Colorado performers gather in Breckenridge for Bellyween
IF YOU GO
What: Fourth annual Bellyween
When: Saturday, Oct. 10; Doors at 6 p.m., dancing begins at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Riverwalk Center, 150 W Adams Ave, Breckenridge
Cost: $20 for everyone over the age of 10; proceeds benefit Advocates for Victims of Assault
October begins with pumpkin spice flavors, a cold bite in the morning and the promise of snow as the mountain peaks tease us with what’s yet to come. From the beginning of the month, people seem to be in the Halloween holiday spirit as Indian corn decorations are made and hung and costumes are picked out. This year brings some Halloween entertainment to Summit County, a “Bellyween” show.
Saturday, Oct. 10 celebrates the fourth annual Bellyween celebration with a total of 42 performers from all over the state performing at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge. Lucy Finch, event coordinator and head of EveryBelly Dancers is hosting the event. Finch and her group are based in Summit County and with their help, the event is bigger than ever.
“Through all of our dancing around the state we’ve met other performers that we’ve invited to come to Breckenridge and perform,” Finch said.
A small group of about 10, EveryBelly Dancers have performed in Grand Junction as well as all around the Front Range. This year, the Bellyween event will have two hours of performances with a lot of variety in costume, music and dance style, and a 15 minute intermission.
“People have an idea that it’s kind of like, ‘I Dream of Genie,’ but it has evolved into something way bigger than that,” Finch said. “If you’ve never seen anything and you’re coming in kind of expecting ‘I Dream of Genie,’ you’re mind is going to be blown away.”
There will be plenty of variety with 42 performers, each doing their own routine. The headliner, Elizabeth Ashner and her group, Muse, will be performing. Finch said she is very excited and it is sure to impress the crowd.
“Our big headliner is from the Front Range, from Golden. They’re going to do sort of this viking, Valhalla, fire-warrior theme with swords,” Finch said.
After the show, the fun continues with an after party at Napper Tandy’s starting at 10 p.m. where people can mingle and catch a few more performances.
MORE THAN JUST A DANCE
“I am so excited,” Finch said. “This is our fourth year doing it and it gets bigger and better every year.”
The proceeds of the event go to Advocates for Victims of Assault and Finch describes it as a “win-win-win all across the board.” The connection between belly dancing and the Advocates for Victims of Assault may not seem clear but Finch explains how the two came together.
“Surprisingly or maybe not surprisingly, dance can be very healing and there are a pretty high proportion of women, at least in my group in Summit County, that have come to dance as a way of healing through some sort of violent or unwanted sexual encounter in their life,” Finch said. “Belly dancing, I feel like it’s a way for women to kind of just reclaim their own body and love all of the curves and the lumps and the bumps and the jiggles and the wiggles and love themselves. It’s a really powerful dance that way.”
One of the women in the EveryBelly Dancers group was already a volunteer for Advocate for Victims of Assault so when the subject came up, Finch and her group saw it as the perfect opportunity to join.
Belly dancing can be a great way to express oneself or, as Finch says, a great way to reclaim what’s yours. No one is told no when it comes to belly dancing.
“If you want to dance, you can dance,” Finch said.
A group called the Free Spirit Belly Dancers will be performing onstage with people who suffer from disabilities.
“I want people to understand what we’re doing and come out and support us,” Finch said.
The doors open at 6 p.m. and the dancing will begin at 6:30 p.m. The $20 cost for anyone over the age of 10 will go to the Advocates for Victims of Assault. There will also be a silent auction to further benefit the nonprofit. Come and be impressed with the 42 belly dancers and performers and pick up some tips during the after party at Napper Tandy’s. Remember, anyone can be a belly dancer if they want to.
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