The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


April 20, 2014

Dance workshop, show planned

— The stars will shine brightly over the pyramids this month — only these pyramids will be in Beckley. And these stars will both twinkle and dance.

Local belly dance instructor Alexandria and her dance troupe, the Shades of Amber, present their annual workshop and dance extravaganza “Stars Over the Pyramids,” Saturday at the Raleigh County Convention Center.

The workshop will feature renowned instructor Faten Munger, who will also be a guest performer during the show. The workshop is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and is $65 for those who are pre-registered, and $75 at the door. Spots are still available for the workshop, which is for participants ranging from beginners to advanced dancers.

Tickets for the show only are $10.

Alexandria, also known as Sandra Stewart, has been teaching belly dance classes in the area for some 35 years, presenting her annual dance extravaganza for nearly two decades. Her troupes have danced at events and festivals throughout the East Coast.

Dancers from five states will be performing at this year’s show in Beckley. She stresses that belly dancing is an activity that women of all shapes, sizes and ages can enjoy as a creative outlet, for exercise benefits, and for sheer fun.

Munger is a native of Cairo and travels the United States and Europe for workshops and performances. She is a master teacher of Spanish Flamenco and Egyptian Cabaret dance, both of which she will be teaching during the workshop.

Alexandria stresses that the workshops and show are always family-friendly, and all are welcome.

As is the tradition with the annual galas, a number of door prizes have been collected and will be raffled off for donations to a charity. This year donations will be given to the WVU Children’s Hospital, in honor of one of the youngest members of the Ambers Dance Troupe who is undergoing cancer treatments.

Tickets are available from any member of the Ambers Troupe and will be sold at the door. Doors open for the program at 6:45 p.m., and the show will begin at 7:15. For more information contact Sandra Stewart at 304-253-1516.

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