A feast for the Senses
By SALLY GORDON
THE first time Francesca Attanasio laid eyes on the 1962 epic film Lawrence of Arabia, she knew that when she was older, belly dancing would be part of her life.
"At the beginning of the movie there is a massive genie who has a belly dancer on his palm, I knew from seeing that scene I was going to be a belly dancer," she said.
The Coffs Harbour dance teacher was classically trained in dance from the age of four. Three decades on, and Ms Attanasio continues to actively pursue her passion for dance.
In her early 20s, Ms Attanasio began to take an interest in tribal dance styles, which led her into the art of belly dancing.
Once a month you can find Ms Attanasio teaching tribal and belly dancing at the South Grafton Emporium.
Tomorrow, her school, Tribal Earth Belly Dance, will perform a number of dances from 11am at the Multicultural Festival of the Five Senses at Grafton's Market Square main stage.
Women from the Clarence Valley and Coffs Harbour will perform a veil and tribal dance using zills (finger symbols) and a sword.
Ms Attanasio said international dance had become a favourite recreational past time for many women .
"People get hooked, once they grasp the concept and start getting the technique, they become fully addicted," she said.
"It allows women to be in touch with themselves, be who they want to be, dress up, have fun and get fit.
"It's a time for them to be women and be empowered with feminine energy."
Performances from Tribal Earth Belly Dance will be just one of many cultural events delighting audiences tomorrow at the Multicultural Festival of the Five Senses.
Festival goers will experience a range of multicultural activities, from singing and dancing performances to workshops, music, information stalls and delicious food from around the globe.
All workshops and performances are free and will kick off at 10am at Grafton's Mar- ket Square in Prince Street.