Raqs Atlanta. Run by Andye-Andinha Niakan with the help of some friends, Raqs Atlanta is the original source for news and educated opinion about not just belly dance (or whatever you choose to call it), but the metro Atlanta international community as a whole. Whether it's an annual Persian festival, a South Asian wedding expo and fashion show, a workshop with a world-renowned dance instructor, or a local student showcase, you can often find out about it beforehand at Raqs Atlanta and sometimes even read Andye's informed review of the event after the fact.
This coming Thursday, June 28, metro Atlanta's belly dance community will celebrate the 14th anniversary of Raqs Atlanta and pay tribute to Andye's years of dedication at the Raqs Atlanta Anniversary Party. The party will be at Tongue & Groove (click for location info) and is schedule to start at 9:00. Featuring performances by some of the top local talent, this will be an event to remember!
I will have the honor of introducing three of the performers and sharing some of Andye's most memorable experiences from the past 14 years. Visit the Facebook event or event web site for more information and to request your invitation. It's free if you're on the guest list. I hope to see you there!
This event comes at an interesting time for Yalla Y'all. There's been some vigorous online dialogue this week about best practices for event scheduling, and in particular the best sources of information on upcoming shows and workshops. I'm honored that this site is now widely considered a compliment to Raqs Atlanta and a leading source of information for the community -- that was my goal, and I believe I've achieved it! I feel that the conversation that's going on right now will help bring the community together and result in more success for anyone planning an event. So if you're new to Yalla Y'all, welcome -- and please come back often for a complete calendar of upcoming workshops and shows in metro Atlanta and north Georgia!