A breast cancer survivor and belly-dance teacher from Chiswick in London, Yvette Cowles is set to take her one woman show Sequins on my Balcony to   Riad Star – the Marrakech residence of Jazz superstar and banana dance originator, Josephine Baker – for a one-off charity performance on Friday 16 January 2015.

A soloist with Johara Dance Company and founder of Dance Yourself Happy classes which combine dance and laughter yoga, Yvette believes that belly dancing has played a key role in helping her combat cancer. Already proving popular with UK audiences, Sequins on my Balcony offers a fresh perspective on breast cancer, body image, belly dance and sisterhood through a blend of dance, drama and clowning. In a suitable homage to the “Black Pearl”, the vaudeville entertainer made famous by her erotic dancing and comedy musical hall routine in the 1920s, Yvette is taking her show to Riad Star, one time home to Josephine Baker and now a boutique hotel in the old town Medina of Marrakech.

Announcing the date, Yvette said: “I am delighted to be bringing Sequins on my Balcony to Riad Star.  Josephine Baker has long been one of my idols, not just as a hugely talented performer and artist, but as a woman who encountered great prejudice and adversity throughout her life yet was utterly committed to her beliefs. She is an inspiration to us all – and nothing could be more inspiring than performing at the place that was once her home.”

Tickets cost £10 (100 Moroccan dirhams) and can be purchased from the Henna Cafe in Marrakech or through Marrakech Riad reservations,  All the proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Henna Café Cultural Association, a Moroccan educational charity.

We have special offers to stay with us for the Sequins weekend priced at £199 or £149 per person) of which 25% will go to the charity.

Promotion offer at Riad Star for a three night break (to include the 16th January).  

Riad Star Offer includes:

–    Double or twin room at Riad Star on a Bed and Breakfast basis

–   arrival and departure transfers between Marrakech airport and the Riad

–   a three course arrival evening meal for two people

–   admission for two people to the Charity performance on Friday 16th January

–   The Riad Star offer price is £398 (£199 per person)  of which 25%  (£50 per person) goes to the Henna Cafe

Rooms at Riad Star are limited. Alternative accommodation can be booked at nearby Riad Papillon:

–   Double or twin room at Riad Papillon on a Bed and Breakfast basis

–   arrival and departure transfers between Marrakech airport and the Riad

–   a three course arrival evening meal for two people

–   admission for two people to the Charity performance at Riad Star on Friday 16th January

–   The Riad Papillon offer price is £298 (£149 per person)  of which 25%  (£37.50 per person) goes to the Henna Cafe