Bellies up

Bellies up

Durango dancers aren’t out to impress anyone but themselves
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“It kind of brings out your inner goddess,” said Amanda Aung of the Mataholla Moon Belly Dance Troupe.
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Members of the Mataholla Moon Belly Dance Troupe call their art “a celebration of womanhood.”
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Tanya Lawyer and Mataholla Moon Belly Dance Troupe performed Friday at the Abbey Theatre but such public events are almost afterthoughts for the year-round group. “If we stopped performing altogether, we would still get together and dance,” Lawyer said.
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Lisa Smith, left, Marty Ragle and Tara Kiene of the Mataholla Moon Belly Dance Troupe rehearse at the Smiley Building before Friday’s performance at the Abbey Theatre.
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STEVE LEWIS/Durango Herald - DURANGO - 09/20/12 - "It's a passion," said Lisa Smith of the Mataholla Moon Belly Dance Troupe. Smith and the group practice recently at the Smiley Building.
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STEVE LEWIS/Durango Herald - DURANGO - 09/20/12 - Tara Kiene, left, Amanda Aung, center, and Tanya Lawyer of the Mataholla Moon Belly Dance Troupe performed at Girls Night Out, a benefit for the Women's Resource Center, last August. The group said women, especially those over 50, are their most enthusiastic audiences.
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STEVE LEWIS/Durango Herald - DURANGO - 09/20/12 - Lisa Smith, left, Marty Ragle, center, and Tara Kiene of the Mataholla Moon Belly Dance Troupe rehearse for an upcoming performance recently at the Smiley Building.
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STEVE LEWIS/Durango Herald - DURANGO - 09/20/12 - Tanya Lawyer, left, Marty Ragle, center, and Amanda Aung of the Mataholla Moon Belly Dance Troupe practice recently at the Smiley Building.
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STEVE LEWIS/Durango Herald - DURANGO - 09/20/12 - Members of the Mataholla Moon Belly Dance Troupe practice recently at the Smiley Building.
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STEVE LEWIS/Durango Herald - DURANGO - 09/20/12 - "It kind of brings out your inner goddess," said Amanda Aung of the Mataholla Moon Belly Dance Troupe.
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STEVE LEWIS/Durango Herald - DURANGO - 10/19/12 - "If we stopped performing altogether, we would still get together and dance," said Tanya Lawyer. Lawyer and the rest of Mataholla Moon Belly Dance Troupe performed last Friday at the Abbey Theatre.
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STEVE LEWIS/Durango Herald - DURANGO - 09/20/12 - Tara Kiene of the Mataholla Moon Belly Dance Troupe practices recently at the Smiley Building.
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