A (very played with) shot of me from last night’s OBR dance/shoot. :)
(And before anyone gets on me about appropriation regarding the forehead jewel, please note: I’ve been putting stuff on/over my third eye since I was a tiny child, and this has nothing to do w/any particular culture. It’s just a sacred space to me. Example: I used to weave transparent jelly bracelets into crowns when I was little, & put sparkly superballs in the middle of ‘em, right over my 3rd eye. Thanks to that, my mom still calls me her “cosmic kid.” :) From ren. faire headpieces to actual bits of stone & paint, I’ve always been drawn to highlighting & adorning that area, so whenever doing anything special or meaningful, you’ll likely find something on me in that general region. :) Heck.. I wish I could just emit a tiny bit of light out of that space and have it done. ..Hmm.. maybe I should look into stick-on light emitting diodes! ;D)
Anyhoo, as you can’t see it well in the pic above, I’m also wearing 2 clear jewels on my cheek, like little crystalline tears. :) (The meaning for which ties directly into the performance for which this look was done. :) I did a video & mini photo set for One Billion Rising & International Women’s Day last night, but I may or may not show y’all that. ..Still deciding…) Allll that being said, mehopes you dig. ^_^
Love, love, love. *beams*
-And thanks to 2 bloggers, I now know that this is Molly McClellan. Squee! Who doesn’t love finding out about new, fantastic dancers? ^_^ Thanks for info, guys! ♥ ♥
^^^^loves to credit the proper peeps responsible for images when possible ^_^ ^^^^
Did you celebrate International Women’s Day?
And if so, may I ask, what did you do..? Did you use dance to participate..? Habla conmigo, ‘cause I’d love to hear, see, and share your stories, pictures, vids, or whatever else you’d like to offer, if you’ll let me. :)
I think Middle Eastern Dance (in all it’s varied, gorgeous forms) could be a -perfect- vessel for expressing female empowerment, (not to mention getting some tremendously poignant messages across). So if you celebrated through bellydance, I’d love to see, and spread the word about your work. :):)
Lastly, to ALL my women out there, be you young, old, gay, straight, queer, trans, thin, fat, rich, poor, dark brown, light brown, pink, purple or teal.. tall, short, disabled or otherwise, (or anywhere in between), whomever and wherever you may be.. I love you. Please, stay strong. ’Cause inside & out, you are beautiful. And I believe that you, YES, YOU, right there, sitting here reading this, can do -AMAZING- things. ***HUGS***
With all my Heart,
Please read. It’s a good bit of commentary in and of itself, but more than that, it’s important. (Whether you bellydance or not. ;))
Awareness is the first step to changing one’s pattern of action. :)
Many of you may have read this incendiary piece by Arab-American writer Randa Jarrar that appeared on Salon this week, condemning white women who belly dance. It’s part of a series of essays by feminists of color curated by Twitterati darling Roxane Gay—and if you’re not…
So. Much. Love. *zhagareets to the skies*
Someone ordered a print recently, and I -just- ran out of business cards, so.. you know what that means..! Time for a new curvydancer silhouette! :D
(For those who don’t know, these are single figure outlines drawn on paper, which are then cut out and used to make thank you notes in my Etsy packages. ^_^ -Kinda like bellydance paper dolls, but instead of making a whole stack of ‘em, I just do one apiece, so each one is unique. Then the cutout gets scanned prior to writing, et voila! :))
They gave me weird looks at Kinko’s when I explained what I wanted, (“okay, you just put the paper down, leave the cover/top thing open, and scan it”), buuut we still got ‘er. ^_^ Looking forward to getting my own scanner back though! :)
Also, do you notice a face in anywhere here..? It was totally unintentional, but tonight I spotted one- and surprised m’self! *lol* How ‘bout you..? Do you see it too..?
Hope you like, and happy dancing!