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September 2nd: Tapan Raj (Midival Punditz), Suresh | Bramani, Calamity Sam & Students, Jessica Hedrick (Salimpour School)

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Your first POST-BURNING MAN party, right after the long weekend! We are ready to rock the house with more awesome DJ sets and stellar performances.

Resident DJ SURESH will be bringing his usual blend of world music to spark the dancefloor, and our guest DJ – TAPAN RAJ of Midival Punditz – will be bringing a new sound, direct from the Asian Underground and fresh off the playa.

Featured performers this week are Bramani, Calamity Sam & Students, Jessica Hedrick (Salimpour School)

Normal weekly schedule:
9pm*: Music starts
10pm: Dance Performances start at or shortly after 10
DJ sets all night following performances, till 1am or later

(*On certain weeks with larger guest lineups, we start earlier, at 8pm, have sliding scale entry fee and may not offer free early entry – but we will honor it if you ask).

SPECIAL GUEST TAPAN RAJ of Midival Punditz:

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There’s no limit to creativity and no barrier on music, so it comes as no surprise then that one half of one of India’s biggest electronica act – Midival Punditz would find himself itching to explore another side of himself and his work. Tapan Raj has come to be associated with cutting edge sound and left of centre thinking. A force to reckon with, he has been producing and performing both as a DJ and a live artist all over the world since 1997.

After establishing an unshakeable reputation for Midival Punditz, he has now decided to venture out solo as a side project and experiment with new sounds. After 4 studio albums and a multitude of licensed works across 70 compilations, TV series, films and video games worldwide with his band, Tapan’s new musical journey as a solo DJ and composer is fresh and evolutionary.

Starting out as a natural progression in his musical career, this project will also help Tapan express all his inspirations and leanings through his set. In this avatar, he wants to focus on all styles of electronic dance music that he has not explored with Midival Punditz before. This new style revolves around more instrumental electronic music with a deep emphasis on underground dance styles like break-beat, old school techno, acid house, DnB and mashups. But there’s no knowing where the project might lead him.

Never wanting to be pinned down to one style in his DJ sets or be pegged in one slot, Tapan is already creating waves with his eclectic style of performance. Tapan is now working on his ‘Mirror Image’ E.P. due for release in June 2014, so keep your ears peeled for his gigs around your city and watch closely as this Pundit carves out his own niche!

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March 25: Dulce Vita, Marci Ann, Bramani, Millie Maddox, Jadeera, Fayzah

We have another extended dance performance lineup this week with Fayzah from New York joining us. Also residents and Special Guests Marci Ann, Bramani, Millie Maddox and Jadeera. Following performances, Dulce Vita takes the decks for some late night global beats.

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Fayzah Fire is a multidisciplinary performer based in New York City. Classically trained from a young age growing up, she continued exploring different dance styles, mainly based on the music that moved her. Her own ‘World + Street Styles Dance Method™’, blends elements of  World Dance styles, Popping, Waving, Hip Hop, & Groove theory.
She is an accomplished Tribal-Fusion dancer, Fire performer, Argentine Tango dancer, innovator of Tango-Bellydance Fusion, & DJ. She holds a teaching certificate in Middle Eastern Dance Arts, & co created Puerto Rico’s first Tango community before her move to NYC. Fayzah is a part of the NYC Street Styles dance scene and has co taught & performed with various legends & pioneers in this genre, in theater shows, & at famous NYC Hip Hop events, such as Guardians of Dance, 92St Y, & Behind the Groove. She has danced with Neville Dance Theater in NYC since 2006, and been cast in various roles in company repertoire, as well as contributing her own solo works to Off Broadway productions.
She is greatly influenced by nature, especially by creatures who live in the ocean, (both real and fantasy).
Fayzah has taught master classes & performed in various countries in Asia, Europe, Central America, the Caribbean,
as well as across the US. NYC teaching credits include Broadway Dance Center, Alvin Ailey’s, & Djoniba Dance & Drum Centre. She is the co founder of Triple Treat Dance workshops, which combines healing arts & dance, & has led trance dance retreats in the rain forest. Her choreographic works are featured on several performance DVD’s, and she has two instructional DVD’s out, “Fluid Tribal” & “Android Goddess”. Fayzah’s web site: DanceSpiral.com

