We work so hard preparing for a show and in a blink of an eye, it’s over. It was our 8th Annual World Belly Dance Show this last weekend.

With so many people helping us make a success of the show! I thought it fitting to write a blog to thank all those people who made the weekend a success.

There are so many people who contributed to the success of the show! So let’s start with the brick and mortar parts and work our way behind the scenes from there.

The Savoy Theatre came to the party in a big way, besides providing us with a place to put on the show. The support we received from Monica and Rose helped us feel at home.

No show is complete without lighting and sound! Here we were blessed by Rocky Mann from Party Adventures PE who volunteered his equipment and services. We must also thank Stephen Perelson (Jessica’s other half) who sat at the sound desk and created the music magic.

Then we come to our photographers and videographers, these amazing people were arranged through Kiekie Communications. Photo’s and the video of the evening can be ordered through Vicky of Kiekie Communications. I have seen a handful of sneak pic’s and be prepared to be amazed.

A big thank you to our fellow studio’s who joined us for the weekend. Gigi Belly dance Studio of Grahamstown, the Port Elizabeth branch of Cairo Moon. (FYI – Sulene is having her studio launch show on the 9th June). The amazing guest artist’s from Johannesburg – Thelma Rose and Natalie Clark.

Our very special MC – Judith Regnart. This amazing mother of two danced with us up until 2015, just before the birth of her first daughter. She not only blogs, works full time as a pharmacist. And is completing her thesis for her PhD in pharmacy, she also keeps us all in the know with her facebook page The Passive Aggressive Pharmacist.

Because I generally like to save the best for last just like the pudding at the end of a great meal! Our own ladies at Zahra’s Oriental Dance Studio, Jessica and I had only to ask and they jumped in with gusto. We couldn’t have asked for a better group of ladies to dance with, from our “newbies” to our “senior” ladies. A call for prizes and we had enough for two raffles, last minute bug our family and friends to come and watch, done! Sell the second raffle on the night, no problem. Be beautiful ushers, hand out programs for last-minute donations, all sorted.

Then if you think back to the harassed-looking and trying his best to hide it man taking your money at the door, you might even have caught a glimpse of a little person running amok. That would be my husband and daughter. Without whom, I would never have been able to achieve this dream. Their love and support help to guide me daily.

By now you must all be chomping at the bit because I haven’t said anything about our charity! We raised a nice chunk of change (our largest amount yet actually), but our chosen charity didn’t arrive for the show. Watch this space, we will be popping over the Animal Welfare Society PE in the next few weeks to deliver all the animal food these pennies can buy.

Melanie Wallis

Melanie started dancing and performing for Janka’s Oriental Dance Studio in 2006.  Under the mentorship of Janka Kliment, Melanie began her training to become an Oriental Dance teacher in 2008 and completed it under Asja Samia in 2011.  Melanie is also a certified health and fitness instructor.   Following Janka’s return to Slovakia in 2013, Melanie and Jessica chose to carry forward the vision of their friend and mentor.  They purchased the studio and continue to teach the art and beauty of the dance to all aspiring belly dancers.