A Little Song & Dance

Music and Art = A Life Enchanted

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Eee!  Look at the amazing shots Phoebus-Foto got of me, from the Portland Belly Dance Guild’s show this past weekend @ Columbia Willamette Pagan Pride Day! XD  

I offered up a water-based ritual performance, and because of problems I had during my segment (terrain, costuming hiccups, etc.) I was SO WIGGED OUT about my performance.. I could hardly believe how well it was received by the other dancers & our lovely audience members.  ..Have you ever had moments like that..?  So many things went wrong (which thankfully I covered up from the audience, but still, I felt affected the show).. that I had no -idea- there was even possibility for moments like this. ♥  -Even though the feeling.. the essence of the piece thankfully stayed intact, I was SO upset by how it had felt, behind my own eyes.. yanno..?  So to find these is an absolute & HUGE delight! ^_^ (Plus, it reminds me how there were some truly GOOD moments in that show, ‘cause the photographer caught a few of them. ^_^  -And that is another blessing. ^_^)  

Sometimes, we truly can be our own worst critics, and this performance taught me that it’s important-as performers, as a courtesy to our fellow dancers, ourselves AND our audience-not to let our thoughts on our work color the impressions of others. :)  What we see going wrong willy-nilly, the audience may NEVER pick up on.  -And that’s a super thing- for all parties involved. :D

So thank you SO MUCH, mister camera man!!  For the shots, and for the reminder, as well as for the preservation of the good, pure moments. ^_^  These are beauuuutiful, and I positively adore ‘em! ^_^  

And thank YOU as well to the Portland Belly Dance Guild, for including me in your show amongst so many talented and incredible dancers! ^_^ What a many-fold blessing- in myriad ways! ^_^  *beams & bounces joyously about*

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Aww, thank you so much, roslinatreidesdance​! *hugs*
Yes, sing-for-the-hopeless14, please let folks know that this is my work, and if you can, replace the image you have here (if possible) w/the one below- which actually has my web address on it- so people can find me if they like what I do. :)  (Though if you can’t, I understand.  Tumblr doesn’t wanna let me switch out images on this post, either. X*)

This image was likely posted here on Tumblr long, long ago from my own blog (back before I realized the importance of watermarking) and since yoinked, so if folks do see this, won’t y’all let others know it’s from me (and link it to either here or my art page, Alternate Visions)..?  I’d be IMMENSELY grateful, and happy to make folks their own body-positive art, or offer prints of this, if people desire. :)
Thanks so much to both of you, and I’m so glad y’all like my art. ^_^
♥

 roslinatreidesdance:

sing-for-the-hopeless14:

Everyone is beautiful. ❤️

Would be great if you actually gave credit to the artist who actually did all the hard work to bring us this piece.
bigtimebellydance is a wonderful artist and deserves all the credit

Aww, thank you so much, roslinatreidesdance​! *hugs*

Yes, sing-for-the-hopeless14, please let folks know that this is my work, and if you can, replace the image you have here (if possible) w/the one below- which actually has my web address on it- so people can find me if they like what I do. :)  (Though if you can’t, I understand.  Tumblr doesn’t wanna let me switch out images on this post, either. X*)

This image was likely posted here on Tumblr long, long ago from my own blog (back before I realized the importance of watermarking) and since yoinked, so if folks do see this, won’t y’all let others know it’s from me (and link it to either here or my art page, Alternate Visions)..?  I’d be IMMENSELY grateful, and happy to make folks their own body-positive art, or offer prints of this, if people desire. :)

Thanks so much to both of you, and I’m so glad y’all like my art. ^_^

 roslinatreidesdance:

sing-for-the-hopeless14:

Everyone is beautiful. ❤️

Would be great if you actually gave credit to the artist who actually did all the hard work to bring us this piece.

bigtimebellydance is a wonderful artist and deserves all the credit

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Pre-performance selfie @ Columbia Willamette Pagan Pride Day (where I performed amidst a lineup of AMAZING dancers from the Portland Bellydance Guild). ^_^
To be honest, I’m kind of afraid of posting pictures of myself & performances now (and frankly, coming back to my Tumblr at all, if I’m completely candid), since my last photo post got attacked by such a barrage of negativity.  There apparently have been LOTS of assumptions made about my ethnicity, my practices, my beliefs, and more, and all by people who would see me stop pursuing something that has given me (and others) so much joy, healing, positive transformational power, and beyond. XP 
But yanno what..?  Ya can’t let nay-sayers run your life, and that, in part, is what this blog is all about.  Doing what you love, being who you are and pursuing your dreams, with an open heart, an open mind, and a joyful shimmy, no matter what.  So no, I’m not gonna stop dancing, no matter how ugly or polite the messages, Notes and Asks demanding I do so are. 
There’s LOTS more love out there in the world than there is hate.  And the love in my life is a -lot- stronger than the ignorance, hate & fear that others would put upon me.  Bellydance has become a HUGE part of my life, and love is what guides, motivates, strengthens & keeps me going.  As it always has.  So when it comes to the haters, I have only one response:  
In the immortal words of Jennifer Connelly from the movie “Labyrinth:”"You have no power over me."
*hugs to all my loving, uplifting, kind & supportive friends, family, dance community & readers*
♥♥♥Y.
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Pre-performance selfie @ Columbia Willamette Pagan Pride Day (where I performed amidst a lineup of AMAZING dancers from the Portland Bellydance Guild). ^_^

To be honest, I’m kind of afraid of posting pictures of myself & performances now (and frankly, coming back to my Tumblr at all, if I’m completely candid), since my last photo post got attacked by such a barrage of negativity.  There apparently have been LOTS of assumptions made about my ethnicity, my practices, my beliefs, and more, and all by people who would see me stop pursuing something that has given me (and others) so much joy, healing, positive transformational power, and beyond. XP 

But yanno what..?  Ya can’t let nay-sayers run your life, and that, in part, is what this blog is all about.  Doing what you love, being who you are and pursuing your dreams, with an open heart, an open mind, and a joyful shimmy, no matter what.  So no, I’m not gonna stop dancing, no matter how ugly or polite the messages, Notes and Asks demanding I do so are. 

