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Bellydance Superstars to perform

November 4, 2010
from staff reports

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents the Bellydance Superstars' Bombay Bellywood at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Byham Theater.

This performance is part of the 2010-11 Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series.

Bellydance Superstars' Bombay Bellywood is an interpretation of Bollywood that weaves traditional bellydance with Indian dance styles, costuming and music.

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ON?TOUR — Bellydance Superstars, the world’s only touring bellydance troupe, will perform its Bombay Bellywood show, a fusion of tribal, Egyptian and cabaret styles, Nov. 17 at the Byham Theater.

Performing a cross-section of tribal, Egyptian and cabaret styles, the Bellydance Superstars take an ancient art form into mainstream dance performance.

More than half a million people saw Bellydance Superstars for the first time on the Lollapalooza rock tour in 2003.

Since then, the dance troupe has performed at the Folies Bergere, Paris, in 2005 and has continued to tour throughout the world. Bellydance Superstars films have been televised on PBS, the Documentary Channel and Direct TV-Latin America.

In 2009, Bellydance Superstars performed in more than 20 countries, and, over the years, the group has taught workshops in the art of bellydance around the world.

Bellydance Superstars was founded and produced by music executive Miles Copeland, the former manager of R.E.M., Sting and the Police. Copeland's interest in bellydance began in 2002, when he sponsored a bellydance competition in Hollywood to promote an Arabic record.

Bellydancers from around the country participated in the competition, and Copeland's idea to promote a bellydance troupe on tour began.

Bellydance Superstars is the only professional dance company of its kind on tour.

The artists come from a variety of dance backgrounds, ranging from Egyptian, Mexican, Latin, classical ballet and jazz.

Tickets can be purchased for $20.75, $32.75 and $37.75 at the Box Office at Theater Square, located at 655 Penn Avenue; by calling (412) 456-6666; or online at

Groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets by calling (412) 471-6930.

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