you SO MUCH for making our event one of the best we've had.
Your dancing was so dramatic and compelling visually. Kids
were amazed. I’ve heard nothing but positive feedback
-- Tamara Grogan Greenfield High
it's the art form you practice and the social impact that
you have when you dance that is your most important contribution
in my mind. While belly dancing may be most popular in the
Middle East, one doesn't need to speak Arabic or embrace Islam
to understand this dance form, love it, and delight in watching
those who perform it. The joyfulness exuded by you and your
dancers has more capacity to melt social barriers than any
other activity I know.
You are self-directed, joyful, celebrative, culturally neutral,
and aggressively inclusive. Perhaps you can explain to your
dancers that my admiration is real, is based on experience,
but that what is in my heart is not very translatable. Tell
them that I think that they are all beautiful, that what they
do is sublime and important, and that the world needs them."--
"I want to thank the Crescent Dancers for a wonderful
evening. Everyone has been so enthusiastic about the performance.
Here is what people have said: “brilliant and imaginative
costumes”, “gracious” ,”welcomed all
age groups” ,”willingly answered questions from
teens and expanded on the information,engaged audience”
,“hopefully you will return” ,”lovely”
,”costumes stupendous”, “enjoyable”,
In addition, yesterday at our teen advisory meeting three
of the teens who had been at the performance gave a report
complete with demonstration! They were enthralled by the presentation.
Thanks so much!" -- Anne Cutler-Russo, Athol Library
with the Crescent Dancers was a very positive experience for
me. The workshop and the show were very well organized; every
detail attended to.
Every member of the group went above and beyond to be sure
everything ran smoothly and to see that my needs and the needs
of the class and audience were met. It was a very professional
event". -- Dolores Matzen
program was great, truly it was. I was so pleased about it
and wished I could have stayed till the very end. As I told
my supervisor afterward, you all struck exactly the right
note for teenagers, balancing education with
performance and a little thoughtfulness with a lot of fun.
You put everyone at ease and made us feel a part of it. And
you also did a great job of fitting several different dances
into a reasonably short program. It was quite a treat to see
several different styles of dance, different performer, and
different costumes. Each dance was
a wonderful experience in itself. I know I just loved the
costumes -- it was just so much fun to see them all (especially
since, as you pointed out, the ethnic style is "in"
at the moment.) And you kept things moving along
smoothly with the changes in music, even in an unfamiliar
and rather small space." -- Martha Coons, Young
Adult Librarian, Springfield City Library