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Booths, bellydancers and body art

Posted: April 30, 2012 1:30 a.m.
Updated: April 30, 2012 1:30 a.m.

DeBra takes part in an American tribal-style bellydancing performance with Holly Schroeder

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At College of the Canyons’ Valencia campus, visitors found plenty of food and entertainment Sunday at the city’s monthly Street Fair, which is hosted in the community college’s parking lot every fourth weekend.

Loren Vallin-Flores, customer-service manager for the monthly Santa Clarita Street Fair said everyone seemed to be “having a good time,” as temperatures hovered around the mid-80s.

Fair-goers found entertainment, and shade, near a troupe of belly dancers, as well as tasty food offered by a selection of gourmet food trucks parked on the college’s Valencia Boulevard parking lot.

Gourmet Genie and especially Tango Mango, which served shaved frozen ice treats to a crowd looking to stay cool, were two of the more popular food truck choices.

The monthly event, which is meant to create  a marketplace that organizers promote as “fun, festive and entertaining,” went until 3 p.m.

On Sunday, members of the Twisted Gypsy troupe treated street fair patrons to some “American tribal-style belly dancing” and cultural drumming.

Group spokeswoman Jen McDonald described the dancing as “co-creating in the moment,” describing the dance style as improvisational dancing that hinges on “body cues” from everyone participating in a given performance, she said.

“You have about a second and a half to react to what your partner is doing,” said McDonald, after dance troupe members Holly Schroeder and Katy DeBra finished their dance.


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