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Global Beats Stage LA – February 2010

“Travel & Adventures Show are the largest series of active and adventure travel shows in the U.S. At every show, you’ll find authentic travel experiences and meet hundreds of destinations and tour operators. Plus, take advantage of amazing show-only specials, see cultural performances, try adventure activities, and hear top travel experts and National Geographic Adventure explorers.”

World Heritage Cultural Center is the grand sponsor for the Global Beats Stage for 2010 in LA, DC, CH, NY and Seattle – which started with our performances in NY October 2009. The LA Times Travel & Adventure Expo was a good opportunity for WHCC to go out and meet with some spectacular artists.

WHCC’s goal is to bring the colors of the world on one stage.
The groups listed below performed with us in LA. Please go to our Photo gallery section for more pictures on the performances. Enjoy!

Marcelo Rivero

Marcelo Rivero specializes in Salsa & Argentine Tango with 15 years teaching experience. He’s worked with Hollywood stars to average Joe’s/Jane’s. Never placed below 3rd when competed. Known for his smooth & elegant style, patience in teaching and ability to tell a story with his dancing & choreography.

The Jewels That Raq Belly Dance

Group, is proud to present the highest quality in belly dance entertainment. Specializing in fine dinner shows and events, with some of the best performers available today in Southern California, makes them the best that belly dance has to offer.

This group of ladies, provide the most spectacular show in Southern California. The Jewels That Raq, were recently invited to open for Two World Famous International Superstars, of Middle Eastern music, Jamshid and Moehin in a rare LA appearance, at the Universal (Gibson) Amphitheater, featured on stage at the House of Blues of Hollywood for the Annual Halloween Extravaganza, on stage on The Queen Mary and Beautiful Edison Theater LA on New Year’s Eve, featured with The famous Steampunk Band Abney Park! Gala awards and cooperate events are also their specialty, recently working and performing for Boys Town Annual “Flight of Hope Gala”, I.S.E.S International, and New Films International.
All shows are suitable for any age.

Our performers are ultra talented, stunning, professional and not to mention, have the best personalities. They are the “Jewels” of belly dance. The Jewels, may be booked as soloists or come together, as any size group (up to 8). Each beautiful performer is named after a precious Jewel (Ruby, Pearl, Emerald, Citrine, Jade, Onyx, Sapphire), to represent their uniqueness, beauty and talent. We offer specialty props and surprises within our shows, such as: Snakes, Swords, Wings, Zills ,Veils and Fire! If desired, we can display a range of styles within one show, (Egyptian, Turkish, Lebanese, Persian, Indian, bollywood, Tribal fusion,etc.)

Our audience is never bored, but instead constantly stimulated by an evolving show!

We have lots of experience in corporate and dinner show presentations for several galas and award shows.
The Jewels That Raq!, provide the best customer service, with complete attention to detail.

Weather your event is big or small, you can rest assured and be confident that The Jewels That Raq!, will always be prepared to provide a wonderful and exciting show.
If you would like to preview our show or any of our dancers, please contact us.

~ Meliza ~ Founder and Director of The Jewels That Raq!
(949) 257-6132


is comprised of children and adults ranging from 3 years old and up, creating a nurturing and supportive family environment. Our goal is to share and educate individuals and families from all walks of life, giving them the opportunity to experience Polynesian Culture not just through song and dance but also through cultural opportunities and workshops.

Our Mission
Tevakanui is a faith based Christian organization. We are committed to perpetuating the richness and beauty of our Pacific Islands by sharing our love for Polynesian dance, music, and arts within the community. Join us and Take The Journey through the Pacific Islands and share the beauty of our cultures.
WE TEACH: Tahitian, Hula, Maori, Samoan, FiRE knife dancing, drumming, Tongan & MUCH MUCH MORE! DiViSiONS: Senior Boys & Girls, Junior Boys & Girls, Keikis, Hot Mamas, Beginners & drumming.
1(702) 220-5614 ~


Has been studying dance since she was a child growing up in Seattle. Her dance background includes classical ballet, jazz, hiphop, tap, and her main passion, Middle Eastern bellydance. Studying with such esteemed talents as Suhaila Salimpour, Samara, Jamila Salimpour, Tamra-henna, Zahra Zuhair, Sahira (WA), Sahra Saeeda, and many others, Aubre has developed her own beautiful and elegant style. She has shared stages with Cirque du Soleil and the Blue Man Group. Aubre performed with the Bellydance Superstars as well as served as Assistant Director while touring extensively through Europe and North America and can be seen on the “Bellydance Superstars: Live at the Folies Bergere” dvd. Aubre is also the winner of the IBDC Professional competition and Fusion division for 2007. She is now the Artistic Director of the Lumina Bellydance Company.

Aubre teaches numerous workshops around the world, as well as classes in Los Angeles, where she resides. Her teaching style is known for its strong emphasis on technique, clear explanations, and a warm nurturing approach. She blends dance movement, pilates, and yoga for a full body workout specifically designed for bellydancers. This workout can be seen on FitTV’s All Star Workouts “Bellydance with Aubre”. She is also a certified classical pilates instructor. Aubre is on faculty at California State University, Los Angeles, teaching accredited bellydance and pilates classes and she teaches a full bellydance program at The Center of World dance in Alhambra, CA. She has two instructional dvd’s available including “Bellydance Core Fitness” and “Tribal Essence” as well as online lessons available at FUGU. Armed with exquisite technique and a pure soul, her dancing mesmerizes audiences everywhere. For booking information, call (323)868-7111 or


An innovative and eclectic dance company created by Aubre in 2005 with a repertoire spanning classical Egyptian to tribal fusion. With a full theatre production called “Sketches of Arabia,” they defy definition while traveling through the many styles of bellydance with beauty, art, and inspiration.

