The belly dancing class was also an accident. Invited to one of the classes by her friend, Aurie was "hooked" as it was very diverse. "It was all body types, all gender identities, you had people who were full body tattooed with tons of piercings, just the mom from next door, me, so it was kind of an incredible community that I hadn't come across in other dance classes, really," the composer elaborates. The aspect that she highlights the most, however, is that the fundamental component of the movement of belly dance matches the fundamental components of electronic movement. "For example, the most fundamental building block of electronic music is a sine wave and all of the movement in belly dance is either you doing a sine wave with your arms, torso, hips [and] head," Aurie explains. There's also the correlation of the on/off binary with computers and isolated popping and locking in belly dance.
Having the desire to morph the two fields into one and make a performance out of it, the musician wrote several pieces for belly dance and electronics, sometimes adding other instruments like violin and later including the robotic instruments, mainly collaborating with composer Steven Kemper
. Although the initial idea was fixed media, she quickly realized it would be great to have an element of spontaneity. That decision came partly because at the time — in early 2010 when Arduino wasn't around and micro-controllers weren't as affordable and popular — Aurie experimented with basic sensors and used a bluetooth connection to her computer, which only worked in the studio. To solve this issue and capture the fundamental dance gestures, she attached a flex sensor that picked up her torso movements, sewed it into a corset and then sewed an accelerometer to capture hip motion. That became the beginning costuming for the system she performs with.