Samantha Emanuel @ Beyond Belly Dance 2010. Lovely arms!!


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UPDATE: I just discovered that Samantha is the only British member of the Belly Dance Superstars. She is based in Devon, UK.

From her page:

Fusing Victorian costume aesthetics with olde world dance movement strangeness as well as a respectful modern take on Middle Eastern folkloric dances and professional versatility: her performance background is that of largely self taught, having only started her Tribal Fusion Belly Dance journey in 2005 with no dance dance training what so ever. Her ballet instructor saw to that by telling her she would never be a dancer (at aged eight).

A free-spirited nomad by temperament – with Eco-activist tendencies – she traveled through Europe for several years in vintage caravans and converted buses with her husband Oscar and faithful hound Spindle. Along the way she became an expert Fire Dancer, performing at many festivals. This developed into an interest in Martial Arts weaponry (Kung Fu) This in turn led to belly dancing, where in 2003 she was awe inspired by American Tribal Style, in seeing Carolena Nericcio perform on a Fat Chance Belly Dance video and later a live performance in the UK. In 2005 after personal encouragement from Rachel Brice Samantha gave up her job laboring on a construction site and moved to North America for 3 years to train with master instructors in the field of Belly Dance. It is thanks to Carolena Nericcio and Rachel Brice that Samantha dances today.

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