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Melisa performs in Babutsa Ali’s new…

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Melisa performs in Babutsa Ali’s new Turkish pop video Bellydancer Melisa Yavas appears in the music video for Bir Şartla, the new single released in Turkey by former Babutsa frontman Ali Sönmez. The lively track by the London-based Turkish Cypriot singer is a fusion of Spanish flamenco and Balkan beats, with Melisa seen dancing whenever…(read more)

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A free bellydancing spirit on the waves of the Atlantic Ocean

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Last month, Melisa Yavaş packed her bags and took her bellydancing set on a cruise across the Atlantic. Booked by MSC Cruises, the London-based dancer joined their Europe-to-Brazil seafaring tour from 8th to 30th November, helping to entertain some 3,000 passengers. Melisa’s journey started in Venice, where she boarded the MSC cruise liner. The ship…(read more)

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Turkish coffee meets bellydance at the London Coffee Festival

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It’s Turkish delight but not as we know it. In April, Melisa performed at the London Coffee Festival, a five-day event for industry and consumers alike. A total of 22,000 people visited the festival, which took place at the Old Truman Brewery, in East London. Launching the UK’s Coffee Week, the festival celebrated all things…(read more)

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Oriental dancing in the Orient (Thailand to be precise)

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A holiday to the Far East resulted in several impromptu Oriental performances for Melisa Yavas. Staying in a resort in Krabi, southern Thailand, Melisa went from audience member to entertainer donning her bellydancing costume to perform a short set, much to the delight of her fellow guests at the hotel. Melisa decided to pack a…(read more)

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Kush “flies” to Cambridge to help women get on a “natural high”

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The Kush Project is back with a new series of workshops in Cambridge. The women-only bellydance-led workshops, launched by Melisa Yavas a year ago, will run weekly on Wednesdays for five weeks from Wednesday 5th March. The workshops are being funded by Cambridge City Council and organised by local community group Balik Arts. They are…(read more)

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Bellydancing in ‘Dalstanbul’

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Last Saturday, Melisa Yavas introduced female members of a social enterprise to the joys of bellydancing. Melisa’s workshop was part of a trio of Turkish cultural activities organised by Shared-City.org, which aims to create “exciting cross-cultural experiences” for its members in London. It cost £50 for the all-inclusive half-day programme, which started with a visit…(read more)

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Fun and fundraising at Christmas with the Commonwealth Countries League

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Melisa Yavas was invited to dance at the Commonwealth Countries League (CCL) Christmas Party for the second year running. The lunchtime event at the Corus Hotel, Lancaster Gate, on 8 December was attended by 90 people of all ages and featured a lively mix of entertainment. Organised by CCL Fundraising Officer Dr Vasi Daniel, the…(read more)

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Performing at fundraiser for Great Ormond Street Hospital

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International event specialists Zeek Peek pulled out all the stops for their fundraising party in aid of GreatOrmondStreetHospital (GOSH), one of the world’s leading medical facilities for children. 150 people attended their Masquerade Charity Ball, which took place at the Upper West Club in Chelsea on Thursday 5 December. Melisa Yavas brought a touch of…(read more)

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Melisa Yavas performs twice for Thamesmead’s Heritage and Culture Month

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Bellydancing formed part of a series of cultural events for a town in southeast London. A total of 11 acts took part in the Thamesmead Heritage and Culture Month that aimed to explore and celebrate the diverse cultures and communities that are based in the area. Four small events were held during November, which were…(read more)

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Bellydancing part of new variety show concept for British Turks

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T-VINE, the UK’s first English-language consumer magazine for British Turks, is hosting its Christmas Party on Sunday 22 December. Taking place at Cyprus Garden – Turkish London’s most popular venue – the ‘variety show’ style event includes a 3-course meal, live music, comedy, bellydancing, and DJs. Melisa Yavas is part of the all-star entertainment, which…(read more)