Belly Dance by ÂYA of Istanbul 
Performance, Instruction, Choreography

Belly Dance Performance, Instruction, Choreography

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POETRY

THE TROUPE by Jane Bartel
Belly Dance Poetry, Inspired by Aya's Student Dance Troupe...

THE ADVENTURES OF SWEATY AND BETTY BORTHWICK by Jimmy Lewis
A different kind of belly dance poem. Betty's an outsider anxiously looking in to the ''ancient and seductive'' art of belly dance...

SHE SMILES BECAUSE SHE DANCES by Rana of Ayaat
Dancers will relate to this heartfelt poem...


The following poem was written by published author and poet Jane Bartel, after watching a performance by members of Aya's Student Dance Troupe.

THE TROUPE

Waves on a dark but sparkling sea
They cluster together
And with the sounds of the first drums
Sail into position
Striking a pose.


Stretching out in formation
Gentle waves of skirts flaring
Breasts lifting in sweet provocative gestures
Hands arched in arabesques
Like leaping dolphins.

The coins on their bras
Catch the lights and sparkle
Like Sun lighting the whitecaps.
Spiraling outward Like a nautilus shell
Eternal in movements
Eternity flows From long fingertips.

Now the Sea roils
With stomping feet
They mark the tempo
Increase it with breakers
Crashing over their gleaming heads
To fall together in Turkish drop
The Sea finally Calm and restored. 
               
-By Author and Poet Jane Bartel
 March, 2007

Performance of Wahda Wahda Choreography

Aya of Istanbul
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