Brain-ella – The Belly Dancing Brain
Recently I was reminded of one of the times I was the MC for a belly dance event. During the 1990s I was the MC for a monthly showcase in Studio City at The Marrakesh restaurant and sometimes would MC other events.
I unexpectedly ran into Anisa earlier this month at a non-belly dance show in North Hollywood. Anisa produces the dinner show King Tut Returns every October. This year marks her 18th anniversary of the show. Incredible! Time flies by too fast.
I was the MC for the show the first couple of years. The first year I MCed as Elvis and second year I was myself except that the show started off with my friend Brain-ella. Yes, Brain-ella. She was yet another of my crazy creations, this one especially for Halloween.
I found a high quality rubber-like brain at a store - not one of those cheap plastic kind of brains. Since brains are brains and have no limbs or a torso; the only way I could give her a belly dance costume was wrapping a silver sequins belt around her middle. I then sat her on a stool on the stage.
The script for the show is either lost or stuck in a box in storage somewhere but basically it went like this:
“Hello, I am Brain-ella; the belly dancing brain. Yes, I know I don’t have legs and arms to dance, but I do have great rhythm, I can even shimmy if I try real hard. Don’t you love my costume? I designed it myself.
Brain-ella is not my real name. It’s my dance name. We belly dancers always have a dance name. I did consider other dance names such as: Sarah-Bellum, Thala-mus, and my favorite: Medulla Oblongata.
Please do enjoy the show.”
I bet the belly dancers that happen to also be brain surgeons reading this are just doubled over in laughter right now.
Unfortunately I don’t think I have any pictures of Brain-ella, but I do have some great memories. Have a great Halloween!
|Brain-ella looked something like this, but more awesome...with a very nice sequin belt.|