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Marci Ann discovered bellydance in 2001, on a whim, when she and her sister picked summer classes at the Discovery Learning Annex in Chicago. Her left brain linguistics sister pick Japanese 101, while Marci thought Beginner Cabaret Bellydance would be a lot more fun. Immediately falling in love with the dance she sought out Jasmin Jahal School of Dance. In 2006 Marci’s dance life changed forever when she discovered Rachel Brice on a performance dvd. She gravitated to the snaky salutary movements and the ethnic aesthetic of Tribal Fusion Bellydance. Not having access to Tribal Fusion in Chicago she taught herself thru educational dvd from Rachel brice, Fat Chance BellyDance, Zoe Jakes, Kami Little and others, often traveling to take workshops from these artist. At this time she performed in the Chicagoland area developing her technique and personal dance aesthetic. Marci Ann started studying Javanese dance with Danielle Meijer and became interested in fusing the two dance forums. She won First Place and Audience Choice in the 2008 Midwest Bellydance Challenge, for a Javanese Fusion piece. She began teaching Tribal Fusion at Arabesque Chicago and also creating two dance troupes, Akasha a yoga bellydance fusion group sponsored by Yoga Now Chicago, and Turkish Drop with Danielle Meijer and Christina Cornier. In 2010 Marci Annmoved to San Francisco to continue her dance education. She immersed herself in the dance culture and aesthetic of west coast. Always enjoying the creative process of making her own costumes Marcibegan freelancing for Medina Maitreya Designs and has made costume numerous dancer including Zoe Jakes of Beats Antique. She is currently producing a line of headdress under her brand Turkish Drop. Marci Ann is excited about exploring the possibility of Indonesian dance and the prospects The Bhoomi Project.

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Jadeera Rose is a multi-cultural, multi-dimensional sacred dance artist. She is a professional performer who experiences dance and performance as an opportunity to connect with and share with others the beauty and wisdom of ancient arts and cultures as well as the spirit of the present moment. Jadeera has performed with many dance companies, live bands, and as a solo artist at a variety of venues including: theatres, clubs, festivals, restaurants, private parties, schools and senior centers. She has traveled internationally as a dancer and has performed dance for H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamasala, India. She dances in the “Mandala of Tara” a sacred dance prayer based on the qualities of the divine feminine. Jadeera is a teacher of the “Tara Dance” and other forms of movement as she is also a certified teacher of yoga and qigong. She spent the past summer on Maui teaching Brazilian Dance, Belly Dance, Kids Dance, Yoga and Tara dance.

As a Belly Dancer, Jadeera Rose offers “Sacred Spirit Belly Dance” which is her own unique style that has blossomed from the center of her being. When she dances, she intends to be a channel of Qi and invokes the spirit of the ancestral belly dancer to bring joy, light and healing to the space, the audience and herself.

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+ UN Resident Dance Performance Artists MILLIE MADDOX and BRAMANI.

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And the BIRTHDAY GIRL + DJ for the night … DULCE VITA

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March 4: Fat Tuesday w/ DJ Dragonfly, Adara, Chandala, Angela, Andrea, Malia – Mardi Gras

Celebrate Mardi Gras with us on Fat Tuesday with DJ Dragonfly dropping a global mix of sounds from Egypt to New Orleans. In festive spirit, he will surely some gems from Creole country mixed in to his extended dancefloor set.

Performances by residents Chandala Shiva and Angela, plus Special Guests Adara Dance Co., Andrea and Malia Delapenia from Hawaii (Performances start promptly at 10pm).

We will have Mardi Gras inspired Drink Specials and lots of fun on the dancefloor and at the bar!

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As one of the West Coast’s most notable and sought after old-school DJs in the festival scene, Dragonfly drops deep selections of ghetto tech’d, entheo-mystic ritual bass and trans-globalized whomp. Featuring smoldering rhythms and scorching selections that reference Gypsy, Balkan, Afro-Latino and Indo-Arabic sounds, samples and idioms, he integrates Bass Music’s sound design and steadfast genres of Glitch, Dubstep, Drum n Bass, Trap, House, Dub and Breaks.

Expect the unexpected; you’ll never hear the same set twice!

