For Independence Day, my friend and colleague Bea Azahar invited me and some of our friends (both dancers and drummers) to participate in the city of Weston’s parade. We decided to showcase a folkloric style of oriental dance – Raqs Assaya – to show people that there is more to belly dancing than what the general public usually expects. We created a series of short combinations that we repeated under a scorching hot Florida summer day. In the end we were understandably exhausted, but also really happy. People seemed to appreciate our performance and we sure loved dancing and sharing this special moment together. After the parade, the party continued at Bea’s house, where she delighted us by signing some beautiful Spanish songs, and where we obviously ended up dancing some more – Duh!
It was a truly wonderful day!