Thanks! I can’t wait to incorporate bellydance into my performance as a mermaid- and vice-versa! :D The water’s such a great place to improve fluidity of movement (literally, try doing snake arms in the water- it really helps w/smoothing things ^_^), and it’s SUCH an inspiring element for me.. just being near the water makes me wanna sing and dance and endlessly revel in it, all at one time. ^_^ And yet, it’s such a place of wonder, bliss, and peace.. for me, it’s like Coming Home. Always has been.) So.. I super adore the idea of combining these two worlds- bellydance and mermaid-ism. *lol* (Is that a word..?)
Down the road there will -of course- be more dance numbers (refining old performances/concepts, as well as inventing new ones), and maybe even more complete stage pieces w/mer-inspired themes. :) But eventually I’d also like to create underwater bellydance numbers- for me, and group performances. ^_^
But for right now, I’m working on melding bellydance costumery and aesthetics w/the first actual SWIMMING mermaid event I’ll be blessed to participate in. ^_^ I’ve got my revamped cowrie bra and belt set in the works (hooray for cowrie shells in a costume finally making sense! ;D), plus another bra top and various accessories are in the works, solely inspired by next weekend. (…EEEP- NEXT WEEKEND?! it’s coming up SOO FAST!). The catch for me is making stuff that’s also swimmable. There’s a biiig difference between something working on land and something that’ll work under prolonged exposure to water- and chlorine, and long falls of hair, and things like netting.. as well as flips and other dramatic kinds of movement you may not always be able to facilitate on land. So all that is a consideration- and it can be pretty daunting!
Thankfully however, the mer-aesthetic can go pretty well w/bellydance costuming- especially if you think outside the fish-pen, so it’s kinda fun to see how you can multi-task pieces. :) (Like turning fish netting into a tummy cover, or making a bra that’s just as good on land as it is in the water. ^_^) Plus from all the experienced mers I’ve talked to and forums I’ve researched, it seems like hot glue and E-6000 are still the top fixatives for making things stick to fabric, wet or dry, so that’s a huge blessing too. (A; because I have both already, but b; because I’m not the biggest sewer, and I’m glad I don’t have to use MEGA industrial stuff, like dual-cartridge epoxies, etc.)
And I cannot -tell- you how excited I am about being able to integrate my dance skillz and all this fun costumery into my first mermaid performance evar; which will be @ Una’s Fanta-Sea Cove at Faerieworlds. ^_^ It’s an opportunity where I’ll get to sing, swim, be a mermaid AND a bellydancer, (both in and out of the water), and w/being able to have my tail and see Omnia (also for the first time, after long, loooong delays).. it will be a many-fold dream come true. ^_^
I may not have tons of swag like I know some of other mers will, but that’s okay. I -know- the weekend is gonna be magical, and full of opportunity, and love, and joy, and great music, and wonder.. and I can’t wait! *bounce bounce*