Cottonwood AZ (November 28, 2011) – On Sunday, December 4th at 3:00 pm Caravan Dreams, a Bellydance Showcase, will be presented at Old Town Center for the Arts. This theatrical bellydance show is a collaboration among many of the areas professional Middle Eastern dance artists and is produced by Carrie Konyha, with White Lotus Bellydance.
“Our mission is to elevate awareness and appreciation of middle-eastern dance in our community and to present student dancers with opportunities to perform in a supportive theater environment,” Carrie Konyha announced. Dancers from Sedona, Clarkdale & Cottonwood will all be proudly representing the middle eastern dance students and teachers from their communities. The students of Andrea McShane Radoccia and Jacqueline Pace Vincent of Blue Dragon and Carrie Konyha of White Lotus Bellydance will all be demonstrating there dance skills and performing dances they have been working on in class for the past year. The show is family friendly and appropriate for children.
Carrie Konyha, who won the 2010 USA Belly Dance Queen competition, is a multi-award winning career bellydancer, instructor, choreographer, event producer, writer and costume designer who performs and teaches nationwide. Beginning with gymnastics and a passion for modern interpretive dance as a child, Carrie’s lifelong passion and involvement with dance eventually led her to bellydance in 1994, which she has been faithfully studying ever since. Being deeply inspired by the feminine sensuality and timeless mystique of this dance, Carrie chose to shift her dance career to focus exclusively on bellydance.
Konyha started her first student dance troupe in 1999, now known as ‘Gypsy Soul’ dance company in Ohio, and has since gone on to co-create several dance groups, including: ’Syren Dance Co.” in Arizona, with Cari Smith and Tiffany Hamby of Anaya Tribal, and her newest student dance company “White Lotus Bellydance” in Sedona.
Carrie’s formal dance training includes more than 15 years of study in middle eastern dance styles and other dance forms, including Indian classical, Ballet, Modern, and Folkloric dances of N. Africa. Her bellydance style has been greatly enriched by her experience in performing within the Arabic communities across the country and by working closely with Middle Eastern musicians both in the USA and in the Middle East.
Come for an enchanted afternoon on Sunday, December 4th at 3:00 pm with some of the finest Bellydance professionals and students in Northern Arizona. Old Town Center for the Arts is located at 633 N. 5th Street (5th Street & Main) in Old Town Cottonwood. Tickets for Caravan Dreams are $10 advance or $15 at the door. Tickets are available online at showtix4u.com. Tickets are also available in Cottonwood at: Jerona Java Café and Desert Dancer; and in Sedona at: Crystal Magic, and Golden Word Bookstore. For more information about upcoming events, visit www.oldtowncenter.org. For further information, contact Elena Bullard at 928-634-0940.