Posts tagged sword
Posts tagged sword
To paraphrase the Indigo Girls..; “where there’s now one, there will be.. three.” ;D
I have been sick in bed alllll bloody day. But late tonight I woke up and was able to be a bit productive, so I thought I’d work on separating these 3 silhouettes and making individual pieces of them. Which means, for those who had a favorite amongst the trio, now you can find yours all by her lonesome, rockin’ it solo like a diva. ;D Hmm.. or maybe I could reconfigure the group now that they’re separated as well! (You know, put them in whatever order in twos and threes, now that they’ve been separated out into individual figures. ^_^) Squee!
(The art above was made by yours truly, and if you’d like, you can find more of it at www.facebook.com/alternatevisions. :))
Have I introduced you guys to my sharp n’ pointies..?
I just got a new sword (thanks Mom! XD), at a yard sale- for FIFTEEN BUCKS! XD It was still in the wrapper, w/the tag, and thought it’s white (I’m normally a blue, silver or red person), when I found it balanced on my head (yes.. I was going through their pointy merch & putting the swords I liked on my melon.. *lol*) I was smitten. :D Originally $50 (there at the yard sale.. I have -no clue- how much it’d be elsewhere), it also has a neat design semi-covered by the wrapping, and is the loverly katana y’all see up top. ^_^ *does a happy dance*
Annnd while I was in the process of taking pics of that, I figgered I’d show you guys my other pointies, too. ^_^ *beams* (Gives me a chance to measure them for future transport during the move, right? Right! ;D) So- the light-colored sword in the middle was my first sword, Ishtar. I found her at FaerieCon, and not only was the price sooooo right, but she’s got 8-pointed “stars” all over her, and what looks like fish scales, so could not have -been- more right up my alley. ^_^ Plus, she’s got multiple metals (I’m guessing silver/steel, brass and copper), which are also great for any costume or setting, as well as -perfect- for an indecisive little bunny like me. ;D She’s a little heavy (as she’s metal throughout, w/no leather, word or other materials on the handle or elsewhere), but she is a -great- learner’s sword. Juuust not so great for hand spinning, give her heft. (Kinda like me. ;))
Next we have my black and silver sword w/the wood handle, which I call Inana. I got her through Hipnotixx, the bellydance club we had at RU. She’s from MissBellydance.com, has a wood handle, silver markings on black background, and is pretty darn light (compared to Ishtar). Plus she’s got some teeth near the pommel, which kinda help you find your balancing place. :) (Just be careful when you get yours, if you get ‘em from MBD, as they’re not the highest quality bobbles in the bin.. if ya know what I mean.) However, it’s -great- for sword spins and wrist-heavy hand maneuvers, ‘cause she’s so light. And while other people took their wee tassles off upon getting theirs in the mail, I kept mine on. I think it’s cute- and adds a li’l bit a’ character. ;)
At this point however I would LOVE a Balady, or even better, a CAS Hanwei. The Hanwei is fully functional (i.e. battle-ready) and can be sharpened, which I would ADORE. Plus today I just found out about the CAS Ibera/Tuareg, but certain signs point to that being the same thing as the Hanwei. ..Does anybody know..?
Either way, I have -always- loved my pointies, and am SO glad bellydance gives me another excuse to play w/shiny things. ^_^ And while I’m -super- excited about my new katana & the prospect of dancing with it (it balances on my head, in it’s sheath! XD), I’m not entiiirely sure how I feel about using it in bellydance.. for obvious reasons. How ‘bout y’all..? Have you ever seen anybody bellydance w/a katana..? And if so, how’d you feel about it..?
Squee! If you go, tell ‘er Ylluria sent ya! (The big fat blind girl from some of her previous classes. ;) *lol*)
You KNOW you want to go! ^_^
(I sure wish I could! ♥♥♥)
ooh i do! i’m gonna look this up!
And speaking of swords, WOW.. what a star!! Such a beautiful dancer, w/adynamic and well-put-together routine, and just overall.. WOW! ^_^ Plus, that has GOT to be one of the best ways I have -ever- seen somebody put down a sword. O.O SO great! Lilililililili-yiiii-IP!!
