The newest board member of Revive the Red Tent, Jill Shipman, recently helped produce a belly dance show in Fairbanks, Alaska. She was only too happy to let us know how it went! Cheers all, Anna GH
In November, Cold Fusion Tribal Dance hosted the Queen of Slink herself, Deb Rubin, for a weekend of dance therapeutics, modern tribal fusion dance technique and performance.
Deb Rubin is an internationally acclaimed tribal fusion belly dance artist from the San Francisco Bay Area and the founder of SattyaBody Women’s Health (http://www.sattyabody.net). She teaches around the globe, fusing women’s mental and physical health with empowerment through yoga, tribal fusion belly dance, and creative expression. The “Slinkfest” workshop weekend focused on Deb’s unique blend of Dance Therapeutics, designed to increase flexibility, promote conditioning and proper technique; all crucial to longevity in any dance practice. Many workshop participants were amazed by the improvement they saw in their bodies and quality of dance movements in just a few short workshops and I, myself, was taken by the energizing power of backbends. Decidedly my new superpower that I will call upon to keep myself going through the long, cold, winters in Fairbanks. The Dance Therapeutics and Glitch technique workshops were a resounding success and we already have requests to bring her back to Fairbanks for another round!
Voodoo Moon showcase featuring Deb Rubin!
This fall we decided to combine an intensive workshop weekend with one of the biggest dance shows of the year. No small feat my friends, but we like a good challenge. Voodoo Moon is Cold Fusion’s signature fall showcase where dancers and performance artists have the opportunity to show off their edgier, noir creations. The night featured the illustrious Deb Rubin and was a mixture of haunting and mysterious beauty with dancers from around Alaska including the likes of Dance Revolution, Friends in Dance, Opal Scarab, Tribal Wallah, Tundra Caravan, hula-hoopers, soloists and other group collaborators.
The support from the community was evident in the tremendous turnout we had at the show. Even despite the recent snow-apocalypse, we had a packed house at Dance Theatre Fairbanks and the energy and enthusiasm from the crowd was palpable. In the future, we hope to continue the growth of the show, adding more production value, such as more sophisticated lighting. Many thanks to all the performers, technical personal, supporters and audience members that made the show a great success! We greatly look forward to making it an even bigger and better production next year.
If you are interested in participating in the next Voodoo Moon production or in any future tribal dance workshops please contact Jill Shipman at email@example.com.
Jill Shipman (Jillazanne) co-directed The Luxury of Suffering and is a new Revive the Red Tent board member. Jillazanne teaches belly dance and theatrical movement with Opal Scarab Dance, is a performing member of Cold Fusion, and is currently studying theatrical creature design with the Stan Winston School of Character Arts.