She was the only Filipina performer at the Fourth World Belly Dance Day, an annual gathering of professional belly dancers from around the world showcasing their skills and talent. She was one of those who wowed the mesmerized audience with her top-class performance, grace and sophistication.
“It felt so good representing the country. It was like telling the world, ‘Hey, we can belly dance too!’” says professional belly dancer Rosalia “Kim” R. Kong of Bellyfest Philippines, who joined local and international belly dancers from Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, China, Ukraine, and France in displaying a wide range of styles, techniques and combinations just using the pelvis and hips.
The World Belly Dance Day is held in the month of May in Malaysia and other countries to promote the authentic forms of belly dance.
The venue was jam-packed with of spectators who wanted to see belly dancers in their beautiful costumes and with their graceful moves. Kong thinks it might be because in Malaysia, most women are always covered from head to foot.
“It’s an opportunity for them to witness bare bellies, especially men,” says Kong, who was recognized in the 2010 Belly Dance Festival in Bali, Indonesia as a “talented and charismatic bellydancer.”
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