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08 August 2006 @ 11:22 am
I've been asked to put together a workshop on makeup for bellydancers. I've been rolling this around in my head anyway as it seems to be a fairly neglected area of performance training, and a lot of people don't know how to create different looks or those that read well in different situations.
Anyway, my question to you is, what do YOU think needs to be covered? So far I have a baisc rundown of different tools and product choices, and application tips, from the conventional to the lesser known and tricks I personally have found. I don't know the skill level, dance styles, age range, etc. of the attendees, so I want to hit all the points I can, if not in lecture in the booklet I'm putting together.
Also, I plan on doing 3 different looks, one is definately what I call the "You but better" which is basically 'straight' makeup. Nothing dramatic, just the clean, fresh, 'natural' look. I think I can manage to do 2 other looks (bear in mind I'm modifying them for different eye and face shapes, so that's a lot, and it'll cover modifications for small eyes, droopy lids, etc.), but I don't know what to do. A tribal and a cabaret seem most obvious, but in what direction? Suggest away, pictures, descriptions, vauge ideas, emotions, etc. I do plan on sharing the information with you all when I get it together, so your help won't be totally selfish on my part :)

X-posted for as many viewpoints as possible, apologies to all who see this a million times.
31 July 2006 @ 03:20 pm
It seems to me that every time I turn around I hear about someone who has just started taking lessons or who wants to start taking lessons being "drawn" to tribal style. Do you think there's something particular about the style that makes it more attractive than "raks shiny?" Or is there something about nightclub/cabaret/restraunt style that is actually somehow repellant?

I apologize if I've asked this question before but the comm has been pretty quiet latey. :)
Current Music: Tarkan - Bu Gece
14 July 2006 @ 06:19 pm
Another reason why I'm crazy... Or rather, evidence of it.

The bra & vest I had in mind for wearing tomorrow... are too small.

So... I'm sewing a bodice or modifying a bra tonight. Oy vey.

Stay with me folks. And any tips for quick support, are appreciated.

xposted to belly and Ren Faire communities, in hopes of advice & support. (Or tickles, for being a silly woman.)
06 July 2006 @ 08:18 pm
Hopefully this doesn't get posted too much, if so my apologies. Anyhow, there's is a problem with a particular male who is hanging out on the bellydance scene in the SF area. His name is Brian, and he presents himself as a gentleman who has no 'harmful' intentions. However, it is becoming clear to the dancing community on tribe that he is stalking a number of dancers, telephoning them constantly, making inappropriate remarks and even apparently a sexual advance this last week. He sometimes poses as a photographer (which doesn't sit well with those genetlemen), though that recently has been replaced with him posing as a drummer (which is pissing off the drummers in our community). Please please make sure you are safe if you see this man around.

Here is a link to his tribe so you can see what he looks like.


To my knowledge he isn't here on LJ, but he does have a myspace account, and has been seen on Bhuz.com and YouTube.

Crossposted to: bd_newbie, bellydancers, bellydancing, canadaraqs, norcalbellydanz, bbw_bellydancer, exotic_dancers, folkloricdance, midwest_belly
20 May 2006 @ 01:24 am

Her First Ever Workshops Within the UK!!!
Outstanding Middle Eastern Dancer Ava Fleming, teaches two workshops at Drummond Dance Studios, Fleckney, Leicestershire!!

Sunday, 11th June 2006

9.30 - 11.30 3-Dimensional Movement
Create interest to hold your audience's attention.  Challenge your dance perspective.  Increase your movement vocabulary.  Re-define the art of performance.  Introducing Stage, Performance, and Movement dynamics in relation to your audience.
£25 - all levels!

12.00 - 2pm Travelling Transitions
Change your direction, be it vertical or horizontal!  Review directional transitions, learn some fun travelling combinations.  Put the two together to add a unique twist to your own personal dancing!
£25 - all levels!

See Ava perform on Friday 9th June at Catthorpe Manor, Leicestershire

Check out http://www.arabicdancer.co.uk

04 May 2006 @ 07:51 pm
Does anyone here have any experience of buying from http://www.safticraft.com/ ?

(I'm not contemplating buying just yet, but they have some stunning stuff and I'd like to know whether I should put them on my 'things to save up for when I'm Good At Dancing' list...)
02 May 2006 @ 04:29 pm
Apologies if this is not community-appropriate. :)

I'm selling some of my bellydance costumes and I just wanted to give a shout out in case anyone here is interested in taking them off my hands! ;) I'll be updating over the course of the next few days with more stuff, but for now...

Please visit My eBay auction for a chance to own a gorgeous full cabaret costume. Never been worn, except for the photos, and in pristine condition. I hope it goes to a good home!

And, a Neckleman's cabaret bra and belt set for an affordable "starter" costume.

x-posted to bellydancing and bellydancegear
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Hi I know I'm new but I thought that this was important. My dance troupe is hosting a bellydance show in Champaign, IL so if you are near us and are interested please keep reading. Also if you have any questions feel free to reply to me. Thanks, Megan

Here is a link for a Bellydance show that will be held on Sat March 4th at the Highdive in Champaign, IL in order to benefit the Relay for Life fund. If you are interested in seeing some great performances by bellydancers from around the Midwest or most especially if you are interested in donating to a fundraiser for Cancer research please check it out.

20 December 2005 @ 02:22 pm
An incredible series of articles by Anthea, helpful for more than beginners I think! Includes "Student Etiquette tips," "Performance Tips," "Brain Development in Dancers" and "What To Look For in a Dance Teacher."

19 December 2005 @ 12:38 pm

I bought a professional cabaret costume several months ago. It's fairly high quality and I like it a lot, but I'm having a problem with the top. It came as a normal bra style, with straps over the shoulders. My instructor recommended I cut them off and alter them to make it halter style to prevent the straps from slipping down my arms while dancing and also to, um, "boost" my "assets".

I did that, and I agree with her, but I can't seem to figure out the best way to attach it in back. I've tried using hooks, but I can't seem to line them up right (and they stretch--more on that below). I tied it in a knot at the back of my neck for a couple performances, which works the best but leaves a bruise on the back of my neck. Or I've pinned the ends but the safety pins wind up pressing into my collarbones and one of the pins came open a few weeks ago and poked me in the neck while I was on stage.

The second (and larger) problem is the main strap that goes around my chest. I've moved the hooks on it several times, but it keeps stretching out and becoming too loose--to the point that I have popped out of the costume (rehearsal, thankfully, not performance). The other girls in the company say this is a common problem, but don't really have any suggestions for it, other than pinning the stap instead of using hooks or snaps (which requires another person to help with, and tends to take a while--i.e., not good for quick costume changes).

I was thinking about putting velcro in both locations, but I'm not sure if that would hold well enough. Does anyone have experience with fixing something like this?