|Hen Night 'Burly-Gurly Party Fun' April 18 2015|
I have included a couple of photos for you.
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I booked Ishtar for my friends hens party in April 2015, so that we could learn to Burlesque dance, as a fun thing I could incorporate into the party. On arrival at the venue Ishtar greeted us with a lovely warm smile & we found her to be extremely welcoming. Teaching a bunch of approximately 15 ladies, who consisted of some quite loud & outspoken woman was not an easy task but Ishtar took this all in her stride and handled us all with a fun & professional attitude. We found her style of teaching was easy to grasp but most of all we had an absolute BLAST!! There wasn't one lady who did not enjoy the Burlesque dancing and in fact we are now a week later & they are still all talking about it. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, so much Ishtar for your patience & fun approach to showing us your dance.
Hen's Night 8 March 2014
Thank you again Ishtar!!! You were amazing and all of the lady's had a fantastic time.... Can't thank you enough for travelling so far and for making the night super special!
50TH Birthday Party Celebration 21 Dec 2012
“Recently I celebrated my 50th birthday. As we are travelling this year, I did not want a big celebration so we decided to have a small group of family and friends at home for drinks and finger food. To liven things up I hired Ishtar as surprise entertainment for my guests. Ishtar was fantastic! Her costumes and dance kept everybody very entertained, along with the sparkly cane and everyone really enjoyed themselves. Ishtar is professional and friendly and very very good at what she does. I would definitely recommend Ishtar to liven up any planned social event! She is fab!”
Date: Thu, 2 Feb 2012 12:02:14 +1300
Subject: Re: Wedding Feedback
By now you will be enjoying relaxing and recovering from your very big Wedding Event. I hope that you are able to enjoy the warm weather and chill. I wanted to thank you for the opportunity to be your entertainer at your lovely wedding, and what a gorgeous Moroccan tents and what a camel cake! you certainly had a very artistic wedding.
May I ask for some feedback from the show, to help me improve and to gauge audience expectations and wants better.
If you could simply comment on the following and add any other feedback you would like, I would appreciate it.
Did the show exceed your expectations or was what you expected -
from what i had seen of the internet i knew the show would be great anyway :-)
Did you like the variety and the costume changes -
absolutely you were amazing getting changed so quickly
Was it long enough or too long -
did you like the audience participation and was it long enough or too long -
from what i saw the audience were loving it and the kids just thought you were great ;-)
Was I flexible enough and you felt it easy to deal with me -
couldn't have asked for anything better you were great to deal with from start to finish
Was the show value for money -
Please add any other comments you would like to - or feedback to aid me improve -
your show was wonderful. it was a fantastic addition to my big day. you entertained everyone brilliantly and i would not hesitate to book you again
Would you be happy to recommend me to another -
without a doubt!
Thank you so much again Jennifer, I did very much enjoy dancing with you little cutie boy in the red T-shirt and the cute blond hair ! the kids were such fun!!! :D
Thank you i loved my day so much and having you part of that made it even more special. i'm fortunate to say the little boy in the red t-shirt is my son James. He is a star and throughly enjoyed dancing with you too :-)
Thanks again for everything
|Royal New Zealand Air Force Mess Ball 2009
On behalf of the Royal New Zealand Air Force Auckland Officers Mess I would like to thank you for the wonderful performance you provided at the 2009 Ball. You set the tone for a very enjoyable event which left an excellent impression on all those who attended. I have received great feedback from all guests on your wide range of outfits, music and onstage dynamics. You truly present a very polished and professional act. I would also like to add my personal thanks for your versatility and enthusiasm during the booking arrangements and set up, especially considering the last minute nature of our request.
I would not hesitate to recommend you to anyone who wishes to add a unique highlight to their event.
Officers Mess Ball Committee
|Ishtar had the pleasure of being a part of the Love Boat Cabaret Show held at the Bruce Mason Theatre in June 2010|
Oct 2010 Ishtar & her Troupe were background Dancers for the "Lady Killers" singers at the 2010 Cult Couture Show held at the Telstra Stadium.
