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March 5, 2015 // DANCE, FERTILE GROUND 15 // Jamuna Chiarini

“Raqs Ayana Belly Dance—a trio based in the American Cabaret style of belly dance—is what the majority of us would think of when we think of belly dancing. But they were anything but typical. Wearing colorful sequin bra tops, matching hip scarves and voluminous layers of tie-dyed silk skirts, these dancers so meticulously and beautifully isolated head and shoulder from hip and arms, eliciting uluations (tongue trills) from the belly dance fans in the audience. So specific were these articulations that at one point the dancers were posed in a reverse plank on the floor and the only movement happening was a small continuous ripple in their bellies. Truly amazing.”

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