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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

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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

From The Belly of a Traveler

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So I’ve hit on this blog a couple of times before, but hadn’t really gotten the time to sit and read it until recently. And I am in love. Written by Kristine Adams, dancer and teacher with FCBD and ATSer extraordinaire, this blog chronicles Kristine’s jaunt about the WORLD spreading ATS everywhere she goes. Now you all know I love ATS and I love adventures, too. And this is the adventure of a lifetime! I am adoring looking at her pictures, watching her videos and reading her tales of her travels throughout these different places, a lot, way off the beaten track. I especially love reading how she finds dance and ATS in the tiniest pockets throughout the world.

Kristine Adams

She has been on her adventure for over a year now and has no end in sight. If you like ATS, bellydance, adventures, or good stories, check out her blog. http://www.fromthebellyofatraveler.com/

Also, keeping in mind that adventures and stories have all sorts of unforeseen expenses and problems she does have a link to give her a little donation, if you can, to keep the journey alive! I am inspired to come up with a way to help Kristine out a little if possible and will be working on this in the next little bit. Maybe something that also spreads ATS to people and can help her journey out too?

Anyways, smiles and Ghawazee shimmies till next time! 🙂 E

A Few Loves…

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It feels like far more than 5 days since I last wrote! I spent the weekend tending poor Amber who is sick with what turns out to be… MONO!! Really? Mono! Poor thing. Before we knew it was mono, I thought it was just another case of tonsilitis and popped over to the Green Market for some more homeopathic sore throat pills. While there I found a brand new store with all kinds of new goodies! Some of the best were Almond Dream icecream (dairy and gluten free and amazing tasting!) an amazing variety of couscous and the best was a new food bar where they have hot foods and cold and on the cold bar I found Dolmades (stuffed grape leaves) and a lovely array of olives! Oh and veggie chips! It was heavenly! They also had a wonderful selection of tinned soups (not the Campbell’s variety) and I saw an interesting new line of frozen foods that would be wonderful for taking to work.

With those new finds I am over 5 days with no fast food! This may not seem like a big deal to some, but for a second shift hospital worker, the drive thru is often an easier choice than going home and cooking a meal, but I am determined to eat better and I am already feeling better because of it!

I am very, very busy at the moment, preparing to start teaching again (THIS WEEK!!!!), prepping for my upcoming 7 weekends straight of events and shows, and trying to get a new costume finished for the drum circle this month. Oh and stocking the Etsy store and picking performance pieces for my next three performances and umm sleeping.

I have to admit, I’m a little obsessed with my little medallions right now. I love them! They are so cute and remind me of Tribal beaded medallions, plus I can make them in any color I want! And all different kinds of styles and shapes. I’m making a belt full of them as my newest ATS addition and plan on wearing it to the drum circle this month. Also I’m finally getting my Gillit Plate Tribal bra done and it will be premiered at the drum circle along with my new skirt! I love new pretties!

Crocheted Tribal Medallions made by me!

So there it is. I still have so many things on my agenda to get done on the weekends it’s ridiculous! Like getting really awesome pictures of everything I have amde to go in my Etsy store. And finishing the rest. And finishing a present for my lovely friend and teacher Jeanne before I see her in two weeks! And being very lazy! Ahhh, but I really am very lucky right now. I can see this weekend on the horizon and am determined to cross more things off the list without adding more!

And my final love? Pinteresting pictures of Fall things and hot cocoa!Smiles and shimmies! 🙂 E

New Performance Announcement! The Event Dallas!

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I am so thrilled to announce that after months of pining to perform at this event (Bahaha, see what I did there…and it’s called The Event…ahem), I will officially be performing at the show! It’s on Saturday, Sept 7, 2013 and there will be some big badass names there! Haven’t decided what I’m dancing yet, working on that this weekend, but I promise it’ll be fun!

I’m also dancing at “Dalida and Friends” again in Septemebr, on the 8 and at A Sunday Soiree on the 15!! Wait…wasn’t September going to be a slow month for me? Ah well! No rest for the wicked I guess. Plus, I’d rather be dancing!

Find out more about The Event at http://theeventdallas.weebly.com/ and come see me dance if you’re out and about in the Dallas area! Smiles and shimmies! 🙂 E