After eleven years living, dancing, teaching tango, and writing in Buenos Aires, I came home to L.A. in 2014, where I'm reconstructing my life.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
THE BELLYDANCING LIBRARIAN (Si, it's me!)
Natalia over at her "student dancer's" blog (see LINK below) has been an early reader of tangocherie. I promised her a bellydance post, so here it is, rather, here I am in all my, ahem, "glory" (or not.)
Noon concert at CalTech, right
Left, birthday party in Buenos Aires
The 9/8 Trio above, and after the show at a club in Hollywood, below.
I wish I still had the photos of my debut as a bellydancer in local branch libraries, but they are in storage in L.A. It's kind of neat to see a bellydancer in front of all those books!
Anyway, I was, and still am, a librarian. My last full-time librarian job was in the Art and Music Department of the Los Angeles Public Library as the Dance Librarian. But my career spanned working as a Children's Librarian, Adult Reference Librarian, and my favorite, Young Adult Librarian.
My bellydance career continued as co-artistic director (with Anaheed, another librarian) of The Perfumes of Araby. We danced in Las Vegas, at the Renaisance Faire and the Pumpkin Festival in L.A., gave concerts at colleges and conventions, and I also worked solo in clubs and parties.
I thought I had retired my finger cymbals, and in fact, sold all my costumes and music. But when I was living in Mexico, I studied flamenco and somehow one thing led to another, and I was the guest artist of a flamenco show in the Angela Peralta Theatre--Desde el Alhambra or something.
Same thing happened here in Buenos Aires; I was studying flamenco and was asked to open the show with a bellydance. They are related, and it was a pleasure to shimmy again. Thank God I never sold my Peter Fels zils, made especially for me.
Flamenco, tango, and bellydance all have room for the older dancer, unlike ballet and jazz. How fortunate for me. If God allows, I will dance until I die!
What is it about books and bellies that go together? Lots of librarians are bellydancers! See more at the sites below: