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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

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

August Drum Circle Round the Moon

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Eeek! Tomorrow night is one of my favorite nights of the month! It is time once again for the Drum Circle Round the Moon at Little Mineral Marina in Pottsboro, TX!!! This is shaping up to be a pretty big event, a lot of out of towners popping in and a lot of drummers! The circle starts at 8pm, is family friendly and free and everyone is welcome to come! Did I mention it’s held right on the lake? Depending on where you sit, you could be three feet from the water! Cassandra and I will be there dancing along with some other lovely people! Come join us!

Egyptian

Smiles and shimmies! 🙂 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

“Dalida and Friends” Hafla

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Last night I had the great honor to perform at August’s “Dalida and Friends” Hafla in Plano, TX. The show is a monthly event produced by Dallas bellydancer Dalida. From a dancer’s perspective, this show was just so well produced and managed. We were able to get ready in the studio also housed in the Celebration Event Center and Ballroom and Dalida was a wonderful hostess, providing us with water and plenty of friendly chatter backstage.

The venue itself is absolutely gorgeous. A lovely large dancefloor surrounded by tables was a great space to dance, especially with the backdrop of a fully mirrored stage platform and a very interesting architectural point- the red walls of the space are mirrored! The crowd was small this month, but it afforded a very intimate setting and I really loved the opportunity of connecting with every member of the audience.

There were some lovely performances, Dalida started the show off with a beautiful fan veil routine, then Jere Luttner did a lovely, sassy double cane Saiidi performance. I was next with my 20’s modern inspired Fusion piece. I really loved getting to perform something so different from my set for the Masquerade Ball. This was upbeat, fun and I tossed in a nice drop just cause I felt like it! Shannon Varnado was next with a fabulous Egyptian routine and Saritza did a lovely performance and her costume was just fabulous. A lovely student of Dalida’s whose name I cannot remember did an adorable, upbeat song and last was another fusion dancer, Milli, who incorporated a lot of various styles into her piece, making a very interesting performance.

Afterwards, we had a little break, Dalida came back and danced again and then another break and we all got up and danced, had a little dance contest which Milli won (go Milli!) and then finished the night with a wonderful, breathtaking Saiidi set by Dalida. She really is one of the best bellydancers it has been my pleasure to know.

It was so fun to see people I had already gotten to meet (shoutout to Addison of Easy Street Images!) and to meet new faces as well! The Dallas bellydance scene is really making me feel welcome and there are so many talented dancers in the area! We finished the evening off with dinner with a couple of Dallas friends, then trekked north for a nightcap with some more friends.

It was really an inspiring, rejuvenating night. I love being around people who love bellydance as much as I do, it just feeds some little part of me in a way nothing else can. And now I am getting ready for the next show, the next performance, always continuing the cycle. And I have been invited by Dalida to perform in the next “Dalida and Friends” show, September 8. I look forward to bringing something new (perhaps two?) and getting to see everyone again!

Smiles and shimmies, E 🙂

July Drum Circle Round the Moon

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With the second month of attending this event, I found that it is quickly becoming one of my favorite things. I normally prepare extensively for performances, but this event has a relaxed air that welcomes everyone to come and join in to the drumming or dancing or just enjoy the atmosphere.

Walking down to the section of beach it is held at we were met with happy greetings that we had arrived and were told several people had asked if “the bellydancers” were coming back. (I always think it’s neat when I get called that! Hehe! Makes me feel like a princess or something!) We relaxed next to the water as we waited for the sun to set a tad more and then the fire was lit and the drums were warmed up and everyone got tuned in to a similar rhythm as a young man ran around the circle with incense, dancing as he went, enveloping us in a protective, energetic circle.

This was the first time we had been there for the beginning and it was really quite a magical event to be a part of. Cassandra and I began the dance part of the evening by doing Puja, (the moving meditation that begins most ATS classes) as our own sort of incense round the fire and then went right into dancing! We had some lovely drummers playing for us that night and it was fun to have people from the crowd come up and dance too!

The informal structure of the drum circle means that while we primarily perform ATS at the event we occasionally branch off into other stuff too ,so spontaneously I asked Cassandra how she would like to learn a little about Zaar trance dance and she was game so we got down in the sand in front of the fire, I gave her a quick crash course and we did some Zaar under the full moon, to the wonderful beat of the live drums. Another fun highlight we had was a good spirited shimmy off with a gentleman playing a tambourine!

As is a post show ritual we ended up at IHOP for a little post show nosh and for the first time ever I was asked to dance in IHOP! My fellow dancers gave me a beat on the table and Cassandra and I gave a solid display of Egyptian for the curious midnight eaters.

I look forward to August’s drum circle which will be held on the 24th (Saturday at 300 Little Mineral Blvd, Pottsoro, TX. Here are a few photos from the night.

Smiles and shimmies! 🙂 E