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Philosophenomena’s Unity Fest 2015

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On March 21, 2015 Avalouna will be appearing at Philosophenomena’s Unity Fest in Glen Rose, TX. Last year we appeared at Weird Tex Fest at the same venue, which was put on by the same event producers. It was a wonderful event and we had such a blast and are so honored to be the entertainment this year at Unity Fest!

We will be performing the premiere of our Murderous Ghosts set, which is not only a bellydance performance, but the first in our series of theatrical bellydance pieces which tell an entire story in 30 minutes or less. We are so excited to present this new format of show to you and are really, really excited about this piece. It will be making its way around in the future, but for now, to see the whole thing, you should come to Unity Fest! If you’re not able, never fear, we will be posting it on YouTube!

Also later in the day I will be teaching a 30 minute mini workshop. It is included with entry to the event and suitable for total beginners!

Our performance is at 1pm, workshop at 3:30. There is also a wide array of speakers on all things supernatural and paranormal! There are also plenty of vendors to fulfill your shopping needs. This is a really fabulous event and it also is a charity event with proceeds going to Cancer Care Services.

Come out and see us, see the event page on Facebook at this link and buy tickets on eventbrite at the link below!

https://www.facebook.com/events/326136590900303/390725311108097/?ref=notif&notif_t=plan_mall_activity

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/philosophenomena-unity-fest-tickets-13972950471

Smiles, shimmies and creepy things galore!

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Next Show! Bat’s World Charity Show at Mable Peabody’s!

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Hello everyone! We are so thrilled to have been asked back by Lemme Addams to appear in the Stardust Revue for the Bat World Charity Show. Bat’s World Sanctuary is a charity that provides care and homing for bats who might not otherwise have a chance.

From the Bat’s World Sanctuary Facebook page “Bat World Sanctuary is on the front line to end the abuse and destruction of bats. Each year we rescue hundreds of bats who might otherwise die. Lifetime sanctuary is given to non-releasable bats, including those that are orphaned, injured, confiscated from the illegal pet trade and retired from zoos and research facilities. Bat World Sanctuary was founded in 1994 and is a 501c3 non-profit, all volunteer organization. Donations allow us to continue our rescue efforts for bats.”

Address:
Bat World Sanctuary
299 High Point Rd
Weatherford, TX 76088

We love doing Charity shows and this is a great cause, plus 100% of the proceeds will go to the Sanctuary. So come out on February 7 at 10pm to Mable Peabody’s in Denton, TX and watch us dance, along with many wonderful performers. Avalouna will be doing a super sexy piece and I will be doing another solo that is super special. The whole show is LOVE themed so get ready to feel the love!

https://www.facebook.com/events/876278219080448/?ref=ts&fref=ts

Smiles, shimmies and batty love! 🙂 Elena

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It’s Almost A New Year!!!

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It’s Almost A New Year!!!

Wow. 2014 was an amazing and hard year, for most people, as I’ve heard. We got the opportunity to do so many things, perform so many cool places and it was a blast! The girls married me off to the love of my life and we had a collectively ridiculously good time. 2014 was hard, too, for lots of people on a personal level. I felt it, too, and if you had a rough year, I am sorry and hope 2015 is much brighter.

So what do we have planned for 2015? Well we are (always) in the process of more bookings, adding shows and stuff, but we have some pretty neat things coming up!

First on the agenda is Jan 10’s show at Mable Peabody’s. We were asked by the lovely Lemme Addams to return to her show and perform at Whiskey Tongue Burlesque’s 4th Anniversary! We, of course, said yes and started trying to decide what we wanted to do. I won’t give away any spoilers here, you’ll have to get your butt down to Mable’s in Denton around 10pm on the 10th to find out, or catch it on our YouTube channel, but I will say that we are performing a duet, Cassandra and I, and the tag line is “Bela Lugosi’s Dead with 2 Undead Sirens”. So chew on that a little! Also I will be performing a solo! While I solo during sets often, it’s rare for me to do a stand alone solo, but I am, and will be a “wayward gypsy lost in a jazz club!” So you don’t want to miss it!

Next on February 7, we will be back at Mable’s for the Bat’s World Charity Show, another show by Lemme and will be doing some slinky, Valentine’s lovey stuff!

