Smart Bets: Asheville Bellydance Festival

Asheville-based teachers/dancers Lisa Zahiya and Mahsati Janan and pooling their talents to put on a weekends' worth of classes and performances — all about bellydance. Study the basics of Saidi Egyptian folkloric music and dance, take a holistic approach to hand drumming or try Urban Fusion, "a fun and unique spin on contemporary belly dance." Passes range $30-$175. Shows include the Festival Hafla on Friday, April 13, 7:30 p.m. ($7 in advance, $10 at the door for those not holding a festival pass) and the Festival Gala Show on Saturday, April 14, 7:30 p.m. ($15/$17).


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