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Uncommon Hips Dance Showcase

Sep 29 , 2017 · DUKE ENERGY THEATER at Spirit Square

$12, $7.50 for children 5-12, free for children under 5 years of age.

Presented by: Raks Sultana and Lotus Studios

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Uncommon Hips Dance Showcase

Sep 29 , 2017 · DUKE ENERGY THEATER at Spirit Square

$12, $7.50 for children 5-12, free for children under 5 years of age.

Presented by: Raks Sultana and Lotus Studios

Iona (Lotus Studios, owner/ director) and Naima Sultana (Raks Sultana, owner/ director) invite you to enjoy an evening of independent, original dance works by their students and local world dance choreographers. Join them in exploring a variety of genres and styles that are inspired by bellydance and world dance, and celebrate the power and magic of Uncommon Hips!  All ages are welcome.


About the Directors:

Iona is one of the founding members of Spirit of the Lotus Dance Company, is the Lead Instructor for Lotus Bellydance, directs Amani Lotus Student Troupe, and has taught various bellydance workshops and group lessons.  While her primary style of dance learned was Egyptian Cabaret, she has a big love for fusion belly dance.  She is a graduate of the Rachel Brice’s first class of 8 Elements of Bellydance Approach Phase 4: Transmission, and is a certified 8 Elements Datura Style Instructor. Iona's warm smile and energy on the stage captivates her audience instantly and is well known for her finger cymbal technique.


Naima Sultana is a performer and instructor from Charlotte, NC, who's had a love-affair with Mid-Eastern dance since 1994.  With a strong background in ballet and jazz, she loves the wide range of styles that bellydance offers, from Orientale to folkloric to fusion.  In addition to solo work, she also performs with the collaborative company Spirit of the Lotus, is a member of Kamilah's Roses of the Realm troupe at Carolina Renaissance Festival, and has had the honor of performing with Jillina Carlano’s Bellydance Evolution professional touring company in the NYC/Boston, European, and West Coast tours of “Alice in Wonderland” in 2015 and 2017 as well as the new “Fantasm: Odyssey of Dreams” productionin the 2017 European, Atlanta, and East Coast tours.

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Parking and Directions

A special preferred parking rate of only $5* is available for our patrons in our designated garage.

7th Street Station Parking Garage
Enter on 6th or 7th Streets between N. College and N. Brevard Streets.

*The $5 rate is applicable when parked in the garage after 5pm on weekdays, Mon – Fri. If parked in the garage before 5pm, the $5 rate is void. There is no time restriction for the weekend, Sat & Sun.

Getting and Using Your Parking Pass When You Arrive

  1. Pull the garage entry ticket when you arrive at the designated garage. You will need this to exit!
  2. Purchase a $5 Blumenthal exit pass at the theater or click here to purchase in advance online. If you would rather purchase by phone, please call 704.335.1010*

When You Exit

  1. Insert your garage entry ticket into the yellow slot. Amount due will display on the screen.
  2. Insert your Blumenthal exit pass in the same yellow slot, with arrow pointing at slot.
  3. Gate arm will rise and screen will display “drive safely.”

*Pre-paid parking is not available day of show.

CLICK HERE to Purchase your Parking Exit Pass in Advance

CLICK HERE for parking information for Blumenthal Performing Arts Center events. (Belk Theater, Booth Playhouse, Stage Door Theater)

CLICK HERE for parking information for Knight Theater events.


Advance reservations for Patron Assistance are encouraged to ensure the best possible experience.

  • Assistive listening systems available
  • Wheelchair accessibility
  • Wheelchair seating

Wheelchair access
All of our theaters and classrooms are accessible to patrons who use wheelchairs. Most restrooms and water fountains in all facilities are wheelchair accessible, and restrooms are equipped with strobe-light as well as audio alarm systems.

Entry and exit assistance
For performances at Spirit Square’s McGlohon Theatre or Duke Power Theatre, an usher can meet patrons who need assistance at the Tryon Street entrance or in the 7th Street drop-off area.


Audio Description
Certain performances will be audio described for the blind or visually impaired. The Box Office will provide a schedule of these performances upon request. Audio description provides an on-going oral description of the action, sets and costumes during the performance. Each participant wears a headset, and no other patrons are able to hear the descriptions.

Large Print Programs
Large print programs are available for patrons at many performances. At Spirit Square’s McGlohon Theatre or Duke Power Theatre, simply ask any usher for assistance.

Service Animals
If you or someone in your party plans to attend an event with a service animal, please inform the Box Office when purchasing your tickets so that we may arrange for an aisle seat.


Certain performances at Spirit Square will be interpreted for the hearing impaired. The Box Office will provide a schedule of these performances as requested.

Assistive Learning Devices
Assistive listening equipment is available free of charge for all amplified performances. Please see an usher for assistance.