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The art of belly dance

Staff ReportGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Submitted PhotoBelly dancers rehearse Tuesday night at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts for the nonprofit's Third Annual Goddess Hafla taking place Saturday.
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts presents its Third Annual Goddess Hafla, a gathering of Middle Eastern-inspired dancing and hand drumming celebrating the art of belly dance.Dancers in costume present professional performances of Middle Eastern dance, fire dance and live drumming at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Attendees are asked to come in costume and join in the dance and the drum circle. Cost is $15 for adults and $8 for children.Each year the Goddess Hafla evolves and expands, and now includes modern and fire dancers, snake performers, Middle Eastern drummers, and more than 50 belly dancers from eight dance troupes.

This year, 20-year-old male belly dancer Frank Farinaro offers a workshop featuring his Hammerhead Sharqi dance technique from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday.Farinaro focuses on opening communication channels between mind and body, and developing the emotional aspect of the dance. He created his own Hammerhead Sharqi dance technique, fusing many different dance styles from all over the world. In his classes, he teaches both masculine and feminine aesthetics of the dance.

The technique is based in American Tribal Style belly dance, influenced by African, Latin, Indian, hip hop, ballet, jazz and modern dances, and is subtly accented with Japanese, Javanese, Native American, Irish and lyrical dances, as well as yoga, Pilates, martial arts, and gymnastics. The workshop highlights the Hammerhead Sharqi technique and includes meditation, drills, a short choreography and a question-and-answer session.The execution of pronounced moves, with defined layering by isolating specific muscle groups, will also be covered in the workshop.Farinaro has been involved in projects in 18 cities across three states and two countries. In the near future, Farinaro hopes to be the first male belly dancer signed to the Bellydance Superstars and Desert Roses.

Each workshop attendee is asked to bring a yoga mat, notebook, writing utensil, water, snack, and a video camera (optional).For workshop registration and advance ticket purchase, call 945-2414.Learn more about Farinaro at http://www.myspace.com/hammerheadsharqi.


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