Ishtar is able to create Fantasy, Fun Dances for all types of shows, and size of stages
Testimonial from Orit Maftsir - Israel Master Dancer
When I was invited to New Zealand in 2007 by Ishtar, I couldn’t tell that it will be one of the most important visits I would ever have and I travel a lot. This fantastic women who was brave enough to carry me all the way to Auckland was not just a fantastic teacher who oozes love and passion for the art of oriental dancer but she is also a soul mate with a great sensitivity and has a gentle heart!
I must admit that when I am told that I am an inspiration to others it always flatters me and gives me a burst of energy to go on, but what people don't know is that they also inspire me - and Ishtar has inspired me, to give more of myself, as I know that this knowledge in her hands will pass to many others in her classes and performances.
I am sure that she gives a unique and special gift in her dance, being a very maternal and feminine woman, she passes a lot beyond entertainment, she gives a spiritual experience to those who dance with her, and that’s a gift!
I will forever remember her and her generous hospitality, and I wish I could be there again and again! if you live in New Zealand, then make sure to visit her as a teacher or take the opportunity to see her perform, you will enjoy and enrich yourself!
Master Oriental Teacher & Dance Entertainer (Internationally known)
Many thanks for last nights lesson. I really enjoyed your lesson and I’m confident in believing that all those who attended had a great time too.
They way you taught us the moves and inspired us with your own abilities, made the lesson a perfect introduction. I really do hope we can organise a regular class at Te Tuhi. If we can gather a sufficient number of student to make it feasible and if you have any time to spare, I’m sure it will be possible in Term 1, 09.
However, if not, I’m really keen to join your classes outside of Te Tuhi myself! I’ve always loved the music and to be able to move to it would totally enchance my enjoyment.
I’ve attached the Tempo attendance list – I’m so sorry, I was supposed to return it to you after photocopying it. I hope that the attachment is okay, otherwise please email me your postal address and I’ll mail it to you today.
I look forward to Saturday’s performance and chatting again when you’ve time about possibilities for further classes,
Public Programmes Coordinator
Its Fiona Walker here, from your Te Tuhi class on Thursday nights :)
I am just emailing to apologise for not being at class last week. Both Sharon and I were sick and couldn't make it!!
But we will be back along tonight and eager to catch up!!
I have just downloaded the veil dance video from your website so I can practise that now :)
Just wanted to say that we are both really enjoying the classes and you make learning this new dance style so much fun!!!!
Your classes are a joy to come to!
|Ishtar danced at the TEMPO dance Festival in the World Dance Category, Three shows held at Tapac Theatre 29 and 30 September, 2007.|
The Dance Critic : Mark James Hamilton
commented on Ishtar's performance :
".....In stark contrast serpentine bellydancer Ishtar trembled and shimmied beneath a froth of pink ruffles and beaded fringing. She pulsated with minute impulses that created a myriad of quaking motions. When blowing kisses to the appreciative audience her knowing irony shines forth: she relishes her role – playfully fulfilling Vegas-on-the-Nile harem fantasies, while amazing all with her excellent precision and her seemingly infinite movement vocabulary. I’m not sure if Ishtar is Egytpian, but she is a great performer - and when you’ve paid your money, isn’t that what ultimately counts?"
"Special Comment" Jan 2009
A Native Egyptian living in the USA was so very generous to send me this feedback of my improvised dance to 'El Fen'. I am humbled and also greatly appreciative for his discerning and extensive knowledge of 'Raks Sharki' and it's associated music he has shared with me by email. He has taught me quite alot already!! Thank you so much Adel for sharing your knowledge with me (from the 'West') who has little knowledge in comparison, but big in heart. I will put it to good use!!
If you would like to understand what "Belly Dancing with Grace" means, you have to watch this video of Ishtar.
A combination of two classic and beautiful music composed by Abdel Wahab: Ya Mesafer (Hey You ... the Traveler) and Nagham ... Fi Hayaty (A Melody ... in my Life). Ishtar, not only your performance is superb but also you are presenting a piece of Art, waving (what ever this is called in BD) and interpreting the music, singing with your body, just the lyrics came to my mind. I don't want to tell you how many times I have watched it, so that you don't think; this guy is obsessed with the music or with the dance? may be by both.
