Tag Archives: ATS

Another Sale for A Happy New Year!!!

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Ok guys! Thanks to the overwhelming response to my little holiday sale, I have decided to start off 2015 with ANOTHER sale! Everything left in my inventory is 25% until January 31!!! Coupon Code is NEWYEAR25. Thank you all so much for your support and get over and get something before they’re gone! I will not be making any exact duplicates of anything from last year, so if you want it, get it! 😀

http://www.etsy.com/store/ElenaLewisDesigns

Smiles and shimmies! 🙂 Elena

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Give us a like on Facebook and get performance info, pictures, video and find out about sales and special offers on Elena’s handmade costuming!

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Avalouna

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Callidora Tribal

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Three Fates Dance Company

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Smiles and shimmies! 🙂 Elena

Fast Times at Avalouna High

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Whew! I have been busy lately! March 2, dawned icy and dark, but a few brave dancers came out to begin classes in Whitesboro with me. We had a blast at our informal first class and then had cocoa and tea. I was so grateful to my lovely student Karen for opening her home for class.

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The following Sunday, we had our first official class a week late at the lovely dojo and it was amazing! Tons of beautiful, happy dancers showed up and we had a ball learning some ATS® basics. This past week we finished our second ATS® class and on this coming Sunday, March 23, we will begin our first of two weeks of Tribal Fusion exploration. If you’re in the Sherman/ Whitesboro area, you can join classes at any time. $50/ 6 weeks or $10 drop in!!

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On March 15, I had the honor of appearing with Wild Sky Tribal at Holi, Festival of Colors in Dallas. We had a blast and it was so fun to get to dance with the a Wild Sky girls!

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This coming weekend you can see Avalouna performing at Texas Weird Fest in Glen Rose, TX as guests of Wild Sky Tribal on Saturday at 1pm! We will be doing some Americana Grungy Steampunk!!! We will have a couple of on the road and behind the scenes videos to share with you and it looks like it’s going to be a very fun adventure!

Smiles and shimmies! 🙂

Elena

Bindis are Alive at Elena Lewis Designs!!

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I’m so happy to announce the addition of Bindis to the Etsy shop! I have long wanted to make my own bindis and offer them others and now I get to do that! I’m using a lot of different materials in my bindis, tiny skeleton keys, cabochon vintage cameos, Turkoman buttons (dome and smooth!), vintage bits of broken earrings and of course, luscious, sparkly rhinestones and pearls. I’ve already got quite a collection up and am always available off custom and troupe orders!! 🙂

Pictured below is just a tiny bit of what I’ve got. Check out the Etsy store to order and for more bindis!!!

🙂 Smiles and shimmies

Elena

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New Designs and A Sale!

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Hi guys! Well, I have two new Hipscarf designs for you, each feature 13 handmade yarn tassels and are really really gorgeous. Made from sari silk brocade, these are show stoppers!

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Also finished and ready for sale, my first yoga mat bag!

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You can see all these at my Etsy store here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ElenaLewisDesigns

If you’ve been eyeing a pretty, I am offering a little sale for people! You can simply reblog this post and comment and say you did, or head over to the Elena Lewis Designs Facebook, like my page, share this picture, https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=630175317024323&set=a.371027149605809.79697.365226776852513&type=1&theater leave me a comment saying you shared and I will send you a coupon code for 5% off your total order! Code is active until January 31, 2014!

For now, I’m tired, but warm (yes I’m in Texas in Snowmaggedon right now. We’re completely iced and snowed in!!!) so I leave you for now. Hopefully tomorrow I will have a new color of yoga mat bag and another Hipscarf up!

🙂 Elena

Help Me Go to General Skills and Teacher Training!!!

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Hey guys,

so here’s the deal. I am trying to raise funds to put down my deposit for General Skills and Teaching Training in August. I need $400 dollars to do that. I know the holidays are right around the corner, but if you would like to purchase a costume piece from me, everything I sell is currently going to this. I have been Bellydancing for over 12 years and this seems like the natural next step for me to further my training. I’m also offering a few “specials” in order to hopefully make my $400 goal. I will post pictures shortly with discounted prices. These prices are only for a short time!

If you don’t see something you’d like, feel free to contact me. Custom orders are also very discounted for the time being! I’d love to Mae you something and please help me go to this wonderful training!

To order please visit my Etsy site, all listings have been updated to reflect the sale. Everything has been updated to reflect Sale prices. Want something custom? Just send me a PM,custom is discounted right now too!!!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/ElenaLewisDesigns

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Callidora Tribal and Avalouna Debut at Monsters Ball!

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Last night my two troupes made their debut performances at The 2nd Annal Monsters Ball. Callidora Tribal is currently an ATS duet comprised of me and Cassandra Campbell. Avalouna is my Tribal Fusion group made up of me, Cassandra and Zahra Johnson. They are both very talented dancers and I am so proud of them. We are already planning upcoming performances so stay tuned for updates! Here are a couple of pictures from last night!

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Elena

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A Few More Thoughts On Pagan Pride Dallas

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So I know, I already talked about PPD in my last post, but I wanted to talk a bit more. I was thrilled at the thought of doing this performance from the start, although my mother was not. I think she thought about smacking me in the hipscarf with her menorah for a bit. But to me that’s what an event like this is all about. People from all walks of life coming together to celebrate the earth and life and happiness. Lots of happiness. It was a lot of planning and rehearsing from the bellydancers, even though when I arrived at PPD I had only met one of the girls I danced with before. You never would have known would you? That’s the beauty of ATS.

