ONYX

ONYX  is Santa Barbara's premiere belly dance ensemble. The company performs throughout Santa Barbara county at a variety of local events including The Santa Barbara French Festival, The Avocado Festival and The Annual Soho Recital in December. We also perform at private and corporate events.

The company was founded in 2009 by Alexandra King after retiring  from the UCSB Middle East Dance Ensemble as it's founder and director.  After twenty years of classical and folk dancing, she wanted to focus again on the dance style she fell in love with in the beginning - belly dance.

 

ONYX repertoire features all styles of belly dance, including American, Egyptian and Turkish cabarets, as well as Tribal styles and folkloric dances of the Middle East, and blends this dynamic mix of dance styles with fabulous costumes and passionate artists. 

The dancers are from all walks of life and backgrounds in dance.  What they have in common is their passion for the art of dance and years of training and hard work developing their skills. They enjoy sharing that passion with each other and their audience.

 

Dancers are selected from classes and the selection process is based on talent, training, experience and fitness. Selection is by invitation only. The selection is based on the requisites:

Fitness: Must be fit and accustomed to working out and dieting to maintain weight at a performance level.

Dance Background: If under 35, must have at least 3 years of training and if over 35, must have a dance background.

Training: Must have graduated from the Intermediate Level and be able to competently execute a complete five-part American Cabaret including a Fast Opening with zills; A Bolero Veil; A Taskim, including standing work and floor work; A drum Solo and a 9/8 Finale. 

Talent: Must have talent technically, musically and as a performer.

Resources: Must have the time to rehearse, practice and prepare for performances; must have the money to pay for classes, rehearsals, costumes, hair, jewelry, props and make-up.

Training. Must continue to train, practice and workout regularly.

Group Performances: $200.00/per dancer, plus fee for studio rehearsals and director's fee of $200.00. Soloists: $300.00-$400.00. Go to HIRE A DANCER for more information.

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DANCERS INTERESTED IN JOINING ONYX

ONYX is both a non-professional and professional group. Dancers backgrounds and resumes reflect their training, talent and performing qualifications. Requisites to join are:

Age - Must be under the age of 40 for the pro category and in shape. For non-professional dancers, all ages welcome!

Fitness: Must be accustomed to working out and dieting to maintain weight and fitness at a performance level.

Dance Background: Must have an extensive dance background and resume, or be under 30 if just starting in dance.

Training: Must have graduated from the Intermediate Level and/or be able to competently execute a complete five-part American Cabaret including a Fast Opening with zills; A Bolero Veil; A Taskim, including standing work and floor work; A drum Solo and a 9/8 Finale. 

Talent: Must have talent technically, musically and as a performer.

Resources: Must have the time to rehearse, practice and prepare for performances; must have the money to pay for classes, rehearsals, costumes, hair, jewelry, props and make-up.

Training. Must continue to train, practice and workout regularly.

 

ONYX  works in the community at private parties, corporate shows, festivals, the Annual Soho Holiday Show. The dancers are available to hire and to teach either individually, as duets or as an ensemble. $400.00 per dancer. 

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