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Monday, July 4th, 2011
9:44 am
Tapestry Dance Retreat News! - Providence, RI 9/29-10/2
Greetings all!

Very excited that we are just under 3 months away from Tapestry Dance Retreat here in Providence, RI - Sept 29th-Oct 2nd featuring internationally-acclaimed instructors Amel Tafsout, Alessandra Belloni, Artemis E. Mourat, Lee Ali, Anaar, & Tempest. We are half-way sold out, and the early-bird pricing ends on July 6th - for both the "all-at-once" package and to secure the special pricing for the payment plan.

If you've been looking for a dance retreat experience that goes beyond just learning movements/choreography, but also learning culture, history, music, and ritual within a supportive community experience - Tapestry will be a revelation. It's about expanding your dance from the inside out - mind, body, spirit.

Please write us if you have any questions about registering - we're happy to work with you to make this happen, because this is going to be an AMAZING EXPERIENCE, and to answer a frequent question, no, this will NOT be a yearly event, I don't know when I will produce the next one, but probably not for a while!

Complete info at http://www.tapestry-dance.com
Tuesday, June 28th, 2011
10:00 pm
Theatre of the Dark Goddess: Bellydance with Aepril Schaile DVD Kickstarter!

Theatre of the Dark Goddess: Bellydance with Aepril Schaile DVD

A Bellydance instructional/performance DVD focusing on dance technique, form, expression, energy and ritual.

Aepril is thrilled to announce her new self-produced DVD to bring you her unique approach to Bellydance! Help make it happen!

Contribute by visiting our Kickstarter page with lots of great REWARDS for pledging. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/aepril/theatre-of-the-dark-goddess-bellydance-with-aepril Get in on this now!

… is a holistic combination of elements, both ancient and contemporary, the integration of which comprises the Aepril Schaile Mysterie School of Dance. Aepril has taught hundreds of students internationally over the course of several years; her students are recognizable for their graceful and powerful stage presence, unique and dramatic creative expression, and ethereal yet precise and sharp form. Your own dance and creative power will be strengthened, refined and deepened by the methods in this DVD.

Saturday, February 12th, 2011
12:44 pm
Tapestry Dance Retreat - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - Registration Open!
Tapestry: A Dance Retreat Experience
September 29th-October 2nd, 2011
Providence, Rhode Island
"Weaving together dance traditions and the living sacred"
Featuring: Amel Tafsout, Artemis Mourat, Alessandra Belloni, Lee Ali, Anaar, &

Tapestry is a 4 day-long dance retreat experience that brings together multiple
traditions of dance, music, and ritual practice including Arab, Middle Eastern,
and Mediterranean. It will take place September 29th through October 2nd, 2011
in Providence, Rhode Island (USA). Workshops and related activities will be led
by an esteemed group of internationally-acclaimed instructors, including
Alessandra Belloni, Amel Tafsout, Anaar, Artemis E. Mourat, Lee Ali, and
Tempest. Enrollment will be limited to only 45 participants.

Registration is now officially open! tapestry-dance.com/register.html

For more information, online registration, etc - please visit:
Friday, December 3rd, 2010
4:10 pm
Azphodel Video featuring dance troupe - Apsara
Musick video with premier beat electronique old world fusion Azphodel, intertwined with Portland's premier dance troupe - Apsara, recently seen with Le Serpent Rouge.

Please comment if you love it.

Saturday, August 21st, 2010
12:49 am
The Book of Lilith: A theatrical bellydance production
Exquisite Corpse Dance Theatre and Salem Theatre Company present 
Goddess -- Demon -- First Woman 
A theatrical bellydance production 
3 shows!!
Fri, Sat, Sun - Sept 3, 4, 5 
Salem Theatre Company 
90 Lafayette St, Salem, MA 
Show times Fri, Sat 7:30pm, Sun 3pm 
Tickets on sale NOW! 
Purchase tickets at http://www.salemtheatre.com
Exquisite Corpse Dance Theatre performs its original theatrical bellydance production The Book of Lilith, based on the story of the ancient Middle Eastern goddess and demoness. From her beginnings as handmaiden to the Great Goddess, initiating men into Her mysteries through sacred eros, and her appearance as First Woman in the Garden of Eden, to her Fall from Grace to become a darkly serpentine, winged and fiery force of nature and the supernatural. Come with Lilith as she flies through the ages through dance and artistry. 
Exquisite Corpse Dance Theatre is led by Artistic Director Aepril Schaile and also includes, for this full-length premiere performance, dancers Amelia Kurpeski, Libby Rowe, Shaina Rae, and Samara Martin. Performances are September 3 and 4 at 7:30pm and September 5 at 3:00pm, at the STC Theater at 90 Lafayette Street in Salem, MA. Tickets are $25 and are available for purchase online at http://www.salemtheatre.com/. For more info about Exquisite Corpse Dance Theatre, go to http://www.exquisitecorpsedancetheatre.com/.

