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Blair Johnson, who dances under the stage name “Jasira,” is a University of North Texas student studying radio, television and film. She will appear at the Yaa Halla, Y’all, a four-day event promoting belly dance and Middle Eastern drumming in Grapevine. 

Published: 12 August 2012 08:42 AM

UNT student to perform at belly-dancing convention

A University of North Texas student will perform during the 12th annual Yaa Halla, Y’all, a Middle Eastern dance convention, next weekend in Grapevine.

Blair Johnson, who’s studying radio, television and film at UNT, has danced with Isis and the Star Dancers for more than three years. Johnson studied salsa, tango, swing, step, ballet tap, jazz and praise dance before taking up Middle Eastern dance.

The convention, which runs Thursday through Aug. 19 at the Grapevine Convention Center, will focus on belly dance and Middle Eastern drumming. Each night includes belly dance performances by expert dancers, who will also lead workshops.

The shows each night are open to the public. Advance tickets are available online for $15 for the Thursday, Friday and Sunday shows or $23 for the Saturday show. Tickets at the door are $18 for Thursday, Friday and Sunday, or $28 for Saturday.

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