September Featured Dancers: Beauté Obscuré

Photography by Renee Keith, Costumes by Pretty Macabre

Beauté Obscuré, “Beautiful Darkness,” presents an aura of sensuality, of magic and a remembrance of ancient temple dancers, all neatly wrapped up in a Tribal Fusion package. Incorporating backgrounds in ballet, modern dance, hip hop, and Egyptian Cabaret, Beauté Obscuré elevates Tribal Fusion to a new level of elegance, precision, and fluid choreography. The direction of this troupe is the collaborative effort of Pretty Macabre (Andrea Hansen), and Meg Hinds. Together they have created a dance genre that is totally their own― dramatic, feminine, and elegant. Watch Beauté Obscuré perform and be transported to a place beyond time with their effortless and graceful play of darkness and light, soft and strong, ancient and contemporary styling of dance. (Edited from SLUG article by Astara Knowley)

Beauté Obscuré is making their presence known in the Utah and beyond in the Middle Eastern dance scene. Inspired by French Victorian, their costuming is original, and presents a more delicate and feminine presentation than typical ATS costuming. All costumes are made by Pretty Macabre.

Semi-intermediate classes on drills and combinations are available, and can serve all levels of dancers, from beginning to advanced. Meg Hinds and Pretty Macabre teach original combinations that can be used in choreographies. For more information about classes and performances contact Beauté Obscuré at


April 2015 Featured Dancer: Aylin



When Aylin discovered Middle Eastern dance, it was a life-changing moment. The beauty of the movement, the expressive character of the dancer and the amazing music had her spellbound. Ever since then she has returned almost daily to the dance as a thirsty traveler seeks the oasis. She believes true Middle Eastern dance shows the heart and soul of the dancer.

Aylin enjoys dancing with a troupe or as a solo performer. She does most of her own choreography, as well as costume design and creation. She has learned many props and uses them to add variety to her dance. Aylin likes to teach, and in 2009, she started the Sight of Water Dance Studio at the request of several students. She chose the name of her studio because the beauty of Middle Eastern Dance is as breathtaking as the sight of water in the desert.

Aylin teaches in Orem:

March 2015 Featured Dancer: Michelle Sorensen

Michelle started her belly-dancing journey 8 years ago with no former dance experience. She began her studies under the direction of Kismet School of Dance (American), Kashmir Dance Company (ATS & Tribal Fusion), Trisha Mcbride (Tribal Fusion and Experimental) and more recently Rachel Brice (8 elements Phases 1 &2, Initiation and Cultivation Certified). She has also sought continued instruction through workshops and other events from some of the most innovative dancers in and out of the belly dance scene.

An award winning dancer, Michelle placed 1st at Fusion Fest in 2011, 2nd at Fusion Fest 2012, and 1st in the Ultimate Bellydancer best Fusion Solo August 2012! She joined Sketch Cabaret in the summer of 2012, and has been a member of Sepiatonic since the Spring of 2013. Occasionally she can also be seen performing with Voodoo Productions at both private and public events.

Along with bellydance, she has discovered a love for the Aerial Arts, including pole, silks, lyra and various other cirque style apparatus. “Cross-training” in this form of dance has helped her with stamina, strength, flexibility and clean lines. Her life is also occupied with being a mother of 2 sweet little girls ages 5 and 2 and they are a constant inspiration to push boundaries and a reminder to explore! She is available for instruction, private lessons and workshops both locally and internationally.