The day came at it was perfect. Chilly, chilly weather, a beautiful location right on the lake and lots of happy people. I’m sure for many at PPD there was a much deeper spiritual event going on. For me, I felt a great sense of peace and happiness during the three hours I was at the event. The air itself seemed calm and blessed. I got to meet some lovely people, talk to some great vendors, performed for a good gathering of people under a beautiful tree and smile a lot!

It will remain one of my favorite performances for quite some time I think. I love performances where all you think of is happiness and joy. It reminded me of my dear drum circles I dance at monthly. But bigger and so much happiness. Maybe I’ll get poetic soon and write something to describe for you what it was like in more eloquent terms, but for now this shall have to suffice.

Smiles and shimmies. 🙂 E

On the way!!

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Getting ready!

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The stage!

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Almost time to dance!

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October Already?? New Orleans, Chilly Weather, Pagan Pride and Big News!

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I’m not quite sure how it’s been almost a month since I posted last! Wow, so much to catch up on. First is the awesome trip to New Orleans/ Baton Rouge I got to take the third weekend of September. We had a great time with one of our couple friends on the four day weekend and I got to meet Cyndi Cyreigna Elliott of Irie Tribal Dance Company and take a workshop with her as well as perform in the hafla afterwards, buy a new Bindi, drool over the rest of her costuming bits and pieces and see the wonderful place that is New Orleans. It was rainy for a lot of the trip and the day of the workshop, rain cozily pitter pattered down as we had class in the mst beautiful yoga studio. Cyndi is a masterful teacher and extremely fun to boot! I also got to enjoy a fun lunch with my sisters from Wild Sky Tribal and eat some yummy Jambalaya and Boudin Balls!

New Orleans was great, I fell in love with the French Quarter and some highlights included a trip to Beckham’s Bookshop where I got a giant bag full of old books about theatre (the neatest bookshop ever, very charming and old worldy!), I got to go to FOUR voodoo shops, have beignets and chicory at Cafe du Monde, wander about the French Quarter, on our last night found an adorable wine bar where Amber and I stopped for a refreshment, our friends having headed back to the hotel (which was great itself, just on the cusp of the warehouse disstrict, about a 10 minute walk to the French Quarter, it was a lovely place and if you need a hotel in New Orleans, I highly reccomend the Hyatt Place. We will return!)

It really was a great trip, I got to see swamps and LSU and the Saints were victorious in their respective games so I had a happy fiancee!

The next weekend, on the 28th my lovely friend and student Zahra organized a private group class in Savannah, TX that I went down and taught and I had a great time with some very fun ladies, and the studio was absolutely beautiful! On the 3rd floor of the fitness complex it was in a turrett and had lots of windows! We had a great time and afterwards went scrub shopping for the muggle job and for sushi and hibachi, where I had my first experience with Sake! It was actually pretty good!

This past weekend on Saturday was a performance I have been preparing for for awhile, Pagan Pride Day!! I was asked awhile ago by Wild Sky Tribal to come down and perform as a guest with them, which I of course said yes to! I had only danced with one of the girls before, but that’s the beauty of ATS, you can just jump right on in there and go after it!

I was awake at the ungodly hour of 8:30 geting dressed and my lovely bellydance wife drove to Dallas so I could get all my makeup on! And hair garden. And jewelry. I only wore 11 bracelets, 3 rings, 2 necklaces and earrings. Still could’ve had more on. 😉 I had my costume on, minus my bra and with a shirt over my choli and we were getting ready to leave as Amber asked what the temperature was like. I popped outside barefoot and with my short sleeve choli on and promptly scurried back inside for a sweatshirt! It was so cold! My choli being a loaner as I wait for my first custom one (by Cyndi!) I was cold! When we got down to Pagan Pride, I hopped out of the car to get my bra on and almost froze before I could get ym sweatshirt back on, plus my big heavy shawl! We were early and walked about for a bit, finding Zahra who was promoting the Witches Ball benefit that is being held November 1 and looking at a few of the vendors. We met uop with Taylor and one of the girls Stacy and wandered about a bit more, getting everything ready and ending up having Zahra save the day with a boombox for our music! We did a 50 minute set with a break in the middle. I danced a solo to Duma Sa Duma and got to do a duet with Taylor to Caravan plus, chorusing and dancing in the pod quite a bit. Afterwards Taylor gave a mini class to some of the spectators and they were very enthusiastic and cute!

Pagan Pride was a fascinating experience for me. It was beautiful at the venue, a misty, dark, gray morning. The first thing we saw was a circle and drumming, some type of ritual was happening and veryone was just so happy, it made me happy. We danced on the circle stage which was made of concrete and was so cold my feet went numb during my solo! It was a great time and I had a blast getting to dance with my new sisters. I also, of course, had to peruse all of the shinies, and ended up buying a crystal, a ring with a beautiful big crystal in it and Amber bought me a necklace and earring set with a pink carved full moon on all three items. I met some lovely people and just generally had a blast. It was my first big ATS performance and solo and I was so pleased with how it went. I am working on getting the video uploaded soon!

And the last bit of news. I have started two new companies. One is a fusion group named Avalouna which is comprised of Zahra Johnson, Cassandra Campbell and me. We will be doing a lot of experimental, fun stuff and just generally having fun in all different ways. Our first piece is a Voodoo/Witchy themed piece to premiere at Monster’s Ball, October 27. The second troupe is Callidora Tribal which is an ATS duet Cassandra and I have formed. We will also be premiering at Monster’s Ball and are very excited to finally officially be dancing together!

Well, I guess that’s all for now! I will have pictures and videos up soon from at least some of my adventures! Smiles and shimmies! 🙂 E