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Eeee! Lookie lookie lookie what I have access to again- AT LAST!!! XD *bounces off the walls* I HAS THE INTERNETS!!! *’splodes*
And now that I -have- those interwebbly things, I can share with you a few of the photos that were taken of my performances last month, on October 19th before I moved! XD
Both sets of event photos are courtesy of Robert Morrow (he says his camera didn’t do so well in the evening shots, but I still love them, blurry or no), and took place at Roanoke Pagan Pride Day 2013 in the daytime, and later, just a hop, skip & a jump away, at Haflaween 2013 at night!
Thank you to all the super-sweet people who came out and cheered me on, as well as to those kind souls who came up to me post each peformance and lent their kind words to my spirit about the pieces that I’d performed that day. You guys all ROCK. ^_^
Now, I just hope to get some more potos and videos of the events, ‘cause I haven’t seen much of them either! *lol*
Hope you guys like!
Hi guys! Just wanted y’all to know I’m still alive n’ thinking of ya! I’ve successfully made the leap from one coast to the other, but as of now I still has no cable or interwebz, so we’ll have to deal w/my semi-craptastic phone for now.
This was me last week at my Pagan Pride Day performance, and there’s more of that day on the way! (zi still haven’t figgered out how to do multiple photos on the same post w/the app yet.). But I hope you lke, & haven’t forgotten me yet! <3
Hi guys! I just wanted to check in, as I know it’s been a bit since I’ve been here. XP Things have been NUTS w/the upcoming move, but I swear I’ve not forgotten y’all. :):) I have just 2 days now to get the last of my stuff ready for the move, to get the cats all ready and the place allll cleaned up, and then on Friday I’ll be going down to Roanoke for my 2, count ‘em TWO performances, pretty much back-to-back that’re coming up Saturday. ^_^ -And then right after that, I come home Sunday, and BOOM, I leave for Oregon Monday! o.O What a whirlwind of “whoa!” ;D
But for those who might be in/near VA next Saturday, October 19th, I cordially invite you to come see me sing AND dance @ 1:30pm as part of Roanoke’s Pagan Pride Day 2013, and then later to join me at Haflaween just down the road @ 7pm, where I’ll be shimmying alongside a -great- group of dancers in a show that’s sure to feature TONS of spookylicious All Hallows style! XD I am SO excited about -both- of these events, because this will be my first PPD performance, my first onstage sacred dance/ritual performance, and my very FIRST Hallowe’en-themed performance too! (I’ve often had many such performance ideas in my head, but this’ll be the first time I’ve ever gotten to let any of them OUT! ;D) So come on out, take a peek, and spend a little time w/me and some other wonderful performers as we look to the light of the heavens and then sink to the Bottom of the River- all in one day! XD
Hope you guys are all doing well, and that your Octobers are turning out to be blessed, blissful & beautiful. *beams* Likely I’ll be back more often soon once the move is over (post Tuesday, probably), once things settle down, but I wanted y’all to know that I’ve not forgotten you, and that I look forward to being able to share this AMAZING journey I’m taking- to a whole new life, and what I pray will be a bigger, better, more brilliant future! ^_^
Brightest of Blessings,
You KNOW you want to go! ^_^
(I sure wish I could! ♥♥♥)
So, ‘dja miss me..? ^_^
This is what I’ve been doing during the past week. ^^^^ *beams* ^^^^
I got to go to Paw Paw WV for a FANTASTIC weekend and vending experience, then to PA to visit dear friends I rarely get to see, then down in SWVA, where I have family (who just don’t happen to be related by blood). :) And now I’m FINALLY home w/my gramma, my kitties, my PC, and.. *considers* OOF!, TONS of stuff to do for the next coming weeks! The podcast needs making, hair falls need organizing, creating, photographing and listing, jobs and apartments need to be found, and I need to PACK!! *falls over*
..But ohhh.. hello bed. I missed you…!! *shoves clothes over and nestles into happy, black sheets* Plus I missed my PC, the blessing of AIR CONDITIONING, and.. did I mention my own bed, and my li’l babycats?? *lol*
This week has reminded me of how truly blessed I am, and of how truly grateful I am to have such wonderful, enormously special & fantastic people in my life. ^_^ I am lucky and blessed indeed to have people who love me, and so, SO glad I made this decision to go about and visit folks. It was loooong overdue, and now that it’s happened, it feels so, sooo good. ^_^ (And to any of you who might be reading this; THANK YOU. You made this week fantabulous, and I will cherish it always. *beams* We may be far away geographically, but oh, how you fill my heart and life w/love, every day- no matter -where- you are! ♥♥♥)
Now, if only I could tuck my lovedones into a pocket and keep them!! *lol* If anyone knows a way to buy a biiiig ol’ building- or better yet; a cul-de-sac w/marvelous, kooky houses so we could live close by AND be happy in said city, as well as gainfully employed, won’t you please let me know??? ;D ♥
And you? How was your week? Whatchoo been up to?