February 14 will find us in Arkansas in Washington, which was apparently the first Capitol of the Confederate army. We will be joining our friends from O’Malley’s Prayer Band for a private event, but I’m sure there will be video! Yes, we’re taking the bellydance wives to a gig for Valentine’s Day. (They’re thoroughly looking forward to it. No but really, I think they’re bringing their swords!)

March 21, we will be heading back to Glen Rose, TX for Philosophenomena’s Unity Fest. Last year we performed at Weird Tex Fest at the same venue, which was put on by the same people! It was fabulous and we are super excited about it!

This event will also mark the premiere of the Murderous Ghosts set. I have a new thing I’m trying this year, which carries on our highly theatrical nature and takes it a step further by doing 25-30 minute “sets” which tell a full story sequentially through the music we pick and the dances themselves. Instead of just random songs put together, these will have a story. We have several of these in the works including the “Bad Girls” set and the revamped “Americana Grunge Steampunk” set. This will also offer private clients the ability to see a full show, and pick which one they would like to have at their event, if they don’t have something already in mind. We’re really excited about this new method and are hard at work at it!

Also at Unity Fest, I will be teaching a short workshop before our performance for FREE so, come see us dance and dance with me a little! It will be very beginner friendly and I believe 30 minutes long. They have some great speakers and vendors lined up for the show, too!

March 28 we will be appearing at The Re-Awakening in Dallas, further details TBA, though we are super pumped about this as we LOVED The Awakening last year.

And for April and beyond you will have to stay tuned as we are ironing out the calendar further! See below for links to purchase tickets for Lemme’s January 10 show at Mable Peabody’s in Denton and a link to purchase tickets to Philosophenomena’s Unity Fest! You have just a couple if days left for General Admission early bird pricing for that one so hop on it!!

Smiles and shimmies and Auld Lang Syne and whatnot! 🙂 Elena

Whiskey Tongue Burlesque’s 4th Anniversary show.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/whiskey-tongue-burlesque-4th-anniversary-show-starring-donna-denise-tickets-15058022952

Philosophenomena’s Unity Fest.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/philosophenomena-unity-fest-tickets-13972950471

Just Added Merry Christmas Surprise!

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In a Merry Christmas surprise, you don’t have to wait until February to see Avalouna perform again! On January 10 in just a couple of short weeks, we will be back at Mable Peabody’s in Denton, performing in Lemme Addams’ 4th anniversary Whiskey Tongue Burlesque show!!!

This will be the first time since June the Avalouna sirens come out to play AND you will get the rare opportunity to see Elena do a full solo!!! So come out and see the costumes voted “best use of seashells” by Texarkana on January 10!

We are so thrilled to be coming back to Mable’s and excited to be included in Lemme’s 4th Anniversary show!

Smiles and shimmies! 🙂 Elena

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Pictures, Pictures, All the Pictures!

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Here’s a little photographic journey through our last few months! Hope you enjoy.

Smiles and shimmies, Elena 🙂

With Captain Jack, our favorite Pirate at Pirate’s Ball! Sirens!!!!

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Cassandra, beautifully modeling my new merchandise. ALL THE TASSEL BELTS!!!

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Celebrating Amber’s birthday in style!

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Zahra at Austin Pagan Pride

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Cassandra at Austin Pagan Pride

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My beautiful girls!

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Me with beautiful friend and Avalouna lover, Cynthia, at DFW Pagan Pride

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Dancing at DFW Pagan Pride with Stacy and Dayl

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Having a pre performance giggle!

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Magically, we made our logo happen mid performance with no prior discussion. Could they be more perfect?

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I always adore dancing at Pagan Pride!

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As always: Avalouna or Die, always!

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Cassandra’s beautiful fan solo at Pirate’s Ball. She has created a wonderful vocabulary of ATS® and fusion to be performed with fans.

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Getting our sword on! We are working hard on a Fast ATS® vocabulary.

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Pre performance at Pirates Ball.

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Cassandra’s beautiful handiwork on that headdress. Roaring 20s Siren. Yes ma’am!

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Cassandra and Elena dancing at Callidora Tribal’s one year anniversary! At the very same Drum Circle around the Moon we first danced at together!

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A sampling of Elena’s line of hand crocheted tassel belts.

