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  • Date: April 29, 2005
    Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970; Steve Simon, 301-251-7952

    Montgomery College to Host ‘Yalla! A Celebration of Women’s Dance’
    Benefit Concert to Feature Middle Eastern Dance, May 14

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    Montgomery College will host a benefit dance concert with performances by acclaimed Middle Eastern dancers on Saturday, May 14, at 7:30 p.m., in the Theatre Arts Arena on the Rockville Campus, 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville. The featured dancers from the Washington, DC area include the Silk Road Dance Company, Artemis, Yasmin, Sultana, Kostana, and Zareen.  Tickets for the concert are $14 for adults; $6 for students and seniors.  All proceeds from the concert will benefit the Women’s Studies Scholarship fund, which provides scholarships to worthy Montgomery College students who have taken Women’s Studies courses. 


    Laurel Victoria Gray’s Silk Road Dance Company (SRDC) performs dances from the Middle East and Central Asia.  The SRDC has traveled around the world, but continues to share their dances at venues in the Washington, DC area, including the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the Embassy of Uzbekistan, the State Department, the Washington Monument, and the Library of Congress and the Metro DC Dance Awards.


    Artemis is not only a dancer; she is also a teacher and researcher in fields such as women’s studies and oriental dance.  She regularly visits foreign countries for research and to attend festivals.  She has two master’s degrees, a social worker’s license, and has studied dance movement therapy.  She is considered an expert in the Turkish and Romany styles of dance. 


    Another concert dancer, Yasmin, is known for her Egyptian belly dance.  She grew up in Washington, D.C., but lived and performed in France, England, and Egypt, performing in clubs and cabarets.  Now back in Washington, Yasmin teaches dance and continues to perform. 


    Sultana began her professional dancing career at the young age of 13.  From a Moroccan family, Sultana has studied belly dancing, ballet, jazz, tap, and hip hop.  Currently, she teaches belly dancing classes and performs locally at restaurants and clubs. 


    Kostana has studied Turkish Oriental and Turkish Romany.  She especially loves Turkish Romany because of the rhythms and energy found in the music.  In addition, Kostana has taken classes in Egyptian, American cabaret, and Persian style dancing. 


    Zareen is the founder and organizer of the Starlight Shimmy shows, which showcase the talents of up-and-coming Middle Eastern dancers.  She has also performed at a variety of events in the DC metro area.  Zareen enjoys exploring the many different styles of Middle Eastern dance and is known for her innovative fusion dance style.


    For disability-related accommodations, call Professor Deborah Stearns at 301-738-1781.  For more information and to purchase tickets, call Montgomery College-Rockville’s Women’s Studies office at 301-279-5355. 

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    Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md.  The College serves nearly 50,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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