As a former dancer I can say that Iâ€™ve had to wear some strange costumes for performances, including one fashioned to look like a giant Hersheyâ€™s Kiss and another that looked like it came straight out of a Dr. Seuss book. However, Iâ€™ve never had to wear bees.
For Sara Mapelli, wearing bees for a performance is perfectly natural. TheÂ Bee Queen wears 12,000 of them to communicate with nature and show others that they donâ€™t need to be afraid of bees. Sheâ€™s performed the meditative dance while wearing bees four times now. Mapelli attracts the bees by catching the queen bee and putting her in an aerated container around her neck (like a necklace). Her scent attracts the other bees, which land on Mapelli. Though she tries to stay calm during the experience, Mapelli admits that itâ€™s difficult because the bees pinch trying to stay attached to her and their buzzing is quite loud.
Those watching Mapelliâ€™s bee dance called it serene and powerful.