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 Read more…

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. Read more…

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 Read more…

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.

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 Read more…

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 Read more…

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 Read more…

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 Read more…