Congratulations to our New Troupe Dancers!

Congratulations to our most recent class of apprentices who have been inducted into full troupe status! These dancers have met apprenticeship requirements which include:

  • being a student of Ishra’s advanced-level Sapphire class for at least one year
  • performing in and assisting at a minimum number of gigs
  • embodying a certain level of technical ability in Bellydance
  • having an appreciation for Bellydance culture and history
  • have positive camaraderie with existing troupe members
Photos by Loft Photography.
Photos by Loft Photography. Dancers, left to right: Audrea, Alaina, Siyobin, Olivia, Eleanor.

About the Invoketress Dance Troupe Apprenticeship Program

Invoketress Dance Apprentices are hand-selected students of Ishra’s who are invited to join the troupe in an apprenticeship with the intentions of eventually becoming a full member of Invoketress Dance Troupe. She has identified these dancers based on their technical abilities, emotive qualities, appreciation for the culture and art form, and their camaraderie with existing troupe members. The apprenticeship gives these students the opportunity to experience the administrative and business side of performing at public and private functions and to learn about some of the logistics that exist in the world of professional Bellydance. They may also be invited to perform alongside Invoketress at various gigs to develop and enhance performance and stage skills (e.g., more intricate choreography, improvisation, musicality, emoting, audience engagement) that comes with such experience.

~ M.W.

Troupe Apprentices’ First Gig – Guelph & District Multicultural Festival

The Guelph & District Multicultural Festival is an annual event for us. We love performing on this community-oriented stage and seeing all the other cultural acts. Last year, we even had the honour of being Saturday-night show-closers! We have been cursed with rain almost every single year, though and this one was no exception. We still had a very warm and engaging crowd this past Sunday, June 8th. Thanks to everyone who sat in the rain to watch us perform!

It was also the debut of our five dancers in our Invoketress Troupe Apprentice program. These dancers joined Ishra’s challenging Sapphire Level class in September, 2013 and have been joining us for troupe rehearsals, working on some pieces for fall’s MOSAIC fusion show.  Our new Sapphire Drum piece was also debuted at the festival. There was a fresh excitement and nervous energy that came from the “rookies” – an energy that had somewhat gotten lost along the way. The troupe had become so seasoned at performing at various gigs in front of crowds and it was nice to feel some nervous energy again! And of course, they all did us proud and did a beautiful job performing alongside troupe – they blended in seamlessly! Come see them again at our Belly Blush Student Recital!

Congratulations to Alaina, Audrea, Eleanor, Olivia and Siyobin!

~ M.W.

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They did it! Troupe apprentices Siyobin, Alaina, Olivia, Audrea, and Eleanor did their first performance alongside Invoketress.
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Can you tell who the apprentices are? We can’t, either! Photo by Shala Kashani.
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Photo by Shala Kashani.

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