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The Babylonian Ensemble, History

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The Babylonian Ensemble began its journey long ago, with Director/teacher Lila Carlson, dancers, Sheila Rodriguez, Jeanne Desutter, Mary Kinsley, Diane Knee with the addition of Saroya Poirier a few months later.

It so happened that Circe and Sian had recently seen some belly dancers while doing their regular weekend gig at Steve's Gay 90's. Sian was smitten and dragged Circe off to classes. Of course Circe, after finding out that belly dancing involved sparkly costumes, was gung-ho too.

As will happen though, the teacher, Sheila Rodriguez that Circe and Sian began classes with decide not teach any longer, selling them to another teacher. That teacher just happened to be Saroya. Circe and Sian having first seen Saroya perform at an afternoon student recital at the Greek Village restaurant they knew she was the one.

It was serendipitous.

Saroya inherited the classes and the Babylonian Ensemble from its creator Lila Carlson. It was easy for Circe and Sian to integrate into the troupe, since they were veteran terpsichoreans. Saroya saw them loved them snatched them and didn’t let go or was that the other way round?

Saroya was approached by Circe the founder of the Hokulele dancers to exchange learning belly dance with learning Hawaiian. Saroya couldn’t say yes fast enough. Thus was born the dual identities of the Babylonian Ensemble and the Hokulele Dancers.

The some of original members started dropping like flies. New marriage, stewardess schedule reassignment, and the old excuse we weren’t dancing enough etc.
A couple weeks later, and we were dancing every weekend, every Saturday market, every local show and as many non local shows as we could get to.

We discussed adding to the ranks, but so far just had not had any luck. But the fickle finger of fate pointed at a young upstart named Charanne Albin. With this new addition, the troupe came to four.

This combination of talented, giddy, personality plus and downright hams, made the Babylonian Ensemble into a troupe invited almost everywhere in the state of Dance and other states too, well one.

A troupe knows it has done something right when they walk into a hafla and from the back of the room they hear; THE BABS ARE HERE.

Okay so the year before we spent over a thousand dollars buying everything we needed for four the vendors were glad to see us.

The same four dancers put together the Mediterranean Fantasy Festival.
After more than eight years Charanne left to pursue other worldly things and then there were three, then four, then five, then three.

Counting fingers, Nikki, Circe, Saroya, yep three


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