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Belly Dance on the Boulevard with Joie Grandbois

June 8, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Date: June 8th, 2:00 – 3:00 PM

Location: Some place in the shade

Cost: Free or by donation

Grab your hip scarf and join belly dance instructor Joie Grandbois for belly dance on the boulevard.  Come move, dance and celebrate summer’s imminent return.  All levels of belly dance are welcome.  The hour begins with a gentle warm up followed by a low impact belly dance lesson plus time to share movement with open dancing.

Live music will be provided by drummer Stephen Carpenter!

Bring yourself, some water, sunscreen and your happy feet!  Hip scarfs will be available for borrowing.


Joie Grandbois

Dancer, choreographer, musician, writerstoryteller. Whether she is using the medium of dance, rhythm or words Joie seeks to bring to life the character present in a creative work. A lifelong dancer Joie entered the world of belly dance through the side door of raqs gothique after falling in love with its dramatic storytelling nature. Her dance explorations have also led to a study of cabaret and Turkish styles of the dance expanding her love of the art form. She is also a student of Middle Eastern percussion, specifically the riqq, and has a love of playing the zills. Blending the arts of music and theater with the improvisational nature of belly dance she brings drama, humor and an appreciation for the unexpected to the stage.

In teaching theatrical belly dance Joie seeks to share not only technique but to also create a safe space for dancers to explore and step beyond their creative boundaries. She hopes to initiate the conversation between artist and muse so that each dancer may connect with and express their own unique voice.

She is the founder and director of the street vaudeville performance troupe Dark Follies which formed in 2008 and performs as a solo artist around New England.. She teaches Theatrical and Exploratory Belly Dance in Portland, Maine at Bright Star World Dance. www.joiegrandbois.blogspot.com www.darkfollies.com joiegrandbois@gmail.com

Stephen Carpenter

Stephen Carpenter, has been studying hand percussion for most of the current century with a particular focus on the rhythms of the middle east. Stephen has played with variety of performers in Maine and around New England in both stage and classroom settings. Through the voice of the drum and ney he seeks to create a conversation between the music, dancer and audience. He is a founding member of the band Spoonmaker’s Diamond and for the past four years he has been the musical director for the Portland, Maine based street vaudeville troupe Dark Follies. Stephen is also a professional woodworker who crafts many of the instruments he plays upon


June 8, 2014
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Baxter Boulevard
Portland, ME 04101 United States + Google Map