My week was DIVINE, but ahh, it is is good to be home! :):) And I hope your week was divine, relaxing, and spectacular too! ^_^
VIRGINIA REPRESENT!!! ^_^ *cheers wildly*
This isn’t my group, but a big part of my heart was down there w/them yesterday. :) I know a few of them dansahs, and there are some SUPER ladies down there. ^_^ Ain’t they booful???
GOOOOO ROANOKE! ^_^
If you’re in the area & have the means, I HIGHLY encourage you to go. Bella is made of pure awesome, and her classes are simply divine. ^_^
Does anybody else wanna do this w/me in Harrisonburg, VA? (Or know someone who might?) :D
There’s one going on in Charlottesville about an hour away from me, but thanks to my vision I have no means of driving myself there on my own, and I can’t seem to find any PT ways of getting there. Sooooo, I figured I should try and maybe put something together here, in my own li’l town! ^_^
So, if you or someone you know lives in/near Harrisonburg, VA and would like to learn an awesome (yet simple) bellydance routine that’s good for beginners and advanced dancers alike, which will be performed on May 11, 2013, hit me up!
For more information, visit http://shimmymob.com, and maybe even if you’re not nearby, you can participate, too! ^_^ Hooray for World Dance Day! :D
So, who’s coming to see me at The Red Palace on Dec. 13th? ^_^
This weekend I danced at my first non-school-associated gig evar. ^_^ It was both lots of fun, aaaand hectic as all get-out; because I was both dancing AND vending that day- and it seemed everything was kinda going’ free-form & plan-free- except for the event schedule. *lol* (I also had no idea I’d have nowhere to change into my belly garb- so.. *laughing* yeah.. I kinda came in regular clothes.. and that kinda got done behind my dance partner who held my veil up between me & potential on-lookers, and 2 closed sides of an open “green room” tent. *lmao* Eventually it got done though, and despite literally shaking like a leaf on a tree at first, I think it went okay! :D
Dancng with the gorgeous Kindle (who invited me to dance at the event) was so much fun, and she knows SO MUCH more about bellydance that it just blows my mind. (Yet she still calls herself a beginner! o.O) We improv’ed the whole show pretty much, and essentially did 4 songs, all by the seats of our pantaloons. ;) As far as the vending went, I didn’t sell anything that day, but it was so lovely seeing friends, having them there to support me, and dancing with Kindle that the sales part really didn’t matter too much. :) Ooh! But I might have made a friend or two in the process, so.. that was another blessing. X)
Our set consisted of me starting w/an outlined improv to Audrey Levine’s “Egyptian Ella,” then Kindle dancing to “Rusted Railway” by Dirtwire. Then the two of us danced together completely free-form to DeScribe & Smoolik’s “Modern-Day Moses” (which is so, SO freakin’ catchy!) and lastly came Beats Antique’s instrumental version of “Came to get Down.” I sword-danced my way through “Modern-Day Moses” (which actually turned out pretty well, despite the crazy-nerves ;)), and Kindle positively shined all the way through, w/o a single prop. :) (In fact, I wanna be as radiant as Kindle someday, “when I grow up.” ;))
Lastly, while we all know that being photographed from below is rarely flattering (regardless of figure- but especially for us big girls), I really hope that you dig these photos as much as I do- if not more! :) These were my favorites out of all the beautiful pics that Amodeo Photography took of our performance, and I wanna give huge props to them- ‘cause I know that taking pics of big folks isn’t always easy. ♥ While I wish I could make my middle and my chin smaller, I hope folks see the passion & joy in ‘em, and not just some fat girl making a git of herself. ;)
