Thursday, March 26, 2015

Bollywood and Belly Dance Shows for Birthdays

Since February we've had about 4 shows for 40th birthday parties, an 80th birthday party and a 50th! If you're celebrating a milestone birthday call us for a surprise Belly Dance performance or a full Moroccan or Bollywood themed party with DJ's, decor, bands and works...

Friday, March 20, 2015

Viva Mexico! Mexican Dance Show.

We were asked by one of our favourite agents to work on a Mexican performance for a corporate function doing a Mexican theme night. We had great fun doing something out of the ordinary like this  and we got busy learning a traditional Mexican dance with their gorgeous skirts and fancy foot work (and it brought back lots of fun memories from Tina's time in Mexico). We added some fun audience interaction teaching the all-time-favourite Macarena and the Mexican Hat Dance!

We followed it up with Limbo to some great Mexican and Latin dance music and a closing performance before opening up the dance floor.

Here are some pics of the evening at the Emperor's Palace Convention Centre.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Oriental Fire Bollywood Medley at Gold Reef City

It's been so busy but we're finally getting around to uploading some show clips. This is from one of our medleys performed at Gold Reef City Diwali Festival 2014. Performing to Ek do Teen, Tune Maari Entriyaan, Jumme ki Raat and Saturday.


Bollywood and Belly Dance- What's the Difference?

You'd be surprised how many times we get asked this. Here is a wonderfully clear explanation for the curious.

 By Eve Rabie

The difference between Bollywood and Bellydance starts with region of origin.  Typically, people who perform what is commonly known as bellydance perform the art perfected in what is today the Middle East.  The Middle East includes countries as far east as Iran, and as far west as Morocco.  These people commonly speak Arabic, but may speak Persian (ex. Iran) or French (ex. Morocco).  Bollywood dance originates from what is today India.  Prior to 1948, what is today Bangladesh and Pakistan were then East and West Pakistan.  During the partition of 1948, these countries separated from India to form their own individual Muslim nations. In this region, the languages of Urdu and Hindi dominate, among many, many others.  To complicate things further, historians report that what is today known as bellydance originated from the Indian subcontinent when the people from that area migrated westward, some stopping in various areas of what is today the Middle East, and bringing with them their traditions, cultures, and dance.  Some went as far was as what is today Romania, the Czech Republic, France and Spain, and only some of the names they are known by are Gypsy, Romani, or Ghawazi, depending on what country they reside in.

The difference between the dance styles of Bellydance and Bollywood style dance are myriad.  Bellydance centers on dance moves originating from the hips and torso, and foot movements being subsequently light, and being "silent partners in the dance."  Bellydance in the Middle East is called Raqs Sharqi; children grow up with it and it is danced in informal familial settings, and especially at weddings. Today in the US, bellydancers are often also seen at weddings, but more often at Middle Eastern restaurants, ethnic events or festivals, parades, birthday or anniversary parties, etc.   As for "Bollywood," the word comes from the movie industry in Mumbai, India, which is that regions "Hollywood" due to the huge number of films it produces each year.  Bollywood dance itself is a hodge-podge of dance stylings, combining traditional East Indian dance styles such as Bhangra (traditionally a male's dance but increasingly being done by women), Kuchi Pudi, Bharata Natyam, Odissi, and modern American hip-hop, and etc., to form a wonderfully energetic dance which is foot heavy, but when done properly appears just as light as bellydance.  In addition to the four mentioned here, there are many more specific types of East Indian dances. Those who practice these traditional dance styles usually start from a very young age and work their entire lives towards becoming a true master of their art.

Whichever dance style, they are all beautiful to behold and great fun to perform.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Bollywood and Aerial Dance Interviews on DSTV

Oriental Fire and Sky Dance Studio interviews with Tina Kapp and Samantha Birtles. Check it out. :)

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Oriental Fire and Sky Dance Studio on DSTV

This Weekend!! Catch Oriental Fire and Sky Dance Studio on 
DSTV channel 405 East 'n Style on the following dates:

February 13th Friday 16:30
Saturday 14th 14:30
Sunday 15th 14:30

Friday, February 6, 2015

Bollywood Themed Corporate Function

We had a great time performing at the gorgeous Urban Tree again for Avon's Bollywood themed corporate function. The attendees were dressed to the nines and looked stunning. The executive committee all performed a Bollywood dance which was very impressive and had the audience cheering. The stunning Pabi Moloi was the mc and looked lovely in her Indian wear.

Nothing like a high energy dance show in the morning to kick off the weekend!