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12.03.12 - The BDE CASTING WINNERS, part three
11.03.12 - The whole wide World will show you! WS with ANASMA, LES SOEURS..., FIRE
09.03.12 - Who is who in "DARK SIDE OF THE CROWN", part 2
08.03.12 - Who is who in "DARK SIDE OF THE CROWN", part 1
07.03.12 - The whole wide World will show you, WS with KAESHI, EGLAL, ARTEMISIA
06.03.12 - The BDE CASTING WINNERS, part two
05.03.12 - The "WoO" SUPPORTING PROGRAM on the FAIR STAGE, Sunday
04.03.12 - The "WoO" SUPPORTING PROGRAM on the FAIR STAGE, Saturday
03.03.12 - The BDE CASTING WINNERS, part one
02.03.12 - I can spread and receive the love directly - ANASMA
current World of Orient news:
This year for the 13th time „on air“: the World-of-Orient festival in Hanover, Germany, one of the biggest festivals in Europe, where you can find side by side traditional and modern dances, classical belly dance and tribal, but also big shows and special evenings. Like for instance Jillina’s “Bellydance Evolution” with her second dance show “Dark Side of the Crown”, which will debut in Europe at the WoO in Hanover. Online magazine “Hagalla” will report and comment on a regular basis about trends, news, important and not quite so important things concerning this festival. Look out for the “ticker”
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March, 1st 2012


Jillina will start the Europe tour of her 2nd BELLYDANCE EVOLUTION-Show “Dark Side of the Crown” at the festival World-of-Orient on March 16th 2012. But the world premiere already took place at Los Angeles, USA on February 2nd, just a few weeks ago. There already exists a best off video of this spectacular stage event, which we love to share with you so you can see what “World of Orient” has in store for you. Just click on the photo and you are only split seconds away …
BELLYDANCE EVOLUTION – “Dark Side of the Crown” - Fr. March, 16th.

Dark side of the Crown - Preview
On a personal level, I got married to the man of my dreams Pierre (the real prince Charming, not the one I incarnated last year at the Tribal Festival of Hanover), and we got the chance to celebrate our love with our friends and families during three parties, over three continents: in France, Tunisia and USA. Each wedding party had a local taste! Since I moved back to France to join him, I get pleasures each day by sharing everything with such a supportive, true and generous being. "Living between New York, Paris, and Janeiro, I always wondered where was my home in this limbo. Looking for family members in every place, I found you and I discovered my new home base!

On an artistic level, I feel very fulfilled ... I am grateful to keep travelling so much and share my Vision and passion for Dance with my supporters. I can spread and receive the love directly. What a treasure! I am also about to start a new season full of dance collaborations: with Tjarda from the Netherlands, Zoe Anwar from Madrid, Ava Flemming from Phoenix, Arizona, Illan Riviere and Mouna from Caen, Matthias Lauwers from Antwerp ... Also, we are preparing our third Theatrical Bellydance Conference in NYC with Ranya Renee, my co-director. The summer 2011 edition was a touching and stimulating human and teaching experience. We have started taking the Theatrical intensives around the World with two recent stops in Stockholm and Paris.

And last but not least, I realized my childhood dream thanks to an amazing, versatile, extremely talented producer and musician, drummer prodigy since the age of 15-16: Blaster Mind (, introduced to me by Pierre ... Blaster Mind and I composed, wrote, and recorded my first album, with 13 songs, in 15 days! So, I am now singing again! This enables me to complete my artistic vision further, by finding the words to illustrate my characters and concepts always developed in movement until now, by sharing my life values, by exploring a "new" body part for me - my vocal chords, and by re-discovering the pleasure of writing. The CD will be out soon (by the end of March 2012 hopefully). Stay tuned on
And now this music will allow me to move forward with my goals I had told you about last year: creating more shows, videos etc ...

And at last, dear Konstanze and
Marcel, thank YOU for asking how I am doing.

