Belly dancers to perform at Peachtree Ridge High School

SUWANEE - Two years ago, a boat full of belly dancers won the crowd's choice and most creative awards at the city of Berkeley Lake's 50th anniversary regatta celebration. Next Sunday, some of those same dancers will be back in full force strutting their stuff.

According to Instructor Linda Beeler, the Moonlight and Minarets show will demonstrate examples of a variety of dances from the Middle East and North Africa, complete with exotic music, colorful costumes and well-rehearsed performances done with consummate professionalism.

"Come out and enjoy an enchanted evening of dance featuring some of the best in Atlanta belly dance performances," she said.

Carol Seitz, a Berkeley Lake resident and dancer in the show, said she's loved every minute of the exotic art form.

"It's fun and good exercise," she said. "It's a very creative thing to do and a great mental exercise. It got me inspired."

Seitz, 58, said she's taken lessons for more than two years now along with her "belly buddy." She said the dancing keeps them both young. She said her class of four is known as the "Gems of the Nile," but added that 15 area dancers will be present at the performance showing off their different moves. She praised belly dancing's diversity and attention to detail.

"The hand gestures have to be very precise," she said. "And there are lots of cultural aspects to it, which make it local to specific areas in the world."

Part of the Gwinnett County Community School program, the performance is free of charge.

SideBar: If You Go

What: Belly dancing at the Moonlight and Minarets show

Where: Peachtree Ridge High School Auditorium, 1555 Old Peachtree Road, Suwanee

When: 7 p.m. July 20