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Nebraska Bellydance Spectacular

The boldest and brightest stars of the Midwest bellydance scene will answer the question “What is Beauty?” in the newest installment of Nebraska Bellydance Spectacular.



Soloists and troupes from throughout the state will contribute performances in this one-night-only show on March 26, 2011 at the Holland Performing Arts Center. Tickets are priced at $35 and are on sale beginning Thursday, February 3 at 10:00 a.m. through Ticket Omaha. Tickets will be available online at www.TicketOmaha.com, by phone at 402.345.0606 and in person at the Ticket Omaha box office, located at 13th & Douglas streets (M – F 10-5, Sat. 12 – 5).

The annual showcase features multiple acts who demonstrate genres of Middle Eastern Dance such as Modern Egyptian, American Tribal Style, Turkish Cabaret, Folkloric Egyptian and more. Local performer and instructor Christina “Magdalena” Kadlec produces the show which is now in its fifth year.

“Many people who hear the term 'bellydance' immediately picture a figure like "I Dream of Jeannie," Kadlec said. “This show is designed to reveal the essence of this art which is much richer and goes much deeper than just some flirtatious wiggling.”

To underscore this assertion, the theme “What is Beauty?” invites performers and audience to delve beyond an easy answer. “Our society is becoming more aware of how harmful our current images of beauty can be,” Kadlec said. “We are moving beyond self-deprecating, unachievable ideals and considering what truly makes someone memorable, engaging, inspiring. When I initially posed the question, I received answers like courage, expression, conviction, grace ... it‟s easy to see, we are no longer satisfied with mere physical appearances to define beauty.”

Pre-show demonstrations will begin at 7:15 p.m. and will include a gallery display of “Soul Cards” by Julia Ponce and other local artists, a bellydance fashion show highlighting some different genres and costuming of the dance, and a tutorial on fun ways to cheer for the bellydancers.

Show-goers will have the opportunity to pre-buy “Middle East Meets Midwest” menu items including an Antipasto Platter featuring Hummus, Cured Meat, Pickled Vegetables and Spiced Lavos or a Three-meat Platter featuring Lamb Kebabs, Beef Sliders & Sambousek (Meat & Cheese Stuffed Pastries) among other offerings. There is more information on the info page at www.TicketOmaha.com.

The show itself begins at 8:00 p.m. and will feature performers from throughout Nebraska like beloved Omaha instructor and performer Della Gushen and her Lotus Dancers. Also featured are Ashiya and Naajidah, who regularly perform at The Parthenon Restaurant in Lincoln. Additional performances by Magdalena Christina, Prairie Moon, Raqs Awn, Daughters of Nefertiti, Metamorphosis, Whorlwinds and more! Omaha favorite Jill Anderson will serve as the evening's emcee.


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