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World-Acclaimed Bellydance Superstars to Unveil Vibrant New Production The Art of Bellydance on American Tour
December 15, 2008

"The Art of Bellydance" - the exhilarating new show from Miles Copeland's world-acclaimed Bellydance Superstars - will debut when the troupe deploys on a very special 2009 U.S. tour, set to begin this coming February.

The Bellydance Superstars have been at the forefront of the dramatic worldwide growth in prestige and popularity of the art of Bellydance itself, taking this once largely solo dance and ancient art of Middle Eastern culture into the 21st Century mainstream as a major theatrical dance extravaganza appealing to a wide spectrum of dance enthusiasts. Featuring bold new choreography, exquisite costumes and new production elements, "The Art of Bellydance" builds on the troupe's renowned reputation in highlighting a variety of bellydance styles and unique fusions painting bellydance with a broad palette in a way the world's major stages have never played host to before.

Ever-evolving, ultra-innovative and mega-popular, the Bellydance Superstars have continued to wow crowds and break new ground in 2008, proving the troupe can compete head on with the likes of mainstream dance shows such as Riverdance. Worldwide TV interest spiked in 2008 with PBS stations broadcasting the troupe's Live in Paris show - filmed at the famed Follies Bergère - the Documentary Channel airing BDSS doc "American Bellydancer" in November, and DirecTV in Latin America airing both shows in October to strong response.

2008 marked the Bellydance Superstars first shows performed in the Arab world where they received rave reviews, a highly successful tour of Italy and Spain, and acclaimed performances in Dubai and Morocco (returning to Morocco in late 2009 for shows in Casablanca and Marrakesh). In addition, the BDSS launched four new annual Bellydance festivals: Raqs LA and TribaLA in Los Angeles, TribaLondon in London and Raqs America in Washington DC. Even more doors are set to open in 2009 with the first Bellydance Superstars tour of Japan in May, a tour of Scandinavia in November and BDSS' inaugural Raqs event in Italy, Raqs Italia, May 29-31, in Bologna.

Referred to as "the most important dance troupe in the world" by London's Sunday Times, the Bellydance Superstars is the realized vision of Copeland, legendary music business mogul (The Police, Sting, I.R.S. Records). Comprised of America's best-known, most sought-after bellydancers, the troupe has performed over 500 shows (including many sell outs) in 20 countries in the last five years, wowing over one million enthusiastic fans in venues and 100 million on television, with their fascinating live performances.

CRITICAL ACCLAIM FOR THE BELLYDANCE SUPERSTARS:

"Bellydance comes of age in America with the Bellydance Superstars." - Global Rhythm

"Bellydancing has burst out of the harem, into exercise classes around the world, and a stunning new troupe of international hip-wigglers- the Bellydance Superstars- are poised to be the next Riverdance." - Sunday Times Magazine (London)

"Bellydance Superstars, America's latest musical extravaganza- a new show to rival the internationally successful 'Riverdance' is currently touring the globe." - Egypt's Insight (Egypt)

"The audience is left blown away within the first 5 minutes of the opening set...The Bellydance Superstars demonstrate beauty, power, energy, sheer vivacity and brilliance as they grace the stage...At times the music and dance is so mesmerizing you think you are sitting in Egypt or Arabia." - DesiXpress (UK) "Bellydancing is on the rise - as an art form, as a way to get in shape, and as a cultural connection to the Middle East and India...Bellydance Superstars mixes exotic sounds, colorful costumes and sensual dance to pull of one heck of a show." - Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ)

"Gorgeous, spiffily dressed, skilled dancers…sheer genius." - Village Voice (New York)

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