FEE-URSSE!! This woman must have a secret spine sheath like the Immortals do in “Highlander!” *lol* And look at those shapes she makes, alongside all those wicked poses!! O.O YES!! *cheers*
I found this at the bottom of a page I was perusing (again- as it’s in my Pinterest after being recommended by a former teacher), ‘cause I’ve heard the Hanwei sword from Kult of Athena is sharpenable, and potentially battle-ready. I dunno why, but I like that very, very much. ^_^ ..I guess I just figger if you’re gonna have a sword, you’ve gotta have a SWORD, you know what I mean?
Of course, sharp things around kids or in confined spaces, and in various venues is not recommended, but in the right setting..? YES. I like the idea of having a sword that bites. It teaches the dancer to respect the blade for what it is- a weapon, and I think that once that relationship is there, it comes through in the dance. You’re not just dancing w/a shiny, pretty thing that might as well be a cane. You are dancing w/living steel, and that shows in how you move with it on and off stage. :) It changes the relationship you have with a thing.. do you know what I mean?
Plus, treating all your swords like they bite (whether they do or not) trains you for the someday possibility of owning something like these. That way it’s less of a transition when you get a battle-ready sword. And from there, it’s all just care, attention, time, training, and maintenance. ^_^ (And of course, for those of us who practice such things, meditation. :))
Now, I wonder if there are any other balance-able, battle ready swords out there..? :D
Next for our Geek Friday video games theme, we’ve got this BADASS concoction by 2 of the members of Raks Geek, a troupe that SPECIALIZES in geeky bellydance! ^_^
Using the game Assassin’s Creed as inspiration, this is a -chill inducing- Fusion sword piece that’s beautifully staged, artfully choreographed and delightfully dark; with sharp movements & dramatic, loverly accents. ^_^ I positively adore this piece, and wouldn’t mind learning it m’self! ^_^
In fact, this reminds me a lot of Night, the president of our former bellydancing club at RU. She’s a BIG fan of computers, anime, and other awesomely geeky stuff, loved our nifty swords (that we got at MissBellydance.com- in BLACK XD), and often wears costuming like this- as well as a hoodie in her “daily duds.” ^_^ (Plus, her dancing style is somewhat similar in its form & intent, so I can -totally- see her pulling something like this off. ^_^) I bet she’d PLATZ over the costuming, choreo & intensity here, too. ^_^
So for all my darkling divas, video gaming vixens, and especially you, Ms. Night, this is for you. ^_^ I hope I get to do something like THIS w/you someday, ‘cause it is WICKED! ♥♥
Now, get ready for one strong & super badass sword piece, and hold on to your scimitars (carefully ;)), ‘cause it’s gonna be one deadly ride-with an awesome soundtrack!. ;D
Today our theme for Geek Friday is… *drumroll pleeeeaaaase!* VIDEO GAMES! :D To start off the vids for today, we’ve got this adorable dance, inspired by the game Portal. XD
I’ve never played it m’self, but I’ve seen it played, and I -adore- all the merch, fan vids, and music people have created that’re inspired by it, as well as the idea/object of the game. If y’all haven’t heard it before, I -highly- recommend checking out Jonathan Coulton’s song “Still Alive," which was written by Mr. Coulton, and done by GLADOS- and then I believe got used in the credits of the game. ^_^ It is adorable and twisted just like the video game, and if you don’t like the version I’ve linked to, you can also find vids w/just one of them singing, should you prefer. :) (But the one above plays the version w/Jonathan & GLADOS singing together. :))
But before you go and check out the game (comically dark and creative as all get-out), stay for a few and peep this bellydance, which uses sword, veil, and lots of spirit. ^_^ Hooray for creative, awesome, smart n’ spunky bellydancing geekygirls! ^_^
Day 42. (Hooraaay1 I have The Answer! Now.. who’s got The Question..? ;D)
