Elusive. Mesmerizing. Mystical. Beautiful.
Cena Stardust's performance art can be described in many ways, but never defined. Her mysterious energy will seduce your senses, while your heart feels a deep passion behind her craft as you watch her move upon the stage.
Cena (real name: Celina Anderson) is a Southern California-based flow artist, specializing in hoop dance and silk fan mysticism. She is a humble dancer that seems to possess more talents than she admits, like spinning fire and telling stories with each theatrical performance.
The eloquent performer has danced at several of the top campout music festivals, from Do Lab's Woogie Weekend to the Gem and Jam PreParty, for artists like Random Rab and An-ten-nae.
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An expression of all that is.
I've always held a tender spot for silk fans but didn't begin experimenting with them until I was already a year into my flow arts. I first began with hooping then ventured deeper and discovered silk fans. I haven't been able to put them down ever since!
I've always loved sharing my art with my friends and family so performing was my outlet for that. I reached out to my community to see where I could begin, and it was through the help of many kind souls that I was able to find that platform for performance arts.
It's something I always reserve a part of my day for. Whether it's professionally or just for fun, I always take time to groove it out.
My costumes draw much their inspiration from the 19th century artist Alphonse Mucha. His work focused on the beauty found in the symmetry and ornamentation in nature. I try my best to articulate that majesty into my pieces. My costumes and dance are my way of stating the importance of self acceptance. In a culture where the meaning of self love is so deeply misunderstood, it's important we take time reclaim our identity through creative expression.
I grew up in a household where dance and any form of creativity was encouraged. Dance broke me out of periods of stagnation and was my way of physically manifesting the joy I felt on a daily. The thing that drew me to flow arts in particular was that it transformed dance into something that much more powerful. I saw the happiness it brought to others and I craved that bliss. It wasn't just shaking your booty to a good beat, but rather learning how to build a relationship of pure trust with yourself. I didn't know the meaning of self love until I began my flow journey.
Where do I begin?! The smiles, the constant encouragement to radically self express, the idea of giving just to share, and witnessing the pure beauty in coming together to create something beyond ourselves.
There isn't a specific style of music that I focus on. Some days I feel like trotting around to Acid Pauli and other times I play nothing but The Cure. It's honestly whatever the mood is for the day.
Cena is a nickname that I've been addressed as even before I could walk. Stardust stems from my deep admiration for David Bowie. I began calling myself Cena Stardust around the age of 15 as my way of paying tribute to the man who changed my life for the better. David had many identities in his life but Ziggy Stardust burned a flame of inspiration so bright in my heart that still lingers today. Glitter and all.
I stretch and laugh as hard as I can to remind myself not to take everything so seriously!
Sincerely written by...