As the follow-up to the successful Belly Fest held last year, the 2nd Annual Philippine Belly Festival gathers ground as a day-long dance concert, a celebration of the dance which empowers women of all backgrounds to embrace the goddess and loveliness within. This event will be held on June 28 (Saturday) at the Glorietta Activity Center in Ayala Center, Makati. Belly Fest 2008 will feature around 1000 to 1500 dance concert guests from all over Manila and other regions in the country, as well as recitalists' families, belly dance aficionados, and dance organizations.
Dance celebrity Regine Tolentino will be performing, as well as lead dancers Jill Ngo-Crisologo, Gemma Magtibay, Gladys Mallari, Arcel Benson, Claire Sakumura, and Summer Allada. The show features two Japanese Dancers, Chiho Joko, and Claire Sakumura.
This event will be open to the general public and will also play host to a belly dance-themed bazaar, food stalls, musicians, and belly dance workshops.
On show will be various multi-cultural styles of belly dancing, a fusion and coming-together of talent in one dazzling, power-packed show. With a much bigger venue compared to the Henry Lee Irwin theater of the Ateneo, belly dancing will be taken up to an even higher level, reaching a wider scope of ever-growing audiences and enthusiasts. "More people will be reached-which is our mission-so this is very good," enthuses Jill Ngo-Crisologo, directress of Peak Performance Dance Studio and Belly Fest 2008 organizer. "We are more excited than ever, and we are sure that this will be a success. Our students are very supportive as well."
Indeed, this beautiful dance gains
more and more momentum in this country because it taps into an individual's
confidence, a fact that belly dance students attest to. "In all honesty, belly
dancing has improved my sense of self-worth," confides Jane Boholano, a
first-time recitalist. And despite the fact that she is nervous about
participating in this year's Belly Fest, she admits to being excited as well.
"It's a fulfillment of a childhood fantasy-learning to dance," she adds.
"Belly dancing improved my life in that I gained more confidence and I learned to believe in myself more," says Denise Nucum, who also participated in the first Belly Fest. "This dance helps in becoming more flexible and fit-while emotionally, it teaches a woman to love one's self and to be expressive through dance."
With the Belly Fest 2008 shaping up to be a major dance event, what is the driving force behind how it inspires these ever-growing number of women? "Sisterhood and accepting who you are," Jill sums up splendidly, "as we are all goddesses within."
For inquiries on the Belly Fest 2008, contact Peak Performance Dance Studio at mobile: 0917-6247534; phone and fax number: 4133466; and e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.