Zafira bellydance company performs last show
Last week’s edition of the Pittsburgh City Paper was especially intriguing. If I didn’t pick up the City Paper every week – though I do – the cover of this issue would have pulled me in. The image is of a belly dancer with chocolate-colored curls framing her downcast, knowing eyes. Her hands meet to frame her face and show off the beaded chains that hang like holiday lights over her tattooed torso. And to the left, next to her ornamented torso are the words, “Last Dance.”
Today, my friend, Kate, and I will witness this last dance. It is the last performance of Zafira Dance Company.
Show starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Kelly-Strayhorn theater in East Liberty
Admission at the door is $25. I’m not sure if you can still get tickets for $20 in advance.
The company isn’t going belly up though. *nudge nudge* The dance company will disband, but the founders will maintain its dance studio in the South Side and pursue other projects, according to the City Paper. From the sound of the article, it seems like this ending is a new beginning for the dancers, and this performance is a celebration.
I’ve never seen the Zafira Dance Company perform, but I do have an interest in bellydancing. In another life, I was a member of the Panther Belly Dancers, Pitt’s belly dancing student organization. (Here are some pictures from the February recital that I took.) The instructor, Sara DeRoy, also practices and teaches the tribal fusion style pioneered locally by Zafira.
In the City Paper article, Olivia Kissel, one of the founders, describes the style as earthy and characterized by dancing to different parts of the music simultaneously. In 2000, the Zafira Dance Company formed, and since then, they’ve been traveling the world showing off their dancing style and representing Pittsburgh. Zafira has partnered with Bellydance Superstars to put together tonight’s program, called “Club Bellydance.”
I hope I can take some pictures!