With Love,
March 2nd 2012


Open letter from Anasma concerning her performance at the WoO

Dearest Konstanze and Marcel,

we shall meet in Hanover and I am very excited about this!

Well ... I d be very happy to write a couple lines ...
My life since I last came to Hanover has been really wonderful I must say.

March 3rd 2012


Who are the European Ensemble which will perform at the European debut of “The Dark Side of the Crown” in Hanover 16th of March? They all have been through a competition (and not an easy one, be assured) and been chosen by Jillina. Hagalla’s own WoO Ticker will introduce them as follows. Part 1,  Central Europe

Satine (Czech Republic)

Satine was born in Brno, Czech Republic. After many years of training Artistic Gymnastics and later Team Gym, she accidentally fell in love with belly dancing in 2003. Since then she has been taking part in many workshops with great Czech and foreign dancers, and soon she also started to teach oriental dance in Brno and participate in prestigious local oriental shows. Since 2010 she has been dancing and teaching oriental dance and Zumba in Eglal´s famous dance studio in Prague.

Jamilah (Poland)

Jamilah is a professional, contest-winning dancer who cultivates oriental dance tradition along with its best, classical patterns. Adored by the Polish audience, admired on international stages. Award winner, recognized teacher, invited to workshops by renowned schools throughout Poland. Participant of an elite instructor course in Berlin.

Saturday, March 17th 2012 SUPPORTING PROGRAM
11:15 am Style Artist
Group Modern Fan Fusion Ensemble Najma
Solo Raqa Sharqi Simone Paulyn
Group Veil Fantasy Nujum al Leyl
Duo Live Drum Solo Suhana & Castano
1:15 pm
Group Tribal Fusion Fairy Tale Tribe
Solo Bollywood Chandrakanta
Group Oriental Pepper Belly Dance Company
Solo Raqs Sharqi Nashyra
Duo Fan Veil Duo Nyla & Nina Teza
3:00 pm
Group Drum Solo Töchter der Isis
Trio Bollywoog (Minnat Kare) Trio Anindita
Group Mystic Sword Dance Ensemble Laila Nahara
Solo Raqs Sharqi Nyla
Group Fantasy Style Ensemble Saleemah
4:45 pm
Solo Raqs Sharqi Antje Lossin
Group Bollywood Jamuna
Solo Raqs Sharqi Chandrika - Studio "Oriental Starlights"
Solo Flamenco-Oriental Fusion Nina Teza
Group Veil Dance & Techno Helen Saida & Tanzgruppe Mirage
Solo Oriental Fantasy (Isis/Ribbons/Sword) Helen Saida
March 4th 2012

(Subject to alterations) SUPPORTING PROGRAM for Sunday, March 18th will follow...

Sunday, March 18th 2012 SUPPORTING PROGRAM
11:30 am Style Artist
Solo Classical Routine Basima
Duo Veil Dance Nashyra & Shalymar
Group "Tanzraum Teenies Gruppe" Tanzraumgruppe Carolin
Duo Veil Impressions Tanz-AG Wilhelm-Schade Schule
Solo Tribal Fusion Elena Sapega
1:00 pm
Solo Drum Solo Deby Moreira
Group Cane Dance Ensemble "El Shubani"
Solo Tribal Fusion Patricia
Solo Raqs Sharqi Jana Sahar
Group Disco Partisani Ahsas & Ensemble Maasaala
Solo Raqs Sharqi Djamila
2:30 pm
Group American Tribal Style Tribe Tribaluna
Solo Belly Dance Modern/Lyrical Yasmina Said
Group Improvised Tribal Style Tribe MaraDea
Duo Drum Solo Duo "Kissmet"
Group Charleston-Fusion Tanzgruppe Diamant
Group Fusion Signa Mystera
4:00 pm
Group Sword Dance Ensemble Badria Mahsa Keshmiri
Solo Classic Oriental Diana Dillmann
Group Balkan Fusion Berill Tribal Bellydance Group I
Group Veil Dance Ensemble Marrakesch
Group Street Dance Performance Princess Fighter
March 5th 2012

