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Archive for April 22nd, 2010

Lovely Photos from Habibi Dancers’ Show

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

This last Saturday, the Habibi Dancers had their annual dance concert. I am in the troupe but did not dance in the show this year. That meant I got to take photos from the balcony.

I put together a slide show on Flickr, for those who wish a journey through larger photos full of color and exhuberance. I’m including a few of my favorites right here, if you want a quick peek instead.

One of my favorite pieces in the show was Molly/Najida, doing an earth mother dance to celebrate her 8th month of pregnancy. She is a remarkable dancer and I’ve never seen a woman so happy to be with child. It was an honor to view this dance of joy.

For the record, this form of dance was developed in some cultures as a way of strengthening women for childbirth. (Women had some fun dancing together, but strength was a goal.) Before modern developments, a strong torso was an essential help through labor. In some areas, your women friends would come and dance for you while you were in the process of delivering your baby.

I think one can not look as happy, strong and feminine as this: