West Valley Island Cultural Festival

Sunday, November 12, 2017

12:00 Noon to 6:00 PM

Glendale Adult Center

5970 W. Brown St.

Glendale, AZ 85302

(Off of 59th Ave. Between Peoria Ave. & Olive Ave.)

Festival Contact: 623-255-8491

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Dr. Abyssinia Benefsefji has been belly dancing for seven years and is currently a member of the Thee Diamond Divas, headed by Makara. Dr. Abyssinia has just become certified as Samba Belly Fitness Trainer. Contact her for classes at vegetarian_tigress_07@yahoo.com. She also grew up in Hawaii.

Kumu Hula Kalena has been dancing since childhood and has worked with the community through AmeriCorps helping at-risk children and families in need. Major appearances include the International Home Builders Show, Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, Sunday Ann Arbor Artisan's Market, Gilda's Club, Detroit Festival for the Arts, Detroit Princess Riverboat, Fountain Hills Arizona Thanksgiving Day Parade, Susan B. Komen for the Cure, AZ Aloha Festival, and Arizona Exposition & State Fair. Tropical Polynesian Productions is known for their energetic and upbeat dances. Kalena teaches the following dances: Hawaiian (Ancient and Modern), Tahitian, Fijian, Tongan, Maori New Zealand, and Samoan. In addition to dance classes, she conducts Tahitian drumming and Samoan fire and knife dance seminars.  She is also a Knitwear and bead embroidery designer. See Kalena’s designs at Sugarkdesigns.com.

Miguel “El Mambo” DeLeon

NOW RESIDING IN Phoenix, Arizona - Miguel “MAMBO” DeLeon has been in the works since early 80’s. With the lack of Latin Jazz and Salsa music in the mid-west during the 80’s, Miguel “Mambo” is known as the “Midwest Mambo King” of Salsa and Jazz in the Midwest USA introducing Salsa and True Latin Jazz to the Midwestern States and Re-Introduced it to the Historic 18th & Vine in Kansas City, MO.

First generation Puerto Rican originally from Lorain, OH (20 miles west of Cleveland OH) Miguel began his calling in the Latin Music Movement, in the early 70's with Orq. Charambo that worked alongside, and backed up vocalist from the FANIA ALL STARS that traveled through Lorain, Ohio. Opening for Legends like LARRY HARLOW w/vocalist Ismael Miranda and Junior Gonzalez, WILLIE COLON with his shows that included Celia Cruz, Hector Lavoe, Ruben Blades. ALSO opening for bands like Tipica 73, Los Kimbos with lead vocalist Adalberto Santiago and Jose Alberto"EL CANARIO", LIST ALSO INCLUDES legendary conga master RAY BARRETO with shows that included vocalist Ruben Blades, Tito Allen, Tito Gomez .. AND MANY MORE!

Miguel “MAMBO” has performed and toured with Salsa Legend Roberto Roena in Puerto Rico – including opening for “STING”. Along with several recordings to his credit – And self produced 2010 “Pasiones Del Alma” Latin jazz compilation. Now AVAILABLE! http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/miguelmambo

Miguel while in the Midwest - opening for The Legendary Tito Puente SR., Poncho Sanchez, Grupo Niche, Grupo Galé and Santana, and Miguel's 2010 production reuniting with Latin Legend LARRY HARLOW at the VooDoo Lounge Harrah’s Casino in Kansas City, MO.


Oct 2012 Pa’l Bailador Mundial (For World Dancer) with over 1,800 hits on Sound Cloud

March 2013 - “Ojos De Pasion” (Eyes of Pasion) - with over 600 Sound Cloud hits and climbing.

Come visit www.elmamboworld.com Contact/Call for booking 816-809-3496 Email: mambo.deleon@gmail.com


Twitter - https://twitter.com/#!/MiguelEl_Mambo

Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/miguel.mambo.deleon

Linked In - http://www.linkedin.com/pub/miguel-de-leon/12/b61/112  

The Desert Flowers

Directed by award-winning belly dancer, Diosa, The Desert Flowers dance troupe was established in December of 2005.  The multi-faceted troupe is proficient in a variety of belly dance genres including traditional Egyptian Cabaret, American Tribal, Hip Hop, Bellywood, Gypsy, fusion, and more.  The troupe employs veils, canes, zils, candles, snakes, fans, and swords. The Desert Flowers also features soloists, duets, and trios in addition to group numbers up to ten dancers.

In addition to public performances, The Desert Flowers also perform for numerous private occasions such as wedding receptions, surprise birthday parties, and corporate events.

This vivacious and versatile troupe has a growing reputation for providing outstanding world dance entertainment.  To inquire for bookings, please visit www.planetbelly.com.

Kaimikahu Hale O Hula I Te Fa'a O Te Mahana

Kumu Kaimi Matthews Valdez, trained in both Hula and Tahitian, was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and started dancing at the young age of 3 under the direction of Kumu Hula Master and Composer John Pi'ilani Watkins.  When her family decided to move to California in 1975, she continued dancing with Kumu Naomi Leina’ala Kalama and then at age

of 5 began dancing with Kamo's of Hawaii a.k.a. Kamohai's Hula Halau, under the direction of Joseph Kamoha’i Kahaulelio.

When Kaimi turned 7, her passion and love for hula grew and with the permission of Uncle Joe, decided to open her own halau and in 1979 began teaching hula and tahitian out of her garage.  This was the beginning of Kaimikahu Hale 'O Hula that was originally based in her hometown of Santa Clara, California and eventually expanded into the Salinas and Sacramento area.

In the summer of 1978, Kaimi entered Tahiti Fete in Sacramento where she placed 1
st  her age category and took overall for the Wahine division.  She took the same title in 1979 and 1982.

In 1983, Kaimi moved back to the island of ‘Oahu and took a break from teaching and attended Halau under the direction of Kumu Maiki Aiu Lake and then under John Keola Lake.  She also learned Tahitian from Tunui Tully.  In 1985 she moved back to California where she returned to teaching her halau again while also continuing to grow and enhance her skills at the same time under the direction of Kumu Mark Keali’i Ho’omalu.

In 1996, Kaimi’s family decided to move to Arizona where she now resides and continues to teach hula and tahitian and has been going strong for 20 years.  



Anaya Tribal

Anaya Tribal performs their own signature style of Improvisational Tribal Bellydance. Incorporating innovative and experimental fusion into their dynamic performances such as zils, sword, tribal skirt and anything else they can get their hands on, Anaya creates a unique performance every time!! Influenced by many wonderful dancers of the world, Anaya Tribal has been performing their unique blend incorporating both their cabaret and tribal backgrounds since 2003. You can find them performing all over Arizona and the West Coast! Join them for Tribal Thursdays at Toolbox Dance Studio!

Mondo Exotica

Desert Strummers

Steelin’ the Night Away

Phoenix Steel Drum Band

Traditional calypso and Caribbean music favorites, light rock classics, golden oldies and beach/surf tunes from the 60’s will get your next party moving. They are unique among steel drum artists - they are all female! STNA‘s members consist of 7 women, all self-taught amateur musicians, who are crazy about the sound of this Caribbean-style pan drum instrument.

In addition to being all-female, they are unique in another aspect: they are an all-volunteer group that donates its earnings to charity. Over the years, they have donated thousands of dollars to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, holiday Adopt-A-Families, Meals on Wheels, church-related charities, and needy individuals.

Marsha Jones - Storyteller