Saturday definitely taught me many things- but at least where pics go, I learned that every moment outside the dressing room (and sometimes even in it!) are places where a dancer may be photographed; so I gotta work on things like being prepared in ANY scenario for pics, keeping a library of poses ready for off-stage AND on-stage shots, and on keeping a more natural smile on-stage. (Not to mention preventing “sword face-” which I totally thought I’d mastered- until I saw some of the other pics in the event’s original set. *lol*)
It’s funny.. in prepping and dancing I always enjoy how I look and feel. (Unless I’m busy trying to pull one costume element free from another- ‘cause it always happens in places I can’t reach, and something’s ALWAYS getting caught on somethng else. ;)) ..But then, when I see pics of myself, I get sooooo hateful and critical! I try not to, but I often end up scrutinizing images of myself & hating what I see. :P Does everyone pretty much do this, or is it just me..? I hate it! I make myself and others feel bad as I pick myself apart, even though I may be proud of myself for doing x activity, or if I had the time of my life doing y. Why do we DO such things to ourselves..? It’s so dumb!! :P I AM becoming proud of who, and what, I am, and am working -really- hard to build my self esteem and not hate myself- inside, or out. ..But sometimes, it isn’t easy. And I find especially when I take a look at pictures of me and everything’s not “Perfect..” it’s especially hard… Do you know what I mean..? *shakes head* So, beginning today, I resolve to try & change this about myself. :)
While I may not be happy with every curve I see in the mirror or in photos, I hearby resolve to love ALL OF ME, not just PARTS of me. Every bit of me is worthy and deserving of love, and it takes allll of this body to do what I do; to dance and to practice, to move and be the person I am- at my best and my worst. It takes every piece of me inside & out to go up on stage, and have the courage to face the world- to let everyone and everything in, because whether most folks know it or not, that’s much of what stepping onto a stage means. It means that you’re willing to show the world what you’ve got, and subject yourself to everyone’s thoughts, feelings & opinions of you- no matter how critical or positive they may be. AND THAT TAKES GUTS.
I need to start recognizing that courage in myself, and appreciating not only it, but the love that I do have in my life, from the people who ARE supporting me. Being so hateful of myself, my images and the things I do does a disservice to them, too. It devalues their gifts of love and support, and treats those gifts as if they’re not worth anything, because I’m too busy w/criticizing myself to notice the love & appreciation I DO have in my life. ..:P So from here on in, I’m gonna try ant stop that nonsense. :)
I AM beautiiful, dammit. I need to start celebrating that fact, and be grateful for every bit of this body’s beauty & strength. I need to start appreciating it more, as well as the people who support me, and recognize this HUGE blessing that I have- that I have this body to move, no matter WHAT size it is. ♥♥♥
We should be proud, rally ‘round, and relish our accomplishments, no? We gotta take a time out to ENJOY our bright times and our achievements! *beams* So, I’m sharing these photos w/you. :) Here’s hoping these make you smile too (in the GOOD way), and that maybe they inspire other folks to go out and dance (or dream, or sing, or write, or do whatever), too. :)
Oh! And Kindle says she may very well have video of our last few songs coming soon, so as soon as those surface, I’ll let y’all know. :) Thus far I don’t think anyone got video of my “Egyptian Ella” piece, but if not, someday I’ll just have to dance it again for you on YouTube. ;) (But, if someone did get my Summer Solstice Fest “Egyptian Ella” performance, I would be tremendously grateful for a link to your video! ^_^)
Huge gratitude to Amodeo Photography for their beautiful photos, kindness & support, to Downtown Blacksburg for having us, and again, Kindle for inviting me to dance w/her onstage, and to share in that tremendous experience. ♥♥♥
Many Grateful Cheers,