Belly, Belly Good

Make 'em quake with a shimmy and a shake.

Ladies, if your significant other has been pestering you to do a sexy little foreplay number for him, forget the stripper pole and tassels and try Belly Dancing With Dahlia instead. Contrary to popular belief, hip shaking is not a lost art."You'll just fall in love with the dance," promises Dahlia, who is actually Dianne Losasso, a Denver dance instructor with more than twenty years of experience. "The music puts you in a trance; it's so beautiful."

Besides the cool music, Losasso raves about the sensual hip circles and undulating forward-and-back movements for which the Middle Eastern art is famous. "From a woman's point of view, the movements feel really good," she says. "This is the way that our bodies are supposed to move. It's very feminine."

Losasso offers her classes at several locations across metro Denver. Visit her Web site, www.danceartsinternational.com, or call 303-274-8316 for information. "It's great exercise," says Losasso. And who knows? Less tacky than amateur night at Shotgun Willie's, belly-dancing could lead to all sorts of other exertions. -- Julie Dunn

Dianne Losasso
Dianne Losasso
Tippy Martinez
Tippy Martinez
Tippy Martinez
Tippy Martinez
Tippy Martinez
Tippy Martinez
Todd Skinner
Todd Skinner

Fame Game

Ex-Bronco Rick Upchurch and the Baltimore Orioles' Tippy Martinez, a native of this state, just joined the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame, now installed in Invesco Field at Mile High, 1701 Bryant Street. Even with 168 inductees, there's still plenty of room for St. John Elway's cheering section. The Hall is open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; admission is $3 to $5. Book tours by calling 720-258-3888. -- Ernie Tucker

Fresh Evergreen
SAT 4/19

In a unique twist of fate, Evergreen -- ground zero for last month's record-breaking blizzard -- will rise from under the weather today to host its annual free Evergreen Earth Day Fair, featuring exhibits and activities with an earthly cast.

Author/meteorologist Bob Henson of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research in Boulder will be on hand to answer the weather-related questions on the tips of everyone's tongues, holding forth on such dry subjects as global warming and the drought. While there's much to be learned at the event, the chance to hear Henson, who first recognized his destiny as a kid living under the swirling tornadic skies of Oklahoma City, may be worth the trip all by itself. The fair runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Evergreen Lake; for details, call 303-674-1918. ­ Susan Froyd

Green Acres
THUR 4/17

Greenland is home to some super-gnarly mountains, and Ulamertorsuaq, a fierce, 3,800-foot tower in the Cape Farewell region, is one of the gnarliest. That's what drew Todd Skinner and his team to this floating ice rink. Greenland, the world's largest island, is 98% covered by a two-mile-thick ice cap, and its southern coast is almost vertical, with 2,000- to 4,000-foot rock faces looming up.

"The magic of a summit in Greenland is that you can turn 360 degrees and see unclimbed, often unnamed mountains on all sides," says Skinner, a world-class climber with a number of pioneering ascents. "In other words, you can see the future." The National Geographic-sponsored expedition's exploits while free- climbing Big U's sheer face were captured on video; Skinner will share clips and memories at "Climbing in Valhalla" at 7 p.m. in the Glen Miller Ballroom on the University of Colorado's Boulder campus. For tickets, $5 to $8, call 303-492-3396. -- Ernie Tucker

 
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