"I'm half Egyptian on my father's side and half American (Russian/Eastern European Jewish ancestry) on my mother's, but Middle Eastern dance was always a big part of family gatherings as I grew up. I remember seeing my aunties- and more profoundly, my beloved and devout Muslim grandmother - dancing with joy..."
Modern Woman Magazine
The ever-popular belly dancers from Saffron Dance put on multiple shows this weekend at Clarendon Day 2013. The mid-afternoon show at the ARC Stage, situated in Clarendon Central Park, drew a huge crowd, from youngsters to senior citizens. Cameras and phones buzzed while the dancers entranced the crowd. Saffron Dance offers evening and weekend classes at its Clarendon studio.
The Washington Diplomat
Saphira, owner of Saffron Dance belly dance school in Arlington, Va., describes belly dancing as an amalgamation of folkloric dances from various parts of the Middle East. The goal of her school is to honor the movements and music in their original forms and contexts. Saphira does that by playing classical Egyptian music in her classes and explaining where a movement was born — for example, how a certain gesture was used in a port city to welcome the men back from sea.
It’s not every day that a group of belly dancers spontaneously shows up outside a Metro station and starts performing for onlookers. But that’s exactly what happened Friday night when dancers from the Saffron Dance belly dancing school in Clarendon (3260 Wilson Blvd) organized their very own flash mob.
Washington Post Magazine
The belly dancer known as Saphira sweeps onto the dance floor, a pink scarf flowing behind her upraised arms. She's wearing false eyelashes and heavy eyeliner, a pumpkin-orange bra top with gold and pink beads and sequins, and long swirling layers of a pink-and-orange skirt. Tall and big-boned, she has a soft belly that is bared and shaking along with her hips as she improvises to the live band -- a drummer and keyboardist -- at Casablanca, a Moroccan restaurant in Alexandria...
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