Camille Topaz here, reporting from deep in the heart of Splintered Rock, a spice mining outpost in a desert world full of sandworms (and other dangers, from what I hear). This desolate spot is where I chose to begin my career as a belly dancer, as a member of the exotic dancing duo known as Onyx and Topaz. Today we launched our virtual world tour with an hour of sexy and sultry dance moves before a rowdy (and very warm) crowd of spice miners and assorted rugged survivors of the dunes.
In spite of a few brief techno-glitches at the beginning of the set, we soon found ourselves grooving to the beat of some of the finest contemporary Middle Eastern dance music – primarily North African – with the crowd joining in and feeling the beat along with the heat. It was the desert, after all, and we did light their fire, to be quite frank. They say it’s a dry heat, but I could swear I could feel the steam rising throughout the performance…. but maybe it was just me. :)
Finally, my humble gratitude and appreciation to my sister and fellow dancer, Onyx (known also as Karima Hoisan, poet extraordinaire and a real belly dancer from the land of Jordan), for allowing me to join her in this intoxicating endeavor. Many thanks to Darren Green, sim owner and Chief Constable, and all the other colorful characters at Splintered Rock for the very warm welcome and a chance to test our wings. How exhilarating to learn how to fly. :)
Photo, above: Topaz and Onyx dance in the heat of the desert.