Live Shots: 'Dance + Diaspora' at ODC Theater


Strong drum beats, hip shimmies laden with bells and voices coming together in song. This show has it all. Presenting "Dance + Diaspora" two performances this Friday and Saturday -- pics above are from the dress rehearsal -- by choreographers Jill Parker (with her Foxglove Sweethearts troupe) and Tania Santiago (with her Movendo con Capoeira troupe)   -- a showcase of steamy belly dancing and heart-pumping Capoeria.

The belly dance performance includes solos, but is a mainly a group dance, with multiple belly rolls and wrist rotations happening in unison by all the dancers. Their piece also includes live music, like some pretty great clarinet and double-reeded zurna tunes. After intermission, the mood shifts and takes you to Brazil, for an energizing Capoeira piece, mixing both incredible acrobatics and traditional Afro-Brazilian folk dance. The show as a whole is a wonderful combination of music and dance, creating a true cultural dance experience.

Dance + Diaspora, Fri/22 and Sat/23

More info here


A taste of Jill Parker and the Foxglove Sweethearts



To see them glow in the floor and enjoy the rhythm of the music with the bells together with their bodies reminds me of those days when I won as the belly dancer of the year 1990. It makes me so proud seeing them and wishes they will continue giving entertainment and enjoy dancing.

Posted by bellydancer sydney on Sep. 19, 2013 @ 10:59 pm

so many great dancers in sf bay area. always a treat. count your blessin's folks!

Posted by Guest lindsey on Feb. 22, 2013 @ 8:34 pm

belly dancing is the best. wonderful to watch. capoeira looks cool as well. so many talented dancers in sf bay area. count your blessings, folks!

Posted by Guest on Feb. 22, 2013 @ 8:33 pm