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Bellydance, Shimmy & Shake Your Way into the New Year

December 31, 2010, 5:17 PM HST
* Updated January 4, 1:43 AM
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Power.

The power of the sun to warm the earth. The humbling power of a human being who commands their presence.

Who doesn’t want to be more powerful? As people make their New Year’s resolutions tonight, consider the seat of the subject.

Building core strength in our bodies is the easiest and most direct way to create a more powerful demeanor in our life.

The ancient art of bellydance is both an age old tradition in sensuality, and a core strengthening workout like no other.

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Tonight you can experience this mesmerizing, writhing, visual poetry, as a group of bellydancers performs at the Sacred Earth Assembly New Year’s Party.

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The Sacred Earth Bellydance Troupe, led by Mirayah Delamar, holds classes throughout the week, so if you are inspired by the performance you see, you can learn to do it yourself. Mirayah holds class at Studio Maui every Thursday from 4:30-6 pm for $12.

Both watching and participating in bellydance energizes the viewer and the dancer. For the inner voyeur, the sensual sacred movements offer a glimpse of spiritual sexuality. The Sacred Earth troupe emphasizes trance, healing and creatitivity in their performances.

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The feminine principle has always been touted as the path to the ancient secrets of sexual transmutation of energy. Bellydance is an enactment of that principle. Ancient cultures and modern dancers alike honored the women for grounding those esoteric, ethereal realms of ecstasy onto the visual plane.

Widely studied in the art of bellydance, Mirayah has developed a style that integrates elements of Egyptian, Turkish, and East Indian dance, as well as Tribal Fusion, American Cabaret and Dance Oriental. Her movemental vocabulary is based on sacred geometry, mudras, and ancient symbols.

The movements are designed to awaken flexibility, control over individuated muscle groups, and awareness of the body’s connection to the rhythm of life.

The classes and performances feature the exotic usage of props such as veils, wings, finger cymbals and other traditional tools.

Although widely used by women to find the seat of their power within movement, men can benefit from the dance as well. If only by watching it.

Learn more about participating at Mirayah’s website, or come to the New Year’s extravaganza, where her troupe will be performing all night long.

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