As a consummate crate-digger his days are spent down the rabbit-holes of sound, constantly discovering emerging talent and the hidden gems of sonic possibility. With an ear for the exotic and a background in movement arts, his approach is through the emotive keyhole of the psyche, while unlocking the heart of community. As a percussionist who’s adventured extensively throughout the near and far east, his mixes span all tempos and all genres of electronic dance music and are drenched in global idioms, accented with tribal motifs and woven into intoxicating rhythms and groove.

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Andrea is a performer and dance and fitness instructor from San Francisco. She has a background in Egyptian bellydance, but loves to mix it up with colorful props and other international dance styles. She directs and choreographs for her troupe Urban Mirage, who is producing a large show in July. Check her out on Facebook at Andrea Dance and Fitness or her website AndreaBellyDance.com.MaliaDelapeniashadows
Malia Delapenia is the people’s choice in Hawai’i as a Middle Eastern dance performer and instructor. Her energy and ability to captivate any audience with her crowd-pleasing choreographies and use of enchanting props has taken her to numerous prestigious events throughout Hawai’i, the US mainland, and Europe. We are very lucky and pleased to feature this talented performer during her tour of the SF Bay Area! Follow her on Facebook at Malia Delapenia or twitter at Bellydancermuse.

Angela
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Angela started belly dancing a little over 4 years ago in Fairbanks, Alaska. She moved to the Bay Area a year and a half ago, and now dances primarily with Jill Parker and the Foxglove Sweethearts. Angela has a background in Raqs Sharqi and Tribal Improv, as well as previous training in jazz dance. As a soloist, she now focuses on Fusion belly dance. As a performer, her primary goal is to let her dancing reflect her deep love of music and movement.
Chandala
Chandala Shiva is an award winning belly dancer and yoga instructor from the Santa Cruz Mountains.  Training with as many of her heroes as possible, she is completing her certification in Rachel Brice’s 8 Elements of Bellydance.  She is inspired by hard work, all things velvet and sparkly, and captivating music – but above all else, she dances from her heart.
Adara
Adara Dance Company is a melange of world dancers that fuse belly dance, central asian, and romance dances with contemporary choreographic sensibilities. The company’s influences include art nouveau, mythology, and surrealism. Under the direction of Natalie Nayun, Adara Dance Company dancers bring you a unique exciting performance experience.

Every Tuesday at F8 – 1192 Folsom, SF. $5 cover. 9pm-1am. Performances at 10pm.
Free before 9:30 or 2-for-1 until 11 if you ask.

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Feb 25: SEIX live, Kami Liddle’s Strange Brew Hafla, Dulce Vita, Gold Star Dance Co.

Ok, so we have another extra kick-ass Underground Nomads coming up this week.
We’re talking a live music ensemble, DJ sets … And 30 dancers – Yes, 30 dancers performing for you.

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The night starts early. 9pm doors as usual but the Performances start at 9:30pm Sharp. We have 2 sets of performances, 2 live music sets and dancefloor DJ sets.

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Special Features:

SEIX – Live quartet featuring members of The Fishtank Ensemble.
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A night with Seix is a night of Music, Love and Abandon. The music maps the far corners of the globe, and the luscious interiors of our souls. Turkish, Gipsy, Flamenco, Hungarian, and here and there a sensual nod to the greats of Rock and Roll.

KAMI LIDDLE‘s Strage Brew Hafla + Gold Star Dance Co featuring 20+ dancers performing at the show, plus Kami herself and Gold Star Dance Co.
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Gold Star Dance Company is an innovative dance company rooted in Tribal Fusion Belly Dance in which five strong stars have found their voice. Award winning dancer and choreographer Kami Liddle, a leading lady and respected authority in the Tribal Fusion Belly Dance genre who has taught in over two dozen countries, carefully selected these dancers to translate her choreographic vision. Gina Bruno, Rose Harden, Kae Montgomery and Julie Rea have all had their time in the studio to become the dancers they are today. Additionally, they come to Gold Star Dance Company with years of their own experience shining on stage. Together they have set out to combine this young and constantly evolving dance style with elements of jazz, modern, hip hop and classical ballet.Coming from varying backgrounds but firmly rooted and skilled in the movements of contemporary belly dance, Gold Star Dance Company aims to bring together the unique voices of these dancers through their shared musicality, technique, elegance and strength. Gold Star Dance Company Director and Choreographer Kami Liddle, whose choreographic work has been featured on PBS and on worldwide tours of the Belly Dance Super Stars, works to constantly refine and adjust the voice and compatibility of the dancers as a group.

