Lorelei has been bellydancing in Northern Delaware since 2005. She draws on many years of other music and dance training including: ballet, jazz, tap, private flute instruction, concert band, chorus, Collegium Musicum, Gamelan, and high school and community musical theater.
Photo By David Fore
Lorelei has trouble describing her dance style since it is not quite Vintage Oriental, kind of Gothic, a little Trans-national Fusion (formerly called Tribal), and somewhat like Turkish (shaken VIGOROUSLY, not stirred). Therefore, she dubs her style: Turkish - ish.
She creates her performances based on the theme of the venue and audience she performs for. She has taken workshops and classes in those various style with teachers including: Ilianna, Shems, Shahrzad, Alexia, Aszmara, Lotus Najira, Naimah, Tempest, and Zafira.
Lorelei is very interested in vintage bellydance and fusion. She aims to host and attend workshops with each of those flavors. Lorelei is also a big fan of Renaissance Faires and Fairy Festivals. She includes costuming and music from both in performances.
Lorelei lives in Northern Delaware, though you can also find her at events in Maryland, New Jersey, D.C., and Pennsylvania. She maintains information about local events and dancers at DelawareBellydance.org.
She has performed on Flute with members of Tari Lagru, Raqs Revelry, Dragon Song and Insijam in Towson MD, and hopes to start a local mid eastern Jam band. She dances solo, But has also worked with troupes including the DC Salimpour Collective, Jewels Bellydance Company in Bear, DE , Blue Lapis and Silk in PA, Piratude in Newark DE, and Black Dragon Bellydance in Newark, DE.
Photo By David Fore
Lorelei also sews some of the costumes she performs in. For some costumes she created matching accessories or skirts. For others she designed and created the entire costume. See examples of her work here: Costuming
The Name Lorelei
Lorelei takes her name from the German legend about the Lorelei.
The legend of die Lorelei: The short version of the German legend is that a woman throws herself off a rock in the Rhine river, because she was unhappy about love. In some versions, she had recently lost her love in a tragedy. Her spirit then dwelled there, singing a sorrowful song. Her song lured ships to the rock where they were destroyed, much like a siren or mermaid.