Sunday, December 16, 2012

2012 Holiday Hafla

Belly dancer cookie made by Nichole from Liquid Hip Therapy
The Celestial Sisters celebrated the holiday with local belly dancers from Sioux City, Bellevue, and Sioux Falls earlier this month. It was a lot of fun! Visit their facebook fan page to see more pictures.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

November Firestorm Photos

Karnak belly danced in Watertown, SD at Firestorm.
Picture by Mitchell.
Karnak from the Celestial Sisters performed at Firestorm on November 10th in Watertown, South Dakota. To see more pictures, visit the Celestial Sisters’ facebook page.

Karnak performed with Isis wings at Firestorm.
Photograph by Mitchell.
Firestorm is a show hosted by Julia from Thunder Shimmy Belly Dance. There were many great performers in addition to Julia. Katelyn from Wanderlust Hoop Co. hooped and performed with fire and Mandy Fay sang.

Julia danced with a sword and did floorwork.
Picture by Mitchell.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

The Hearse Song at Veils from the Crypt

Azizi and Eden Nadirah performed as the Sultry Sirens in Omaha, NE last month. They danced with veils at Raqs Awn’s Halloween show “Veils from the Crypt” to “The Hearse Song.” Video by Malaika.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

King Tut Belly Dance Video

Karnak danced at “Veils from the Crypt” with her husband sang Steve Martin’s “King Tut” song last October. It was an annual Halloween belly dance show hosted by Raqs Awn in Omaha, NE.
This video was captured by Malaika.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Karnak and Elvis Performed "Little Egypt"

Karnak performed at Raq the Casbah last June (before the Celestial Sisters were a group). The belly dance show was hosted by Raqs Awn at the Pizza Shoppe Collective in Omaha, NE.

Additionally, an Elvis impersonator from Sioux City sang “Little Egypt” while she danced. This video is from the show.

The video was taken by Malaika.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Halloween Belly Dance Video

The Sultry Sirens, Azizi and Eden Nadirah, performed at a private Halloween party last weekend in South Dakota. They danced to “The Hearse Song” and made costumes that look like worms and painted their faces like skulls. The crowd really enjoyed it! Not only are belly dancers fun for cultural events, but they are great for private parties and events.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

2012 Riverssance Highlight Video


These are the video clips from the Celestial Sisters' performances at Riverssance this year. The movie has the highlights of all their shows, and it demonstrates their ability to improvise as a group, choreograph, dance as soloists, use a veil, play finger cymbals, dance to live drumming, and dance with swords!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

3-D Renaissance Pictures

Jim Frost took a lot of great 3-D photographs at Riverssance. If you have red-cyan glasses, visit his Flickr album to see his photography. He took a lot of nice (and some funny) pictures of the belly dancers at Sioux City’s annual Renaissance faire.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Karnak with 2 Swords

Karnak performed at Riverssance October 6 and 7, 2012. It was bitterly cold and windy, but Karnak managed to belly dance with two swords! She improvised the dance to drums played by the musicians behind her. (This video really shows that belly dance is a family-friendly art form too! The kids were the most excited audience members!)

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Riverssance Videos by Jonathan

Check out Jonathan’s blog about Riverssance! He posted two videos of the Celestial Sisters performing at the Renaissance faire.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Skirt Duet at Riverssance


Eden Nadirah and Azizi performed their skirt duet at Riverssance!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Nadine at Riverssance


These videos are from Nadine's performances at Sioux City's Renaissance Festival. The first video is from Saturday, and the second clip is from Sunday. Make sure you watch the end to see the special guest appearance.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Tribal Improvisation Video at Riverssance

This video is from Riverssance last Saturday. Eden, Azizi, Nadine, and Karnak improvised a group dance to live drumming. They played zills too, even though it was freezing cold in Sioux City that day!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

2012 Riverssance Pictures

The Celestial Sisters had a great time at Riverssance last weekend, despite the cold weather! It was freezing, but dancing kept them warm. They danced at Fatimah’s tent as guests of the Diamond Dust Dancers.
Eden Nadirah and Azizi performed a duet at Riverssance during the 1st weekend of October, 2012
Photo by Laurie

Nadine danced a solo at the Renaissance Faire
Picture by Laurie

Karnak belly danced with double swords at Riverssance in 2012
Photo by Laurie
To see more photos from the Renaissance festival, visit their fan page on facebook.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Celestial Sisters at 2012 Riverssance

Azizi (and Nadine) performed at Riverssance in 2010
Photo by Robin
The DiamondDust Dancers will have a big red tent at Riverssance, the Renaissance Festival in Sioux City, Iowa. There will be belly dancing there most of the weekend, and the Celestial Sisters will be there with drummers! It’s going to be a lot of fun! Belly dance is a unique family-friendly form of entertainment. Be ready to cheer and clap along to the music!

Karnak belly danced with a sword at Sioux City's Renaissance Festival in 2010
Picture by Robin

10:15 Celestial Sisters
12:30 Diamond Dust Dancers
1:30 Diamond Dust Dancers
2:30 Celestial Sisters
3:30 Diamond Dust Dancers
5:30 Diamond Dust Dancers

12:30 Diamond Dust Dancers
2:30 Diamond Dust Dancers
4:30 Celestial Sisters

If you’re looking for something fun and different to do in Sioux City, come over to Riverside Park on October 6th or 7th.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

2012 Skirt Duet Video

The Sultry Sirens, Eden Nadirah and Azizi, perform a cute skirt duet to a song by Amr Diab called, “Kalby Ekhtarak.” Here is a video segment of their performance in Allen, NE at the 2012 Love-A-Lop Animal Swap Meet.

