Posts tagged oriental dance
Posts tagged oriental dance
Inspired by Mother’s Day. :) I hope you guys like! ^_^
So if any of you iStuff users out there wanna find my li’l bellydance podcast, you can now listen via iTunes @ https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/eclectica-diversity-audified/id646639990 Eee-eee-ee-eee-eeee! *bounces up n’ down, then starts shimmying madly*
We’re getting close to Friday! Is there any particular subject or fandom you’d like to see covered in the world of geeky bellydance tomorrow? D&D? Doctor Who..? Star Wars? Star Trek..? Werewolves, vampires, or classic nerd chic..? Do tell!
Do you guys ever read/watch product reviews..? Generally speaking, do you find them helpful..? And if so, do you prefer to get them via text or video..? (And if not, why not..?)
The idea of potentially reviewing plus-size bellydance-wear just occurred to me, so I wanted to ask y’all about your thoughts on the matter. ^_^ Would you like plus-size dancewear, costume & accessory reviews? And if so, would you like them to feature anything in particular? (Or avoid anything in particular, for that matter..?) Lawd knows many fluffy dancers have a HELL of a time finding decent stuff to work out & perform in, so I thought this might be a cool way of getting the word out, as well as judging manufacturers on how they did- w/elements like fit, sizing, quality, performance, selection, etc. :) (Plus, this could work w/accessories & jewelry as well; since I’ve found not all things work on all body types. Bangles for example, can be tough on bigger sizes, as well as very petite ones. :))
SO, what would YOU like to see in a plus-size dancewear review..? Do tell! ^_^
If you enjoy dance art as much as I do (and I gather you might, as you -are- here on Tumblr, and you are reading my blog ;)), I’ve just discovered a few artists who will likely make you go -mad- with art-y, dancer-y happy. ^_^
In the realm of classical “Oriental Dance” paintings, I highly recommend Fabio Fabbi (I know, silly name, but GREAT art). And when it comes to incredible, modern pieces, you MUST check out Mr. Richard Young. (But be careful, he is strict about permissions ans licensing, so do NOT snag his pictures for use online -anywhere- w/o paying his fees and getting his okay. I have a feeling he’ll get you if you steal and he finds out about it.)
Mr. Young does -incredible- pieces about dancers of all kinds; with beautiful, STRONG images of women looking grand and fantastic and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. (I.e. these women got PASSION and POWER, and it -shows- in these images. ^_^) And don’t discount the other sections beyond the ones clearly marked “bellydance.” He has some -amazing- pieces (even bellydance-y ones) in other sections too. ^_^
Mr. Fabbi (or as I call him “he-of-the-repetitively-silly-name” ;)) on the other hand, does the classical, romanticized pieces that some people may have problems with as far as subject matter goes, but artistically speaking are just SUPERB. Yes, the subjects are often fanticized versions of Middle Eastern dancers and the world which surrounded them in Colonialists’ minds, but the beauty of these pieces still stand out, and he has a TON of them, so I think his work is worth exploring. ^_^
You can find Richard Young’s gallery of dancers here, and a collection of Mr. Fabbi’s bellydance-themed art here. ^_^ I hope you enjoy- ‘cause both of these men have captured some truly beautiful moments- real or imagined- true-to-life or wistful, as they may be. :):)
(And keep on the look-out for more art posts coming soon- ‘cause I just found a great gallery of bellydance pieces which I’ve yet to investigate! :D)
Does anyone out there still listen to podcasts..?
As some of you might already know, I’m reviving my old, long-lost (or, more accurately “long deceased”) podcast, Eclectica. And since this newer, better, zombified version is gonna be MUCH cooler than before (read; more bellydance-inspired ;D), I wanted to get YOUR insights on how the newly resurrected show should be. ^_^
Do you ever listen to podcasts..? If so, why or why not..? Are you looking for any particular content, music style, program style, length, format, etc..? What do you like/dislike in a program/podcast..? And where do you tend to get your podcasts from..? (iTunes, the interwebs, Spotify, etc..?)
