With roots running back to ancient cultures, belly dance is believed by many to be the world's oldest form of dance. But where did it begin? Some claim it was a fertility ritual, while other accounts say it spread to the Middle East from India courtesy of nomadic gypsy tribes. For the performers in Carnivale de Daemonia: Dance Sorcery, it's the bridge between mortals and divinities. Magicians, aerial acrobats and carnival acts open for regional dancers, including Di'Ahna Restry, Joie Grandbois and Heather Powers, who explore the theme of the dancer as a channel for the power and inspiration of the divine.