Belly dancers often enhance their choreography with a loose array of jewelry, which makes them hypnotic performers but terrible surgical assistants. Be mesmerized with this GrouponLive deal to see Bellydance Superstars presents The Magic of Dance at the San Jose Civic. For $22, you get one ticket for main-floor seating on Wednesday, October 10, at 7:30 p.m. (up to a $44.85 value, including all fees). Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Envisioned as a Middle Eastern–flavored version of Riverdance, Bellydance Superstars dazzles audiences with solo and group performances from a diverse troupe of world-touring dancers. Sabah was well established in the ballet community before joining the ensemble, and Samira Sitara infuses her choreography with flamenco, Bollywood dance, and, most notably, contortionism. Other performers draw from more traditional inspirations: April Rose is not only a dancer but a historian as well, honing her act with artistic knowledge gained while earning a master's in culture and performance from UCLA. Petite Jamilla follows in the footsteps of her mother, Jamilla Rasa, moving through the hazy orbits of a traditional whirling dervish while modernizing it with her own flair. Backed by the exotic percussion of Issam “King of the Drum” Houshan, and donning costumes that range from tribal-style veils and jewelry to luminescent body stockings, the performers update an ancient art form by blending it with dance styles from all over the world.
San Jose Civic
Built in the Spanish-mission style in 1934, the San Jose Civic has seen some of the 20th century’s biggest names perform before audiences seated in its dual levels. Superstars in virtually every genre have graced its stage over the past 78 years, including Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, Barbra Streisand, Snoop Dogg, and a barbershop quartet composed of all four.