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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