Monday, April 20, 2015

Oriental Fire filming for Mela

We were in the middle of rehearsals when we got a call from Mela, the Eastern Lifestyle show on SABC2 who wanted to cover our filming a promo video for some directors in Bollywood with the one and only Kumaran Naidu.

The always stunning Zakeeya Patel and the Mela crew filmed some of our performances and interviewed us on our costume designs and the background and future of Oriental Fire.

We got to film our showreel in the lovely Katz School of dance and include the incredible Bboys Jamal and Darryl who we can't wait to perform with in an upcoming show. (Details coming soon...)

Gandhi Walk Show

We were honoured to perform for the annual Gandhi Walk in Lenasia which thousands of people participate in every year.

The Gandhi Walk Committee celebrated 30 years of consecutive Gandhi Walks, it also remembers the centenary of Mahatma Gandhi’s departure from South Africa a hundred years ago.

This year the charities supported through this event were: Saaberie Chisty Ambulance Services, LICO and Ikageng Relief Centre for the Aged.

Our Junior dancers, the Little Desi Girls performed and were definitely crowd favourites with their amazing energy and Hindi lip synching.

We performed our new Bollywood medley with silk voi ending which was a huge hit!

Hula Birthday Show

 We performed for a lovely Hula themed double birthday party for a mother and son.

Our island show included a balancing flower basket dance, a traditional Hawaiian dance, sega inspired fire dance and the always popular limbo with all the guests.

Hula is definitely a great theme for events as just the addition of flower leis and a few grass skirts makes you feel like you went on a mini holiday.

It can be a simple do or an all out event with full beach decor and upbeat island music (which we can provide).

Keeping summer going! ;)

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.