Melina of Daughters of Rhea’s Mission Statement in teaching Belly Dance:
To encourage women’s unique expression of their wild, most ecstatic selves through the ancient art of belly dance.
To celebrate life, creativity and community.
To couple technique and precision with enthusiasm and passion. To be industrious in practice so we can be Dionysian in performance.
To pay attention to breath and the moment.
To be in our bodies with pride, grace, awareness and open hearts.
To be, in just measure: relevant and irreverent, playful and profound.
To be thoughtful, wise and informed in our self-presentation, dance choices and performance contexts.
To celebrate somatic diversity and salute individual strengths.
To be open to transformation and revelation at every stage of our dance career.
To leave a trace, cause a ripple….to open new spaces to beauty.
Daughters of Rhea: an international, multi-generational, life of dance experiment.