Kim Cassidy / Zerlina
This year marks 50 years since Kim took her first tentative steps onto the dance class floor. She has since studied many dance forms including ballet, tap, jazz, modern/lyrical, and most recently – the mother dance form of ALL dance forms – Raks Sharki, or Oriental dance. She studied theater in college, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Dance and Drama from the University of Texas, as well as a bachelor of science in Nursing from Northern Illinois University. Since 2021, Kim has served as assistant director of Raksanna Production’s student dance troupe, Near East Dance Ensemble. In addition, she was part of the touring company of Confessions of A Belly Dancer. Favorite past productions include Star Spangled Girl, Perfectly Frank, Tales of Thurber, The Dining Room, and Is There Life After High School? Kim thanks her family and friends for supporting and encouraging her, and dedicates tonight’s performance to Kelly King, her college roommate and fellow thespian for her long-suffering patience.
Assistant Director’s Note:
Dame Judy Dench once said, “I think you should take your job seriously but not yourself – that is the best combination.” And, to that end, one of the most important things theatre and dance (belly dance in particular) is to take the subject matter and the production – but not myself too seriously. I’ve tried to bring that sense to the character of the Oracle. Belly dance has truly changed my life. As a result, I enjoy helping people explore the possibilities of dance beyond exercise in the classroom. The great Martha Graham once said, “Great dancers are not great because of their technique. They are great because of their passion” and each member of our dance team is passionate. It is my joy and privilege to help them be as great as they can be.