - Davina, Divine Design by Dhyanis, E. Arneson Import, Linah's Belly Boutique, MejiaArts, Seshen Designs and Sugar Petals; Carl Sermon Photography and Newman Media Productions; D.J. Sp3shial Option; Festival Dancers who signed up, (Dance spots filled up immediately!) and all of our Featured Dancers who gave us an unforgettable spicy and variety-packed show: ALYNE, ALIKA, RASHANI, SADIRA, DAVINA, FIREFLY, BLUE DIAMONDS, MALIA & MONICA, AMINA & THE ASWAN DANCERS and SHOSHANNA. (See photos below.) We also enjoyed LIVE MUSIC BY TAHNEEN and Refreshments by ARABIAN BITES.

Aneena's Silk Veils

Audrey (Lu Lu) & Yolanda

Seshen Designs

At this year's festival our Board of Officers chose to honor ADIRA, a past president of our chapter, ... "in Recognition of HaflAdira, and her Dedication to the Art of Belly Dance, Support of MECDA and Outstanding Community Service." (See photo below courtesy of Carl Sermon Photography.)

L - R, Hazar, Safiyah, Adira, Rawiyah

MEMORIAM message delivered by Leyla Lanty, Vice President, SF/BA MECDA.

"The San Francisco Bay Area belly dance community mourns the loss of long time belly dancer, teacher, event sponsor and dear friend, Saiqa Kathy Menniti Fiato who passed away on September 20, 2013 after a long, hard, well-fought fight against breast cancer. We have lost a talented artist who was always ready to share her wry humor, her dance technique and style and her performance experience and advice with everyone. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her."

Below are photos courtesy of Carl Sermon Photography
Among our Festival Dancers --


Barbara Grant

Goddess Force


And among our Featured Dancers --


Blue Diamonds

Rashani World Fusion


For more great photos visit our website, Facebook page.
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Reminder - SF/BA MECDA Website Link Has Changed! 

SF/BA MECDA's website has moved and now has a new temporary link sfbamecda.com The old website,
www.sfbamecda.org is frozen until further notice when the move is complete. To see our website in its new home, with the latest information about SF/BA MECDA and our events, type www.sfbamecda.com into your browser's link or search box. Please update the link to our website in your records to www.sfbamecda.com. The email address info@sfbamecda.org will continue to be usable for the near future. Please watch our newsletter and our Facebook Group "San / Francisco Bay Area MECDA" for the status of our website and email address as we make this transition
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Join our Facebook Group! To join our facebook group, login to Facebook and search for "San Francisco / Bay Area MECDA”. While the guidelines for posting in this group are in the "About" tab, for your convenience they are printed below for all to read. 
This Facebook group was created primarily for posting and discussing SF/BA MECDA events and issues as well as news about SF Bay Area events, etc., that would be of interest to SF/BA MECDA members and supporters. When posting to this Facebook group, please keep in mind the following guidelines. Group membership can and will be denied or removed for individuals who do not follow these guidelines.

Acceptable: MECDA related events and issues, notices of non-MECDA belly dance and Middle Eastern culture workshops, conferences, tours and other one-time events, for example, film showings. Also first meetings of regular class series.

Unacceptable: Advertisements (dance related or not) for goods and/or services for sale.

Thank you for following these guidelines.  

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Happy Thanksgivng!

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