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Dec 15, 2016: Ticket Sales and Performer Applications open.

March 1, 2017: Gala Performer Application due.

April 1, 2017: Travel Grant due.

May 15, 2017: Program ads due.

May 15, 2017: Volunteer Applications due.

June 1, 2017 or until spaces are sold out: Vendor Application.

June 1, 2017 or until spaces are filled: ABDC Showcase Application.

June 1, 2017: On-line stage form and music due

June 20, 2017: On-line registration for workshops ends. Tickets available at the ABDC Front desk for open workshops and galas during convention hours


Tamra Henna at the Austin Belly Dance Convention

Photo: Pixie Vision

Saturday, June 25: 10:00 am-12:00 pm: Raising Cane: Saidi vs. Lebanese Cane Technique, Style, and Combinations

Do you automatically think Egyptian Saidi style when you think of cane? We will discuss and review the highlights of Egyptian-style cane. Then you will learn the less often seen Lebanese style of cane dancing, focusing on how it differs from Egyptian style, what music to use, and how to dance it! You will leave this class with new and exciting options for your next cane piece!
Skill level: Intermediate and Advanced.

Tamra Henna at the Austin Belly Dance Convention

Photo: Pixie Vision

Tamra Henna has been dancing within the Lebanese culture throughout her professional career. As house dancer at Al-Amir Lebanese club since 2002, performances at various other Lebanese nightclubs, including the Sands and Byblos in Houston, and yearly invitational performances at the Lewisville Lebanese Food Festival, she has been regularly exposed to the music and culture of Lebanon, and has developed an interest in and understanding of Lebanese-style Belly dance.  Tamra Henna was influenced early on by such Lebanese stars as Amani, Samara, Houwaida Hashem, and Nariman Aboud, and has implemented elements of their dancing in her unique style.

Watch Tamra Henna in Action!