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Shimmy into fall: Belly dancing starts in October at Arts Center

Gayle Mortell

Attention, everyone with a belly: Last call to shimmy into fall. Summer turns to fall, fall to winter, winter to spring and back again. Change is as much a part of nature’s rhythm as its predictability. Fall comes. It always comes! And danged if it isn’t here again.We invite everyone to try something new this fall, to make a change, to, in fact, shimmy into fall. Let’s not mosey, shuffle or meander, as we so often do. Instead, grab a veil and a belly jewel (out of your veil and belly jewel drawer) and learn how to belly dance, right now, while the frost is fresh on the pumpkins.Do it just for the veil. Do it for the health of it, the joy of it. Do it because you’ve never done it before. Do it so that when your mother-in-law calls from Jersey the kids can say, “Mom’s not in right now. She’s at her belly dancing class.”We are really fortunate to have Heather Wallace, who has been studying Middle Eastern dance for five years, teaching a two-day, belly dancing workshop at the Center for the Arts, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 5 and 6. She also offers belly dancing classes at the Community Center starting Monday, Oct. 7, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.Wallace’s studies have focused on classical Egyptian Oriental belly dancing, but she has taken workshops on variations from Tunisia, Lebanon, Turkey, and in Gypsy folk style.Wallace teaches free spirit Middle Eastern belly dancing, “Targeting all those with a belly,” she said. She invites men and women of all ages to “experience a passionate shimmy; be hidden by a huge romantic veil; try out Arabic rhythms with finger cymbals; let yourself undulate to the music and find balance and focus within.”Wallace hopes to provide veils and zills (zills!) to everyone during the class. That’s undulation, veils and zills. These three little ingredients could change your life forever, or at the very least, enhance its rhythms.For a good time, call 945-2414. Calendar of EventsBorderlands Exhibit, Sept. 5 to 30. A non-juried exhibition of international art exploring our geographical, personal, political and spiritual borders. Opening and artists reception 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14.Transitions Exhibit, Oct. 4 to Nov. 4. A non-juried exhibition of work depicting life changes and seminal moments in an artist’s life, showing the artist’s work before and after change and featuring dialogue of what inspired the change. Opening and artists reception 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12.Culinary Arts, Wine & Brewfest, Oct. 19, 3 to 7 p.m. To be held at the beautiful Hotel Colorado. Join us for this posh, fun, delicious event. Live music, cooking demonstrations, and food that’s to die for. Taste (and quaff!) the very best our region has to offer. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door.Boxes & Bikes Exhibit, Nov. 7 to Dec. 1. A non-juried exhibition featuring two and three dimensional art of painted or decorated boxes & bikes. Opening and Artists Reception 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16.Winterfest, Dec. 6 to 8. Our 12th annual Arts & Crafts Fair. Call for an application.Call the Center for applications, tickets or information at 945-2414. The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts is located at 601 E. 6th Street between the Vapor Caves and Hot Springs Pool. We’re open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Stop by, call, or e-mail us at gwsarts@sopris.net for information on these and other events, classes and shows.


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