Belly dance fest to be held at the Ateneo on June 9

Witness some of the country’s established belly dancers shimmy and shake in a variety of oriental dance styles performed against colorful and exotic backdrops and sets.

Peak Performance Dance and Fitness will stage the first ever Philippine Belly Dance Festival entitled "Belly Fest 2007" on June 9 (Saturday) at the Henry Lee Irwin Theater of the Ateneo de Manila University. There will be an all day outdoor bazaar and exhibition beginning at 11 a.m. and culminating in a colorful and exhilarating dance concert that starts at 7 p.m.

The event will feature some of the top belly dance instructors and performers from all over the country. More than 50 belly dancers from Manila, Cebu, General Santos, Cagayan de Oro, and Zamboanga will be featured on stage.

Among those scheduled to perform is Jill Ngo-Crisologo, recently named Most Popular Belly Dance Instructor in Metro Manila by a women’s magazine. Performing with her are lead dancers and choreographers Dr. Gemma Magtibay, Ms. Gladys Catanduanes, Ms. Arcel Benson, Ms. Lovely Aricheta, Ms. Papes Lao, and Ms. Nilda Boquiren.

The show will also feature jazz numbers by the Company of Ateneo Dancers, ballroom, flamenco and hip hop performances by the country’s top dancers and groups. To top it all off, TV personality Regine Tolentino is expected to take to the stage.

There will also be outdoor belly dance exhibitions and a Middle Eastern bazaar open from 11 a.m. and closing just before the evening show. Learn how to play the doumbek or tablah, which are Middle Eastern instruments; attend free basic belly dancing workshops and wellness talks. You can also browse through booths offering exotic food, henna tattoos, belly dance accessories, Middle Eastern jewelry, home décor, costumes and clothes. Nestle gift packs, massage certificates and gym memberships will be given away to lucky ticket holders; plus free refreshments throughout the day.


Experience the flair of the Middle East and celebrate the start of a new trend in fitness and entertainment. Belly Fest 2007 promises to be a night of color, drama, and all things beautiful.

Tickets on sale at P100 for entrance to fairgrounds only and P400 for the evening dance concert plus fairgrounds entrance. Please call 413-3466 / 0917-6247534 for ticket sales and more information.

Tickets also available at the entrance of the Henry Lee Irwin Theater. You may also purchase tickets at all SM TicketNet outlets and at the Araneta Coliseum Box Office.

Performance date: June 9, 2007 (7 p.m.)

Venue: Henry Lee Irwin Theater, Ateneo de Manila University, Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City





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