And, of course, DULCE VITA rockin the decks.DulceShine
Dulce Vita, one of SF’s DJ Treasures, is a resident with Opulent Temple and Underground Nomads. See her profile page  above.

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Cover for this night will be a $5-10 sliding scale. We have an extra-big lineup and this is a fundraiser for Gold Star Dance Co. All proceeds go to the Musicians, Dancers, DJs and to keep these night going and growing.

New Venue starting July 30th – Moving to F8

Dear supporters, Please note that we are moving to a new venue at the end of the month.

We  are excited to be moving to F8 at 1192 Folsom St. (@ 8th) in the SOMA area of San Francisco. The new venue has an awesome sound system, nice and still intimate dancefloor, great bar with some excellent drink specials, and an overall nice friendly vibe.

Kicking off our residency at F8, we will have more nights with Cheb i Sabbah – August is Cheb i Sabbah Month !

Moving forward, we are planning on having 2 DJs (or one DJ and one live act) each week. We will still have the dance performances. We are not taking anything away, just adding more. We plan to bring in occasional special guest DJs and music acts. We will also be starting a little earlier, so you can enjoy some Happy Hour drinking and snacking while we get the night rolling.

We have loved doing nights at Bissap Baobab, and will continue to do occasional events there, but this move opens up some amazing new possibilities us as well as for them. Please join us at F8 on any Tuesday on or after July 30th.

The resident DJs are on somewhat of a regular monthly rotation. Due to our tour schedules, we may be occasionally swapping weeks. For example, Amar and Dulce are switching nights for August, so Dulce can rock it out at Burning Man. Cheb i Sabbah will be traveling in October to work on his upcoming new album, so we will be filling in for his nights. You can always check the website for the most up to date schedule if you wish to see a particular one of us on a night. We plan to post our schedules at least a month out, and will post any changes as soon as we are able to.

Below is our schedule for our July 30 Launch and for the month of August. We will post all of the details once we confirm the lineups. Please check back in after the weekend or subscribe for updates. You can also find our updates on the facebook page. Help us spread the word by sharing this post on facebook and twitter and following us there. We thank you for your continued support.

JULY 30: Opening Night with Special Guest JEF STOTT

*- August is CHEB i SABBAH month -*

AUG 6: CHEB i SABBAH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

AUG 13: LAUNCH PARTY with DULCE VITA + more TBA

AUG 20: DJ SEP + more TBA

AUG 27: DJ AMAR + more TBA

DANCE PERFORMANCES EVERY WEEK curated by GINA GRANDI

Full lineups for each week will be announced soon.
September schedule will be announced at the beginning of August.

Here are a few pics of the new venue.

The dancefloor: separated from the bar, nice wood floors, clean but not too fancy.

Our view of You from the DJ booth – nice and close 🙂

Some couches for you to lounge in, relax and have a drink, hang out with friends.

Our flyer designed by Jimmy Love, edits by Calamity Sam

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June 25th Dancers

Joining us for this Tuesday night’s performance is a great collection dancers.  On the decks is the fabulous Miss DJ Dulce Vita.  Dulce is part of Opulent Temple as well as being a very well rounded, well respected female DJ.  We are so pleased that we will be joined by Sam, Shanti and Parya for this night for the bellydance performances.

Calamity Sam

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.

Shanti Jourdan

Shanti performs and teaches Tribal Fusion belly dance, specializing in American Tribal Style. Her dancing is unique in the level of grace, musicality and nuance found in her movements. The joy she feels for this art form is immediately felt by her audiences and students alike.Having studied western dance and yoga for many years before belly dancing, Shanti understands the body’s movement from the inside out. Her teaching style is warm and encouraging with a focus on technique and clarity of movement.

Parya Saberi

“Starting with Persian dance lessons at age 7 in her home country of Iran, Parya Saberi began her love affair with dance. For over 10 years, she trained in On2 New York Style Salsa and performed as part of Melaza Dance Company at numerous venues including the Los Angeles Salsa Congress. More recently, she is training her buns off with many of the best belly dance instructors of the Bay Area (and beyond), including Andrea Sendek (Suhaila Salimpour format), Zoe Jakes, Jill Parker, Rachel Brice, and Kami Liddle. She is currently a member of the Suhaila Salimpour Repertoire Ensemble.”