was mesmerized by the colorful costumes and
Fanciful costumes, alluring glances and mesmerizing
movements are usually what comes to mind when
you mention Middle Eastern belly dancing.
The Arabesque Belly Dance Troupe, led by Lee
Wan Ru, has one male and five female members
and has been established for approximately
a year now.
A year ago, when people saw the belly dance
performances, everyone was mesmerized by the
colorful costumes and alluring glances and,
after one year of training and experience,
Ms. Lee has combined dance with cultural elements,
so it is no longer just dancing, but an expression
of the beauty of Middle Eastern culture. Each
dancer in the troupe has a signature color
and dance styles. Wen Qi's signature color
is red. She has an enviable waistline and
is a computer engineer-what you would call
a girl who possesses both sense and sensibility.
Her signature dances are the veil dance, drum
dance and saber dance. Xing Yi's color is
blue;, she has big bright eyes and a great
figure, and she is a professional pharmacist.
Her signature dances are the drum and saber
Tambourines and castanets are often used as
props and dancers use these musical instruments
while dancing and keeping rhythm. Most normal
tambourines are rather heavy, but the ones
used in these dances are often much lighter,
and the sound they create is different as
Juan Ru's color is orange, and she specializes
in the veil dance and drum dance. The most
famous veil dance is the Dance of Seven Veils.
According to biblical legend, Salome wore
seven veils while she danced for King Herod
and his guests, removing the veils one by
one while she danced, till she was left naked,
much to the amusement of the audiences. For
this, King Herod promised to fulfill any desire
of hers. As Salome's mother harbored a deep
hatred for John the Baptist, Salome asked
for his head. In order to keep to his word,
King Herod had John the Baptist beheaded.
Xiu Ya's color is green. Her signature dances
are the veil dance, drum dance and candle
dance. The candles used in the candle dances
are often rather heavy, and this dance requires
a very good sense of balance, making it often
quite hard on the dancer.Yellow is the signature
color of Yi Jun, who is petite and curvy.
She specializes in the Indian-style belly
dance, the drum dance and the shepherdess'
staff dance. The only male member of the dance
troupe is Yen Yu Ming, a noodle stall owner.
Many years ago, he was the only survivor of
a fire at a Western-style restaurant where
he was working as a pianist. After the incident,
he developed severe depression, but was able
to overcome this problem when he began studying
dance. Although he is already 40 years old,
he dances with confidence and style.
If you would like to know more about Arabesque
Belly Dance Troupe and their activities, please
visit their web page at http://mypaper.pchome.com.tw/news/vaiolelee