The Central Texas Belly Dance Association's fourth annual Hafla at Temple College on Oct. 5 provided a colorful performance of the ancient dance form.

It’s sensuous, and it’s an art form — not dirty dancing: that’s the gospel Vicky Mitchell preaches to the public. “Belly dancing,” she says, “is also empowering — just watch.”

And the 75 or so aficionados in the Temple College auditorium Oct. 5 seemed fervently in sync with her mantra as they whooped, yelled and applauded the onstage performances at the Central Texas Belly Dance Association’s fourth annual Hafla (belly dancing party). Women age 15 and older donned elaborate costumes and assumed pseudonyms, walked from the wings and displayed their midriff muscle mastery.

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"One striking brunette, her apparel a fashion tour de force of dyed silk, jewels and sequins, declined to give her real name. “I teach in the Killeen ISD,” she said. “Someone will recognize me.”"

If it's an art form and nothing to be ashamed about, why withhold your name?

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