I met Amy Smith on a LinkedIn group for dance historians. Amy, aka “Alizal Afet,” is the editor and publisher of bellydancenewengland.com, a webzine for bellydancers in the New England region that includes feature stories, reviews, and event announcements. She is also associate producer of a documentary on the bellydance scene in New England. “Aziza!” (produced and directed by DeAnna Putnam) documents the “nightclub era” in the Boston area between 1950-1980. This is a period of dance that often gets skipped over on the cabaret-to-tribal oral chronologies. Amy has given me permission to share this 12 minute clip of that documentary with you. I found it tremendously interesting and look foreward to its completion. And wait ’til you hear George Abdo’s eastern Massachusetts accent! Who knew?
Renée Rothman, PhD
Dancer, writer, thinker, worker, and all that jazz
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