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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!

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Smiles, shimmies and batty love! 🙂 Elena

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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

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

Weekend Craziness and Dance Adventures!

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Wow! I actually had to take a day to process this weekend before I could write this post. This weekend was amazing and crazy and fun and exhausting and inspiring! It was pretty much one of the best weekends ever!

Saturday it started with getting ready to head to Dallas to perform at The Event. I had been looking forward to this show for months and even though I was very sad to be unable to take the workshops, I was so happy when the lovely Aiyah Bree told me to go ahead, come on down and perform!!! I danced a brand new piece to “Bedroom Hymns” by Florence and the Machine, got to see some amazing performances and meet April Rose (who is such a sweetheart and I have a giant girl-bellydancer-crush on!) as well as see her and Edenia Archuleta perform. There were so many amazing performances and I only got to see the first half of the show! I was I could have stayed, but during intermission after a little milling about, talking to people and perusing the vendors wares (and sucking down some GLORIOUS lemon flavored water and buying an April Rose poster!) I had to leave to get back to Denison for my next show which was………..

AT A DRAG SHOW!!!!! I don’t know why, but I’ve always wanted to dance in a drag show and I finally got the chance for my good friend, the lovely Abbi Lee’s birthday drag show at The Goodtime Lounge. I got to see some lovely, talented queens and I danced to (wait for it!) Jump by Rihanna!!! I figured, how often do you get the opportunity to dance to a song like that and what better place than a gay bar?!?! (I wanted to dance to Applause by Lady Gaga, but one of the other lovely ladies had already claimed it!) Heehee! It was so fun!

Ok, so I finally got home, scrubbed my face, at some leftover enchiladas and PASSED out! Got up Sunday, went and taught class and ran home to get half my face on before getting in the car to head to “Dalida and Friends” hafla. I love, love, love being a part of this show!!!!!! Dalida is one of the most amazing dancers I have ever met and the shows are so fun! I danced two pieces, one with a wine bottle as my dance partner and one very emotional, then fun piece to a song by Dikanda (one of my favorite groups at the moment!) and a song from the first Sherlock Holmes movie. The show was amazing! Badrawn, a middle eastern musical group from the Dallas area was there and kicked things off with Dalida dancing a wonderful Saiidi piece. Saiidi in a live band is a magical thing and I had chills so many times from their playing! I also got to meet an amzing drummer, El Lobo and we had a fun chat about tribal dancing and the connection between drummer and dancer.

My lovely friend Zahra came to the hafla to see me dance and afterwards we had a fun dinner at Steak and Shake and celebrated me finishing my four performances with cheeseburgers and fries (but no shakes, sadly enough!). Home again and SLEEP!!!

It was such a fun, fun weekend, so inspiring, seeing so many great dancers and getting to perform so much! I will post pictures and video as I get them uploaded! Whew! This weekend I only have one performance, but it’s for A Sunday Soiree and the theme is Golden Age!! I wonder what this tribal fusion girl will pull out for that?! If you want to find out come see me at Mango’s in Richardson, doors at 6:30, show at 7!Smiles and shimmies!! 🙂 E

Pins, Pins, Pins!

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Hi there, my name is Elena and I am a Pinterestaholic. “Hi, Elena”

No, but really. I love Pinterest. Now of course I have the regular “Dream House”, “Food” and “I Really Do Love Muggle Knitting Patterns” boards just like the rest of the world, but I also pin A LOT of Bellydance stuff, from pretty pictures of awesome dancers to stretches to costuming ideas and makeup.

I was going to add a Pinterest widget, but I am obviously NOT technologically advanced to do so, so I’m just posting a post (posting a post? and the winner for best use of the English language is obviously me… 😉 with a link to my Pinterest page with the invitation to come on over and give me a follow! Do you post neat stuff? I’ll probably follow you back! 🙂

Smiles and Happy Pinning! 🙂 E

I’m Back!

