I Hate It When I Disappoint Myself

Northside Tribe spent the last several months preparing for our big student show, Bellies for Babies, in collaboration with Jahara Phoenix dance troupe and Sherar, their student troupe. Saturday night, July 12, all three troupes took over the Dancing Goats Theater in John’s Creek to benefit the March of Dimes. I performed in three group numbers — two of our troupe’s choreographies, the Jedi Saidi to the Star Wars “Cantina” song and our new “Shashkin” tribute to John Compton and Hahbi ’Ru, plus our first ever troupe ATS® performance. With trepidation, I agreed to perform a solo by polishing up the improv I …

The Year I Became a Dancer

I think 2013 will stay in my memory as the year I actually became a dancer. Just a very amateur, baby bellydancer, mind you, but a dancer nonetheless. I upped the learning with my weekly classes. Lacy’s regular classes remained the foundation, with several new choreographies and semi-regular ATS® classes. Jenny and Nawar’s intermediate tag-team technique classes started to be too much physically and travel-wise, though, so I decided they weren’t the best format for me. Instead, I learned that Aziza Nawal, she who I want to be when I grow up, was teaching on Wednesday nights in Sandy Springs, …

Why We Dance in Perry, GA

Perry Belly Dance has been invited to perform in festivals and events all over middle Georgia. But this year they were specifically asked NOT to perform at the Perry Dogwood Festival this weekend — there was “no appropriate space” for them, and when they asked about doing street performances, they were told “We’d rather you didn’t”. No other explanation was given for being unwelcome in their own hometown, on the street where their studio is located. In response, Debra Cooley created this gem, very much worth sharing.

Raks Geek

I was checking my Facebook feed at lunchtime and found that Mary had found and shared an incredibly geeky bellydance video from the Chicago Raks Geek event last month. After giggling through watching the first one, I had to find the rest of the videos from the event, put them into a playlist, and share them with you:

An Impromptu Performance

The weekend after July 4th my nanobusiness, Copper Dancer Designs, was at the Sandy Springs Artsapalooza to sell our jewelry. The AFFPS shows generally not only have an artist market, they have entertainment as well. Sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s not so good, and sometimes, well… Sunday at noon the stage hosted Aviva and the Flying Penguins, along with our friend and bellydance teacher Jenny Nichols. Andrea- & I agreed we would take turns going up to the stage to watch, because Jenny is definitely worth watching! So there’s the band playing, and Jenny dancing on this postage-stamp area of …

A Night in the Oasis!!

We originally thought we wouldn’t get to attend Mina’s inaugural Hafla at the Oasis because Amoora was supposed to have an event that night. But it got postponed, so Lacy arranged for her students to debut her first ever group choreography there. I missed the original email about it, so when I realized what was happening I was “whoa, do I YIKES or do I SQUEEE?” After some thought, I decided to SQUEEE. I had a show that weekend at the Cobb Galleria that ended at six p.m. on Saturday, so I took my costume with me and changed in …

Anticipating

WE’RE IN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That was the text I received from Mary at 8:40 p.m. Tuesday. I had been in my regular Tuesday night class, completely on tenterhooks just as we had both been all day. I had tried to relieve the tension during class announcements by a bit of clowning, pretending to bite my nails all the way up to my elbows as Sabeeya once again announced the show, but it really didn’t help. During class I obsessively checked for a message every time I grabbed a drink of water. Finally, after class I saw that Mary had both called and …

Auditioning

Every year Nazeem Allayl Dance Studio puts on a show at the Red Light Cafe, a small performing venue in Midtown. Mostly it’s the studio’s professional dancers and amateur troupe members, but student performers are included in the program as well. Unlike our studio shows and haflas, you have to audition if you want to be in the RLC show: Come in costume and stage makeup, and bring your music. We want to make sure you look appropriate and that you know the choreography. The format is the same as for the amateur night auditions, you simply perform your dance …