Note to self: When acquiring a new place in Portland OR to live, must remember to make sure there’s a cat-proof dancing space. *lol* Between one being an attention whore and the other in lust w/anything wavely (i.e. everything flowy like veils, tassels & skirts *lol*), dancing w/2 adorable kitties nearby can be hazardous- for me AND my dance stuff! I had Skye plop down right next to my left foot while I had a SWORD on my head n’ refuse to move- even though I was gently rolling him over and over w/my foot so he’d get out of the way, and then Ouna, bless her li’l pea-pickin’ heart, grabbed my veil juuust toward the end of my last song. (And I know she fought her instinct of wanting to snatch it from the get-go, so I’m proud of her for not giving in until my dance session was almost over. *lol*)
As for the DANCING on the other hand, today was prop day at the WaterHouse! :D I brought out Inana (my sword) and one of my first ol’ veils, and basically gave myself an improv-style refresher course on various prop techniques. :) With both the veil and the sword, I was a bit worried I’d lost a good bit of my movement vocabulary at first, as they both felt awkward and gawkish, floopsy and wobbly. But after a little reacclimation, both felt a LOT better over time, and we all kinda fell into the swing of things n’ ended up a relatively stable, mutual cooperation. :) (Hoooraaay for symbiosis. ;D)
Tonight I was also reminded of how much nicer silk veils flow- even synth-silk- as opposed to the cheaper, slightly cotton-y starter ones I first bought years ago- and used to night (as it was just the first thing I grabbed). I thought it’d be fine, but I discovered that after working w/my newer veils, the silk (and pseudo-silk) ones just mooove so much better.. fly so much more fluidly and easily.. and get caught on things so much less! (Plus, they’re not as staticky.. you know..?) I have to admit, I always thought that people were just being kinda hoity-toity when they talked about how fancier materials in their props moved better, performed better, etc. But after this semi-direct comparison, I can hereby say that even as a po’ girl, the fancy stuff really does sometimes move and work better. ..Whether I like it (or like to admit it) or not. ;))
It was nice reacclimating myself to my veil and sword tonight, forcing myself to remember bits of info from classes & workshops I haven’t taken in years, or really had the chance to practice much in a formal setting since. While yes, I’d still like to get Belladonna’s DVDs to refresh my sword skills and remind myself of the finer points of certian techniques, and yes, I still want to snag a few veil DVDs as well, I think I remembered more than I was fearing I’d lost. Plus it was especially nice to get reacquainted w/my sword. After one song that was kinda iffish I just decided to keep going instead of putting her down like I’d originally planned, and I think it paid off. I just kept her on my head and danced with her there, feeling her balance and letting the music move me, the two of us remembering what it was like to dance together, and I think that did a great lot of good. :) It let us get used to each other again, you know..? I was reminded of my sword posture, my head angle, how to move and how not to move w/my sword just sitting there atop my head, and it felt great. :) By about half way through the 2nd song w/her and through to the 3rd, I think we’d gotten our groove back, I’d remembered more moves, and we’d become more reattuned to one another- so I could concentrate more on the emotion and the improv than “oh crap, do I remember how to do this move..? What was that motion again..?” You know..? And by the end of the 3rd song, I didn’t wanna take her off. ^_^
So overall, tonight was a pretty good experience. :) I danced to some really fun music which made getting reacquainted w/my props definitely more engaging & fun. N’ though it took a little futzing and fidgeting at first, it’s nice to know not that all my technique was lost. ^_^ Also, that one point in my back still gives a good hard twinge now & then, but I think it’s something about leaning over and how I hold my abs when I do certain things (like bending to the side, leans & such), so I’ve been trying hard to not only eke out what causes it, but to bloody make it STOP. *lol*
Here’s to reviving old, good knowledge, and putting away icky, old pain! -And here’s to starting great new practices n’ cultivating new skills & intentions, too! Hellllooooo Spring! We need your rejuvenating, reviving, & recuperative powers! ^_^
Songs for Tonight:
Warmup: Jermaine Dupri - Gotta Getcha (ft. Missy Elliott)
Bring out your swords! (I was doing a shoot for some horns I’m about to put on Etsy, so I figgered I’d play. ^_^ Hope ya like!)
Left; unknown maker, bought @ FaerieCon 2009.
