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Troupe Amate

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Hip bumps and shoulder rolls. Glitzy costumes and coin belts.

This colorful form of expression is belly dance. Troupe Amate was established about a year ago in the Quad Cities.

Amate is Spanish and means love yourself.

The dance troupe has nine members.  Bez Lancial is the director. She says belly dance empowers women, it is a form of art, and also a terrific way for women to exercise.

The dance focuses on using the upper parts of the body.

The music, costumes, and dance routines are part of the glamour.

Lisa Dalton has arthritis and says belly dance is improving her quality of life. She is much more flexible, and also says she has lost twenty pounds, thanks to this type of dance.

Angie Bollman is one of the new members in the class. Belly dance has helped to improve her posture and boost her self- confidence.

The troupe meets regularly, and will be putting on a show to benefit Christian Care, a shelter housing homeless and domestic abuse victims.

That event will be on April 26th at Cool Beanz in Rock Island from 5-8pm.

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