At Salt Lake magazine, we love belly dancers. That’s why we have made an effort to cover the annual Belly Dance Spring Fest the past few years. 

This year’s fest, held on March 3 at the Utah State Fair Park's Promontory Building, featured more than 100 belly dancers on stage throughout the day, a performance by the band Juana Gunai and plenty of belly dance-themed merch for sale. The event was presented by Belly Dancing by Thia and was a collaborative effort from the local belly dance community.

If you ever wanted to get into belly dancing or are already a belly dancer, this was where you wanted to be.

Our love of belly dancing (and the fact we set things up to cover it beforehand) didn’t save us from some doorman resistance to letting us in though. But it worked out all the same, and we documented some of the Middle Eastern arts, culture and bellies at the fest for this post.

Check out this short clip of belly dancing group Perizada at the fest.

Belly dancers, Amaranthine

Belly dancer, Rebecca Clayton

Students from belly dance school, Shimmering Sands

And some of the merch for sale (yes, they do dance with those swords)

The dancers also posed for their glamour shots at the fest as fans looked on.

Check out the festival yourself next spring, and pencil in May 18 and 19 to see Sandstorm, a belly dance performance at the Taggart Student Center on the Utah State University campus. Click here for more info.