I belly dance with Ravenar, which performs both traditional middle eastern dance, and science fiction and fantasy themed shows.  I have some photos in my gallery.  Linda L. Donahue has a more extensive gallery of Ravenar peformances on her website (click here).  To see a YouTube video clip from our Pixies Gone Wild show at FenCon 2008, click here.

Originally, Ravenar was a troupe Linda Donahue started in [date censored for age sensitivity reasons].  It had sort of fallen by the wayside when Linda and I met.   My doctor had recommended exercise for my fibromyalgia, but everything I tried aggravated the chronic fatigue syndrome.  Linda suggested belly dancing, as it's fun, low impact (if you don't do a Turkish drop), and comes with a cool costume.  My mother had been a belly dancer at my age, so I figured what the heck?  As it turns out, belly dance has been the perfect exercise for my fibromyalgia.  It is energizing instead of draining and promotes flexibility, strength and cardio-vascular health.  It hasn't helped me lose weight (danged thyroid), but it keeps me from gaining more.

Kathy Turski, Linda Donahue, Julia Mandala

To encourage us to practice regularly, we decided to revive Ravenar and begin performing at conventions.  Kathy Turski, a member of the original troupe, joined us whenever she could travel with us.  Our shows included Jungle Cats, Barbarian Princesses, Fantasy Girls, Monster Mash, Pirate Wenches, and our Star Trek Show (pictured right).  We do all the choreography and costuming ourselves.

Linda, Julia Burchard, myself and Kathy

Amora, one of Linda's former belly dance students, (whom we call our "Glamazon"), joined us a couple years back. She has been a valuable addition, not only because she's young and cute, but because she's an excellent dancer and choreographer.   Pictured left is our "Fantasy Girls" show.

Julia Mandala, Linda Donahue

Amora and Kathy aren't able to travel with us all the time, so Linda and I still do some duets.  In the picture to the right, we're in our Vampire Vixens costumes.

Links to my favorite sites:

Author Friends:
Linda L. Donahue
Rhonda Eudaly
Dusty Rainbolt
Selina Rosen
Jay Lake
William Ledbetter
Mike Resnick
Lawrence Watt-Evans
Walter Jon Williams
Esther Friesner
Shanna Swendson
Gloria Oliver
Margaret Bonham
Laura J. Underwood
Bill Allen
Robert Brown
William (Billy) Eakin
Melanie Fletcher
Tim Frayser
Beverly Hale
Gary Jonas
Brian A. Hopkins
Lee Killough
Katherine Kimbriel
Tracy Morris
Lee Martindale
Bradley Sinor
Glenn R. Sixbury
Dave Smeds
Mel Tatum
Mark  W.Tiedeman
Jeff Turner

Artist Friends:
David Lee Anderson
Kevin Hopkins
Brad W. Foster
Rocky Kelley
Allison Stein
Matt Taggart
Frank Wu

Other Friends:
Ann Loggins Pet Portraits
Stuart Jones, Photographer
Babes with Blades

Publishing Houses:
Yard Dog Press
Baen Books
Benbella Books


World Fantasy Con

Belly Dancers:
Visions in Dance