France and Francine Laplante
A Portrait of Passion Through Dance
Dance has always been a true love of
France and Francine. Having grown up on a large farm in Sarsfield, Ontario (South east of
Ottawa), you might find it surprising that their love of dance had the opportunity to
flourish in an environment that caused them to rise at 4:00 each morning to help with
tending to the familys dairy cattle. From the young age of 9 and with daily chores
accomplished, France and Francine would diligently don their dance attire and make their
way to dance classes. Over the years they studied jazz, tap, ballet, step dancing and of
course belly dancing. Practicing day in and day out, they moved into the demanding world
of professional belly dancing at the ripe old age of 14, becoming the first modern
professional twin belly dance act in the world. They went on to master this beautiful art
form that celebrates womanhood in so many ways, and have added incredible interpretation
and dance elements that cannot be captured in words. But dont fret, they will be
performing their current professional show at the upcoming recital for you to experience
first hand. Discovering that they were natural performers grew out of this experience that
has now topped 1500 professional belly dance shows spanning North America and Europe. It
was somewhat by chance nonetheless, that France and Francine discovered that teaching was
also to form part of their portfolio of passion when it comes to their love of Belly
What do Mirage Dance Studios, Jesse Cook
and New Years Eve all Have in Common?
If you guessed new beginnings, youd
be right on the money. At the end of December 2000, France and Francine heard about an
incredible performer, named Jesse Cook, who was playing at the National Arts Centre for a
New Years Eve gala. Always anxious to check out whats exciting in the local
arts scene, they purchased tickets and set out to ring in the New Year in a very special
way. The show was great, and much to their own surprise, Jesse invited the audience to
join him on stage for one of the numbers he was performing. France and Francine took one
look at each other and only as twins can, they knew exactly what the other was thinking.
The rest is Mirage Dance Studios history. Needless to say, Jesse Cook was a little
surprised himself when the girls stole the show with an awesome Belly Dance demonstration
and resulting ovation. After the show, France and Francine were approached by several
ladies who thoroughly enjoyed the performance and asked if they taught Belly Dancing.
Having given this much thought in the past, this was the catalyst that led to much hard
work and the official launch of the Studio.
A Celebration of Belly Dance Accomplishment and
Talking with many of the students this
past year has led to a good understanding of their motivation for taking Belly Dance
lessons. For some it represents a great way to get more fit and have a great deal of fun
in the process. For others, it is the time for themselves and escape from the daily
pressures that so many women feel in their day to day lives. The chance to socialize, make
new friends and try something new also appears on their list of reasons. And of course,
there is the chance to get out and show their stuff.
France and Francine - Belly Dancing, Fire Eating and much
If you have not had the opportunity to
experience one of France and Francines professional Belly Dance shows, then you are
truly in for a wonderful surprise. Having trained with Ronald Gagné the world famous fire
eater and breather of Cirque du Soleil fame, France and Francine have incorporated fire
into their own special fusion of modern and traditional belly dance performance. And, you
will have to see it for yourself to believe that their exquisite custom designed 13 candle
candelabra is loosely balanced on their heads as they shimmy their way through the crowd
to give you a first hand look. As amazing as this sounds, it will not be the only surprise
that you will enjoy as part of this half-hour Belly Dance extravaganza.
Ladies, whether its Belly Funk or traditional Belly
that touches your spirit,
France and Francine cant wait to hear from you
Why not start taking some time for
yourselves? Try something new and rediscover how it feels to be the woman you know you
really are. France and Francine love teaching Belly Dance for fun, for fitness, and for
women only! Call Mirage today for more information on upcoming Belly Dance and Belly Funk
classes. Youll be so happy you did!
Interested? Call Mirage Dance Studios at (613) 835-2836.