In case we were in danger of forgetting that belly dancing exists outside of Shakira videos, The Fridge’s concert series is opening its doors on June 7 to bring us Oriental Dance. The show, which features the best of Dubai’s dancers, is headed by performer, choreographer and teacher Dareen. She hopes to show us that her craft is ‘an art form – it can help you open your heart, open your soul and tell your story’.
Originally from Belarus, Dareen spent most of her childhood in the East and as an adult discovered her true passion in the region’s traditional dance. The first time she saw a woman belly dancing, she was hooked. ‘I just suddenly found what I needed,’ she explains. Since then, she has studied the art academically alongside her practical exploration.
We can only imagine the things she knows about the dance form, and perhaps by the end of the evening we’ll know a little more ourselves – the show aims to shed light on the complexity and history of oriental dance. The intimate setting will allow Dareen to explain the meaning and background behind her performance.
But don’t expect lectures – the primary goal is to entertain. Dareen is a seasoned performer, choreographer and teacher and her troupe consists of the best oriental dancers Dubai has to offer. We’re promised colourful costumes and toe-tapping music in a show that combines traditional oriental influences with modern pop culture.
And as for the dance moves? They’re mesmerising, and these guys make it look easy. If you’ve ever tried belly dancing, you’ll know how difficult it is – we skipped right past ‘Hips Don’t Lie’ and came dangerously close to hip replacement – although Dareen is adamant that it is ‘the dance of a woman and any woman can do it.’ Maybe we’ll pick up some tips.
Oriental Dance with Dareen is at The Fridge in Al Quoz, June 7, Dhs50.