Coming in 2013 -
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Dancers' Night with Al'Azifoon at El Morocco in Pleasant Hill. Watch for details on our website and in upcoming newsletters.

Please continue to send us your recommendations for dancer night venues and we'll continue to check them out. We're looking forward to hosting an event at your favorite location!

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Fall is Here!
We hope you all had a wonderful summer filled with lots of dancing. But now as the leaves start to turn we're inviting all of you to turn your attention to our Fabulous Fall Colors Annual Festival & Fundraiser which will be held on Saturday, November 3, 2012 in the Hillview Community Center Multipurpose Room, 97 Hillview Avenue, Los Altos. We're at the same familiar location. Doors will open at 11 a.m.

Admission Fees: $12 - General Admission, $10 - MECDA Members, $5 - Festival Dancers, Seniors and Children.

There will be several hours of Festival Dancing and special performances donated by exceptional regional performers and teachers in the Featured Dancers segment. Dancers will have an opportunity to own a DVD of their performance with a portion of the proceeds from our DVD fundraiser and from admissions going to our designated charity, Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence.

Several Commercial Vendors are once again supporting our event: Aneena's Silk Veils, Arneson Imports (Zelina), Artemis Imports (Yolanda and LuLu), Carl Sermon Photography, Divine Design by Dhyanis, Lunatic Fringe (Paloma) and more. We're excited to have Live Music by Meridian Band for a portion of the afternoon, plus even more surprises. You'll want to be there until the doors close at 7 p.m. Plan to bring friends and family and enjoy a fabulous fall festival!

Want to Dance?
Sign ups for festival dancing will open on Monday, October 1st. Email info@sfbamecda.org with "Festival Dance Spot" in the subject line and be sure to indicate whether you want to perform to recorded or live music. As has been our practice, email requests received prior to October 1st will be discarded. Sign ups are first come, first served.

Want to Volunteer?
What better way to give back to the belly dance community than by volunteering at an SF/BA MECDA event? We're looking for a crew of volunteers to help make this the best festival yet! Volunteering will entitle you to FREE admission, a snack, bottled water and a fun filled day of belly dance. Volunteers are needed all day from 9 a.m. through 8 p.m. If you are interested in volunteering, please email info@sfbamecda.org with "Volunteer" in the subject line.

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Looking Back on July and August
Were you there?

On Saturday, July 28th Angel Thacker of Afro-Belly Boogie celebrated her Birthday Weekend at SF/BA MECDA's Sizzlin' Summer Hafla held at Luke's Grill in San Leandro. The food was delicious as always, and thanks to our combined efforts this was one of the largest turnouts ever for this family-owned Greek restaurant. The house was standing room only! Angel began the evening with a free belly dance lesson, followed by fabulous Festival Dancing by Alisa, Etana, Hazar, Mirit, Raks Jawhara, Sherry Brier, Sudeep, and Troupe Zia. Special Guest Dancer performances provided by Basinah, Bramani, Christina, Delphina, Paloma, Rawiyah, Yolanda and Zahara were also spectacular. Angel closed the evening with a very energetic and inspiring performance that had the audience on its feet, dancing and signing a lively chorus of "Happy Birthday" - belly dance style!

SF/BA MECDA takes this opportunity to once again thank Angel, the owner and staff at Luke's Grill, the belly dancers who donated their time and talent, and all the family and friends who came out and enthusiastically supproted this event. You were terrific! We also extend our grateful appreciation for the generous donations made that evening to our designated charity, Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence. Thank you so much! Lastly, we're delighted that our chapter could help make this a special birthday that Angel and all of us who were lucky enough to be there, will long remember.

L-R, Leyla, Safiyah, Rawiyah
with Angel



Raks Jawhara

Sherry Brier


On Saturday, August 25th, Meridian Band and several local belly dancers, including your chapter vice president and secretary, participated in Lunatic Fringe's entry in the Sunnyvale Centennial Parade.

On Sunday, August 26th SF/BA MECDA & Andrea Aranda presented the Hot August Nights Hafla at Tannourine Restaurant in San Mateo. A full, fabulous evening of belly dancing began at 8 p.m. Featured Performers included our co-hostess Andrea, Asiya, Hazar, Livia, Mirit, Rawiyah, Rayah, Sadira, Safiyah and Yolanda. Family, friends, and all of our very "Hot" belly dancers enjoyed the delicious Lebanese/Mediterranean cuisine, as well as the captivating ambience at this charming and romantically intimate location. It is an exquisite place to perform, and we look forward to attending future events!

SF/BA MECDA is again delighted to thank our co-hostess Andrea Aranda, the owner and staff of Tannourine, the volunteer DJ and photographer, the dazzling belly dancers, and the wonderful family and friends who came out and supported this event. Shokran! Our thanks and gratitude also goes to all the generous donors that evening to our designated charity, Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence.




Time to eat and socialize!
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We look forward to seeing many of you at Desert Dance Festival this weekend!
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Join MECDA!  We would like to invite all of you who haven't already done so to join MECDA and affiliate your membership with the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter. Your affiliation with the SF/BA Chapter insures that a portion of your dues will be used specifically to support your Chapter's activities. By becoming a MECDA member, you will be able to nominate and vote for candidates for board officers. After you have been a member for one year, you also become eligible to run for office yourself. 
To become a MECDA member, go to www.mecda.org/membership, where you can read the information on membership benefits. From there, you may click on "Join MECDA or Renew" to go to the registration page to enter your membership online. Be sure to select "Bay Area (San Francisco)" in the "Chapter Affiliation" drop-down menu. Note, do not use the downloadable membership application form. If you wish to pay your dues by check or money order, please write to info@sfbamecda.org for instructions.
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.

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