Bellyography December: Adina – December 2007

I have long admired the elegant and flowing dance style of Adina, and her beautiful solo performances have made me take notice. Adina possesses a grace and assurance on stage that is attractive and appealing to an audience, projecting strength and delicacy at the same time. She has also mastered the veil, sword and zils and appears to be a welcome addition to any show. Imagine my surprise a few years ago when I saw her dancing with Dragomi, one of Salt Lake’s dynamic Urban Tribal Fusion dance troupes. Not only that, but she had a flexibility and intensity that I had never perceived in her cabaret performances. I loved it, and I decided that she is one dancer we would all like to know better.

Photo: Robert Hirschi

Adina was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, and she has always been in love with dancing, studying jazz and ballet from age 14. In 1997, on a whim, she looked up Kismet in the yellow pages and started taking belly dance classes. She says:

“From the minute I stepped into the Kismet studio and saw exactly what belly dancing was, I was hooked. I felt I had found a way to continue dancing for many years. I also loved the sisterhood aspect amongst many of the women in this community.”

Adina danced with Kismet’s troupe and taught classes there for a while, but soon her own independence took hold. She became co-director and teacher of Desert Journey School of Dance and founder/director of Desert Journey Dance Company. Adina Says:

“I formed my own dance troupe, Desert Journey, and I have been with Dragomi for the past two years. I am truly half and half. I love the cabaret style of Desert Journey and the earthy tribal style of Dragomi. Cabaret is my fun side where I can interact with the audience, which I love, and I also just adore the glitzy glamour of cabaret.

“Dragomi and Urban Tribal represent the darker, more mysterious part of me. And I really have to work on my flexibility to perform Dragomi’s choreography. It is hard to explain. This style of dance is more emotional and comes from a deeper part of myself.

“I love the expanding growth in the Utah belly dance community. In the beginning, we seemed so small and contained, and today our dancing is all encompassing and very diverse. I am truly excited to see where we are going to go from here.”

Adina will continue to dance with Dragomi and Desert Journey, but she has stopped teaching in order to become a full-time mother. Last year, she and her husband adopted two children, one a newborn infant. They were foster parents and they were given the opportunity to legally make these precious babies part of their family. Two children in one year is a big change and would definitely require a stay-at-home mom. Well done, Adina! Congratulations!