Caravan Dreams, the annual theatrical bellydance showcase, returns to Old Town Center for the Arts for one night only on Saturday, December 3rd at 7:00 pm. This year’s theme is Dances of the Silk Road and features 20 of the best Middle Eastern dance artists in Northern Arizona.
Come enjoy an enchanting evening and a mesmerizing journey thru traditional, classical and modern music and dances of the Orient, sure to enliven your senses with the awe, wonder and magic of the holiday season.
“The bellydance showcase has become a very popular event,” remarked William Eaton, co-director of Old Town Center for the Arts. “The diversity and creativity of dance styles, entrancing music, stunning costumes and big screen visuals, takes the audience on a beautiful journey in time and place.” The show features traditional dances from India, Persia, Turkey, the Arab Peninsula, Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco!
Caravan Dreams – Dances of the Silk Road is a collaboration among many of the area’s professional Middle Eastern dance artists and is produced by Sedona resident Carrie Konyha, artistic director of White Lotus School of dance and owner of Lotus Studio in West Sedona. Carrie commented about the presentation, “Our mission is to raise awareness of Middle-Eastern dance arts in our community and to offer our dance students opportunities to showcase their performance skills within a theatrical setting. Caravan Dreams is a theatrical dance show featuring esteemed dancers hailing from throughout the state of Arizona, to present a medley of authentic and contemporary dances of the Middle East.”
“Our show is family friendly and appropriate for children,” Carrie Konyha commented. “We encourage the community to come and experience the richness and timeless beauty of Middle Eastern dance.”
This years show features members of several regional dance companies including Anaya Tribal of Phoenix, Divine Chaos of Phoenix, New Moon Tribal of Prescott, Vajra
Dhara of Sedona, White Lotus Bellydance of Sedona in addition to award winning soloists from Phoenix, Flagstaff, Tucson and beyond.
Carrie Konyha, is a multi-award winning career middle-eastern dance artist, instructor, choreographer, event producer, writer and costume designer who performs and teaches internationally. She was most recently awarded the title of 2013 Electronic Instructor of the Year in the International Ambassador of Bellydance competition.
Beginning with gymnastics 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. Her formal dance training includes nearly 20 years of study in Middle Eastern dance, Indian classical dance, ballet, modern, and folkloric dances of North 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 enchanting evening of bellydance and music with some of the finest Bellydance professionals and students in Northern Arizona. The show is on Saturday, December 3rd and starts at 7:00 pm. Get your tickets early for this sellout event.
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