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Of beauty queens and superstars

Performance troupe lends belly dance a pop flair

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PHOTO COURTESY OF BELLYDANCE SUPERSTARS
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF BELLYDANCE SUPERSTARS
Most belly dancers never have the opportunity to explore their art to its maximum potential, argues Miles Copeland, founder of Bellydance Superstars. But as with any centuries old art form that originated on the other side of the world, it’s nigh impossible for a single individual to know what is best for belly dance. Especially an individual who has never practiced belly dance and concedes that he lacks formal expertise in the field. Neither of these facts has prevented Copeland from founding a belly dance troupe, which has shimmied its way through 20 countries in the last seven years.

 

- THE DANCE OF THE BELLY:  Bellydance Superstars will perform at the PAC’s Spanos Theatre on Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $44 and can be purchased at pacslo.org or by calling 756-2787. For more information visit bellydancesuperstars.com. -
  • THE DANCE OF THE BELLY: Bellydance Superstars will perform at the PAC’s Spanos Theatre on Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $44 and can be purchased at pacslo.org or by calling 756-2787. For more information visit bellydancesuperstars.com.
For the first time the self-titled superstars will be performing in San Luis Obispo, on Sept. 27 at the PAC. Viewers, and especially practitioners of the dance, may be surprised by what they find. The current tour, called Art of Bellydance, features a cross-pollination of ballet, acrobatics, and Polynesian dance styles with belly dance.

 

“We are not stuck having to do things a traditional way. I don’t think that is sustainable,” said Copeland. “As they say, variety is the spice of life. If you’re a purist you’ll see things that make you go ‘wait a minute, that’s not supposed to be there.’”

 

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