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Well, I feel like it’s been ages since I was on here. I’ve had a cold for a week now and have been doing a generally large amount of nothing! I have been working on stuff in my head and things are about to get exciting!!! I will be making an announcement either late Sunday the 8th or on Monday the 9th! I am super excited about it!!! My class members get to hear it first though, so you have to be patient! Want to hear it first? Come to class! 🙂

For the month of September in celebration of my Amber’s birthday I have decided to run a special on class cards- 6 weeks for $50!! That’s a savings of $10 from the regular price and a savings of $40 if you drop in! You can purchase one and wait to use it until your current session expires or go ahead and start punching now!

I have decided to move to a punch card system. You want to save? Buy a 6 week punch card for $60 (regularly, $50 if purchased in September) and everytime you come to class I punch a hole in it. When you run out of punches, buy a new one! That means you can join at anytime and still get the savings if you commit to buying. Your card also only gets punched when you come to class, so if you have to miss one week- you don’t loose your money. I don’t like that, cause money’s tight for all of us and I don’t want to cheat no body, ya hear? Plus with punch cards I don’t have to try to keep up with all this different stuff! Now, this will change a bit once I add more advanced classes, but for now with only my Beginners I think this will work well for everyone! And of course you can still drop in for $15 a class! 🙂

This weekend is going to be crazy busy and if you live anywhere around me, I hope you come out to one of the THREE opportunities and see me dance a lil! On Saturday at 8pm I will be performing a piece at The Event in Dallas! You can see details on my calendar page! After The Event I will be hitting the road back to Sherman to perform at The Goodtime Lounge in Abbie Lee’s Birthday drag show with special guest peroformers (one of which is me!) Abbie is a good friend of mine and I am honored to have been asked to perform! Goodtimes is a fun venue and I am so looking forward to it!

Sunday I will teach class at 3, then hit the road to Plano to perform TWO pieces at the September “Dalida and Friends” Hafla!! I’ll be bringing a more traditional Tribal piece and some fun fusion, so come see me and a whole slew of awesome dancers perform!

It’s going to be a fun, busy weekend and I hope to see some of you out there! :)) I’m going to continue drinking a lot of tea and get over my cold for tip top shape! (And no hacking up lungs during performances! heehee!)Smiles and shimmies! 🙂 E

Tea

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I don’t know about you guys, but I am totally knackered. The last couple of weeks have taken their toll. I haven’t even done anything the past two weekends! More than anything, I am tired in my head. Do you ever feel like that? You’re body is relatively okay, but you brain feels like if you do anything but sit or lay and stare at stuff you might actaully turn to jelly? Yeah, I’m there. And when I get there I’ve found there are a few things I need to do.

First is re-evaluate and take some things off my plate. Right now that is sewing. Now I’m still sewing. Just accepting the fact I don’t have to have a completely new costume for every performance. Also paring my sewing to do list. Putting a couple of things on hold and finishing some stuff up.

Second I need to dance. But wait, shouldn’t you rest? Yes! But also dancing is relaxing to me. So when I start feeling like this I know I’m focusing too much on things surrounding the dance and not dance itself.

Third I need to knit something. Yes that’s right knit. Something that cannot possibly be used for bellydance. Like a scarf. I think I’ll start a scarf. Or finish Amber’s hat. Yes, I’ll do that. Just in time for fall!

Fourth I need tea. I’ve always loved tea and there’s something so relaxing about the ritual of tea, even when drunk out of a white styrofoam cup at work, when it contains a lovely tea it automatically is so much more relaxing than the brash hustle and bustle of my beloved black coffee.

So tonight on this cloudy late summer evening as I sit wishing for rain, crisp weather and a movie-date with my sweetie, I’m drinking tea and trying to relax. Remembering to drink things in the way you do with tea. You don’t gulp down a good cup of tea trying to finish as soon as possible. You drink it slowly, savoring the flavors and the warmth. We should treat life the same way.

Smiles, tea and shimmies! 🙂 Elena