Wedding on Waiheke Island
I can surely say you made our night that extra special. The comment from everyone was "Wow" and your dancing and costume was beautiful. You are an amazing dancer, and I could just tell by the way you held the audience everyone really enjoyed it.
Thank you also for all your 'shimmying' training for me, everyone thought I could really bellydance! I think every bride should perform a bellydance for her husband on their wedding night, middle eastern or kiwi.
Jennie and Neade Karam
"Email from Wedding Customer - Feedback"
I have been in the search for a local Belly Dancer recently, and came across your website. My fiance is Middle Eastern and I would love to surprise him and have you perform at our wedding. It will be next year 22 March 08, and we are having our reception at The Estate on Waiheke Island. I have viewed your performances on your website and you dance beautifully. Please let me know if you are available and I look forward to hearing from you.
|"Desert Moon Bellydance Class & 1001 Nights Photo Shoot" Dec 2, 2007 "Unsolicited Feedback" |
We had a great time yesterday. We all had a lot more fun that expected. You are an amasing woman and dance instructor.
Thank you once again as you truly made Helen’s birthday a memorable one.
"Peace Software Corporation" for a Bellydance Show at the Prestigous Opium Room, Queen Street, Auckland 30 Nov 2007 Christmas Party.
Show was plenty of variety which was great. Each act was relatively short and high impact which is what we were looking for. Much, much better than I expected! You are a true professional and we were all taken aback not only by your costumes but also your stage setting. I would have no hesitation in recommending you for other functions. Excellent value for money. You are all true professionals, you did such a wonderful job and you were very very flexible and accommodating to our needs which really means a lot. Your performance is the talk of the office today, everyone is still buzzin from the excitement!
All the best and thank you once again to you and your team.
Hen's Night - "Desert Moon Dance Class & Goddess Reading" Feb 16 2008 "Unsolicited Feedback"
I can't thank you enough for the fantastic afternoon you gave us at the hen party yesterday! Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves, and we all loved that you joined us for a drink and a chat afterwards. The Goddess readings were talked about all night, and I'm sure we'll all remember the dancing you taught us for years to come! I won't hesitate to recommend you to others looking for good value party entertainment. I've attached a few photos from the day, and look forward to seeing you again in the future!
Hen's Night 22 Nov 2008
Thank you so much Ishtar, we all had such a fantastic time! The games were incredibly fun and overall the night turned out better than
anticipated. We all especially loved that you incorporated little history lessons throughout the night, which were very interesting. I
would recommend your services to anyone. Thanks Stace
|Ethnic Festival at Dorothy Winstone Theatre 2007|
I have got a dvd of some of last weekend's show here if you want a copy of it I have one to send you, there is a little bit of everyone before us on it, because the camera battery went flat. There's some of you on it and you look amazing! You looked so beautiful here, I still watch it and wish I could dance like that! Anyway, enjoy!
Céara Smyth TCRG
Ní Ghábhann Irish Dance Academy
It was great meeting you on the 10th Feb. The girls were very excited to meet you and wanting to say how fantastic your performance was on the 10th! They would love to peform with you at some stage. LOOK forward to catching you soon
(Professional Jazz, Salsa Dancers)
|Lotus of the Nile Show 2007 "Unsolicited Feedback"
Last night’s show was FABULOUS!!... And your dancing was amazing. My flat mate and I enjoyed the show immensely. It made us feel proud to be women, and we definitely left the show feeling empowered! All the dancers were great and the costumes were fantastic! We look forward to the next one!
The Radio Network Auckland
The show you did was great and we thoroughly enjoyed it!
Asia Down Under
Congrats on the concert I was impressed, your Arabic pop was awesome! Cheers Kali-Zahira
So enjoyed watching you dance last night! Helen is and will always be my most favourite dancer, and you are my 2nd!
"Youtube Fan Emails"
These selected comments below are emails sent to me from bellydance fans from youtube or viewing videos off my website.