(Subject to alterations)

March 6th 2012


Who are the European Ensemble which will perform at the European debut of “The Dark Side of the Crown” in Hanover
16th of March? They all have been through a competition (and not an easy one, be assured) and been chosen by Jillina. Hagalla’s own WoO Ticker will introduce them as follows. Part 2,  People’s Choice Winner
Nika Mlakar from Slovenia. (Our heartfelt compliments to Nika, which we have admired at many, but never enough, occasions.

Nika Mlakar (Slovenia)
Nika’s first venue to the world of dance started with roller skating as a very young girl at the age of 3. In primary school she nurtured this passion and joined Terpsihora Dance Company where she challenged herself in many different dance styles, such as hip hop, modern dance, show dance and belly dance. She later enrolled in high school for contemporary dance, where she emerged herself in ballet and modern dance.
Although she mastered many different dance styles, her heart was captured by belly dance. Her first teacher and mentor was Italian belly dancer Simona Minisini, later also Irina Stankovich, both respected teachers and great dancers. Her craving for more knowledge took her outside the borders where she attended many different dance workshops with world renowned teachers: Raqia Hassan, Randa Kamel, Saida, Bozenka, Sonia Ochoa, Sadie, Magdy El Leisy, Aziza Abdul Ridha, Sarah Shahine, Suhaila Salimpour, Leyla Jouvana, Mandi Aziza Williams, Heather Stants, Sharon Kihara, Mira Betz, Rachel Brice, Kami Liddle, Manca Pavli and more.

Her hard work and endless passion for dance awarded her with many prestigious titles. She is a national champion in belly dance for many years, in 2008 she became world champion in classical belly dance in Moscow, she received 1st place at the prestigious Bellydance Superstars contest in Blackpool, she was holding 1st place on the biggest European festival and competition “Bellydancer of the World” for 3 years in a row and this year she was invited to act as an honorable judge and teacher of the festival, organized annually by the well known and established belly dancer Leyla Jouvana.

She also produced her first evening show entitled Layali al Sharq which entertains in top casinos in Slovenia. She is a member of a tribal fusion belly dance group Ambrosia with which she performs on different events: entertaining other dancers on belly dance related festivals, tireless gamblers in top casinos (Perla, Princess, Korona, Aurora - Slovenia) or more demanding crowds on private, closed events. She is a full time dancer in Serpentes magic theatre, specializing in multimedia spectacles all over the world. Nika teaches weekly belly dance classes in Slovenia and many dance workshops abroad.

March 7th 2012


Once again teachers from all over the world will flock in Hanover, Germany, to share their newest insights, experiences and successes with you. We would like to give you a small – and subjective – choice of rewarding workshops, today and in intermittently intervals:

Kaeshi Chai (USA)
Temple Goddess Bellydance (Sat 10:00 – 12:00)

Immerse into the magical world of a goddess – to the mystical music of Pete List’s “Flutterby” (with banjo and beatbox) Kaeshi will show you bringt Kaeshi Euch fascinating arm moves and other irresistible moves.

Eglal (Czech Republic)
Ballet Oriental (Sat 10:00 – 12:00)

In this workshop you will be pampered with essential basics for many elements of modern raqs sharqi: balancing arabesques, elegant whirls, delicate arm moves and many more – you can count on that

Artemisia (Belgium)
Jump & Dance Power Moves! (Sat 12:30 – 14:30)

Reach high with the Belgian top dancer Artemisia. Temperamental step combinations and precise leg work will produce amazing effects which will improve your dance beyond imagination.

