What’s New?

2019 Board Nominations

It’s time to nominate for next year’s executive board! Position terms are one (1) year and are open to all current MEDGE members of six (6) months or more. ALL positions are open for nominations.  For information regarding each board position, please see the MEDGE By-Laws.  Please see the following page for nomination forms:  MEDGE 2019 Board Nominations Form.

Contact Ann Shaffer with questions: medgepresident@gmail.com

Nominations must be submitted by November 3, 2018.

Voting ballots will be distributed online and with the Winter printed and electronic issue of the Harrakat.

15th Fall Festival was a SUCCESS!!!

Thank you to all the volunteers, dancers, musicians, vendors, and audience participants who made the Fall Festival a great success!   And thank you to Abigail Keyes for your lecture, performance, and workshops.  It was a magical day and we are truly grateful to have such a warm and wonderful community!

Fall Festival Live Music Lottery!

Karsilama  will our featured live music for our 15th Annual Fall Festival, and we will have a lottery for dance spots.  Please find the online form here.  This form closes on Friday, September 7 at 11:59 pm.  We will also take lottery submissions at the MEDGE Monthly Show on Saturday, September 8, and names will be drawn during intermission of the the September 8 show.  Good luck!

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Acoustic Pilgrims Live Music Lottery!

Acoustic Pilgrims  will be featured for September 2018, and we will have a lottery for dance spots.  Please find the online form here.  This form closes on Thursday, August 10 at 11:59 pm.  We will also take lottery submissions at the MEDGE Monthly Show on Saturday, August 11, and names will be drawn during intermission of the August 11 show.  

Fall festival 2018 – featuring Abigail Keyes!

At our monthly guild show last weekend we revealed our Fall Festival headliner as none other than the amazing Abigail Keyes Dance! We are so excited to host her! More details on workshops to follow, but in the meantime, here is a little about her:

Abigail Keyes is a lifelong performer with a passion for education, cultural awareness, and the movement arts of the Middle East. She has taught on five continents and is also an esteemed and respected dance writer.

She began her studies of Middle Eastern, North African, and Anatolian dances with Kim Leary, continued her core studies with Artemis Mourat. She currently studies under the guidance of master instructor Suhaila Salimpour.

She holds a B.A. in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University, has studied the Arabic language at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Recently she earned an M.A. in Dance Studies from Mills College in Oakland, California, with a focus on the mind-body connection, creativity and composition, and teaching methodology. She is Assistant Director of the Salimpour Collective Berkeley, Suhaila Dance Company, and Bal Anat—the longest running Middle Eastern dance company in the world. Abby has Suhaila Level 5 and Jamila Level 5 certifications, and is a staff instructor at the Salimpour School in Berkeley, California. Visit her website and read her writings on dance at akeyesdance.com/blog

Student Show Performance Proposal now available!

Sunday, June 3, MEDGE will have it’s annual student showcase at Willamalane Adult Activity Center, 215 W. C St., Springfield, OR  97477 (NOT the Keefer Center).  Instructors or other participants – please fill out the form to be considered for this performance opportunity.  

Participants may begin arriving at 3:00 pm (no later than 3:30), with show beginning at 4:00 pm.  We will also be looking for volunteers to help put up and take down chairs and dressing room.  Contact medgepc@gmail.com to be added to the volunteer list.  

Deadline has been extended to May 22nd.

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Arabesque May 2018 dance lottery!

Arabesque will be featured for May 2018, and we will have a lottery for dance spots.  Please find the online form here.  This form closes on Friday, April 13 at 11:59 pm.  We will also take lottery submissions at the MEDGE International Dance Day Show on Saturday, April 14, and names will be drawn during intermission of the April 14 show.