Bellydancer Showcases Bellydancing At Top Brazilian Festival
East Putney Melisa shines in Brazil
Melisa, one of the UK’s best bellydancers, was the centre of attention during her three performances at the ‘Istanbul Agora’ festival in Sao Paolo last week. Running for two weeks, this multi-faceted Brazilian event celebrated contemporary Turkish culture encompassing concerts, dance, literature, film, culinary, and educational projects.
The diminutive dancer from East Putney hosted a belly dancing workshop, performed with Istanbul Sessions at a gala concert, and again at the festival’s closing party alongside Turkey’s leading DJs.
With bellydancing growing in popularity across Brazil, Melisa’s workshop on 19th April was packed to capacity with 25 people attending. They were given expert tuition in Oriental moves and techniques, which they put together in a simple dance routine.
Originally from Izmir and based in London since 1999, stunning Oriental dancer Melisa brought grace, passion and drama to the musical proceedings at the festival’s closing party, a Turkish clubbing extravaganza that oozed of Bosphorus vibes in the heart of the Sao Paolo. Brazilian clubbers were shown how to shake their shoulders and hips to Turkish club beats thrown down by DJs Baris K and Ipek Ipekcioglu, while Melisa picked up basic Samba steps.
Melisa said: “I had a wonderful time in Brazil. The people love to dance and they showed great aptitude for bellydancing. I fell in love with their culture too – their food was so tasty and their hospitality so warm. It would be great to visit again.” She added, “Istanbul Agora was not just a great performing experience for me. I was also able to see many brilliant Turkish artists live, such as Aynur Dogan, Erkan Ogur, and Baba Zula, while Sufi dancer Ziya Azazi’s whirling dervish performance was simply breathtaking”.
May 2, 2012