Delilah is a trail blazing visionary for the art of American belly dancing. In recognition, she is an invited guest star teacher, performer and lecturer at the International Belly Dance Conference in Toronto this April 2010.
Delilah is one of a kind; a celebrity and Grand Dame among belly dancers. Some call her a belly dance sage. She is not only a superb, passionate performer and instructor, but also an author, innovator, producer, sponsor and promoter to so many other fellow dancers and musicians (see Family & Friends). She sincerely loves belly dance in all its facets. To her, the dance is always in transition and never stationary. She loves how belly dance is a path to self discovery and how it helps women grow and empower themselves. If women are stronger and self empowered it leads to healthier families and world community. Women can belly dance at any age and in all walks of life; be they short, tall, stacked or flat, big as a barn, skinny as a rail, girl scout, maiden, crone, gay, tranny, or granny or even a guy…all of it.
One thing about Delilah is, where she leads dancers follow! She quite literally leads parades, retreats, dancers into the ocean, technology and the business of belly dance.
Delilah invites a way of belly dancing that prepares the dancer for more than for the stage. She engages their body, heart and soul. Delilah is a living testimonial that this dance keeps you young vibrant and alive. Her track record shows she is an effervescent fountain of ideas, creativity and action and is not about to slow down any day soon! Anyone who knows her will a testify to this.
“Look out! She has her yellow pencil in her hand!” says Armando, of the musical duo, Sirocco. He has been witness to the amazingly imaginative laboratories she prepares for dancers to explore, experiment, and examine their own dances. This creates personal growth for everyone concerned. She sets specially designed, thought provoking coursework, concerts and projects to facilitate the themes and the styles of her invited guest dancers and musicians.
Delilah’s stylistic approach is spontaneous. She maps out her dance in her mind but rarely does it look choreographed. She just knows her music and rides it like a surf board. Using the energy of live music and a close proximity audience as in a theater in the round is where she is most at home . There is no substitute for seeing her in a live performance. When in Seattle, you should take the opportunity to see Delilah perform to traditional live music with the duo Erik Brown and Stephen Elaimy or the full 6 piece traditional Arabic music ensemble known as House of Tarab (see Calendar). Delilah has co-produced the band’s two outstanding CDs “House of Tarab” & “Beledi”.
To her credit she has been the featured dancer on at least 45 instructional, performance and do
cumentary video/DVD productions that have been marketed and distributed around the globe. Her latest DVD releases are the Limited Edition, best of The Power Belly Show series by Visionary Dance Productions (VDP) and a concert performance DVD, Power and Passion by Soulfire Productions due out in early 2010.
Her “original” videos takes you back to 1988. Yes, that’s right. Unlike many of the programs from that time period, “Delilah’s Belly Dance Workshop” video series have been protected, remastered, and new footage has been added by the dedicated folks at VDP. They are even more valuable today than in the beginning, as each volume went from 90 minutes to 3 hours on DVD. Since those comprehensive baseline instructional videos were produced, she has steadily brought new programs to the table creatively taking the dance further than the average dancer could have imagined. Since 2003, Visionary Dance has released seven new titles. The yearly releases are only possible because of the ongoing love and support of dancers everywhere for which VDP and Delilah are so grateful.
Many of the top dancers of today have personally told Delilah that it was the early “Delilah’s Belly Dance Workshop” series that inspired them to seriously pursue belly dancing as more than a hobby. They recommend her instructional programs to their students. What could be more rewarding and make a dedicated dancer more happy?
Please see some of their stories under “Friends and Family of the Dance“. All of Delilah’s students make her proud when she sees how much the dance has come to be mean to them. They do not have to be aiming at professional careers. The rewards of this dance are multifaceted.
Today, she’s on the cutting edge again. Delilah brings you her weekly belly dance online class workouts called The Power Belly Show. Now you can dance with Delilah, as well as, the amazing dancers she introduces to you from around the country and to your desktop every week online! Delilah is passionate about the dancers she enjoys watching dance, and she wants you to enjoy them too!
The Power Belly Show is taught and shot at VDP Studio in the Fremont Neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. It was Delilah’s dream to have her own dance studio, so in 2004 she took the plunge and gutted a building to create her dance temple. It’s the headquarters for Visionary Dance online business, rehearsals, video productions as well as a small show room. On select nights Delilah hosts an intimate cabaret scene featuring a variety of dancers and musicians.
Visionary Dance Productions has been in business for over 25 years, founded by Delilah and her then-husband, Steven Flynn. VDP has always dedicated itself to providing women around the globe with innovative ways to learn, develop and enjoy their passion for belly dance. Now it’s run by Delilah, Erik Brown and her daughter, Laura Rose, with the enthusiastic support of her dedicated teaching staff and musicians; Dahlia, Bella, Christine, Tayissa, Ruby and Eddie and House of Tarab. What’s a dance temple without Priestesses?! Thus, the name of her devoted auxiliary dance group The Neighborhood Temple Priestesses.
“HerStory: A Narrative of the Visionary Path”
A narrative of Delilah’s personal dance history
“Mother Of Invention: Innovations by Delilah and Co”
Stories and explanations of the innovations Delilah has brought back from the belly dance frontier
“Friends and Family of the Dance”
Categorical lists of people Delilah has worked with, sponsored and taught, with cross linking
Dance works spanning from retreat exploration performances to international tours, to political, gallery and art projects
“Discography and Awards”
Video and musical releases and awards.