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Bellydance in Salem

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If you are like most people the thought of a belly dancer invokes an image right out of a 1950′s movie with some chubby middle eastern looking broad draped in flowing scarfs and things that jingle.  Well it’s time to smash that stereotype and open your eyes to a fresh take on this old world art.

I know we have a better picture somewhere

Local bellydance teacher Aepril Schaile (who doesn’t have an ounce of fat on her) has been changing the way people perceive belly dance right here in Salem.  Aepril Schaile is ‘an American priestess of the Dark Goddess‘. Combining a study and practice of Bellydance begun in 1996 with a background in theater arts, Jungian psychology, mythology, and occult science, Aepril’s style of movement is a shamanistic exploration and expression of mythic and archetypal themes. A resident of Salem, Massachusetts, she teaches classes and workshops, and directs Exquisite Corpse Productions; Aepril holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art.

Aepril is teaching a bellydance workshop with a dark and witchy perspective just in time for you to prep for Halloween.

“Invoking the Dark Goddess through Bellydance” with Aepril Schaile

Medusa, Kali, Hecate, Circe, Persephone, Lilith: goddeses and mythical archetypes; the “witch” energy in us all, the ability to shape-shift, to hex and to heal. Using moving meditation and a combination of improvisation and choreography, we will evoke the Dark Feminine within us to speak through the serpentine sorcery of bellydance. You will come away with a fresh sense of authenticity, power and grace in your dance, connecting to ancient/ timeless energies and becoming adept at casting any audience under your spell. All levels of experience welcome!

Sunday October 12, 2008
12:00 – 1:30pm
at Dance Class, 302 Essex St, Salem MA (across the street from Jerry’s Dept store and the Witch House)

$25 pre-registration; $30 at the door, space permitting
for more info and to register:
http://www.aeprilschaile.com/workshops.htm

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