Back to dance

Since I moved to North Carolina 3.5 years ago, I have not taken belly dance classes on a regular basis. I have taken maybe four series of 6-week classes, but not like I did in Tennessee (two classes per week plus troupe practice on the weekend). I’ve missed the dance classes a lot — and…

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Trying to get fit

…without having fits. There is a nice walking track around a lake across the street from my apartment complex. I decided I should walk for 30 minutes 2-3 times per week. A lady from work has also been doing belly dance work outs with me during lunch. We’re also goign to walk after work at…

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GPS Unit: Still Have Directional Dyslexia

Interesting evening last night. Tried to go to belly dance — first time driving by myself. I loaded the GPS with the address, and off I went… Except some how I added a way point on I-40… and the silly thing kept telling me to loop around I-40. I would have been 20 minutes late…

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Hafla at Yoga Haven

Jaia hosted a hafla (think open floor dance and music party) tonight. Talk about a blast! Mary Lou and I went and brought some food. Great food there too — people brought finger food that was really tasty. No potato salad or anything. Most of it was home-made goodness. Tasty. There was live music (and…

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Upcoming Performances

I talked with my dance instructor… We have a ton of upcoming performances with the troupe. It will definitely be exciting! As things are confirmed, I’ll post them here.

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Solo?

Our troupe’s dance instructor threw me a curve ball today: she asked if I would like to do a solo. I’ve been interested in doing a solo, but have not considered that I was ready for one. I’d like to have a better repetoire of steps, for example. Eep! So I have a week to…

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Dance Performance

The big day finally arrived! We met in Oak Ridge for the Secret City Festival about 2:30 on Saturday. The performance started at 3:00. It was a blast! Jaia from Ananda Dance Company, BellaBelly Dance Company, and Gypsy Dream (my troupe). Check out the photography section for pictures.

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Costume DONE!

Okay, 90% finished, but still! Finishing the costume would not have been possible without the help of one of my friends. She spent Friday evening helping me finish the belt and the vest. Yay! Awesome person. I finished sewing the trim on the belt just in time for to leave for the performance.

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Easing in Seams Sucks

Easing in seams sucks. Or rather, I suck at it. I had to ease in four seams tonight. Learned how to do it while doing it. You know there aren’t any good Web sites that explain how to ease in seams? I found some pictures. The people in my belly dance class tried to explain…

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Sewing Patterns

I love the Internet. When I am clueless, someone has posted a page that has instructions. Here are the ones I used tonight: Sewing darts General tips and trick for sewing belly dance patterns Reference site that has just about anything and everything What is really stumping me is that the shoulder seams are “eased…

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Not a Seamstress.

Okay, so our first performance for June is June 2 in Knoxville. I’m behind on trying to make the costume. I’ve been really trying hard to get things situated together. I’ve failed miserably. Well I haven’t when you consider the last thing I sewed was a t-tunic–up one side an down another. So here it…

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Finally: World Grotto DVD

Ishani I began working on this DVD before the Hoover (old desktop PC) crashed and burned. The hardware difficulties created an issue for transferring the video from the tape to the hard drive and then processing the DVD. A new Mac Mini and several iterations later, the DVD is finally finished. Way back in March,…

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Posturin’

I keep learning more about belly dance and realizing just how much I don’t know. I have over 10 years of dance in ballet and jazz. Yeah, it’s been a while, but still the concepts and movements should still be (somewhat) in muscle memory, right? Nope, not as much as I would have hoped. I…

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Performance tonight at World Grotto

Our performance is tonight at World Grotto! We’ve been practising for weeks. I hope it goes well! I’m also video taping everything. Should be fun =) Workshop with Moria beforehand, too. I’ll be sore and happy.

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