Morrigan Aria used to dance with her mother when she was 8 years and then took a break from it for twenty or more years that, in her words, she'll admit to. Only recently did she get back into belly dancing after conversation between her son and his friends about an industrial music video. "His friends had commented on how good the professional dancers were on the stage. My son pointed out to them that his mother could do better than that. So he tells me about this, very proud of himself, and I tell him to let me see the video. It is exactly how I've been dancing the last twenty-some years that I'll admit to. Sort of an industrial fusion style of belly dance which lead me to get back into traditional belly dance classes." Currently she's studying cabaret style belly dance down in the south Puget Sound area and wants to explore tribal styles of a belly dance." [more]

Some dancers say that the dance influences their lives on an aesthetic level such as clothing and home furnishings. With some dancers, belly dance also influences the choice in tattoos, but not always.

"I would say that the dance has been influenced by the tattoos to a degree. Many of my tattoos are tribal related but not in the currently used vernacular. My genealogy is very old and the majority of my tattoos reflect that genealogy; being proud of where you came from. Part of my heritage is also Magyar Gyspy, from Hungary, and I haven't done any artwork yet to honor that. But I believe that honoring who you came from and honoring those ancient tribal rituals ties you into today's community better."


As a child, Morrigan had been to see the standing stones at Stonehenge in the English county of Wiltshire. "When I was in the army we had been getting ready to go to Iraq and I always told myself I would go back to see Stonehenge. So it was a large amount of grief that I decided to get Stonehenge tattooed on me because I didn't think I'd ever get to see it again. I was going to war. I might not come back. So I got the tattoo and then I had an opportunity to go before I was deployed.

"I stood at Stonehenge with my tattoo in the bitter March cold and had my picture taken with it. Since then it's grown to reflect other parts of my Celtic history and heritage. So it just sort of ties it all in."