*** The date of this event has been changed to August 17, 2013.
1. What/Who influenced you to study Middle Eastern dance?
I grew up loving old musicals, so when I discovered Bollywood (Hindi-language) movies via Netflix, it was like Broadway 2.0 for me! I watched the amazing dance numbers and said, “I want to do that.” I signed up for a local belly dance class later that summer. I had no idea that what I was seeing onscreen had no real relation to belly dance, but ending up where I did was definitely meant to be!
2. What is your preferred style? Preferred prop (s)?
I’m a Tribal Fusion girl. Having a background in many different styles of dance (including ballet, musical theatre, and lyrical), I love how we’re able to pull in a wide range of different elements in our choreographies. Plus, being able to bend the rules a little appeals to my rebellious streak!
3. Your dance philosophy?
Dance to me is how I interpret life. I literally can’t sit still through any emotionally intense moment, whether good or bad. I have to move, even if sometimes all I have in me is one or two steps. It connects me to my emotions, to my spirituality, and to my creative side. It’s also all about work, which is hard for creative, disorganized types like me to get our heads around properly–but you only get out of it what you put into it, so I do my best.
4. Do you have a troupe (Name/Style/Information) or are you a member of a troupe? Tribal Fire?
I’m the newest member of Tribal Fire, which I consider to be a ridiculous honor. All of the women in the troupe are fierce, graceful dancers with way more experience & skill than me, so I feel lucky every time I get to dance with them. Talk about motivation! We do Tribal Fusion, of course, and tend to lean a little to the darker side of dance. I don’t think you ever really see the same thing twice from this group, so neither us nor our audience is ever bored!
5. Tell me a bit about the upcoming hafla? I love the 1920’s theme!
The upcoming Hafla is a fundraiser for an organization called Mission Year, which my husband & I are joining this September. Their teams work alongside local organizations and communities in some of our nation’s poorest urban neighborhoods. It’s a great cause, and we’re so excited to be working with them. As for the theme, I knew I wanted to have something fun to structure the decorations, etc. around–and what better than the Roaring Twenties? Again, it all goes back to my love affair with old musicals like Singing in The Rain, although the Great Gatsby coming out this summer doesn’t hurt either! I’m definitely hoping we’ll see some dancers really embracing the theme in their performances, because there’s so much potential there. Not to give too much away, but you may get to see Tribal Fire do the Charleston…
6. Does Tribal Fire regularly host hafla’s?
Tribal Fire hosts several belly dance events throughout the year, the largest of which is the Spirit in Motion benefit for the Akron Children’s Hospital held annually in January. To keep up with Tribal Fire, check out their website www.tribalfiredance.com.
7. This hafla … when, where, what to expect, fees?
The Hafla will be held on June 8th at New Vision United Church of Christ on 3129 Market Ave in Canton, OH. The doors open at 7:00pm, and performances start at 7:30pm. General admission is $10, and tickets are sold at the door. Performer registration is $7, and will remain open until 5/31.
8. Any other upcoming events? Performances?
Nothing definite at this time.
9. Contact information? Website?
If you’re interested in being one of our performers, or have any questions about the event, you can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. To find out more about Mission Year, go to www.missionyear.org.
10. Anything else that you’d like to add?
I think that covers it! Thanks, Nancy!