Coming in 2013 -

Sunday, April 7 -  Dancers' Night with Al-Azifoon at El Morocco in Pleasant Hill. See details in this newsletter.

Sunday, April 28 - Spring Back Yard Swap & Shop at Ma*Shuqa's Studio in Los Gatos.

Sunday, May 19 - Dancers' Night at Village Kebab in Los Altos.

Sunday, August 11 - Summer Swapportunity in Sunnyvale.

November - Annual Fall Festival in Los Altos.

Watch for details on our website, Facebook and in upcoming newsletters for the events 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.

San Francisco Bay Area MECDA

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Rakkasah is now behind us -- Spring is on the horizon!

We are fortunate to have an abundance of belly dance activities going on in the Bay Area. On behalf of the SF/BA Chapter Board of Officers, I want to invite you to become more familiar with us, our chapter, and the events we will be hosting and co-hosting throughout this year. (Be sure to read on for important details.) We also invite you to participate and consider volunteernig at these events. If you would like to attend a Board meeting, please contact us, but keep in mind that only the Board members present can vote. We look forward to seeing our long-time supporters and introducing those new to the area to our warm and friendly belly dance community.

Happy Spring and Happy Dancing!

Safiyah, President

Event Alert for April 7, 2013

and Fundraiser

Sunday, April 7, 2013, 6:30 p.m.

Featuring Live Music by Al 'Azifoon
(Middle Eastern Classics)

El Morocco Restaurant in Pleasant HIll
2203 Morello Ave. (at Taylor Boulevard)
925-671-0132 - www.elmorocco.net

Al 'Azifoon Dancers' Nights are often standing room only!

Dancer sign-up opens Tuesday, March 19th.
Send an email to info.sfbamecda@gmail.com
with "Dance April 7" in the Subject.
Spaces are limited, and are first come, first served.

Bring friends and family to enjoy a wonderful show
and delicious Mediterranean cuisine.

See you there!

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Recapping our most recent past event ...

What a delight our pre-Valentine's dance party, Hearts & Hips, was at Al Masri on February 10, 2013. We thank our co-host Sausan for providing an intimate and friendly atmosphere, the delicious Egyptian cuisine, and her generous contribution from the purchased dinners to MECDA and our designated charity. We also thank the dancers (Andrea Aranda, Asiya, Linda, Paloma, Raja, Rawiyah, Robin Lovejoy, Zelina and house dancer, Melinda) who truly put their hearts and hips into their lively performances. Below are some of our dancers captured by the camera.

Andrea Aranda


Robin Lovejoy

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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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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.sfbamecda.com 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. MECDA Central is rrently not acceptnig checks and has aksed nwe and renewal members to use PayPal. 

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