The Orange County Register ran a story today about an Orange County family of belly dancers with a wonderful assortment of photographs (33 online!). The story, written and photographed by Leonard Ortiz, details how Maruja Eckart learned the art of belly dance in Morocco as a 12-year-old girl and went on to perform it in her native Spain before immigrating to the United States in the 1960s. She later passed the knowledge on to her daughter, Pilar Costello, as well as her granddaughter, Ashli Costello.
Together, the three women now teach others at the Murdy Community Center in Huntington Beach, where Eckart has taught for 30 years.
See the story here.
And the amazing photographs here.