Belly dancing, move aside.
From Soviet Central Asia by way of Seattle, Uzbek dance is coming to Eagle Rock.
On Sunday at 8 p.m., Laurel Gray will be at Occidental College to give a rare performance of Uzbek dance, which traces its roots to the 7th Century.
The exotic dance is characterized by its flowing and intricate hand and arm movements, dazzling spins, and dips and twists and is performed in ikat , or woven silk robes. The dances blend movements that can be traced to India, China, Afghanistan and even North Africa, a legacy of Uzbekistan's location along the ancient Silk Road trade route.
Gray, who first became interested in Uzbek traditional dance after seeing a traveling troupe in the 1970s, has visited the Soviet Union five times and