A Revue of the Belly Dancer of the Universe Competition 2006 by Marta Schill
"One astounding moment of this extremely enjoyable evening occurred when Helena Vlahos, a legendary dancer famous for her abdominal control and expertise, performed majestically on stage – then came to a special dance floor on the ground level and enchanted the crowd with her expert wielding of quarters on her beautiful midsection: She brilliantly maneuvered the coins not only ‘in line’ up and down three times - but also rolled them down one at a time – then every other one separately! Be sure to see the video of this performance! It was truly spectacular!"
An Evening at Byblos
By Norma Westover June 27, 2004—Tempe, Arizona
"Topping off the show was the evening’s hostess, Morgiana. Introduced by her son, she took the stage, wearing a very pretty and colorful bedleh of Hot Pink and Gold. Morgiana treated us to her best work that night, set to the variety of music and dance styles that she’s known for valley-wide. With her wonderful fusion of Cabaret, Tribal, Pharaonic, and Jazz styles, she served up 100% pure entertainment, topped off by her *incredible* well-known Double Sword work and back bend with ribcage undulations. Morgiana is a living testament to what dedication can achieve in bellydance, and her finale left me inspired and hungry for more!"
Helena Vlahos! Looking fresh and ready to captivate, Helena didn’t let us down with her well-chosen variety of classical Egyptian Cabaret tunes. She wore a splashy, Silver Sequin Balady dress, accented with a heavy, jingly coin belt, all custom made by Helena. Never one to repeat herself, Helena’s tone this evening had an earthy groove to it. Her famous, concise moves and zill expertise were used with an economy that created a near-perfect syncopated display of mastery. Much of her wry, humorous character came across in her dance, and she delighted the audience as she traveled the restaurant’s tables, gently teasing, pleasing, and enticing the occasional willing gentleman to accompany her on the dance floor. A special treat was drummer Gabby Tawil’s delightful solo, designed to put Helena’s finesse to the test; of course she didn’t let us down, and it was great fun to watch drummer and dancer up the entertainment ante with their best tricks!"
Feminine Journey Festival at Plaza De Anaya June, 2009 By Colleen O'Daniel
Venusahara has a natural gift, she is a compelling performer, when she is belly dancing there is so much grace, so much finesse, such precision and passion emanating from her presence. I can honestly say that in terms of style, intensity, polish and precision she is as good as any cabaret dancers I saw performing at the Superstars of Belly Dance this year.