There was one more comment that came up a few times that I would like to address. People suggested that we have the conference at a different time of the year. We selected January so that we wouldn’t interfere with any other major belly dance conferences already established. The promoter world is small and very collegial. We want to provide a fabulous conference for you and be a good neighbor to other festivals. January was literally THE ONLY month that was available. That is why we decided to keep it the same month even though we are moving to the midwest. Despite concerns over weather, the midwest is used to handling weather. This year we had lots of folks who couldn’t get in to San Fran because of rain! Just wanted to share for those who were wondering!