If you have a moment, wouldst thou come and giveth a little feedback, so I can make the best podcast possible..? I’d love to hear what my beautiful bellydance community would like, so I can craft a show that I know all of my amazing dancer peeps out there will love. ^_^
Thanks so Muchly!
I may not be utterly crazed over the music, but OH MY GAHD THE DANCING!!! I’ve seen bits of these, but not the first set, or the girl who ends up SPINNING A CHAIR- WITH HER TEETH. o.O DEWD!! Of all of these she’s my favorite (long before the chair spinning ;D), but allll of this is amazing. Love those early “Isis wings” (which I think was actually a dress) too!! XD
(And from what I hear, it’s all footage from the Library of Congress’ web site!!! :D SO going there, right now!!! ^_^)
Holy crow! BTBD has 301 readers?!!? o.O Wow you guys, thank you SO MUCH for following! ^_^ Gah.. it’s so nice to know that I might be doing something right for a change! ;D
I dearly hope you all enjoy this blog, like what you see on my li’l Tumbl-feed, and that in some way, once in a while, you take something positive (or at least a good feeling) into your real life w/you, from what you find here. ^_^
Squee! I’m so ticked! *beams* Therefore, let’s give another go at this whole contest thing, shall we? I’ve been thinking about ways to conduct a good one, and feel that 300+ readers DEFINITELY merits a celebration, so.. how ‘bout this?
To anyone who wants to enter, all you need to do is send me ONE private message (or an “Ask,” in Tumbl-terms); telling me why you read this blog. Then (in the same message), tell me about 1 way that I could improve it. (I.e. send me one Pro and one Con.) It can be about stuff in my feed as a whole, about one particular post that you found inspiring/disheartening, or.. anything! Discuss certain bellydance topics to how much (or little) you like enduring my bizarre-itude. *lol* Regardless, all it takes is 1 entry, telling me about what makes you wanna keep reading this blog most, and what one thing I could be doing better (iyho). -And that’s it! :D
That way I can learn about what I’m doing right, and try to figure out how to do things better. ^_^ (Plus, no activity gets tracked, so I don’t feel all corporate stalkery. ;)) Each message counts as one entry, and you’re done! :D
Now, let’s get to the prize! I wish I could give you something fabulous like a veil, a sexeh piece of kuchi jewelry, or some high-end makeup or something, but all I really have to offer are my own skills.. so.. that means art! Therefore, come the end of March, one lucky winner will receive a brand new, original piece of bellydance inspired art! ^_^ (..I think a month and a half is fair, don’t you..?) If you’d like a bit of beaded jewelry or a little polymer clay sculpture instead let me know, but for now, what I’m thinking is a drawing. :) (And for examples of what you could potentially win, see above!) Plus, if desired, I will also give the winner an opportunity to make a request about the piece they get; so start pondering your options once you send in your entry! You might just end up w/a brand new piece, made -exclusively- for you! ^_^
Aaaannndd that’s pretty much all there is to it. :)
Thanks for reading, y’all. It may sound silly, but it truly does touch my heart that so many people out there follow this rambling, nutty, waterling’s blog. :) I’d like to think that somehow, this might be a way for people to make some small difference in this world.. so each and every reader makes a difference to me. ♥
Love and Grateful Hugs to All,
Yanno, I might not have an excuse NOT to make my own costumes anymore…
This is AMAZING. I’d thought I’d seen all of the Bal Anat stuff on YT, but apparently not! O.O LOVE the costumes, and oh, the SKILL with which Ms. Salimpour has imbued her students!! CLEARLY there is a love, admiration and respect of the cultures which these dances come from, ALONG with creativity and freedom of expression. LOVE LOVE LOVE this. THANK YOU, Jamila & Suhaila, for sharing your love of these dances with us! ♥♥♥
Some 1970s Bal Anat dancing - a full 30 minutes! - so we can get our daily, or more like monthly, dose of assuit and vintage tribal costuming. There’s snakes, jars, swords, tambourines, and even a sort of melaya leff!