Almost six years ago I flew to Portland Oregon to train with the Gypsy Caravan Dance Company. It was spring. Portland was in bloom. Cherry blossom, rain, bookshops, clogs, fresh coffee, bright sunshine and dancing. Laughter. Then more dancing. I loved the city almost as much as the spirit and kinship of the studio.
Tribal belly dance is about connection – connection to our selves, to the music and to each other. It’s about moving with unified purpose, sharing and soul. Community is too, isn’t it? I think about it a lot – Portland. And the importance of community.
I’m on my way back today. Part of me feels as if I’m flying home. Maybe our spirit still travels occasionally to the places we have lived and loved.
Posted by Louisa Thomsen Brits on 18 April 2012