Black Isles Bellydance combines traditional and contemporary music and dance from around the world. Fans and audience members of all ages and cultures find the group’s performance intriguing and captivating. The group performs at festivals and events throughout the Twin Cities and the Midwest.
The musicians of Black Isles Bellydance play traditional instruments such as the oud, melodica, doumbek/darbuka, riq, indian tabla, violin, flute, acoustic guitar, and accordion. As experts, as well as students of their craft, they orchestrate classical arabic tunes specifically for this group of instruments. The musicians truly have a love for music; interpreting and performing tunes from all over the world, including Egypt, India, Turkey, Greece, and many others. They also compose tunes, such as Ba’emptza Halilah, Nischaf, and Tohm, written by Matt Levitt.
The dance of Black Isles Bellydance is unique and unforgettable. The group’s dancers embellish on their belly dancing foundation, incorporating other dance styles such as ballet, American Tribal Style, Funkstyle, Hip Hop, and Odissi to create a distinct fusion performance. The ability to create original choreography, that engage and captivate their audience, is where the dancers thrive. Having a multitude of props at their disposal, it is not uncommon for many dances to include fans, feathers, swords, vases, veils, zills, drums, and fire.
Black Isles Bellydance provides unparalleled entertainment. As they strive to educate their audience members, the group welcomes any and all questions about their dance, music, and show as a whole. As the Minnesota Renaissance Festival's premier bellydance group, Black Isles Bellydance has had the opportunity to perform to hundreds of thousands of audience members, most of whom become immediate fans. Black Isles Bellydance has also performed at private parties and weddings, and many other venues throughout Minnesota and the Midwest.