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Published August 21st 2016
Magic Genie Parties with Ulah
I recently attended a friend's 11-year-old daughter's fantastical "Genie" birthday party.
The concept was so clever, created by Ulah of Arabesqe Bellydance that I had to share it with all those parents on Weekend Notes who might be looking for a fun birthday party idea for the kids or themselves as Arabesque Belly Dance does events for children and adults.
Ulah provided gorgeous vibrant costumes for all the children to be morphed into 'genies', with belly dancing and drumming. The rhythms, dancing and music captivated both the boys and the girls. You can go here to see a fantastic video of all the fun.
Ulah was accompanied by Ali who drums and took the children away to a mythical land with the exotic beats. Ulah danced about with her fantasy wings, truly enchanting her captive audience.
The kids were so excited to be transported to the land of Aladdin and the Genies; I had never seen a more happy group of children at a birthday party.
The kids are so excited to be here! Image provided by Ulah
Not only do the children dress up like genies, awesome photos are taken and they actually put on a show for the adults at the end of the party, showing off their favourite Genie move. The reaction from my friend was priceless, seeing the kids displaying their awesome dancing skills.
The whole belly dance shebang. Image provided by Ulah
If you think the belly dance fun is only limited to children, adults are also welcome. Ulah provides Arabesque Belly Dancing for school excursions or incursions, adult birthday parties, weddings, hen's nights as well as corporate events.
Ulah explains, "The events are a lot of fun. People get to step into the picture and become the experience." For adult functions, Ulah has a large 'painting' that adults can step into and have their portrait taken as if they've stepped back in time to an Oriental painting.
Go here to see videos of Ulah dancing and bringing the joy and fun to life for children and adults alike.
Ulah is not your average belly dancer. She has dedicated her life to the study and craft of belly dancing, utilising veils, zils (finger cymbals), sword, stick and drum solo numbers.
Watching her perform is a delight as she knows how to enchant and captivate the crowd, making sure the guests participate and feel part of the performance.
Enchanting Ulah performing with wings. Image provided by Ulah
Another sign of the serious dedication to her art; Ulah designs all of her own costumes based on the earliest paintings of dancers from the Middle East. She hand crafts the costumes, embellishing them with genuine coins and authentic jewellery typically made by Afghan tribal people.
One of Ulah's handcrafted original belly dance costumes. Image provided by Ulah