ST. PETE BEACH – Hip Expressions Belly Dance Studio will host its monthly 1001 Nights belly dance show on Friday, July 11 at St. Petersburg Nights Russian Restaurant & Dinner Theatre, 6800 Sunset Way, St. Pete Beach.
Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show is followed by a dance party with live music by Boris & Sax. Cost is $15 for the public, $10 for Hip Expressions members, and $5 for children.
This month’s featured dancer, Lacey Sanchez of Orlando, will bring down the house with her “snakey” moves, incredible flexibility and stunning isolations. Sanchez began her journey into tribal belly dance at age 15 in southern California and almost immediately began performing at tribal events and other venues. She danced throughout high school and pursued a dance degree at Victor Valley Community College, studying ballet, jazz, modern, and ballroom dances as well. While an injury prevented her from pursuing a career in classical dance, since belly dance is performed barefoot, her doctor encouraged her to continue this art form. Sanchez studied, taught and performed belly dance and cabaret style for four years in central Florida before her love of tribal belly dance was reignited. She launched Florida Tribal Dance in November 2006 and is currently the director of Florida Tribal Dance Troupes Black V, Blue Caravan, and Silver Sage. With more than 15 years of experience, she is an active performer and teacher.
While in town, Sanchez will also offer a belly dance workshop on Saturday, July 12, noon to 2 p.m. at Hip Expressions Belly Dance Studio, 2033 54th Ave. N., St. Petersburg. She will break down some of her favorite fusion moves, work on proper posture and arms and teach some fun and challenging combos that can be linked together for a short choreography or worked into one’s own dance. All levels are welcome. Cost is $35 by Saturday, July 5 or $45 after that date. Call 251-5241 or visit www.hip-expressions.com.
The 1001 Nights dance showcase will also include performances from Hip Expressions students, teachers and professional dancers.
The 1001 Nights show takes place on the second Friday of each month. A full menu is available at the show, as well as a full bar. For reservations, call 727-363-3832. For performance or vending space, call 727-251-5241.