Featuring Seraphina, May 17 2013
Seraphina has studied some form of dance her whole life. She did tap and ballet as a kid, was a competitive rhythmic gymnast for four years, and learned jazz and hip hop later. Over ten years ago the mysterious, fluid, and passionate art of belly dance caught her eye when she watched a dance performance at Saturday Market. She took a class with a lady named Easter and loved how Middle Eastern dance can pick up on many subtle musical cues. She continued studying and performing Egyptian Cabaret with Razia in Eugene, as well as Turkish Oriental with Sharita and some Neo Tribal with Jane Archer in Portland. She performed regularly at Mummy’s restaurant, BC’s, and to live music at It’s a Beautiful Pizza in Portland.
After moving back to Eugene, she began performing with MEDGE and other performance groups such as No Shame. She also coordinated a social justice oriented dance show at the UofO called Ghosts of Progress, as well as belly dance fundraisers at Cozmic for tsunami survivors in Japan and a local environmental activist group. Since then she’s studied Turkish Romany belly dance with Aliya and Reyhan, as well as tribal fusion with Ashley Lopez and Devon Polynone. She joined Siren’s Dance Company at the UofO, and has collaborated with Sarina, Margarita, and Tribal Mayhem in performances with MEDGE, Fusion Friendly variety shows, and coordinated monthly shows at El Jarro Azul. She continues to take every opportunity to expand and refine her dance repertoire.
Her style draws mainly from Turkish Oriental, Turkish Romany, and Tribal Fusion bellydance with some Cabaret undertones. She believes in dance attitude is everything and puts a strong emphasis on personality and musicality as a performer. Her aim is to inspire the imagination and be a strong visual interpretation of whatever music she dances to. Dance has been her muse, her therapy, and her passion for many years now and she’s honored to share it with MEDGE. She’s grateful for the supportive and inspirational dance community in Eugene and has lots of love for them.