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Temple Tribal Fusion™ explores dances and traditions generally obscure to the West, which hold some of the richest cultural expression of dance, music, costuming, myth, storytelling, and prayer. This dance journey begins in India, leads us along the Trail of the Gypsies who left India, into Central Asia, venturing along the Silk Road, and continuing to Arabia and Middle East, crossing Egypt and North Africa, eventually into Spain. We honor the pioneer women of the West who compiled a selection of this dance heritage into a language which was taught and continued, now called “Belly Dance.”
Adopting traditions from those inspiring times and cultures, Tenley Wallace created a distinctive modern fusion of ancient sacred dance forms, “Temple Tribal Fusion™”. She developed this as an expression of her love and passion for Temple Arts. Yet as a visionary from San Francisco, was in the hot cauldron when “Tribal” Belly Dance was being formed, so this was the original catalyst for TTF™. Also at the foundation and heart of TTF™are powerful and transformative Sacred Feminine traditions from India and Tibet. Fusing these with both Ancient and Nouveau Sacred Dances, Temple Tribal Fusion™aims to Awaken Women into their Authentic Embodiment through dance, yoga, breath, Shakti, community, and joy.
As described in ancient texts, female divinities (termed yogini, dakini, matrka) are invoked by mantra recitation and bodied forth by human women, who dance in an ecstatic state of trance-identification. The yoginis undergo transfiguration before all present, taking on an appearance and movements of their divine counterparts. The enraptured women, ornamented as dieties, flushed with dancing, and glowing with heightened awareness, could then receive worship, bestow blessings, and confer magical powers.
from “Buddhist Goddesses of India” by Miranda Shaw
Temple Dance Festival
Our annual Festival celebrating Ancient & Nouveau lineages of Temple Dance and related Sacred Arts.
Date: Offered Each October
in San Francisco, CA
Offering a world class selection of Masters from traditional and modern forms of Sacred and Temple Dance. Students come from around the world to attend this one of a kind event. Join this growing community!