One of the highlights of the show I saw at Black Orchid Dance's "Najm al Danse Orientale" this past May was Cambodian-Canadian dancer Nath Keo. Nath's two solos -- an amazing hip-hop fusion piece that included touches of classical Cambodian dance, as well as a more traditional Oriental set -- were really amazing. And from what I've heard, he is a fabulous teacher as well, and just as funny in a workshop as he was when he took over the MC'ing duties for a few minutes.
Meanwhile, missing from the May event due to travel issues was Brazil's Hayat el Helwa. But fear not... Black Orchid Dance is bringing both Nath Keo and Hayat el Helwa back to Georgia for "Najm al Raqs - a Belly Dance Affair," October 14-16 at Dolce Atlanta Peachtree in Peachtree City, just south of Atlanta. This weekend-long event features workshops with the two instructors, as well as several gala shows and parties.
Until August 15, you can save money by booking your full weekend pass online at the early bird rate! Click here for the online registration page.