Review: Oasis Dance Camp South, October 1999
Sherezzah Bint al-Waha
Camp South was my second Oasis Dance Camp ("ODC") in 1999, since I
had been to
3 weeks earlier.
Almost the whole
along this year: Joani, Katina, Akasha, Adena, and Mona
(Mona's first time!)
Per requests from ODC North,
we also brought along Rocks Sharky
(see my review of
ODC North for an explanation).
As before, I'll just focus on the highlights.
(If you want more general info about ODC, check out the
section devoted to it at my troupe site,
Tahini, a student of Joani's who was going to be staying in
the same room with Joani and Katina,
didn't have a thobe for the Saudi classes with Kay.
She's good at sewing, so she decided to make one.
ODC North, our pre-Camp note
advised us that the secret color was animal print.
(No, we never had a "secret color" in any previous years.)
So Tahini made her thobe out of animal print fabric, and
it looked great!
She also worked with Joani to make a thobe that would
fit Rocks Sharky, using wild tropical-type fabrics.
We used the secret "camp color",
as well as the leftover "Florida tropical"
as well as some middle eastern stuff,
to decorate our rooms.
Of course, starting with a hotel room that's already got its
own decorations makes decorating a bit of a challenge, but
we rose to the occasion. Joani, Katina,
and Tahini did especially well.
(Right: the Rising Phoenixes pose
in the room with Rocks Sharky (in his thobe)).
The hotel we were at was right on the ocean.
Although the water was a bit too rough and cold to actually
go in, it was nice to be able to go walk on the beach.
(Left: Kay Campbell doing it.)
Cassandra and Kay taught the same choreographies as they had at
ODC North, which was a good thing
because now Joani and I didn't have to re-teach them to
the troupe :-)
Drum classes with Nicole (right) were a big plus.
Our troupe members, as individuals,
had a number of things to show off in the costume show:
dressy clothes, salwar kemeez outfits from India.
But we had two things we presented as a troupe:
one was the
"Dog and Camel Show", where we
showed middle eastern costumes we'd made for stuffed animals
(Taco Bell dogs and dollar store camels).
The other was a sort of
skit we put together to show off Rocks Sharky.
It was an interactive
multimedia event, with
references to Saturday Night Live, Jaws, George Abdo, and Jimmy Buffet,
a cast of the entire troupe plus extras,
dancing, and partying.
You kind of had to be there :-)
The highlight of the show was unquestionably Cassandra.
She was especially hot that evening, plus she wore
the "camp color" (right).
here for another photo.)
There were several middle eastern people in the audience
(because this camp is held in a hotel, the show is a bit less
private than at the other camps), and they
went crazy over her!
Another highlight was Kay and Cassandra performing
Saudi style togther.
They were obviously enjoying themselves (left)!
(More photos of them
Here are some more photos:
(Thanks to Akasha for taking some of the photos.)