I was very excited when I heard that Yasmina of Cario was coming to Melbourne for a bellydance show and series of workshops. I had heard fantastic reviews of her workshops overseas and now after participating in her sessions I know why! She is great - as a performer she really knows how to light up a room and as an instructor she is friendly and generous in her teaching.
The Friday night show at the Thornbury Theatre was a real firecracker – enough to spark up any dancer thinking of retiring to the couch for winter! The show
featured the beautiful Yasmina, Shamira from Adelaide, Amera from Sydney, many Melbourne dancers and the crowd favourite; Yasmina’s 10 year old son as the MC who managed to charm us all!
Yasmina’s style is Egyptian Oriental with her own individual flavor. I enjoyed her dances as well as her unique and colorful costumes. My favourite routine of the night was Yasmina’s funky Shaabi piece with a lot of cheeky attitude. To reflect the street-style of the dance, Yasmina wore fitted denim jeans and a
denim bellydance bra, both covered in sequins, hearts and crystals!!
I participated in 3 of the workshops over the weekend; Cairo Technique, Egyptian Film Session and Shaabi. I found Yasimina to be an excellent workshop teacher, taking time to explain the various techniques and how they fit to the music. I believe the workshops sold out, which is understandable considering the quality of the tuition.