Monday, March 15th, 2010
2:54 am
Vintage Silk Sari Skirt Co-Op
I recently took part in an Enwrapture Vintage Indian wrap skirt co-op order and received my skirt a few weeks ago. I only got one because I wasn't sure it would fit or if I would like it. I LOVE it! I plan on living in these skirts this summer. The fabric is vintage silk sari material from India and it is sooo beautiful. I think they would be lovely to bellydance in. I've decided to run a co-op in order to get wholesale prices and so other people can share my new skirt love. Please sign up if you are interested!

$8.50-$12. Vintage Silk Sari Skirt Co-op, buying info in hereCollapse )

Current Mood: awake
Sunday, February 7th, 2010
11:16 am
Amatuer Male Belly Dancer: Assim Sharki Balady
6 months in learning so far, and starting to feel relatively second natured with improvising Baladi.

Thursday, January 28th, 2010
10:02 pm
Amatuer Male Belly Dancer: Tahtil Shibbak
This is in reponse to all the positive feedback and sound critique I've had on here, loosened up the upper body trying to keep the poise in the arms and hand work, and more playfulness in my dance, my only issue is i'm only gently smiling but its not broad enough to catch the camera! I love this great song and I absolutely love love love doing baladi, it feels so good!

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010
8:06 pm
Gothla US: Dances From The Underworld - March 5th-7th- Pomona, CA

2010brings us the 3rd annual Gothla US - taking place March 5th-7th inPomona, CA! Gothla US is the largest festival devoted to Gothic Bellydance in North America. Our theme this year is "Dances From the Underworld".

We have THREE days of workshops: Our featured instructors are: Tempest, Sashi, Asharah, Anaar, Shakra, Lee Ali, Princess Farhana, Kajira Djoumahna, Ma'isah, Lacey, Madame Raine, and Mortifera! We have carefully structured the workshop offerings to offer a strong foundation for fusion dancers, giving a breadth of coverage for the complete belly dancer. Visit the website to register now before the classes all sell out! http://gothla.us/workshops.html

Gothla US features TWO days of festival events - including festival performances, amazing vendors andartisans, a fashion show, panel discussion, live music, and more! + an amazing Gala show featuring instructors and special guests on Saturday night!

Plus we have expanded "Motif" - our live music and dance community gathering - by popular demand!

Thereare a few "island" vending spots left - we're looking for unique artisans, craftsfolk to sell their wares, check out the website for more info under "vending" - and also volunteers to help out (volunteers get lots of perks, including their choice of a Gothla US tee or tank!)- email volunteer@gothla.us

Complete details available at http://www.gothla.us

Monday, January 18th, 2010
1:32 pm
Pagan Friending Meme!
For all of us who'd like a few other Pagan Bellydancers on our friendslists, I present:

The Pagan Friending Meme.

If this might be your sort of thing, please leave a comment!
Thursday, January 14th, 2010
8:45 pm
Amatuer Male Belly Dancer: Boos Shoof
Taking on the genuine critique from commentors who aren't simply vomitting generic condescensions, although a different style of bellydance to the last vid, worked on improving my hands and arms here... as Baladi should this dance is improvised, but with much rehearsing to get to know the subtleties of music and what steps and moves follow...

Monday, January 11th, 2010
1:30 am
Greetings: A question
Greetings! Hurray for the board, and I apologize for posting rather than commenting first...but I've been out of belly for a while, and don't really feel qualified anymore, except to say that it is awesome to see a male bellydancer - go you, ababalond. :)

But in getting into it again, I am hoping to fix what I have known to be a major problem of mine: restless and wavy hands. I seem to subconsciously like wrist circles far far too much, because I can't seem to stop doing them when I'm not paying attention. The overall effect is one of my hands belonging to some other body... a very nervous and wiggly one.

What are some ways to balance placing proper emphasis on hand/arm work as well as having hands calmly place emphasis on other feats of belly (or hips, or head, etc)? Are there any particular resources you might recommend?

Many thanks.
Friday, January 8th, 2010
9:29 pm
Amatuer Male Belly Dancer: Adir Adirim
An Raqs Sharki style dance to Adir Adirim by Balkan Beat Box, hope you guys like it...

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009
5:36 pm
sale post, not mine
i get the usual sales emails from Dalal intl..... anyway this caught my attention because i have seen it in person.....
its a ruffled hip scarf 9well scarf, you can wear it as a hip scarf) and it looked great in person... so since they are having a less than 50% sale i figured i would pass it on
Friday, October 9th, 2009
9:35 am
Tonight: RUIN Hollywood Presents Lilith Eve at the Monte Cristo in Los Angeles
Tonight - October 9 - Step into the alluring night of RUIN Hollywood as LADEAD: Los Angeles Darkside presents Lilith Eve: An Autumnal Celebration at the Monte Cristo, L.A.'s most seductive night haven: 10:00 p.m. - 2:30 a.m.