March 8th 2012


From Brad Macdonald, who wrote the script for “Dark Side of the Crown”, the following secret tidings have reached us on mysterious ways:

“Quite a few people have been asking me how about the process for writing "Dark Side of the Crown" so I decided to share some tidbits from the story document that Jillina & Co. used to choreograph and design the show. I've removed all plot spoilers from the character descriptions and yes, many of the names are derived from Farsi.
Queen Rahvan (Spirit)
Heather Aued
Benevolent, honorable
Rahvan is a regal, beautiful matriarch. She is elegant and compassionate, loved by all. She adores all three of her daughters equally but faces a difficult decision: she can choose only one of them to succeed her on the throne.

Princess Sharnaz (Favorite one)
Adjectives: Popular, extroverted
Sharnaz is popular with the court and people of the queendom.
Friendly, open and center of attention in the palace she believes she is the rightful heir of the throne. She loves Imperial Guard Pezhman but hides their relationship because it would be unseemly for royalty to be with a common soldier. Should her affair with Pezhman ever become known she would not be considered for the crown so their love can never be expressed openly. She is desperate for the crown.
Princess Zahra (Boldness)
Sharon Kihara
Adjectives: Confident, independent, aloof
Dark and mysterious, Zahra shuns the court and believes true leadership comes from the strength of individual character and, for this reason, she believes she is the rightful heir of the throne. She doesn’t pander to court and has a dislike for the theatrics and pomp of court politics.

Princess Kimiya (Alchemy)
Kaeshi Chai
Adjectives: Spiritual, wild, conflicted
Quiet and spiritual, Kimiya is admired by all for her compassion and goodness of heart. Beneath her façade of calm she dreams of a life free from courtly pressures and longs for simplicity. She has lived her entire life with the expectation that she might eventually be Queen and the pressure is finally beginning to erode her sense of calm.
... and tomorrow the WHO IS WHO IN "DARK SIDE OF THE CROWN", part 2 ...

March 9th 2012

Amrakay the Advisor (Cougar)
Adjectives: Ambitious, sensual, controlling
Amrakay is an ambitious and lifelong servant to the throne. She is flirty and abusive of her power, slapping men and women of the court on the ass. She’s crass, lewd and eagerly orders around the members of the court.
General Hafez (Responsible caretaker)
Oz Ashkenazi
Adjectives: Disciplined, loyal
General Hafez is head of the Queen’s army. He is precise, professional and prone to outbursts. He is a natural leader and believes the military should have equal power to rule the land.
Imperial Guard Pezhman (Broken-hearted)
Danielo Mendez
Likeable, mischievous
Pezhman is a natural fighter and equally charming so, despite his lack of discipline, he has advanced through the military ranks to become one of Queen Rahvan’s elite guards. He loves Princess Sharnaz but knows she will never openly express her love unless she is selected to succeed her mother as Queen.
Imperial Guard Ahriman (Destructive force)
Serious, ambitious, dangerous
Ahriman is disciplined, brooding and dangerous. He does not take his position as an Imperial Guard lightly and would readily give his life to protect the Queen. Like the rest of the court he is unaware the his fellow guard, Pezhman, is having an affair with Princess Sharnaz.
Priestess Elaheh (Priestess)
Performer: Jamilah
Adjectives: Graceful, composed, giving
The soothsayer and the religious leader. She is draped in long flowing clothes and, by her costume and poise, it is clear that she is the spiritual leader. Dark and elegant, every movement is slow, maternal and loaded with meaning.
March 11th 2012


Once again teachers from all over the world will flock in Hanover, Germany, to share their newest insights, experiences and successes with you. We would like to give you a small – and subjective – choice of rewarding workshops, today and in intermittently intervals.
(further infos:

Anasma (Vietnam/Tunesia/France/USA)
- Rock your body Drills and combos and new funky choreography.
Sat 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Let's dance! Let's apply all of the technique and hard work to a fun and funky choreography! You can’t describe Anasma with words, you have to encounter the Universe’s own wonder. Yeeleeleeleeelee Yow!

