Bodhicitta Bellydance
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Bodhicitta Bellydance

Nashville, Tennessee, United States | SELF

Nashville, Tennessee, United States | SELF
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The best kept secret in music


"The Return of The Tomato: East Nashville's Invitation to Party"

Bodhicitta Bellydance principal dancers Jaclyn, Kimmy, Abra, and Merrily are featured as a main attraction of the 2010 East Nashville Tomato Arts Festival! - The East Nashvillian Magazine


Current Members:

Bodhicitta EAST: Kimberly Beets, Jaclyn Cole-Contreras, Abra Anderson, Merrily Bell, Leah Lilios, Kristy Lynne Rhodes

Bodhicitta WEST: Gwyn Lister (Founder) and Stephanie Fields (Originating Member)



Bodhicitta (Bo-Dee-Cheeta) approaches the ancient art of Belly Dance with a modern perspective. While being respectful of tradition, this diverse group of performers embraces the evolution of dance by using varying genres of music in their choreographies and uniquely notable stage antics to present an impressive collaboration, a performance not easily forgotten. As avid teachers in the Nashville community, they uplift the art and understanding of belly dance by leading all levels and interests in learning from the basics of movement, choreography, advanced techniques, prop performance to conditioning of the dancer's body. Nominated Nashville's "Best Interpretive Artist" Bodhicitta has quickly gained the respect of local artists and continues to impress and excite audiences at home and abroad with a show that onlookers find 'delightfully' unexpected... a 'refreshing surprise'.

A professional performing troupe since January 2007, Bodhicitta has instructed and performed internationally, most notably at Spirit of the Tribes (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) and Bergenfest (Bergen, Norway). Together with her troupe mates, founder Gwyn Lister offers the world of Belly Dance a unique style rooted in 'Tribal' philosophies with a diverse point of view as each member brings forth her own history and passion for dance.

Bodhicitta means 'awakened heart' and it is with this open heart and a careful need to be respectful of tradition that Bodhicitta moves forward equally celebrating the evolution of Belly Dance today.