To be nobody but yourself in a world that’s doing it’s best to make you somebody...– E.E. Cummings (via emergentpattern) And again I say “AMEN.” Be whomever you want to be, and never be afraid to let the magic that’s inside of you shine on the outside. ♥♥♥ Ylluria
There is no age for dancing: Give it Ten Hours →
I’ve had lots of folks come in and out of our li’l beginner classes @ RU asking this question. See below for a great way to address it, and speed up your own learning curve. ^_^ I know I will! :D ♥ undulate-dance: This post is from a recent Undulate Update, if you want more sign up here for weekly belly dance inspiration! How long does it take to learn a belly dance move, and...
There is no age for dancing: Why not now? →
Unless you are literally go-go-going 24/7, have like 3 jobs, nine kids, 2 cats, a yak & 4 dogs, there is NO REASON why you should have to put off bellydancing, if it’s something that you really wanna do. Almost ANY body can do SOMETHING in bellydance, even if you can’t stand up, so DOOOO EEEEEEET! ;) I wish to Heaven I’d started in my early twenties, when I’d first...
Tonight is Bittersweet
Tonight is bittersweet. I’ve been struggling w/this off and on for a little while lately, and it just hit me again while getting ready. Here I am, prepping for my first real show evar (I’ve done many performances before, but they were all associated in one way or another w/RU), and I have no family here to see me. Moreover, I’ve been performing in the local hookah bar since...
This place has a lot of fun, belly-able stuff if you poke about a bit & listen. :) Many of their pieces are a great fusion between modern & traditional music, and if you go here, you’ll find even more belly-able stuff on their “Sephardic Music Fest” CD. :) Outside of that (and in places, inside of ;)) I’m really diggin’ Pharoah’s Daughter, DeScribe, and...
Favorite Sword Bits?
My fellow bellydancers; what are your favorite songs to sword dance to? What are your favorite sword moves? Do you like performing w/one kind of sword or another? And as I hear many people talk about wearing turbans for sword work, do you prefer turban or no turban? Discuss! ^_^ ♥ Ylluria
khauom asked: hi, im lebanese and im 18 . i find it awesome that you love belly dancing so much as its part of my culture, i was looking up fairouz today and saw a post from you and noticed you like fairouz.. thats great! are you arab? and how old are you? great taste btw not everyone appreciate her great music so i followed you great blog
Names, names everywhere, and not a one that fits… As I prep for my first completely un-associated-with-school show, lately the question of naming has really been pressing on my mind… More heavily than it usually does.. which, if you know me at all, is a pretty great, ever-constant weight. I’ve had a long-standing love/hate relationship w/names ever since I was little, and now...
One day … you’ll cease to care any more whom you please or what anybody has to...– J.D. Salinger (via hip-) LOVE THIS. AMEN! ^_^ ..Let’s hope our time is soon! ;D ♥
Popping, Locking & Belly Dance | Suhaila... →
ilove-bellydance: Suhaila Salimpour talks about what inspired her to incorporate movements not usually found in belly dance. The movements she developed are practiced by many a modern belly dancers today!
Blacksburg Summer Solstice Fest
Hey everybody! Coming up THIS SATURDAY, June 23rd, yours truly will be dancing and showing some of my art at the Blacksburg Summer Solstice Fest! :D My performance companion and I will be onstage around 2, and my few little sculptures & polymer clay pieces will be on display in the Community Booth of the Burnt Creative Indie & Vintage Craft Fair all afternoon. :) There’s...
Bits and Pieces
What other web spaces make an impact on your bellydance life? I have a few things scattered here n’ there. Personally, I’ve; a Twitter (where I talk about my life, which of course includes TONS of bellydance), a Pinerest board (entirely based on bellydance), a Kaboodle board (with both bellydance & ren. faire goodies- though you can find lots of BD stuff in my Wish List as...
ULTIMATE BELLYDANCER COMPETITION →
Check it out! It’s an online bellydance competition, that’s accepting entries RIGHT NOW!! GREAT lineup of judges, and FIERCE videos submitted so far. (It’s where the last video I posted about is from. ^_^) If you bellydance and want more visibility and/or opportunities, GO SEE!!!! ^_^ ♥♥♥
Oh.. mah.. GAWDS!!! Behold the flawlessness!!! She has SUCH amazing musicality, timing, energy, interpretation, intensity, presence & oooh, SUCH MOVES!!! Those high, SLAMMIN’ kicks! That incredible stare! And how her GORGEOUS self looks all Cabaret, but busts out w/the Tribal magicness. ^_^ Love love love, in e-ver-y way. ^_^ (..And if none of that is choreographed, I think I...
Do you know anyone with a visual impairment? If so, do you think they would find bellydance enriching, or potentially get something out of a bellydance class? If so, drop ‘em my way, or feel free to boost this signal! I’d love to find out how much interest in the blind/VI community there might be for potentially exploring bellydance. ^_^
A Sighted Dancer's First Encounter With a Blind... →
"Every Shimmy in the Book" - A Review
Wow.. I just tried the Bellydance Superstars’ “Every Shimmy in the Book” with Bozenka DVD, and frankly (for me), it was horrible. Like, I had to stop it in the middle of the instruction, ‘cause it was just that bad… While there are a bevy of note-worthy moves in this DVD, there are a few MAJOR stumbling blocks in its production which kind of make it unusable...
Music and Dance :)
Hey peeps! I’ve got 2 very cool recommendations comin’ your way. :) First off; I give you the amazing talent & ebullient personality of the lovely Ms. Samira Shuruk. I’ve been blessed to see her dance a few times at DC’s Tribal Cafe, and I have got to say that this woman’s performances are just unbelievable. She dances like a dream, and her vibrant smile...
In the world of Egyptian belly dance, all the classes mean nothing, all the...– (via saiedah) YES! I’d say that’s true w/any type of dance. :) if you don’t feel it, it shows. ♥
You know, it’s funny… When hearing the litany of teachers many dancers would list upon mention of their training (when I was a total, newbie beebee dancer), I said to myself “I could never remember all of those names! How do these people remember every, single, person that they ever learned from???” ..And now as I look back on my years of being enchanted by this...