Chyna and Prince: Their Belly Dance Connections

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As May’s issue is being prepared and about to go to press, I’m posting a supplement with some news from the world of entertainment.

Within the last 48 hours we’ve lost two superstars to the “Great Beyond”-both too young to die-but alas-tis so.

“Chyna” was a belly dancer for a while in the early 1990’s before becoming “WWE” wrestling’s “Ninth Wonder of the World.” Multi-Lingual and brainy she was even a former “Peace Corps” member. However, “brains” could not stamp out her demons-a tough childhood and some tough times with the wrestling world.

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Mayte Garcia was just a young teen when her mother sent pop superstar “Prince” a video of her dancing. He hired her for his “Diamonds and Pearls” tour. By the time she was 22 they had married but later drifted apart romantically after the death of two children.

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Today we learn that Joanie Laurer, also known as “Chyna” has died at the age of 45 and “Prince” has left us at age 57 after a bout with the flu. Two pop icons of a generation, never to be forgotten, and two former members of the “family” of “belly dancing.”

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