Tribal Fest 13 will stand in history as the year of the men. Paige Lawrence and Frank Farinaro's (among many others) Uru Tribe became the first all-male belly dance troupe to perform at Tribal Fest, and they brought down the house. This was not a one-off, and the performance was not ground breaking just because of the novelty of gender. What Frank and all the other men of Tribal Fest are doing is defining a new and decidedly male aesthetic in an art form that has been centered around feminine beauty standards for over a hundred years. That men are capable of the same isolation and fluidity of movement as their female counterparts is obvious, but what they brought to this years event was a masculine fierceness true to many tribal dance forms. And it has been a long time coming. The enthusiasm and support for these ground breaking dancers is a testament to the tribal belly dance community's commitment to embracing movers of all kinds and the concept of dance as a living, evolving form.
In their own words:
"Sisters, this is all your fault. We are here because you have shown us the kindness, acceptance and encouragement we need to pursue this dance as a life path. You are the ones who made us feel welcome, who taught us to find our own unique voices and we are here today sisters because we stand on your shoulders."
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