Seen as the seat of the soul by many ancient cultures, the belly retains great symbolic power despite current scientific agreement that the soul should be kept refrigerated at all times. Take time to salute the tummy with today’s GrouponLive deal: for $29, you get an outing for one to see exotic belly dance at Drom in the Village (a $69 value). Doors open 15 minutes before showtime. The event includes:
- One general-admission ticket to a performance by Layla Isis and others
- Full Turkish dinner
- An optional 30-minute belly-dance lesson
Choose from the following performances:
- Wednesday, January 18, at 6 p.m. or 9 p.m.
- Sunday, January 22, at 6 p.m. or 9 p.m.
- Wednesday, January 25, at 6 p.m.
- Tuesday, January 31, at 6 p.m. or 9 p.m.
- Saturday, February 4, at 6 p.m. or 8:30 p.m.
- Sunday, February 5, at 6 p.m. or 9 p.m.
The undulating rhythms and alluring choreography of the ancient dance of seduction twirl into the exotic global enclave of Drom, which the Village Voice voted Best New Dance Club of 2011. Layla Isis, Kristina Melike, and other belly beguilers sweep guests along on a journey to ancient, faraway lands where palaces dripped with opulence and each year lasted 1,001 nights. Under an ornate chandelier, guests first dive into a dinner of Turkish-style beef, chicken, rice, shepherd salad, and hummus.
After the meal, music slowly infiltrates the room as belly dancers entice guests to shimmy, shake, and deliver more-seductive bellybutton winks in an optional half-hour lesson. Once beginners have learned the basics of abdominal allurement, primal percussion begins to ricochet off exposed-brick and scarlet walls as Layla Isis scintillates with moves captured on film in Sex and the City 2. Moving amid shimmering veils and robes, Isis and her crew bring a sense of bold, dynamic expression to the classical Arabic art form.