Keep the evening going by joining us after Friday’s gala show Keep Austin Shimmying for a film and film/presentation by Amara. Free Admission. Our film event will take place in the Holiday Inn Ballroom.

Friday, June 28, 2019 10:30-11:30pm

MOVING CENTER - The Hypnotic and Emotive Belly (film)

Concept and Dancer: Dr Laura (Amara) Osweiler
Lighting Concept: Paul Osborne
Film: Lux Eterna
Commissioned by the Parramasala Festival, Parramatta, Australia.

Also supported by AusDance NSW, Australian College of Physical Education, Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre and Critical Path.

DANCING INTO THE UNKNOWN – Legacy (film and live presentation)

Dr Laura (Amara) Osweiler activates her legacy of Middle Eastern dance performance practice (not just performing but also preparing for performing) that thrives in Unknown and Unpredictable landscapes as a lifeline into another one of her legacies, chronic diseases.

Supported by The Bold Festival, Canberra, Australia.


Dr Laura (Amara) Osweiler is known for her American belly dance style and as a leading innovator in experimental Middle Eastern dance. She has held long-term performing engagements at nightclubs and restaurants and has been highlighted in over 15 commercial videos. In addition to teaching dance studio classes and teacher training, Amara has taught accredited courses at several universities. Amara is the Co-Executive Producer of the ABDC, and Director of Training 4 Dance Teachers, and for 12 years, the Director of Ya Helewa! Dance Company. She has also produced EEMED concerts, and co-Producer of X-MED and Tarab workshops. Amara holds a PhD in Dance History and Theory from UC Riverside and a BA in Ethnomusicology from FSU. She is General Manager at Critical Path, a choreographic research facility and spends her time between Austin and Sydney.

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