WildCard BellyDance

Carnival of Stars

by on Apr.22, 2012, under Festivals, Performances, Stories

I hold a sweet spot in my heart for Pepper, one of the producers of Carnival of Stars.  Why, you ask?  Well, she is the one who came up with the name for our troupe, WildCard BellyDance.  It’s hard to come up with a troupe name.  You all know what I am talking about.  First you have to come up with a fabulous name that holds some meaning for you, (that hasn’t already been taken), then you need everyone in the troupe to fall in love with it as well, then you have to consider what image will represent and help brand you.  It’s a lot.  We had a troupe, a format, costumes, music, performances lined up, but alas no name.  We had a troupe slumber party and the goal was to stay awake till we had the perfect name.  By morning we had a couple of semi  okay names, but nothing that we all had fallen in love with.  Sigh.

A couple of days  passed and I got a phone call from Pepper.  She is an amazing dancer, teacher and artist.  I love her sense of humor, when I read her comic books they have me laughing out loud.  Pepper, unbeknownst to me, also has a gift for naming things.  Our troupe was going to be dancing at her festival Carnival of Stars and she wanted to know why I hadn’t sent in the paperwork.  I shared with her our trouble of finding the perfect name.  She offered the name Wild Cats, but I told her I was done with being named after an animal, she laughed and said WildCard BellyDance and it was perfect.  So long story short, WildCard BellyDance will be pleased to perform at Carnival of Stars held at the Richmond Auditorium, in Richmond, CA. The festival is August 4th and 5th and WildCard performs at 4:30  on Sunday.

It’s the only belly dance  and comic book festival that I know of, did I mention they also have a costume contest as well. :)

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