The dancers in our group have diverse dance backgrounds. Most have studied traditional Egyptian and Middle Eastern style bellydance; some have experience in Jazz/Contemporary dance; and there is even a little Spanish dance thrown in for that amazing skirt work! This mix allows us to explore tribal and fusion styles of dance, helping us to create our own unique dialect within the language of tribal style bellydance.
Some of our dancers have taken workshops with Carolena Nerricio of FatChanceBellyDance® (the creator of American Tribal Style®); Megha of Devyani Dance Company; Kajira of Black Sheep Bellydance; Paulette Rees-Denis and Dulcinea of Gypsy Caravan; and Jennifer Neudorf from Saskatoon. As well, some have travelled to locations such as Fargo, Saskatoon, Nebraska and Las Vegas for more training with the local troupes.
Ask any of our dancers why they keep coming back and they will simply say it is FUN! Between the eclectic selection of music that we dance to (from the Digderidoo, to the Black Eyed Peas to Mongolian throat singing, hell . . . let's throw some Scottish bagpipes in for good measure!) and the exotic costuming, tribal dance has allowed many of us to explore that side of our personality that in today's modern society is often suppressed in our everyday lives.
Whether we are preparing for a performance, or just dancing together to new music, we can forget about our daily concerns for that short time we are all together.
We are proud to say that our troupe represents FIVE decades of age ranges, all body shapes and sizes!! Just goes to show . . . anyone CAN dance!
The wonderful women of Prairie Caravan take their dance seriously . . . but not themselves. Laughter is an essential part of "why we do what we do". Life is too short to do it any other way!
The main goal of our troupe is to have fun, share the experience with other women, and to draw the audience along with us along our journey!
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(* Background photo by Tara Fitzgerald)