Clap Sing Stomp and Scream Belly Dance Hafla

Please join The Rubber Room School of Dance as we celebrate the close of  the first decade of my marriage to danse du ventre, and say opa to all of the songs that lie ahead as I begin the second decade of life as a tribal girl.

I have so much gratitude for the beautiful women and men who have joined my classes, allowing their hips to swing as the drums beat.

RSVP for the hafla at


The Fourteenth Ward @ The Urban Arts Gallery


Be sure to stop into the Urban Arts Gallery at the Gateway to see some great artwork, and to see the Fourteenth Ward perform! A great way to spend the evening

SLC White Party: A Night at the Moulin Blanc – Utah Arts Alliance


Poster Design by Todd Powelson

The SLC White Party, hosted by the Utah Arts Alliance, will be an evening to remember. Here is a description of what all is planned:

The 12th Annual White Party is this month! What is the White Party? Think all WHITE dress code: tuxedos, top hats, ball gowns, and all sorts of fun costumes. What can YOU do with white? This year’s theme is Moulin Blanc. We are channeling Parisian bohemian performance and style this year such as Moulin Rouge in its heyday! This is one of the most anticipated events for those in the know in Salt Lake City for 12 years running. Enjoy live performances, live music, cabaret, dancing, drinks, art, and much more. $30.00 at the door, ($21.00 pre-sale)—all proceeds benefit Utah Arts Alliance programs.

SLC Arts Hub
663 west 100 south, SLC, UT
January 26th, Doors open at 9pm (21+ event) | Event
Ticket info:

Check it out, I also did the poster illustration and design for this year’s event, shown at the top of this post. Fun fun!

Make Belly Dance Your New Year’s Resolution


Anna Banarama, director of the Rubber Room School of Dance and Flexibility, is accepting beginning belly dance students. Her introductory class is being offered at 10:45 a.m. at the Salt Lake Arts Hub starting Sunday, January 13. The cost is $7 per class. The length of the class will depend on student progress, but it normally lasts 6 weeks.

Other class times are available, including a class taught by Anna on SLCC’s Redwood campus on Tuesdays. If you are interested, please drop a note to, Facebook Anna Banarama, or fill out and send back the form at the bottom of this post.

The Salt Lake Arts Hub
663 W 100 S
Salt Lake City, UT

About Anna Banarama
Anna has belly danced for 10 years, and taught since 2007. She loves teaching kids, teens, and parent/child pairs, as well as mature adults. Her classes include beginning, intermediate, veil, improvisation, and urban tribal lessons. Anna directs the performing dance company, The Fourteenth Ward of the Rubber Room, a company exclusively for women over age 30, which formed in 2010. Prior to that, she danced with Desert Journey’s Troupe Sekmet and Dragomi, as well as Transfusion Hype’s hip hop and break dance company. She has taken workshops from Rachel Brice, Unmata, Moria Chappell and members of Fat Chance Belly Dance. She excels at costume design, and created a costume for Moria Chappell, who wore it on a Belly Dance Super Star Tour in Paris and Bangkok. Anna is an Urban Tribal Fusion dancer, and she has personalized this style by adding modern, hip hop and performance art. She has her own style of tribal leading, developed in collaboration with her company members, which uses 90’s hip hop music. She is known for her physical flexibility, collaborative personality, discipline and creative use of music and costuming.

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Picasso’s Parade

“Curtain for the Ballet Parade” -1917

In 1917 Picasso did some set and costume design for the Jean Cocteau’s ballet Parade. Picasso created the curtain above, along with the cardboard cubist costumes below. Picasso hasn’t been on the ArtDuh homepage for a while, and I was thinking about his costume design today for some reason, so it seemed like a good time to post these images. Enjoy!

People’s Market Opening Day

On Sunday, June 10 the People’s Market will open the westside farmer’s market for the first time this season. The Fourteenth Ward of the Rubber Room will also be there to welcome you with several new numbers and costume elements.

The Fourteenth Ward is my Tribal Fusion belly dance company and includes members Jessica Payne and Rachel Hayes. Don’t miss our first show of the summer! We will dance at 10:30 and noon, and each set will be different.

