Tummy Time

When I was ten, I thought I'd make a career out of belly dancing. I was the hula-hoop queen of my neighborhood, after all, and the professional stomach roll appeared just one step away. But after talking with Maria, the belly-dancer extraordinaire who organized tonight's Delilah Evening Showcase, I learned that things are a bit more complicated. Belly dancers isolate one abdominal muscle at a time to create that freaky stomach-jiggling-on-its-own effect.

"You have to have the correct attitude toward it," says Maria. "It's not just about shaking. It's a beautiful art form."

Come see for yourself this evening, when area dancers perform alongside national star Delilah, who was recently named Belly Dancer of the Universe. The showcase, which follows a day of dance workshops in Boulder, starts at 7 p.m. at the Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Road. For tickets, $15, and workshop registration, go to www.raqsjawahir.com/workshops/registration.htm; for other information, contact Maria at 303-817-8250 or visit www.amargoddess.com.
Sat., Sept. 8, 7 p.m.