Summer in the City
Date posted: July 15, 2011
I adore the summer in Toronto! The weather is beautiful with clear bright blue skies, hot temperatures, and a wide variety of awesome summer festivals all over the city, from east to west and north to south! Summer is also the time of year where we do lots of belly dance performances at outdoor festivals and community events in the city. This year has been no exception.
Just this past weekend, I, along with two of my student dancers, were invited by the Warden Woods Community Centre to perform at their yearly Taste of the Woods Festival. We performed for the first time at the event last year and it was exciting to be invited back as we had a great time performing for the crowd last year. The Taste of the Woods Festival is a great event in Scarborough, where community members gather at the centre, sample delicious multicultural foods and see performances that ranged from singing, Tai Chi demonstrations, and of course, bellydance, to name a few. I even managed to do a bit of food sampling myself before our performance with a couple spring rolls, some tandoori chicken, and a vegetarian dish that was delicious, but I don’t know what it was called. I also spied with my little eyes jerk chicken with peas and rice and curry and roti. There was an abundance of mouth-watering treats for all your hunger needs!
I performed, along with my longtime students, Camille and Elizabeth, for a very enthusiastic crowd. At the end of our performance, we found some very great young dancers in the audience who participated and showed us their awesome bellydancing skills. I also have to give a special shout out to the two boys by the DJ booth who were AMAZING bellydancers and with a little coaxing, strutted their stuff with us in front of the audience. Camille even managed to start a bellydance train! I’m not sure how she did it, but all we could do was join in! Choo-choo!
Next up, we’ll be performing at the Scarborough Village Summer Festival on Saturday, July 23rd. This will also be our second year performing at this event. We are so lucky in Toronto to have big, wonderful summer festivals every year, but we’re luckier still in Scarborough that we have a variety of community festivals of our own that we get to enjoy! These are some of my favourite events to dance at because it’s a way to really connect with the community close to home. Check out some more Photos from the Taste of the Woods 2011.