Those who love to dance and those who enjoy watching have a reason to celebrate Saturday at the Nile Theater. For the fourth year, local belly-dancing group Tribal Moon Rising will host Tribal at the Nile, a day of dancing, music, art and vendors for all ages.
Since this year's theme is "East Meets West," the event will showcase performers with an Asian flare, according to group member Heather Calderwood. Local hip-hop dancers El Q and a five-man taiko drum line from Los Angeles will perform.
But the main focus is on belly-dancing, with individual dancers and groups taking the stage hourly starting at 1 p.m., performing in a variety of styles including American cabaret belly dance, American tribal, improvisational tribal and tribal fusion.
Groups include Nymphs of Chaos, Haven Belly Dance, Mourning Glories, Blue Moon Haven and Rare Elements.
If you're not content to sit and watch, workshops will get you moving down the street at The Foundry. At 8 a.m., local instructor Roxanne Goon will offer her "Patented Pepper-Up Power Potion," which includes a few Pilates-based exercises to engage the core muscles and lots of belly-dance technique drills. A member of Tribal Moon Rising, Goon has been belly-dancing since age 5, when she got her start in Midland, Texas.
The second workshop starts at 10 a.m. with Ana Papaya leading "Hoop Dance for Belly Dancers," teaching where hoop and belly dance overlap. Papaya is a hoop dance performer/teacher from San Diego. Each two-hour workshop costs $40.
Foundry executive director Christina Sweet said she is excited to host the workshops at the art gallery.
"I'm looking forward to witnessing the ladies teach others their crazy talented moves."
For those who want to enjoy the main show, doors open at 11 a.m. at the Nile. As performances continue throughout the day, vendors will be on hand, selling coin belts, costumes, jewelry and belly dance supplies. Artwork from Foundry members will also be available for sale.
Refreshments will be available during the day at dinner will be offered starting at 5 p.m. The meal, served by neighboring 19th Street restaurant Chef's Choice Noodle Bar, costs $8. A break in the performances for dinner will run from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Later in the evening, El Q and the taiko drum line will perform, followed by a raffle offering a tablet, apparel, gift cards and a cash prize.
With average attendance around 200, event organizers invite both longtime performers and those new to belly dancing to enjoy performances, ask questions and have a good time.