There’s LOTS more love out there in the world than there is hate.  And the love in my life is a -lot- stronger than the ignorance, hate & fear that others would put upon me.  Bellydance has become a HUGE part of my life, and love is what guides, motivates, strengthens & keeps me going.  As it always has.  So when it comes to the haters, I have only one response:  

In the immortal words of Jennifer Connelly from the movie “Labyrinth:”
"You have no power over me."

*hugs to all my loving, uplifting, kind & supportive friends, family, dance community & readers*

♥♥♥
Y.

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When things go wrong, when life gives you pain, or when people give you troubles, I say dance out your demons.  Get the pain out, in whatever healthy way you can.  Let people keep their own monsters inside if they choose to covet them, and let them dance w/theirs how (or even if) they choose.  But never, ever let another make their demons yours.  We can choose to take on others’ burdens, or we can choose to be free.  -I dunno about you, but I choose to be free.  
♥♥♥
^^^^About the Art^^^^  I can’t seem to find a link to the original of this, so if someone has it/knows it, please let me know so I can give proper artist credit and linkage. :)  I’ve searched the artist’s gallery listed above, but canna seem to locate this particular image.  D’oh!  So thanks for any help you may be able to provide. :)
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When things go wrong, when life gives you pain, or when people give you troubles, I say dance out your demons.  Get the pain out, in whatever healthy way you can.  Let people keep their own monsters inside if they choose to covet them, and let them dance w/theirs how (or even if) they choose.  But never, ever let another make their demons yours.  We can choose to take on others’ burdens, or we can choose to be free.  -I dunno about you, but I choose to be free.  

♥♥♥

^^^^About the Art^^^^  I can’t seem to find a link to the original of this, so if someone has it/knows it, please let me know so I can give proper artist credit and linkage. :)  I’ve searched the artist’s gallery listed above, but canna seem to locate this particular image.  D’oh!  So thanks for any help you may be able to provide. :)

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fergusdrake asked: Wow! Well definitely enjoy your weekend, you sound like you've earned it. I haven't gotten into the dance like I wanted to yet, but I know another lady on tumblr with aspirations of mermaiddom....(oh dear that's not a word either is it?) I don't know a whole lot about belly-dance and costume making still (more of an illustrator not a seamstress), but If I find anything I think can help you out I'll be sure to remember to tag it to send it you way too. <3

Thanks so much! ^_^  And if your friend doesn’t know about it already, a highly valuable resource to mers (at all levels, from beginning to mega-pro) is MerNetwork.com. :)  It’s a huuuuge forum w/how-tos, helpful threads and great merfolk. ^_^  

As for you, I’d love to see your work!  (Or, have I..?  I have a memory like Swiss cheese, so I apologize if you’ve shown me your art and I’ve just blanked on it.)  And I hope you get into the dance more, if that’s the direction your heart guides you in.  There can be lots of obstacles to pursuing your dreams, but if that’s truly what makes your spirit fly, I hope you never, ever let anything stop you.  Life’s too short to let things (or people) deter us from the things which give us the greatest joy. :):)

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maleeshda3wa asked: Disgusting piece of white trash.

Wow, thank you for your meaningful, insightful, and thoughtful comment.

Frankly, I’m not sure how this one post (out of allll of the other mindful, open-hearted posts I’ve made about equality, cultural awareness, understanding and acceptance) suddenly exploded everywhere, but wow.. you’ve just shown me.  You really prove that anti-racism, open-mindedness and approaching people with love and mutual respect not only is its own reward, but that it’s clearly a universal and growing phenomenon.  *applauds*  So glad to see that hatefulness and venom know no bounds.  Plus, that was some seriously classy stuff.  Go you.

(And for those who don’t grok such things, that was ENTIRELY sarcastic.)  I do so love it when people come to me spitting horrible epithets over something I find to be so immensely uniting, enriching, healing and empowering, and which I (and of others of MYRIAD races & backgrounds) truly & deeply love.  <—-FURTHER SARCASM.  Rock on w/your bad self.  N’ cheers for that. XS

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Not the greatest image quality (since it’s crazy hard to get good shots in super-low light like this- especially w/o flash), but I thought y’all might wanna see what few shots I’ve gotten in of me from my most recent performance. ^_^  This was a 2-song Fusion dance routine @ PDX’s Big Sexy, using Cirque du Soleil’s “Egypte” and Fergie’s “A Little Party Never Hurt Nobody.” :)  W/major gratitude to those who took pics in the audience and sent them to me, as we’re still waiting for those professional shots.  Can’t wait to see those, too! ^_^)  Swords and (a small) feather fan were included.. and video coming soon! ^_^ 

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