***for those with concerns of cultural appropriation, see end notes on this very important topic***
Avalon North is so very pleased and excited to welcome Edith Rose Gabor (dancer with the Barefoot Truth Dance Co.) into our studio space to teach us the foundational moves of American Tribal Style Belly Dance® with the aim of becoming empowered to dance improvisationally with others or solo. We will be flowing in movement to live music by Stephen Carpenter, musical director of the Dark Follies based in Portland, ME. He will be bringing frame drum, hang drum, ney, and Siberian mouth harp. All experience levels are welcome. Reservations strongly encouraged.
ATS® is a group improvisational style of belly dance. It is a fusion of Flamenco, Classical Indian, Middle Eastern, and North African dances, created in San Fransisco by Carolena Nericchio-Bohlman. It celebrates the beauty and strength of women dancing in community.
If one of your New Year's resolutions is to try new things, this one is most defintely for you.
$12 advance/$15 day of
Read more about Edith here . https://www.athousandpetalsstudio.com/about/
On the topic of cultural appropriation, here is a statement from teacher Edith Gabor
"Bellydancing, the dance of the divine feminine has been universal across all cultures, although some have been able to preserve it better than others. The feminine way of dancing and moving has been suppressed by the patriarchy to the point where women feel the need to take on masculine traits, like dressing in suits in order to be taken seriously in the workplace. This is about embracing femininity and trying to bring it back to being viewed with as much respect as the masculine. On a personal note, as someone from Hungary, which was under Turkish occupation for 150 years, our women were taken and sold as slaves on the markets of Istanbul and across the coast of North Africa, so we had to bellydance. Also, female shamans in Western Siberia where we came out of, belly danced in their rituals. Our original ancient religion was suppressed during Christianity and Communism. The last of our shamans (many likely female) were executed during the rise of Stalinism. It is not so much appropriation for me, it is more like reclaiming. I believe it is our duty to preserve the medicines that different cultures offer, so that all of humanity can benefit. Sometimes we do it for our own culture, sometimes we keep each others' cultures. If someone is getting some divine insight, feeling something deeply, or getting healing from something, who am I to tell them not to express it..I believe that all medicine is for all the people."
And here is some further reading with a pretty great overview on the many sides to this discussion.
If anyone would like to further this conversation on cultural appreciation vs. cultural appropriation within the context of art, please do pm us, and if there is enough interest Avalon North would love to host a public forum on the topic.
::slay the old gods::
::keep the old ways::