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New Moon students showcase talent

To showcase her students' Middle Eastern dance talent a local teacher holds an evening's performance event after each session of classes.
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To showcase her students' Middle Eastern dance talent a local teacher holds an evening's performance event after each session of classes.

Emma Faulkner of the Amanita Middle Eastern Dance school said there will be about 40 people participating in the show, from solos to groups of ten or more all showing off their new-found skills on Saturday at Connaught Youth Centre.

Faulkner who has had the school for about three years said there are a variety of dance styles that will be displayed at the show by dancers who range in age from 16 to 60.

"We have brand-new dancers who will be performing for the first time," said Faulkner. "One of them will be doing a veil routine."

There will also be an advanced dance class doing a veil performance as well, while a teacher from another school will bring Arabic drummers to accompany her while she performs, Faulkner added.

The dance troupe that will be performing is Raqqaset Al Qamar, which is Arabic for dancers of the moon.

The focus right now for one of the dance classes is Persian dance. Students will dance Persian style to Baroon Barooneh, a song created by local band, Navaz. Faulkner said she was quite taken with Navaz' artistic music and has also used another of their creations called Water for another dance.

"This is a multi-layered showcase," said Faulkner, referring to local dancers performing to local musicians' original songs.

The are also special guest dancers including Zahirah Middle Eastern dance troupe. This showcase will have a diverse range of Middle Eastern dance styles for everyone to enjoy.

The show will be presented at the Connaught Youth Centre, 1491 17th Avenue at 7 p.m. Saturday

Tickets are $5 each and are available by calling Emma at 250-564-9293 or e-mail emma08@telus.net.