Communicating through Cholis: Group Identity and Aesthetics in Tribal Belly Dance Costumes
Lecture description: Belly dance costumes, especially in tribal style belly dance, exhibit folkloric characteristics in terms of their creation, assemblage, and communication. This lecture will use an academic folklore studies framework to help interpret the many meanings of belly dance costumes in various contexts.
Jeana Jorgensen has been belly dancing for over half her life. With a PhD in folklore from Indiana University, she studies gender and sexuality in fairy tales, as well as representations of identity in dance and body art. She is a certified Sister Studio of FatChance BellyDance®, and directs the American Tribal Style® troupe Indy Tribal. She also performs as a tribal fusion soloist and fire dancer.