Les Soeurs Tribales (Italy) - Glam Pop & Tribal Bellydance
Sun 12:30 - 14:30
You like Tribal bellydance but traditional ethnic music is not your favourite?  LST will show you Tribal BD steps & combos to make you dance with your favorite music. Bring your I-Pod and get ready to sweat!

Fire & Zsa Zsa (Germany) - Puppet Style!
Sun 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Let the incredible Fire and the notorious ZsaZsa show you a brand-new trend emerging on today's belly dance stages: Steampunk reloaded. Learn all about dazzling robotic moves and astonishing interactions between the “puppet master” and the “puppet” Let the strings rule!

March 12th 2012


Who are the European Ensemble which will perform at the European debut of “The Dark Side of the Crown” in Hanover 16th of March? They all have been through a competition (and not an easy one, be assured) and been chosen by Jillina. Hagalla’s own WoO Ticker will introduce them as follows. Part 3,  Southern Europe

Ana Percic (Slovenia)

Dance accompanied me since childhood and I tried a lot of different dance styes. I was also dancing and competing in street show and disco dance. Dancing is my way of life, but despite all the styles I tried, I found myself truly in oriental dance in which I fell in love four years ago. As my interest about the dance and the culture was (and is still) growing, I started to attend workshops and now I am visiting oriental festivals across Europe regularly. In the year 2011 I also become a member of the Amaya Dance Company (led by Manca Pavli) and we went on European tour with our show Bellydance Infusion Project.

Nefershu (Spain)

Nefershu is a professional belly dancer and has her own creative dance. She has done several solo shows also with live music. She was a member of a group formed by Sashar Zarif - Persian dance Spain. Nefershu travelled to Egypt to study folklore and Sufi dance. Performed with Al Nour troup company of dervishes of Cairo. Worked as a dancer at the festival Sundance festival in Cairo and danced with Nabil Mabrouk (Reda Troup). Collaborated on various shows alongside artists like Suhaila Salimpour, Helm, Yasmina Ramzy, Said El Amir, Unmata. Has been selected to participate with great enthusiasm in the show "Inmortal Desires" Bellydance Evolution by Jillina Carlano. Toured with it through Europe, Morocco  and Asia. Dancer and teacher guest at Orientalicious Festival by Aisa Lafour, Amsterdam. Principal dancer on Festival Orient Connection by Eglal, Prague. Principal guest dancer on the international meeting with Jillina, Amir Thaleb ... by Angeles Cayunao. Argentina.

Paula Yunis (Spain)

Paula Yunis is a professional dancer, choreographer and teacher of belly dance, Bollywood and fusions. She was born in Argentina, as a grandchild of Lebanese descendents. She grew up surrounded by her Arabian heritage. At 8 years old, she began her instruction in Oriental Dance and Martial Arts. She graduated from Amir Thaleb's Arabian Dance School, and for 6 years she ran her own Oriental Dance School in Viedma, Argentina. She arrived in Europe in 2005. She continued her dance training with the best Arabian Dance Masters from all around the world. She is also invited to different Dance Academies/Festivals, etc and Spanish and Foreign Dance Festivals, where she teaches intensive workshops and presents her performances. Thanks to these wonderful dances, Paula has been on stage in several cities from Argentina, Brazil, Spain, Portugal Morocco, Egypt, Japan, Dubai and India. In every place she offers her wonderful performances, whose style is unique, passionate, aesthetic and extremely expressive.

Hayal (Portugal)

Hayal is originally from Brazil and started with belly dance classes in 1997, since then she has studied with the top level teachers all over the world. In 2003 she moved to Portugal, in the beginning performed alone and in 2006 became an element of the Mahtab group where she works till today as a performer and choreographer. Hayal also lived in Egypt, where she danced daily in several hotels, and in New Zealand where she performed and taught belly dance.

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