March 2009 (Ishtar's Improv to Omar Khorshid)
Thank you Ishtar for making and sharing this video. Excellent smooth flow of movements, no gymnastics, this is what we call Raqs Sharqi. Almost at 1:00, 2, 3 & 4, you didn't miss a beat, absolute harmony with the music, or like they say: You became the music. Adel
Your soft movements remind me by one guy who tried to express his admiration for belly dancing movements, so he commented: I don't think that those belly dancers have any bones.
Q: Do you?
11 April 2009 (Ishtar's Raks Sharki Improv to Habibi Ya Eine by Kuwait Musician)
Hmmmm... It's almost hypnotizing. Once I start to watch, it is very difficult to take my eyes away. But also, it is hard to watch too. I don't know where to look. Her hips or her eyes? I don't know which is more seductive. And a very excellent natural interpretation as well. 10 stars! :)
1 April 2009 (Improv of Omar Khorshids music)
Ishtar, that was beautiful. Classy and superb. Can you please tell me which cd is this song from? You have very good taste in music and I love all your videos. You bring your own flavor to the dance.
new tabla solo
i added this video to my favorites.
what can i say...your dancing in this video is absolutely perfect, as always :)
I saw your video at the Dorothy Winston theatre Ethnic Festival, they are amazing.
It must have been a lot of hard work preparing for it durring the months, but it was truly rewarding just to see these. They showt you did work really hard on them and that you showed real passion doing them.
have a good day.;)
Hello! Ishtar, I saw your videos .. and was really impressed about your dance! You are charming! I like your dancing very much
My name is Hosam, I live and work in Cairo-Egypt. You are very talent and beautiful
Hosam Egypt - youtube fan
Nice sagat playing. I sent to some other dancers, and they all loved your vid as well. Yes, other dancers do play to the feel of the music, but most common do the 123 gallop. Your variations are very interesting.
Catch ya! Yeow - Aus
i loved your performance very much and i really liked the song you danced to the drum solo.
Samira - Los Angeles USA
I have been following Raks Sharki for several years and am convinced it is the most attractive and appealing - especially to me as a man I guess. I watched some of your videos and you are very good. I especially like your shimmies, awesome abdominal control and the slow sections, very well done indeed, and very attractive. Thanks so much for your style.
Bruce Dallas USA
Just a note saying how much I really appreciate your knowledge of drum solo dancing and your awareness of the music. I hope youre well.
Wow, you're a belly dancer. I'd love to see you dance, but alas, you are on the other side of the world. So, I'll have to settle for your YouTube videos.
i added this video to my favorites. this is one of the loveliest videos you've posted in some time! it's a visually beautiful showcase for your dancing, which is spectacular as always!
best wishes for the new year,
bob (your 1st subscriber!)
USA youtube bellydance fan
Loved your video. Mesmeric dancing. Will you be performing in England shortly! Thankyou Luinogelo - youtube bellydance fan
Hi! I just wanted to drop you a note and compliment you on your beautiful dancing! I think it's just simply amazing! I live in the Atlanta area
Nicole youtube bellydance fan
Hello Ishtar, your improvised Egyptian Video was a masterpiece. Your dancing is lovely. I just hope we can meet one day and dance together, wouldn't that be wonderful?
Ben - UK - youtube fan
hey Ishtar, I went to Keti Sharif's site for the first time today and clicked on the AstroBelly Zodiac and we're both Cancer dancers! I was reading and happened to look in the corner and see that and thought hmmph--small world. Perhaps that's why your style struck me as the most similar to what I'd like to give an audience; it seems genuine like you feel the music and you're not just doing the moves you know!
Happy Shimmies to you
Brooke :-) New Orleans LA, youtube fan
19 May 2008
I've been watching your videos on youtube and I have to say not only you're a great dancer but also you seem to be an amazing teacher. I was in New Zealand during the summer and if I had known about you I would've probably taken a couple of lessons. I just wanted to congratulate you on your great work and to ask you what are the chances of getting some lessons with you next time I'm in New Zealand, is there a minimum number of lesson I'd have to take? Also, do you ship overseas your choreographies? Well, thanks for reading this and, again, cognratulations!
Greeting from Chile!
PS.: Your dog is lovelyyy!!!