Urban Berbers Dance Troupe, Imbibe Performance, August 2008
At the end of August, Gypsy Caravan, an incredible tribal belly dance studio in Portland, is closing it's doors. My friends dancing in the troupe, the Urban Berbers, asked me to design a custom pendant honoring their tribal experience. I feel extremely blessed to have been asked to celebrate their contribution of dance within our community and their creative spirits. When I moved to Portland four years ago, this lovely group of women gave me a place to call home when I didn't quite feel at home. Being able to dance with them in class and learn new ways of communicating, helped me redirect my creative flow, honor my femininity, and learn to appreciate improvisation -- those happy accidents!
Here is the resulting pendant, featuring the torso of a tribal belly dancer. May you women continue to dance, nurturing peace and creativity our community!