Serpentina North Ensemble

I really love how many different, unique ways our students find to use their new sewing skills.  It’s incredible the way that fashion is a common denominator for so many different cultural, athletic and creative fields.
I first met Laura when she was taking our Serger Basics class.  She was using black jersey to create big, oversized cowl neck sweaters and long, stretchy sleeves.   But now, she’s putting her sewing skills to a different use.   By day, Laura is the editor of Morbid Outlook magazine, but by night, she is a professional bellydancer with The Serpentina North Ensemble.  The Serpentina North Ensemble is a Toronto-based tribal bellydance troupe that has been regularly performing both locally and internationally since 2007. There are currently 6 members, and they frequently make a lot of their own costume pieces, scavenging new and vintage finds into cool jewellery pieces and creating their belts and headpieces.   Their upcoming performance will be at Habeeba’s Dance Studio (179 Dundas Street East @ Jarvis) for Moonlight Tribe – A Nuit Blanche party on October 4th, and there’s no cover.

Tribal bellydance classes with the director, Orkideh Serpentina aka Laura, are 8-9:30pm on Thursday evenings at Aum Centre Yoga (468 Spadina @ College).

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***Many Thanks to Laura McCutchan for her help writing this post***