International Peace Gardens
1000 S 900 W, Salt Lake City

Urban Arts Festival

Believe it or not, urban art forms like graffiti art, street performances, and break dancing are thriving in Utah. These art forms will be celebrated at the second annual Urban Arts Festival on Saturday, June 9 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Urban artists will fill the outdoor space, offering art for purchase at the SLC Arts Hub property, located at 663 West 100 South, where the festival will take place.

“The new SLC Arts Hub will make full use of its nearly three acre property with three stages for music and entertainment, and one of them is located in the full-sized circus tent we are proud to call our own,” says Derek Dyer, executive director of the Utah Arts Alliance, SLC Arts Hub and festival co-organizer.

The entertainment line-up includes:

The Cube – Music stage:
11:00 a.m. – The Swinging Lights
12:00 p.m. – MiNX
1:00 p.m. – Louie Troupe & Konsickwence
2:00 p.m. – Big Blue Ox
3:00 a.m. – YZE
3:45 p.m. – Oso Negro & Dusk One
4:45 p.m. – Johnny Utah & DumbLuck
6:00 p.m. – Music Garage
7:00 p.m. – Dark Seas

Street Stage – DJ stage:
11:00 a.m. – DJ Trixx
12:00 p.m. – DJ Blessed
1:00 p.m. – DJ XSpand
2:00 p.m. – DJ Planet
3:00 p.m. – Street Jesus
4:00 p.m. – DJ Deyjuice
5:00 p.m.- DJ Che
6:00 p.m.- DJ Lishus

The Circus Tent – Performance stage:
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.- Salt City Indie Arts Poetry Slam Contest
1:00 p.m to 3:00 p.m. – BBoy Federation – Break Dance Battle
3:30 p.m. – People’s Production- African American Theater Company
4:30 p.m.- S.L.A.P.
5:30 p.m. – Samba Fogo
6:30 p.m.- Lunar Collective
7:00 p.m.- Transfusion Hype

Food, art demonstrations and educators helping the public learn to make urban art with their own two hands are highlights of the award winning day-long festival. Proceeds from the festival will go to support the brand new SLC Arts Hub gracing Salt Lake City’s downtown west side.

“The public will be taught urban art projects by professional artists, and they will get the chance to practice their new skills on the outdoor walls of the Hub,” says Tamara Fox, Gray Wall Gallery director and event organizer. “Other art activities festival-goers may enjoy trying include screen printing, creating aluminum sculpture and repurposing aluminum cans to make jewelry and pinwheels. The cost to make these crafts is just $2 to $5.”

A skate deck painting contest will also take place at the festival. For $30, the public can buy a skate deck, paint it with their own creative urban art and enter it into a contest. Art lovers can vote for their favorite deck throughout the day, with prizes awarded between 6 and 8 p.m. A group of professional artists have also been selected to paint skate decks and these will be on display as well.

Throughout the day there will be skateboarding demonstrations, competitions as well as open skate periods. The Urban Arts Fest skate area is designed by We are One Skate Park.

Salt Lake City’s best street food vendors will be on hand with vegan tacos, gourmet hot dogs and rosemary-infused lemonade, among other treats. And, for the first time, this year’s festival will include beer sales which are offered by Red Rock Brewery. Entrance to the festival costs $5.

The event is sponsored by Brand32; Broadview Entertainment Ats University; Redrock Brewing Company; vitaminwater; jetBlue AIRWAYS; The Downtown Alliance; Salt Lake City Arts Council; SLUG Magazine; Utah Division of Arts and Museums; Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts and Parks; Romney Lumber Company; Bboy Fed; KRCL; and David Charles Baker.  For more information on how to be involved and to see the schedule of events visit

About the Utah Arts Alliance
The Utah Arts Alliance is a nonprofit arts and educational organization committed to fostering the arts in Utah in all forms. In addition to the SLC Arts Hub, the UAA has a gallery and recording studio at 127 South Main Street in Salt Lake City. For more information, visit

About The Gray Wall Gallery
Brain child of Tamara Fox, The Gray Wall Gallery is interested in showing new and unusual art work. It is a program of the Utah Arts Alliance and is the driving force behind the festival. For more information, visit