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Celebrating twenty-six years of oceanfront fun!

** Classes & Schedule Subject to Change **

Beach Blanket Beledi is an annual seminar and dance party held in Nags Head, NC, on Columbus Day weekend. The twenty-sixth annual event is on October 7-8, 2022. The focus of Beach Blanket Beledi is that dance is serious fun. The emphasis is on creativity, exploration, and innovation.

For more information, go to: Classes, Dance Party, Schedule, Location, Cost, Registration.


Beach Blanket Beledi offers classes in three different, but often complementary, subjects that are guaranteed to pique your interest and expand your dance horizons.

COVID-19 Protocols

The COVID-19 protocols for Beach Blanket Beledi 2022 are:
  • If the CDC transmission rate for Dare County, NC is Low or Medium, face masks are recommended but optional. (As of 10/02/2022,Dare County is currently Low; several neighboring counties are High.)
  • If the CDC transmission for Dare Country, NC is High, face masks are required (regardless of vaccination status).

You may view the Dare County community level here.


Artemis Mourat has almost 50 years of experience performing, teaching and researching dance throughout the world. She is of Greek and Turkish descent and her love for both cultures shines through in all that she does. She has received numerous awards, is widely published and is a highly sought after master instructor. All of her classes include references to the history and cultures that have gifted these dances to us. Artemis is a loving and articulate teacher. And she believes that we can use music and dance to build bridges across cultures.

Artemis will present two classes: Stagecraft and American-Style Cabaret.

Regardless of your style of dance, this workshop is perfect for every performer. Subjects will include: commanding your space, smooth transitions, keeping it interesting, accessing your vocabulary in the heat of the moment, deciding when to do what, understanding the music, floor patterns and where the "8's" are.

American-Style Cabaret
This is the exciting dance that made America fall in love with belly dancing, and it is making a big comeback! Vintage Oriental is a more accurate name for this vivacious and legitimate style of belly dance. It is commonly referred to as American Cabaret or AmCab but there is very little about it that is American except for the pizzazz and some of the dramatic elements. AmCab combines Pan-Arabic, Turkish and other MENAHT (Middle East, North Africa, Greek, and Turkish) dance techniques. The exciting and dramatic music was mostly from Arabic, Greek and Turkish bands. It includes a 5 to 8 part show, many props, the most elaborate veil work of all the forms of belly dance, floor work, audience participation and more. This workshop will teach you about the history of Vintage Orientale dance and its multi-part show concept, the elements of a typical show, lots of steps that typify this style of dance and (time permitting) and some great video footage.


Chelydra has been a student of middle eastern dance since 1978, and began performing professionally in 1981. She was the artistic director of the Caravan East dance troupe from 1981-1997, and has performed and taught dances of North Africa and the Middle East at the award-winning Fields DanceStudio since 1985. A two-time featured cover artist and current contributing author to Zaghareet! magazine, she is also the producer of the No Frills series of instructional videos. In 2004, her Andalusian-Moroccan Romany choreography was one of the entries selected to be featured in the Old Dominion University Local Choreographer's Showcase, and in 2006, a ghawazee duet choreographed by both Chelydra and Aegela was chosen for showcase presentation.

Chelydra presents authentic folk dances of the Middle East and North Africa along with modern folkloric fusion adaptations, including a tap-dancing melaya leff, a hip-hop khaleegy, and a techno ghawazee. She considers dancing to be serious fun.

Chelydra will present Retro Fusion Fun. An energetic fusion of Persian bandari, samba, jazz and belly dance, with a cheeky tribute to Steve Martin thrown in for good measure. What's not to like?

Dance Party

The stars are out at the beach, and the stars are YOU! The evening dance party is a great time to try out your latest & greatest costume and choreography. Have you always wanted to try something just a little bit different - but never had the right setting? This is it! Be experimental! Be daring! Be playful! Time limit is seven minutes (but remember, less is sometimes more).

Performing slots for the dance party are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Ten openings are served for returning performers, and six are reserved for new participants. THE POLICY FOR RETURNING PERFORMERS HAS CHANGED. Returning performers who were wait-listed at the last BBB are given priority through June 30th of the following year. Performers on the wait list will receive performance slots as they become available. Openings have become available as late as the day of BBB, so do not despair if you are wait-listed! To be fair to everyone, performers may only dance once (group or solo).

You must register for the seminar to qualify for a place in the programme.


Subject To Change
Time Activity
Friday, October 7
8:00-9:30 PM Welcome Wagon & Bargain Marketplace $5 per table space
8:00-9:30 PM NEW! Photo Sessions with Carl Miller (Ballroom) Email info(at)carlmillerphotos.com to schedule a session
Saturday, October 8
Subject to Change!
9:30-10:30 Registration
10:00-10:00 NEW! Photo Sessions with Carl Miller (Ship's Mate 2nd Floor) Email info(at)carlmillerphotos.com to schedule a session
10:30-12:30 Stagecraft Artemis
12:30-1:30 Lunch (On your own; due to time constraints, brown bag is recommended)
1:30-3:30 American-Style Cabaret Artemis
4:00-5:00 Chelydra Retro Fusion Fun
8:00-?? Dance PartyBring individually pre-packaged single-serving snacks to share!


Beach Blanket Beledi is held at the Comfort Inn South Oceanfront at milepost 17 on the Beach Road in Nags Head, NC. For reservations, call 1-252-441-6315.

Be sure to specify Beach Blanket Beledi when you call to get the special seminar rate! Room rates are $90 soundside/$113 ocean view for 1-2 persons. A limited number of King rooms are available for $120 (ocean view). Add $10 each for a third or fourth person. At the current time, room tax is 12.75%. Reservations must be cancelled 48 hours in advance, or a 1-night stay will be charged.

Check-in time is 4 PM; check-out is 11 AM. No more than four persons per room are allowed by the local fire/safety code.

The hotel is usually full over the holiday weekend, so call early to guarantee you get the room you want. Reserve rooms by Tuesday, 09/06/2022, or rate and availability are not guaranteed. The hotel frequently sells out over this weekend, so don't procrastinate.

The nearest airports to Nags Head are Norfolk International (ORF) and Newport News/Williamsburg International (PHF). A rental car is required to reach Nags Head.


The fee for the seminar and dance party is $80 if registration is received by 09/06/2022, and $90 after that date. Groups of five registering together receive a $5 per-registration discount.

No additional dance party guests are allowed at this time.


Individual registration is available online or via check or money order. Group discount registrations are only available via check or money order. To register online, visit Eventbrite. To obtain a registration form, email or write to the address in the footer, or download a PDF copy of the flyer. (A Portable Document Reader [PDF] Reader is required. The download may take some time to complete even after the Reader window opens.)

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