Aug. 27: DJ Amar + Calamity Sam, Little Beasties, Kae Montgomery & Holly Shaw

As usual, we kick off at 9pm with a warm-up DJ set, dance performances at 10, and open dancefloor for the rest of the night. Tonight, we have a couple of improv dance performances to DJ Amar’s set later in the night as well.

Amar will be playing a set inspired by his Hookahdome sets played at burning man and Hookahdome events around the bay, as a dedication and sendoff to the camp while they head out to the playa for this year’s burn.

Tonight is for those who are staying in town and not trekking out to the playa.

Amar will be joined by Special Guest Shirzad – aka Persian Starr, performing live persian instrumentation, for an early live set and with Amar later in the night.
Check out his new album here.

Tonight’s performance set features a nice cross mix of what is happening in the San Francisco Bay Area belly dance scene.  We are so lucky to feature such talented dancers who bring a traditional contemporary American tribal, Spanish Flamenco and supper fusion interpretation of Bellydance.  Don’t miss the show, you have a lot to see.  Please bring tips for the dancers!

Most known for her musicality and ability to connect with the audience, Calamity Sam is not afraid to ham it up and show her sense of humor on stage. She has been a featured performer and instructor in France, Holland, Spain, England, and across the U.S. Sam is based in Oakland, CA where she teaches Unmata/Hot Pot I.T.S.,co-produces Taverna Nights with Tatyana Balte, and the Tribal Fest Afterparty with DJ Amar.  You’ll find her regularly in Los Angeles performing at Zulu Lounge, and producing an Improv night in L.A. called Eclectic Ensemble with DJ Amar.


Little Beasties is a fusion belly dance duo based in Berkeley, CA. Amina and Laura Elisabeth first met in Ariellah’s dance classes in 2010 and became fast friends. As part of Forlasi, Deshret’s sister troupe, the two have continued their dance pursuits and have been learning and performing together for the last few years. With their considerable combined dance experience, shared passion for genuine expression through movement, commitment to technique, and penchant for gettin’ hyphy, the Little Beasties aim to entertain and connect with their audience.

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Kae Montgomery
Performing an improv set to DJ Amar’s mixing live.

Kae Montgomery is a professional Tribal Style belly dancer who teaches and performs around the globe. She is a proud member of the world famous bellydance troupe, FatChanceBellyDance® as well as GoldStar directed by the BellyDanceSuperStarts, Kami Liddle. Kae just started new Tribal Belly Dance classes in Sunnyvale. Please join her and find out more about her fun and enriching classes!

Kae Montgomery

Holly Shaw

Holly Shaw is a San Francisco Bay Area-based dancer, choreographer, and creativity coach whose sensuous and imaginative artistic work shines with personal authenticity while drawing on her extensive knowledge of diverse dance traditions. While principally a flamencodancer, Shaw has also studied contemporary modern dance, as well as other ethnic dances, and she draws on those techniques and sensibilities to weave tapestries of nuanced and emotionally expressive work.

Shaw has performed as a soloist with Caminos Flamencos off and on for several years at the ODC Theatre, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Cowell Theatre, and with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra. She has danced in the Edinburgh Arts Festival,  was a starring guest artist in “Forever Flamenco” at L.A.’s Fountain Theatre, performed with several companies in the SF Ethnic Dance Festival, and was also a telvision host for Festival Revue  in Edinburgh, Scotland.

In 2007, she created the Eve’s Elixir project, a platform for artists of contemporary world dance wanting to bring new ideas to traditional dance forms, and has produced several shows in San Francisco and Berkeley and is currently curating its most recent incarnation, The Sunday Salon. Shaw’s most challenging and revelatory work to date was a video blog, 365Dances, where she created a dance sketch every day for an entire year and posted videos of that work online. Shaw has spent years training Bay Area dancers in technique and improvisation, challenging them to dance from a deeper level and uncover their unique style and now offers specialized workshops like The Deeper Lab as well as private creativity coaching for those wishing to sharpen their creative skills. To find out more, please visit

Holly Shaw

Happy Hour till 9:30
$5 cover after 9:30 (free before 9:30)
1192 Folsom St. SF

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