Tamalyn Dallal – Featured 1/09

Tamalyn Dallal has taught and performed in 38 countries. In 1990, she started the non profit arts organization “Mid Eastern Dance Exchange” in Miami Beach, through which she mentored thousands of dancers around the world. She previously authored three books, They Told Me I Couldn’t, about living and dancing in Colombia in the 1980’s, Belly Laughs, and the instructional book Belly Dancing for Fitness. In September, 2005, Ms. Dallal moved to Seattle, Washington, and began her latest endeavor, “40 Days and 1001 Nights”, in which she lived in five Muslim countries for 40 days each (Indonesia, Egypt, Zanzibar, Jordan, and China’s western most province, the predominately Muslim Xinjiang Autonomous Region). 40 Days and 1001 Nights became a book, documentary film, music cd (by Africa’s oldest orchestra, the 103 year old Ikhwani Safaa Musical Club of Zanzibar), and dance concert, all produced by Ms. Dallal. 10 percent of the proceeds from this project go to the “1001 Nights Fund” to help people in the countries she visited and beyond.

A timely book has recently hit the stands. Tamalyn Dallal’s “40 Days and 1001 Nights” is an entertaining and human look at life in five Muslim countries. Ms. Dallal, a thrice published author as well as world renown belly dancer traveled alone to; Indonesia, Zanzibar, Egypt, Jordan, and the Xinjiang Autonomous Region of China, where she lived in each one for forty days. She chronicled her experiences, good, bad, often funny and heartwarming to share with the American public. Her stories defy stereotypes and share a more realistic perception of the lives of ordinary people in diverse parts of the Muslim world than what has been shown in mainstream media in recent years. To accompany the book, she made a musical documentary film which makes the experience of “40 Days and 1001 Nights” all the more vivid.

Tamalyn Dallal will be signing books and making a series of public appearances in Eugene at events ranging from a dance performance to film showing/speaking engagement, to a dance workshop.

Friday, January 16, 2009 at 8:30 p.m.
Featured performer at the Middle Eastern Dance Guild of Eugene’s (MEDGE) monthly show.
Location:   Cozmic Pizza In the Strand
199 West 8th Ave.
Eugene, OR  97401
Suggested Donation $5


Saturday, January 17, 2009 4:00 p.m.
Free, easy Parking!  Click here for a map of Lecture Location and Parking Information
University of Oregon’s Law School
Duncan Campbell Lecture Hall, Room 175
Knight Law Building
Corner of Agate and East 15th Avenue, 1515 Agate Street
Eugene, OR 97403

Saturday, January 17, 2009

11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
“Technique Intensive for Arms and Hands”
$30 pre-registered.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. (3 hrs) “Veil Choreography”. Learn veil from a master! $40 pre-registered. Take both workshops for $60.

Celebration BellyDance and Yoga Studio
1840 Willamette Street Suite 206 (upstairs)
Eugene, OR 97405
(541) 345-3947

For more information on events, see the MEDGE website,
or call Sally @ 541-933-2052
or e-mail her @ dancing_gal_sal@yahoo.com

For information on the book and film “40 Days and 1001 Nights”, see www.40daysand1001nights.com.

See Tamalyn dance on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4PSyjdsnXk.

To learn more about Tamalyn Dallal, see www.tamalyndallal.net.