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Heart Strings – July Gallery Hop

Jul 15

mayhoppostersiteOur next addition of Gallery Hop will be on July 15th! Come out and join us for our ‘Heart Strings’ show. The theme for the evening will bring together the passionate sounds of classical stringed instruments and the rhythmic beats of hand-drumming with the moving artistry of Belly Dance!

Local Cellist Abbas Marler, Percussionist Dean Stodgill and Visiting Performer Irene Mirci will join with Safiya Nawaar in an enchanting evening of dance and live music.

During the Hop, we will also be featuring the works of a local visual artist as well as inviting other artists interested in setting up their easels to capture the moment on canvas.
Light refreshments will be provided by a sponsoring restaurant and the event is FREE to the public!
So, mark the date and… ‘Let Our Stage be the Canvas’!

Our studio will transform into a theater style venue for the evening as we open our doors to Gallery Hop visitors from 5 pm to 8 pm on July 15th.

The show is complimentary and all ages are welcome! Performances take place every half hour.

(5:30 – 6:00 – 6:30 – 7:00 – 7:30 – 8:30)


So, Who’s Involved with the July Gallery Hop?

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Safiya Nawaar


Safiya Nawaar is the founder and director of Arabesque World Dance. She has been an avid student and lover of dance her entire life and music and movement hold a very special place in her heart.
Her dance history consists of Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Tap, Theatrical, and Raqs Shari. She has been performing professionally since 2002 and took on the profession of instructor in 2007.

At her downtown Lexington studio, she teaches classes as well as hosting workshops and gala shows. Her time is devoted to teaching, mentoring and performing both locally and regionally.

Safiya brings to the stage and the classroom a variety of styles ranging from Egyptian, Turkish Orientale, Lebanese, American Vintage and Classical Persian. To see a complete bio, including a list of teachers that have influenced her and her style, visit dancesafiya.com.


Irene Mirci is originally from Rome, Italy, but spent her youth in Australia. Her travels around the world as a tour leader have taken her as far as India, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen and all over Europe, but her real passion is for dance.

In Italy, Irene was introduced to Belly Dance by American anthropologist Louise Melita, and she later continued her studies with two instructors from Egypt, Amal Khalifa and Saad Ismail, who passed on their deep knowledge of this ancient art in different ways.

Irene Mirci

Irene Mirci

Amal Khalifa is a dancer and performer who interprets the Egyptian style with impeccable elegance, while Saad Ismail, highly esteemed with more than 40 years teaching experience, shares M. Reda’s style and a deep technical insight. Irene’s studies then continued with Maria Luisa Sales, who’s Belly Dance teaching techniques are strongly influenced by her background in Classic Indian Bharatanatyam and Classic Persian dance. Here in US Irene continued her studies with Niran al Ubaidi, Shakira al-Fanninah, Anupa Mirle, Gail Corrado, and Kamellia Smith. She has attended workshops with Morocco, Karim Nagi,  Faten Munger, Morwenna Assaf, Hadia (Canada), just to name a few. Presently she studies deeply embodied movement with Fanchon Shur.

Irene has over 16 years of experience, performing in United States and abroad, dancing several classic styles from the Middle East, Persia, Bali, and with more contemporary styles. She also works as producer at various cultural events. Irene teaches classes in her home studio and at Contemporary Dance Theater in Cincinnati, Ohio.


Abbas Marler is a classically trained cellist.
Dean Stodgill is a percussionist joining us from Louisville Ky.

11140335_1470081373290778_6677801233209764824_nVISUAL ARTIST SHOWCASE:

Artwork showcased at the July Hop will be pieces crafted by the very talented, Linda Sherly. A native of Chicago, Sherly resettled in Lexington, Kentucky, and creates a variety of Mosaic and Mixed Media Art, all from items destined for the landfill. Come out and see her Crash Glass & Mixed Media artwork.

We will be providing light refreshments and plenty of seating will be available.


We have a wonderful evening of dance and music planned, so come on out and, Let Our Stage be the Canvas as we guide you on a journey of cultural exploration through Live and Visual Art.



Jul 15


Safiya Nawaar


Arabesque World Dance
451-B Chair Ave
Lexington, KY United States
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