If you want to see the entire performance, check them out at Fatimah’s purple and yellow tent at the Renaissance Faire in Sioux City, IA October 6th and 7th. Riverssance is only one weekend out of a year, so don’t miss it!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Sword Video 2010

This video is Karnak’s sword dance from 2010 at the International Day of Dance. This year, Karnak is going to belly dance with a new sword at the Kingdom of Riverssance. Karnak is going to perform with the Celestial Sisters.

The Celestial Sisters are going to dance as guests of the Diamond Dust Dancers. Search for the big purple and yellow tent to find belly dancing at this year’s Renaissance festival in Sioux City, IA.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Flyer for Riverssance 2012

Click here to share the 2012 poster for Riverssance on facebook.
Here is the flyer for the 9th gathering of the Kingdom of Riverssance in Sioux City, Iowa. The Rogues will be there, and it’s going to be a great festival. There will be so much to do in addition to listening to Celtic music. There will be a few belly dance troupes performing in addition to the Celestial Sisters, including the Diamond Dust Dancers and Danza Mystique. There will be parades and jousts daily too!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Isis Wings Video

This is a video of Karnak when she belly danced with Isis wings at Riverssance in 2011 in Sioux City, IA. The song is "Farha wa Marha" by Emad Sayyah, and the dance was choreographed by Karnak.


This year, Karnak will perform with the Celestial Sisters at the Renaissance festival on October 6th and 7th.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

9th Annual Riverssance

Belly dancers Azizi and Eden Nadirah at the Kingdom Riverssance in 2009
Photo by Entity Photographic
Riverssance is fast approaching! The Renaissance faire will take place October 6th and 7th at Riverside Park. The Rogues are the featured performers for the 9th annual festival. There will be many other performers, including jousters and fire dancers, and belly dancers! Fatimah from the Diamond Dust Dancers will host a belly dance tent, and the Celestial Sisters will be there. Danza Mystique from Des Moines will be there too.

Karnak belly danced with a veil at the Sioux City Renaissance Festival in 2008
To learn more about Riverssance and where to buy tickets, see the KTIV article.
Nadine at Riverssance in 2010
Photo by Robin

Saturday, September 8, 2012

2012 Riverssance

Karnak belly danced with a sword at Riverssance in 2010
Photo by Entity Photographic
Eden Nadirah danced with finger cymbals at Riverssance in 2010
Picture by Robin
The Celestial Sisters are going to be at Sioux City’s annual Renaissance festival this year! Keep an eye out for more information. It’s going to be a blast!

Nadine enjoyed performing at Riverssance in 2010
Photo by Robin
Azizi belly danced with a cane at Riverssance in 2010
Photo by Karnak

Sunday, September 2, 2012

2012 MN Renaissance Fair Pictures

Azizi at the 2012 MN Renaissance Festival
Photograph by Karnak
Yesterday, Azizi, Eden Nadirah, and Karnak spent the day at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival for the Silk Road weekend. They saw some good performances by the Sisters of the Sahara, Caravan, a debke group, and John Khoury’s Arabic Ensemble. To see more photos of their adventure, check out their album 2012 Minnesota Renaissance Festival: Silk Road on facebook. There are a lot of other belly dancers from the festival posted too.

A belly dancer from Sisters of the Sahara at the Renaissance Fair
Picture by Karnak


The winners of the 2012 Minnesota State Belly Dance Competition
Photo by Karnak

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Great Dakota Wine Fest Weekend

Azizi at the 2012 Great Dakota Wine Fest
Photo by Mitchell
Azizi and Karnak will belly dance at the 2012 Great Dakota Wine Fest at Valiant Vineyards in Vermillion, SD on Sunday, August 26th at 2:00 pm.

Karak belly danced with finger cymbals at the 2012 Great Dakota Wine Fest
Photo by Mitchell
To see photos of the Celestial Sisters from their Saturday performance at the Great Dakota Wine Fest, visit their facebook album.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Great Dakota Wine Fest 2012

Azizi and Karnak are going to be at the Great Dakota Wine Fest on Saturday, August 25th at Valiant Vineyards in Vermillion, SD. For more details, visit the event page.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Clay County Fair Video & Photos

If you didn’t get a chance to see the belly dancers at the 2012 Clay County Fair in Vermillion, SD, here is the video. Click this link to go to the video.

Fatimah performed many beautiful solos, and she danced with a sword and a veil! Azizi and Eden Nadirah shared a duet, and then Eden Nadirah and Karnak danced with Isis wings.  

Celestial Sisters and Fatimah at the 2012 Clay County Fair.
Picture by Joan.
There are a few pictures of the event on the Diamond Dust Dancers’ fan page too.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Yank-TON 2012

Azizi at the Health & Harmony Herb Fest 2012.
Photo by Nanette Day.

Azizi is going to dance with Fatimah of Diamond Dust Dancers at the Yank-TON Challenge Health Fair & Kickoff. They will perform on Tuesday, August 21st at the Riverfront Event Center at 5:00 pm.

Friday, August 3, 2012

2012 Clay County Fair

Eden Nadirah.
Photo by Nanette Day, The Inky Acreage.
The Celestial Sisters will join Fatimah, from Diamond Dust Dancers, at the Clay County Fair in Vermillion, SD. The show is on Friday, August 10, 2012 and begins at 5:30 pm.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012


The Celestial Sisters are on facebook. Click here to become a fan! You will be able to see more photos and videos of this new belly dance troupe.

The Sisters performed at the Health & Harmony Herb Festival in 2012.
Photo by Nanette Day.

Monday, July 30, 2012

New Troupe

The Celestial Sisters performed in Stanton, NE on July 14, 2012.
Photo by Nanette Day, The Inky Acreage.
The Celestial Sisters are a new belly dance troupe in Siouxland! Keep an eye out for upcoming performances.