Majma 2009 – Press Review

Central Somersette Gazette: Friday 13th March

Majma Festival shimmies its way to success

The Middle East came to mid-Somerset at the weekend as hundreds of dancers from around the UK and overseas descended on Glastonbury for the Majma Dance Festival.

The two-and-a-half day event at St Dunstan’s Leisure Centre, which was organised by the Somerset dance troupe the Desert Divas, was another sell-out success.

“Nearly all the workshops had practically sold out weeks before the festival began,” said group director and festival organiser Raheesha, who took over the dance festival last year.

The festival began on Friday night with a dinner followed by a gala showcase, which starred American Tribal Style creator Carolena Nerricco and Megha Gavin.

Guests were treated to an extra special surprise as Phil Thornton premiered songs from his forthcoming CD, Nexus Tribal, which will be out at the beginning of May.

The Saturday show featured dance legend Morocco, and Isidora Bushkovski made her UK debut at the festival. After the show, the Arabic Balkan Gypsy Band had delegates and instructors on the dance floor.

During the weekend, 37 workshops and seminars took place, ranging from Dancing with Fire, Swords, Wings of Isis to more traditional styles of Middle Eastern dance. Dancers could be seen scurrying between St Dunstan’s, the town hall, the Avalon Conservative Club and St Benedict’s School to their classes.

“We’ve had lots of positive feedback about the festival, many saying it was the best ever. I’d like to thank the Desert Divas for all their help, as well as St Dunstan’s Leisure Centre staff, Brian and Clare at Pilgrims B&B, and Charlie at Hayden House, who looked after our overseas visitors,” said Raheesha.

The next Majma festival will take place from March 5 to 7, 2010. For more details log on to or phone 07790 928341. Full programme details will be available on line from August.