Island Oasis Launches Atherton Debut for Bellydancing

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Unique Ensemble Presents Classic Egyptian, Turkish, Armenian and Modern “Tribal Fusion”

    For anyone who thinks the Atherton has pretty much explored every kind of music or dance, the upcoming debut of The Island Oasis Ensemble, set for Saturday, June 29th at 7:30 p.m., is a definite groundbreaker. It will feature belly dancers Masayo and Kalae, accompanied by live music. The new style of Tribal Fusion, a development that combines traditional dance styles with hip-hop, breakdance and other new moves, will be presented along with traditional styles. Tickets are $30 general admission, $25 for HPR members, and $15 for students with ID. For reservations, call 955-8821 during business hours.

      The Island Oasis Ensemble was formed two years ago to support local belly dancers wanting to perform with live music. The Ensemble’s repertoire includes classic Egyptian selections (such as Aziza and Tamr Henna), Turkish, Armenian, Persian and Roma folk music, as well as original pieces in the modern Tribal Fusion style.

      Masayo teaches contemporary and modern Egyptian belly dance in Honolulu, specializing in dancing with zils (finger cymbals) and veils. She has performed with the Ensemble many times, including a concert at the Honolulu Academy of Arts.

     Kalae is the lead choreographer and Artistic Director of the ‘Shakti Dance Movement’ Tribal Fusion dance company. Tribal Fusion is a combination of Egyptian Cabaret style belly dance with contemporary moves as well as traditional folkloric dance elements from Flamenco, Kathak, Bhangra, and Balinese forms. Similarly, the music employs a mashup of modern sounds and rhythms coupled with a melodic sensibility that harkens back to the classic Egyptian style.

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