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Brian Ferry March 2012


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Bellydance Superstars: Bombay Bellywood: Live from Los Angeles

Airs Thursday, December 15, 2011 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV

The Bellydance Superstars have gained an unrivaled reputation for excellence in presenting the ancient art form of bellydance while pushing the boundaries of the dance to greater and greater heights.

In this special performance, live from Los Angeles, the internationally acclaimed troupe adds an array of exciting Indian dance styles, including Bollywood and bhangra, into their already varied mix of bellydance styles that range from Egyptian cabaret to American tribal styles; hence the show title "Bombay Bellywood."

"Bombay Bellywood" represents the pinnacle of the art of bellydance today but will also inspire fans of Indian dance - indeed dance enthusiasts of all genres.

Student Profile: Lauren-Michelle Boldt
by Sarah Godcher-Murphy December 2005

When she first took up belly dancing, Lauren-Michelle Boldt was a skinny 17-year-old drummer from suburban Dallas, a bit of a tomboy, and the center snare player in her high school marching band.

"I was very much one of the boys," she says.

This might be hard to believe, if you see the pretty blonde, now in her early 20s, dressed in full belly dance regalia: flowing skirt, glittering jewelry, bare midriff, and long hair reaching down her back. Take her word for it, though, and try to imagine the poised dancer as a boyish adolescent in a band uniform. It is very hard to do. Such is the transformative power of belly dance.

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