This Friday will be a serpentine night of forbidden fruit and dark passion. You will be enthralled by The Oracle, featuring the performance of "Secrets of the Fallen Queens" by Sashi of Ascend Tribal and Raine of Atash Maya.

The opulent dance floor is all yours as DJ Xian plays the finest in darkwave, trip hop, dark indie, dark 80's, tribal, world fusion, neoclassical, synthpop, and avant garde music. Within The Parlour, savour the forbidden power of authentic absinthe presented by Erika of Glamour Lush Absinth and Millinery Couture as DJ Baron plays the very best in neofolk, B-sides, martial wave, Projekt Darkwave, ethereal, and old school goth...See you there - in your sultry, blood-red finery...

RUIN Hollywood presents Lilith Eve at the Monte Cristo
3100 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(just east of the Metro Redline Station at Wilshire Blvd. and Vermont Ave.)

~*~ (Must RSVP "Yes" by 7PM, 10/9)


RSVP for this Event @ MySpace | Facebook | Going!
(Must RSVP by 7PM on Friday, October 9th)

$5 APPLE MARTINIS ALL NIGHT LONG (Original Sin Drink Special)

MySpace | Facebook | Map & Directions
Join our email list for better discounts...


Saturday, October 3rd, 2009
9:26 pm
Saturday, September 26th, 2009
8:16 am
Sinferno/Hanging Garden tonight!

Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 9:00pm
Sunday, September 27, 2009 at 2:00am
Remedy in Lawrenceville
5121 Butler Street

"$5 gets you in to two spectacular dance clubs. Sinferno (2nd floor) will feature two smoking hot go go dancers shakin' it while DJ Junior spins his wild mix of underground Rockabilly, Psychobilly, garage, and more. A mesmerizing belly dance performance by the Zafira Dance Company, a freak show by Lucky the Pain Proof Man, and an over-the-top performance by Drive by Drag will get the Party started at 9:30 pm.
On the 3rd floor, the Hanging Garden will feature the best ever dance mix of your favorite goth, industrial and new wave music.

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009
5:01 pm
Dark Glamour and dance at Descent II! Less than a month away!
Workshops on dark glamour and dance at Descent II!
Sat Oct 10, 12 – 5:30PM in Salem!
Less than one month away!

Belle Raqs: 3 Hours of Dark Glamour
with JeniViva of NYC!

A Gothic glamour workshop for dancers and non-dancers alike!

You may have seen JeniViva’s appearances on the Gothic Bellydance videos. We are so pleased that she will be here teaching her style and makeup workshop on creating the mystery and magic of dark glamour.

Find out more here: http://www.aeprilschaile.com/performance/descent-2009

Also teaching at Descent II this year: Sarah Jezebel Wood!

Anyone who was at Rakkasah 2009 knows that Sarah kicked ass this year as a member of Solstice Ensemble. Sultry, Sophisticated and Dark is a challenging workshop in tribal fusion technique exploring drama, lust, sophistication and desire.

Find out more here: http://www.aeprilschaile.com/performance/descent-2009

A part of the proceeds from the workshops benefit the Salem YMCA’s Partnership in Youth program for at-risk youth.

Sultry, Sophisticated and Dark: 12 – 2PM
Belle Raqs: 2:30 – 5:30PM
Both workshops will be held at the Salem YMCA, 1 Sewall St., Salem, MA.

Don’t forget to buy tickets for the show, too! Last year’s was sold out – we had to turn many people away.

The workshops and the show are both VERY T accessible! The Salem Y and the First Universalist Society Sanctuary are both just a short walk from the Salem commuter rail MBTA station.

If you haven’t been to Witch City in October, you don’t know what you’re missing!

More info about the show and workshops here: http://www.aeprilschaile.com/performance/descent-2009
Sunday, September 6th, 2009
3:41 pm
Raqs Gothique (AU) News Update September 2009
Greeting dark dance fans!
Isn't this change in weather refreshing? I do LOVE the Spring, brings out the over-achiever in me...so, on with the news!

This news letter is based in Melbourne Australia, x-posted, apologies if you see it more than once. We are work safe, image free and all the news is under the lj cut...

Read more...Collapse )

Current Mood: busy
Saturday, August 22nd, 2009
8:25 am
ElectroBelly 3 + YIVagabond afterparty!
Bellydancers, burlesque, breakdancers, DnB, techno, Middle Eastern beats, vegan food,. live music, much, much more @ Altar Bar
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