MEDGE is thrilled to host the incredible Sharon Kihara at our 11th Annual Fall Festival, to be held at Cozmic Pizza on October 18, 2014. This full-day event features all-day dance performances, live music, vendors, and a raffle. In addition, we’re featuring two amazing 3-hour workshops with Sharon Kihara – this is a fantastic opportunity to work with a world-famous dancer! See festival details and schedule further down the page.
Featuring Sharon Kihara
A seasoned performer, inspirational teacher and exotic personality, Sharon Kihara is known the world over for her avante garde and slightly eccentric artistry, as well as for her skillful, graceful and powerful technique. She comes from a strong background in western dance, beginning with Ballet as a wee tike and continuing to perform with college Modern and Jazz dance companies throughout the nineties.
Her true love came in the form of Bellydance, first witnessed by Sharon as a child in its Cabaret form, then as Tribal Style in the mid nineties, and, as her mind had been blown beyond all hope for repair, she decided to pursue this art form with full enthusiasm…it wasn’t even a choice at this point. Since then, Sharon has joined the Bellydance Superstars, beginning in early 2004, and has been touring internationally full-time ever since.
To date she has taught and performed in over 30 countries, has shared stages with acts such as Missy Elliot, the Black Eyed Peas, and co-headlined with the BDSS on the main stage at the prestigious Glastonbury festival, alongside the White Stripes and Coldplay. She has appeared on television and been featured in radio and media in countless countries, as well as several BDSS DVDs, including her very own Tribal Fusion instructional DVD, which debuted Fall 2007.
When she’s not on tour, Sharon Kihara maintains her yoga practice, being incredibly inspired and fed by Anusara (www.anusara.com); sings, but primarily whilst alone; bangs on her piano a bit; models and works on the occasional multi-media project; scratches dogs and cats behind the ears; watches birds and insects closely; and eats and sleeps. But her favorite pastime is teaching dance and movement, in the form of Tribal Fusion Bellydance workshops and seminars. Sharon is interested in dance kinetics and therapeutics and is constantly searching for new ideas and information.
Sharon enjoys fusing the healing arts with the performing arts, and more than anything loves bearing witness to the beautiful, transcendental changes that occur in the lives of those who embark on the journey that is Bellydance—it is no less than magic.
Workshops with Sharon Kihara
On October 18, 2014, MEDGE will present two workshops with Sharon Kihara as part of our 11th Annual Fall Festival. All workshops will be held at Staver Dance Sport, located at 41 East 6th Avenue in Eugene, Oregon. See Workshops with Sharon Kihara for details and online registration.
$10 per adult (children 12 & under free, family-friendly event).
- Doors open at noon, October 18
- All-day Vendors including:
- Istanbul Imports
- Farasha’s Souk
- Gypsy Stage Treasures
- Photo Booth! With Phoebus Fhoto – spruce up your dancer promo materials. Have a professional photo taken by Guy Masson of Phoebus Foto. Packages available for purchase from around $25 and up.
- 1-6pm Festival Dancing on the Cozmic stage
- 6-8pm Festival Dancing with Live Music by Americanistan!
- 8:30pm Gala Evening Show with special guest Sharon Kihara
Live Music Hour, info about Guy’s photo booth, details on how to sign up on line for a festival dance spot, etc. the $10 admission price and that it includes admission to the evening show, and any other details about vendors, the venue, etc.
Information for Dancers
To sign up for a dance spot, use the 2014 Fall Festival Dancer Sign-up Form.
Help Make It Great – Volunteer!
We need volunteers for several positions. If you’re interested, see the 2014 Fall Festival Volunteer Sign-up Form for details.