Ansuya Monroe can relate. She learned to dance when she was just 4 from her mother, Jenaeni, who was a well-known dancer in Los Angeles and New York in the '60s and '70s. She said she's "proud" to be a belly dancer -- that the dance style "gives you a glimpse into the mysterious world of the Middle East on several levels."
"One is by feasting your eyes on the elaborate and ornate costuming that combines jewelry, fabrics and make up from all over this diverse land," Monroe said.
Belly dancing also lets the audience feel the emotions of people in the Mideast through their music -- both their voices and their instruments, she said.
Belly dancers connect with that music, Monroe said, combining it with dance to "portray the drama, sensuality, conflict and joys of life."
It's something women have been doing for ages, Monroe said, and modern-day belly dancing is "an example of a bridge between cultures, uniting us through our common understanding and appreciation of feminine strength."
It may sound a little New Age, but Lesser thinks the show will keep people's interests even if they're not quite as immersed in belly dancing. There will be a lot of modern music and energetic movement, he said.
Arencibia noted that one of the numbers involves "cane dancing," which is just what it sounds like: dancing with canes. She has a solo and promised lots of spins and turns.""