NEW TIMES Why do you like belly dance?
JOHNSON Belly dancing has always been this sensual, emotion-evoking dance art. Of course, that can be said with many dance styles, but tribal belly dancing has this primal yet graceful beauty that really encourages and empowers women [to know] how beautiful their bodies, hearts, and minds are. I felt passionate to spread that message to others through dance.
NEW TIMES How did your belly dance school start?
JOHNSON It started when my friends were becoming interested in belly dancing, and I was teaching them what I knew. From there we had our first tribal dance group, and the popularity of it grew when we started performing at live events. You’d be surprised how many people come up to us afterwards wanting to learn.
NEW TIMES Where do you perform?
JOHNSON Our studios stretch from Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo, and Lompoc, so we’ve gain many followers throughout the Central Coast. As a result, we’ve performed throughout the county many times, whether it would be at the local farmers markets, or even performing at local restaurants. We’ve performed live dances throughout California as well. Anyone could plan an event that we can come to, and we’d be more than willing to accommodate any type of budget. We can have anywhere from two dancers to as many as 10 or more depending on the event, as well as sword dancers and small demonstrations for people who are curious to try belly dancing. Feel free to visit our website for more information at bluemoonhaven.com.