Sunday, November 12, 2017
12:00 Noon to 6:00 PM
5970 W. Brown St.
Glendale, AZ 85302
(Off of 59th Ave. Between Peoria Ave. & Olive Ave.)
Festival Contact: 623-
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 email@example.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-
NOW RESIDING IN Phoenix, Arizona -
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 -
Oct 2012 Pa’l Bailador Mundial (For World Dancer) with over 1,800 hits on Sound Cloud
March 2013 -
Come visit www.elmamboworld.com Contact/Call for booking 816-
WELCOME to MAMBO WORLD!! .. PLAN YOUR VISIT TODAY!
Directed by award-
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.
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 1st 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 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!
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 -
In addition to being all-