Belly dancing at the brasserie: Several artists will perform at Salado | The life

The sounds and gyrations of Persia come to Salado as the Barrow Brewing Company hosts professional belly dancers for a 6 p.m. show on Friday, February 25.

The event will feature five dancers from Texas, including Salado’s Bridget Genevieve.

“The last time we were here was just before the COVID-19 shutdown in 2020,” Genevieve said. “Since then, there have been very few opportunities for dancers, either at the professional or community level. For some of us, this is only the second time in almost two years that we have real people to dance with. Also, I really like this place.

In addition to Geneviève, other artists will include Jeanette, Bahia, Saqra and Rania. Each performer has their own style and will bring something special to the show. Jeanette fuses American and Egyptian styles. Bahia is a leader in the Texas belly dancing community with over 20 years of experience in the industry. Saqra is an award-winning performer and instructor. Rania is a pure-blooded Egyptian born and raised in the United States and uses belly dancing to reconnect with her culture. Geneviève, who started dancing at age 12, has moves that can be described as modern Egyptian with a fun and seductive twist.

Barrow owner KD Hill said she wanted to bring the event back to help her customers experience new things.

“We wanted to provide a different cultural experience for everyone, she said. “We did it in 2020, and it was a success. We wanted to do it again. It’s really an opportunity for us to showcase this beautiful culture of the Roma people and the belly dancing community.

The dancers will be accompanied by a local musician who will create the sounds for the women to dance.

“They’ll have a drummer,” Hill said. “We saw that the dancers work very well with certain drummers, and it becomes a collaboration between the two. It’s a great performance. »

She added that those in attendance would also have the chance to learn the moves and not just watch them.

“I expect the evening to end with an invitation to the audience to try belly dancing,” Hill said. “It’s always fun too. By then people have had a beer or two and they feel uninhibited.

Hill said she believes people are open to new experiences if they are allowed to try them.

“When we opened our doors, we were the only microbrewery in the county, and our best sellers were lagers and light, crisp beers,” she said. “Over the past six years, we’ve branched out and introduced different flavors and styles of beer, and people have found that trying something new opens their eyes to a different experience and different parts. of the world. It always opens them up to new conversations.

Hill said she enjoys using her business to create a space for people to not only have a good time, but also expand their minds.

“A lot of what we do here in Barrow provides space for the community,” she said. “We think when people sit down together over a beer, they open their hearts to experience something new. I know it feels like we’re aiming for the moon, but it happens. People are just incredible.

The event is free and open to the public at 108 Royal St. in Salado.

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