For booking information, call (323)868-7111 or email aubre@aubredance.comLumina

Meryem Vani

My mother was a classical singer. When she performed she often brought me along to experience the music and the people. At one venue, I started spinning to the music as my mother was performing an encore and the people around me started throwing money–coins–for good luck. My mother finished her performance, laughed and helped me pick up the coins. I never forgot the feeling–I was four years old and continued with dance classes after that.I had discovered a great pleasure in dance.

Meryem Vani & Troupe Zaghareet is currently available to entertain at parties, corporate events, educational presentations andtheatrical presentations. She also teaches individually or in group seminars with an emphasis on the beneficial aspects of dance movement and the empowerment of the student. Meryem Vani performs various forms of folkloric, cabaret and fusion bellydance. She is proficient in the use of cane, sword, daggers, fans and other props. She will also perform with her ball python by special request!!!!
1( 323)-662-9332 ~

Meryem Vani & Troupe Zaghareet

Folklor Pasion Mexicana

is a new dance company from the Los Angeles area thriving on the preserved art of traditional Mexican Folkloric dance. The passion and dedication our members share radiates on stages across the world. Folklor Pasion Mexicana specializes in authentic footwork and style paying homage to the tradition and beauty of Folklorico dance as it was originally created. Our group is proud to bring life to this historic vision while emphasizing a youthfulness that conveys the fervor, grace and style of the beautiful Mexican art. Folklor Pasion Mexicana has had the pleasure of performing alongside world-renowned ensembles Mariachi Vargas de Tecatitlan, Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano and Mariachi Monuemental de America de Juan Jose Almaguer among others. We hope you can enjoy the beauty of the tradition our dance company brings to life as we we invite you to be part of the history, spirit, and passion of Folklor Pasion Mexicana de Los Angeles.

Contact: Tony Ramirez Director 323-384-1125 ~


showed an early interest in dance, which she continued to nurture and develop. Her dance background includes Ballet, Jazz, Hip hop, Salsa, and Argentine Tango. Her passion for Belly dance was sparked at a Cairo Carnival (Southern CA’s largest Belly dance event). Her passion for the art form of Belly dance is reflected in her varied technical training and captivating belly dance performances. Shirin began her belly dance training with Ansuya (“Bellydance Superstars”), and after Ansuya’s departure from Los Angeles, Shirin continued studying with Akasha and Joined Yaleil LA dance troupe. Shirin subsequently continued to dance and perform with Troupe Bahiya in Los Angeles, and most recently with Bloom and Anisa’s Oriental beledy dance troupe. Shirin’s commitment to the art form of Belly dance led her to search and train with many internationally renowned Belly dance performers and instructors, including Aisha Ali, Sahra Saeeda, Tamra-henna, Jillina, and Jenna. Currently, Shirin is focusing on advancing her career as a solo performer. 1(310) 429-6228 ~

We are very excited to introduce our folklórico dance company, Mosaico Mexican Folk Ensemble. Mosaico Mexican Folk Ensemble is a non profit organization based in Southern California. Our objective herein is to reach out to our surrounding communities and schools in order to build lasting partnerships. Education, tradition and authenticity are the cornerstone values of this organization. We provide opportunities for the community to focus energy toward innovative cultural experiences.

Mosaico Mexican Folk Ensemble was founded by the renowned maestro de folklorico, Emilio Rivas, and by Ballet Folklorico de UC Irvine alumni. Emilio Rivas brings extensive knowledge of Mexican folklore and outstanding credentials to give Mosaico a firm foundation to attain a prominent reputation. Mr. Rivas has remarkable recognition as an artistic choreographer beginning with a 10-year tenure with Ballet Folklorico de la Universidad de Guadalajara and by partaking in numerous projects as director and artistic choreographer in various universities, colleges, and cultural venues.

In its nine years of existence, Mosaico Mexican Folk Ensemble has participated in numerous events including El Grito for Mexican Independence Day in Los Angeles; Univision’s Despierta America; Danzantes Unidos Festival in San Diego; “El Rebozo…Una Gema” at the Santa Ana Performing Arts and Events Center; International Fair in Norwalk; Cinco de Mayo festivities at Monterrey Park amongst many other community events and celebrations. The company is looking for opportunities to better serve and work with the community in areas of recruitment, performances, and programming (i.e. workshops/classes).

By celebrating and promoting this rich cultural mosaic of Mexican folklore, it is the vision of Mosaico Mexican Folk Ensemble to make a positive and lasting impact on the lives of our membership, friends, and the community. We value the preservation of this rich, yet fragile art form that has been transplanted from Mexico. We envision that our interpretation of folk dance will gain the widespread respect of our peers and we will be the standard by which others will follow. We seek to maintain our cultural traditions and use this as a bridge to create a lasting bond of understanding with those we touch.

Location: Arte Flamenco Dance Theatre
230 W. Main Street • Alhambra • CA • 91801
Contact: Patricia Gallardo, President (661) 406-5409
Andrea Ramirez, Secretary and Asst. Instructor (626) 665-8102 –

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