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In this choreography based workshop, Diana shares her take on saidi, a celebration of contrasts of what's powerful within the feminine where both strength and sensuality share dance space. Diana firmly believes that the best innovation is rooted in tradition and so this piece builds from a strong folkloric background into new stylizations for a piece that is both fierce and fun.
Workshop participants are invited to stay after the 2 hour dance workshop for some hummus and wine and a spirited discussion about fusion in the belly dance world!
Diana Soto is an up-and-coming Puerto Rican choreographer, performer and dance assistant
professor at the University of Puerto Rico. Her style is peppered with a creative flair while
cultivating a clear technique and genuine feeling grounded in Arab dance. On stage and in the
classroom she is engaging and vibrant, connecting with audiences and students alike.
With a research MA in Cultural Analysis from the University of Amsterdam, Soto taught in 2016
the first ever course on Middle Eastern Dance at the University of Puerto Rico, an
interdisciplinary exploration into the diversity of Arab dances and the discourses behind
Orientalism and Eurocentrism.
Diana will be performing in the July 28, Sunday 7:30 show at GBDAC2019.