Skin: Maybelline SuperStay 24hr Concealer, Neutragena Skin Clearing Mineral Powder, CoverGirl Clean Liquid Makeup. (NOT in that order. ;))
Eyes: Maybelline Color Tattoo in Pomegranate Punk, charcoal-y black & a touch of green from the Wet n’ Wild Blue Had me at Hello palette, no-name pearly roll-on shadow (for brow bone highlights), Styli-Style liquid liner in Black, & Maybelline Falsies mascara. Oh! And ELF lid primer. :) (Again, SO not in that order. ;))
Lips: ELF Studio Lip Primer, Lime Crime Carousel gloss in Kaleidoscope, MAC Color Brilliants glitter in Fuschia. (In that order. ;))
Bindi: Blue & clear rhinestone bindi from Tribal Treasury. :)
Hiya! Welcome to the “addiction!” ;D
There are a few different ways you can go about studying online, if you don’t have anybody local:
One, you can take online classes from badass places like Datura Online, RaqsTV, and Suhaila Sailimpour’s website. Both Datura & RaqsTV feature lessons in varying styles from a number of teachers, whereas Suhaila’s is more geared toward her and her mother’s style. (But even then, Suhaila offers guest teacher appearances. ;)) Plus there are also other little places like eHow which offer decent bellydance bits (for example, Howcast.com features mini lessons w/the marvelous Irina Akulenko- who ROCKS), but usually these are pretty short.
If you wanna go entirely through Youtube on the other hand, there are 2 main folks I’d recommend: Anthea Kawakib, and Tiazza Rose (formerly Wilson). Anthea specializes in bellydance w/a focus on finger cymbals (at least online, but does TONS of other awesome stuff outside of her instructional goodies on YT- which her performances will surely show you while you’re there). Plus Anthea is a SUPER sweet lady, whom I’ve had the pleasure of meeting through the interwebs. ^_^) Tiazza on the other hand, runs her own free bellydance instruction site (w/videos through YouTube), and she offers vids w/all kinds of bellydance stuff; but focuses primarily on solo dancer (i.e. prop-free) goodness. (And no doubt she’s a really nice lady too. ;)) She can tend to speak a bit fast on occasion though. But don’t to let that deter you. Rewinding any instructional videos is par for the course, and she’s actually pretty darn good. ^_^
Another instructor I’ve enjoyed on YT is Aslahan (for more cymbals), but if you’re up to snagging a few DVDs, I -highly- recommend Belladonna. She does Tribal-Fusion style dance, and is a deity of sword dancing. ^_^ Another video I’ve enjoyed is Asharah (who also does Tribal-style dance). While Bella’s videos are centered around sword, Asharah’s are general dance technique, and she really knows her pewp. She’ll have you naming muscle groupings n’ stickin’ those sharp moves in no time. :)
Beyond that, I haven’t seen a jillion dance DVDs m’self. (Though given that I’m in the same predicament as yourself, and am often a resident of Booneysville USA, that should seriously change!) Do y’all out there in Tumblr-Land have any suggestions for people like Doc-Thor and I, in the way of good YT, online or DVD options..? I’m not sure if Doc-Thor has any style preferences (i.e. Tribal, Cabaret, Romani, Turkish, etc.), but -any- great teacher is worth looking into, imo. ^_^
Oh! One last thing, Doc-Thor: If you’re looking for technique how-tos, I’d generally suggest you veer away from anything that says “for fitness” or “workout.” While these vids can be awesome solely for getting your groove on or wetting your tootsies in the well of a given dance form, they’re not often what folks are looking for when it comes to pursuing genuine dance skills. However, if you ARE wanting to explore, I’d -highly recommend the divine Samira Shuruk and her DVD, RaqFit. Her DVD covers bellydance AND Bollywood styles; as she’s not only a talented bellydancer, but also a stunning Bollywood performer to boot. ^_^
Annnd that’s about it fer me! I know it’s not much, but mehopes that helps! (And thank y’all in advance, for any help or ideas you might be able to proffer. :D) Let us know how it goes, Doc-Thor! I’d love to share a video of YOU dancing here, someday! ^_^