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Archive for August 15th, 2008

Habibi Dancers’ Photo Shoot: Frances Park

Friday, August 15th, 2008

The Habibi Dancers had a photo session a few Wednesday’s ago. We went to the spectacular Frances Park where there is a set of formal gardens including a 1920s rose garden. We had photos on the overlook above the river. It’s a beautiful setting.

The photo shoot turned into a community event. You can see in the first photo, some onlookers just spent the time watching us stand in different groups with different props for photos. We had a lot of fun.

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One thing about this sort of dance that outsiders don’t usually understand, is the part where you learn to love yourself and your own sort of beauty. We have 30 women and 30 different kinds of beautiful. When we dance, we celebrate the beauty in one another.

It’s very much a girl power thing for those of us who participate. When one dancer needs a hand, there are 29 other sets of hands right there! I am pretty sure this community feeling we experience is almost invisible to the outside.

I know that before I did this sort of dance, I did not really love my physical self very much. I wanted to get back into dancing of some sort, as I’d danced off and on since I was a child. This was what fit into my life/schedule at the time, so that was what I signed up for.

The bonus of making friends with myself, was a big extra I did not expect. I merely signed up for one dance class at the community center, back in January of ’97. I did not expect to be good, particularly… I only needed to move to music again. A change happened inside and out. I look beautiful when I dance and I know I do. I feel it. Standing tall from whatever helps you get there, is a good thing.

(After the photo shoot, I tried to go see Jen Sygit‘s concert at Creole Gallery. I got there for the finale. I got one shot and it’s blurry but here it is.)

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