Leyla is a member of El Ashab, pronounced "el as-HAAB,"
which means "Friends" in Arabic.  El Ashab is indeed a group
of friends who perform tableaux, often of a comedic nature,
based on and including oriental dance, aka "belly dance," and
other folk dances at festivals and other dance-oriented events
in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Members take turns and work
as a group to create scenarios and choreographies. Photos below
are from the
SF/BA MECDA Gala on 01/17/09 ~ El Ashab takes
you to "An Evening in a Greek Taverna," featuring a
multi-talented bar tender, Greek folk dancers, goddess statues
who come to life, an itinerant flower seller (the love interest)
and a tourist who becomes a Greek sailor (the lover).  
Contact Leyla for more information about El Ashab.  
LR: Goddess Zelina, Bubulina, Stefania, Goddess Leyla
LR: Janice the Bartender & Alex the Tourist
LR: Stefania, Goddess Leyla, Dunia Tanya Itinerant
Flower Seller, Janice the Bartender, Alex the Tourist
Alex the Tourist gets advice from Goddess Leyla
while Janice the Bartender ponders the prescription.
With Janice the Bartender's sartorial advice, Alex
becomes Alexi.
The goddesses descend from their pedestals to dance.
At last, Alexi claims his true love!
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