As many of you know, the tribe that I belonged to for many moons disbanded right around the time that I stepped away to focus on writing and parenting. That was a few years ago, and although it has been a long time since we’ve performed as Dante’s Gypsy Circus, we agreed to come together for a mini-reunion at the Kentucky Pirate Festival last weekend.
caption: Aside from having as great a time as you can possibly imagine, each time we performed a set of tribal belly dance we were joined by young pirates, and in one case, even Tinkerbell! Speaking for each of the dancers, we were honored to be a part of this event.
In addition to sharing my joy of dancing with “my girls” again, also have some very exciting news about Girl on Fire. In the January/February 2017 issue of Zagareet! magazine, Madame Onça herself wrote a beautiful review of my novel, which I’m thrilled to share with you here!
Girl on Fire: A Novel | Review by Madame Onça
If you are a belly dancer, Cherie Haas’ new novel, Girl on Fire, released in August 2016, is one you should put on your winter reading list.
This is the story of Summer, a troubled young woman who finds herself and her power on a transformative journey through subculture, belly dance, and the craft of fire performance. Summer’s confidence builds as she masters new skills, exploring a world previously unimaginable to her, and taking ownership of her identity. Her struggle is believable, detailed, and familiar, addressing the very issues we dancers so frequently experience in ourselves, our friends, our students and our communities. It’s refreshing to see a literary reflection of ourselves and our culture, in a world that scarcely knows that we as dancers exist!
I’ve known Cherie Dawn Haas for her dance and circus skills. But she has many talents! She’s also a writer who loves everything creative, from tribal belly dance to poi spinning, fire eating to hula hooping.
I hope you take the time to check out the back issues of Zaghareet magazine here and also visit Madame Onça’s site here. In addition to being a performer, Onça is also an artist and author and recently designed a beautiful set of Tarot cards that are worth checking out.
Coming up later this month, I’m expecting to have a book signing for Girl on Fire at Barnes & Noble in Florence, Kentucky on February 18, but before you get in the car, please call the store (859-647-6400) and check the time/date. We’re working on some housekeeping issues, but I’m too excited to keep it a secret anymore! 🙂
Friday, February 24 I’m hosting a tribal belly dance hafla at Baoku’s Village, 1008 Lee St, Covington, Kentucky. Mayan Ruins is performing from 7-10 for an evening of open dance. I’ll have signed copies of Girl on Fire as well as some cool costume pieces for sale.
Stay tuned for more announcements, inspiration, and happy thoughts!
Peace, love, and fire,