The Bellydancers of Color Association (BOCA) was formed by Dr. Sunyatta Amen in an effort to celebrate the sister/brotherhood, strength and beauty of people of color in relation to bellydance and other traditional forms of dance.
Although we focus to unite dancers of African descent, Hispanic/Latino, Pacific Islander, Asian, Native America, Rom, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, East Indian, etc. in a cohesive organization, ALL ARE WELCOME.
In addition, BOCA Strives To...
- Build strong and healthy bonds among dancers of color through networking opportunities thus demonstrating mutual support
- Enlighten members to the historically accurate roots and purposes of bellydance as a healing form of movement. Illuminate obscure historical facts about this dance thus dispelling long held myths and misconceptions that have resulted in a distortion of this dance form
- Enlighten members to history and impact that people of color have made in the world of dance
- Encourage holistic fitness through dance mind, body and spirit. Assert realistic and positive body images
- Provide an extensive directory of BOCA dance performers, teachers, troupes and musicians for the general public to access
- Commit to the preservation of bellydance and other forms of multicultural expression
- Encourage BOCA members to endeavor in classes that strengthen understanding of traditional movements and rhythms and connection to the drum
- Inspire dancers of color by honoring the contributions and sacrifices of great and innovative dancers of color who have paved the way for us
- Providing continuing education thorough the annual BOCA conference
- Educate young people by providing cultural enrichment, encouraging physical fitness and fostering positive interactionswith role models and peers via BOCA sponsored workshops and programs
- Encourage BOCA members to provide outreach to elderly populations to teach dance and exercise skills that improve the quality of life
BOCA in your Town
Looking for a teacher in YOUR area? Or maybe a bellydance buddy to go to class with? BOCA is the place to network with other enthusiasts that want to connect through dance!
Click On the beautiful dancers below to find a BOCA Associate in your area...