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And finally- a sneak peek of THE SAREE and matching bracelets!!

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Summer Lovin’ and the Promise of Fall

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Summer has officially drawn to a close and my favorite season, Fall is upon us. This summer was quiet for the Three Fates as we dealt with that pesky thing called life. We managed a little fun, though!

Cassandra and I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Texarkana, TX and perform at The Pirate’s Ball, a benefit for the Texarkana Renaissance Faire. We had a fabulous host, met wonderful people, got to hang out with and compare sword sizes 😉 with the lads of the fabulous O’Malleys Prayer Band. We also met Jack Sparrow!! Plus we got to enjoy the party, a rare event for bellydancers. It was held on a balmy summer evening in June on the picturesque grounds of the Ace of Clubs mansion. It was one of the most fun performances of my career. And we made our first appearance as sirens! Cassandra is amazing with a glue gun. It was agreed it was the best use of seashells the audience had ever seen!

After the ball we had the opportunity to tour the Ace of Clubs mansion at 11:30pm. The absolutely gorgeous home was uniquely constructed in that there is a door leading out of every room, so there was always an escape route! Makes you wonder what James Draughn the original owner was thinking! The house was gorgeous and very interesting. It also housed an enormous shoe collection- at least 300 pairs of beautiful shoes from the post WWII era. (I do love shoes!) The best part of the house though was just as you walk in there are two large pillars, black, with gold Fleur des Lis covering them. They were Avalouna pillars!!!

Mid summer, the tribes were informed by Mama Jeanne, director of Wild Sky Tribal that at our coming trip to TRF, Friday night would be a wedding. Finally, a month shy of three years of engagement, I will be marrying my beloved fiancée, Amber. You can see Amber at every Three Fates performances, carrying things, running music and generally being a badass! The tribes rallied and we have been blessed with a Gypsy Tribal Bellydancers Wedding, October 24, 2014! We’re being thrown a wedding! It’s amazing and we feel so loved! Officiating the wedding will be Zahra and Maid of Honor is, of course, Cassandra. Avalouna is literally marrying me off!

September 14, Zahra and Cassandra journeyed to Austin, TX to perform at Austin Pagan Pride Day. They were absolutely stunning, as always and though I was sad not to be able to attend, I was very proud of them.

Today I got to perform with Dayl and Stacy of Wild Sky as honorary Avalouna members at DFW Pagan Pride Day! The first time I danced with them was Pagan Pride last year, so it was a neat experience. For ATS® girls they rocked some ritualistic fusion! That’s the awesome thing about an ATS® base: they will follow! And man, did they look fabulous! I said Tribal High Priestess and they delivered! I am so very thankful to them for stepping in and helping me out as my beautiful Zahra and Cassandra had personal things that prevented them from joining me.

Next weekend Oct 4&5 we will travel to Texarkana, AR to reunite with our pals from Pirate’s Ball for the Texarkana Renaissance Faire! We were thrilled to be invited and I will be joined by Jeanne and Amanda of Wild Sky, as once again, my girls have that pesky thing called life keeping them from me! Avalouna will be together for the wedding, though! We will be featured in Gypsy Camp at Texarkana, most likely engaging in raucous shenanigans with O’Malleys and will be performing on the Mainstage at 3pm Saturday and Sunday. Also we will be vending!!! Elena’s handmade tassel belts, bindis and headpieces as well as bindis by BirdieWren and parasols and other goodies!! Come see us and say hi!

It is a happy time of returning to dance after our summer break. And, today after our performance, we found it. THE saree. I have a wedding dress!!!! We also had chocolate fondue. It was fabulous.

Well, there’s a good catch up on what we’ve been up to and upcoming events. With fall comes a new year to me and it is a new year for Three Fates. Avalouna and Three Fates is also celebrating their one year anniversary at TRF. I love my girls and can’t wait for many for years with them! I also am loving getting to bring our sisters to the south into Avalouna performances and share our style with them. They are class acts and wonderful inspiring dancers. And they’re all so pretty!

Well, it’s the time where I need some tea and watch a little Poirot. I love that little Belgian Detective!!! Coming soon I have footage of today and our Steampunk sets to put up and I gave Pirates Ball all ready to share with you!
And pictures! Of everything!

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