Thursday, June 27, 2013

SPECIAL PREVIEW EDITION: The Mary Lopez Love Fest Fundraiser at North 4th

Most of my entries are reviews, but this time I'm sharing instead a behind-the-scenes preview edition for a fundraiser show endearingly titled "The Mary Lopez Love Fest" (which I'm participating in as well!) happening this Sunday, June 30. There are two shows to catch, at 3:00 and 4:30, over at the North 4th Art Center, tickets are only $5 and 100% of the ticket sales' proceeds are going directly to the recipient, Mary Lopez herself, now in her second year of cancer treatment.

Mary is a long time student of Amaya, a local bellydancer whose career is legendary not only in the Southwest, but nationally and internationally. Seeing the need, Amaya stepped forward to help Mary directly by organizing this event, lining up the dancers from studios all around Albuquerque and promoting it through her classes, as well as her many theater and dance contacts.

Michelle Morrison, Farfesha
Dancers are often considered competitive and even mean spirited, but this is one example of how our local arts community is actually a force that comes together to support one of its own. Dancers and studio owners from Farfesha Belly Dance as well as Isalang Belly Dance are also volunteering to perform for the fundraiser, along with Amaya and her students.

And yes, it's true! For the first time in over a decade, I will be performing a solo that I choreographed for the 4:30 show, a bellydance/contemporary fusion number, and will also be performing in a group number, the classic "Amayaguena," in both shows with many of Amaya's other students.

You can check the Facebook Events page and the VSA arts website for June to find out more about tickets, showtimes and location. I hope to see you there!

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