As a Toronto native, I can remembering watching this dance school growing in the late 80’s. It’s beginning may have been modest but the endeavour was bold and courageous. Middle Eastern dance, even when marketed as bellydancing, was relatively unknown in Toronto. Arabesque, today, is world renown with the awards and accolades to decorate the more important fact that Arabesque has developed an arts program and a professionalism that makes the study of Middle Eastern dance and culture certifiable.
Nice stats aside,though, I was simply happy to see my former instructors get together on the same stage and celebrate their history in Toronto bellydancing. Struggling to get those moves with them at the helm of the class built a life-long affection for this art and those lovely ladies and, of course, my former classmates. Hello out there to Mary and Saba! I wish I had seen Emese! Yasmina’s performance was amazing. And she is so sweet and grateful in her success.
They certainly brought out the light and energy of this dance onto that stage in all its shapes, sizes and styles. A true celebration of the female spirit and body.