Friday, December 31, 2010

False Eyelashes

One Way to Apply:

Another Way to Apply:

How to Remove and Take Care of your Lashes:

Sunday, December 26, 2010

* Ariellah. the most influential.

So, through my journey thus far, this is the most meaningful and influential piece I've ever seen. I know I've posted this before, but I can't help it. It means too much to me. Out of all the videos, routines, ext, this has been on top. I actually save it, and watch it on special occasions (every now & then), because it makes me tear up every single time. And it doesn't matter what I'm thinking about before watching, I will forget all about it by the end. Every single time. I loved how one person described certain sections in the piece, "like waves crashing"...
Ariellah is definitely my favorite dancer of all time, if I had to place only one at the top she has to be it. Don't get wrong, Rachel and Zoe are cloooossssse behind her.
But it's like she had total control over all of the energy in the room. I hope to create that one day... Out of everything I do, thats the one thing thats pretty high on my list, if not just barely on top.

I will probably come back to this post periodically, and write more...

but for now,

Because, I seriously can't help myself

Okay, I had the sudden urge to record my first tribal-fusion dance video. Very outta no where... I just needed to see how I was doing and how my arms are looking... I've been practicing everyday REALLLLLLY informally. Pretty much when ever the opportunity strikes I'll try something with my arms, either while cooking, eating, any place that has mirrors... nothing in public though. Except for in my car, ALL the time at work at my desk... So anywhat,
I recorded it on youtube (its hidden), Here's what I have:

- PRACTICE PRACTICE with that LEFT ARM (the fingers get stuck in a certain position a lot) Left arm is fallin' limp and hooks a lot (like a hook) - OPEN it up.

- You could loosen up a bit to get those arms more gooey, taking a course with L R would be a great idea!

- You *could* go a bit slower

- DO NOT SING THE SONG WHILE DANCING (i'm glad i'm stopping this early-and realizing this (i just didnt realize it))

Theres some things that I know will just plain take time:
- Create more lines/silhouettes
- I need more work doing 2-things at once (ab/hip + arms), but that'll come with time
- Traveling better / Foot work
- Facial expression / I can tell I'm thinking a lot about how my body looks and not so much my emotion of the song

On the OTHER hand:
+ POPS/LOCKS are wayyyyy better that I ever expected. (probably because hip hop is the only dance i've ever known and popped & locked a LOT!!!!)

+ Overall, I thought I would want to burn this video, crawl into a hole, and never ever see this video seek the surface upon anything ever again... but I was truly surprised at how much I've picked up just by watching videos over and over and over and over again.....
So, with that said I'm actually keeping it, and MAYBE when I see improvements in my next videos I'll post them all up when I'm comfortable showing my journey thus far.
I feel pretty good for just starting in October (3 months experience).

Plus my godson was baptized today, so that always makes for a beautiful day and it is a beautiful outside.

Sunday, December 19, 2010


this made me feel better....
i need to push through the holidays and continue. its just been tough because i haven't gotten much sleep, finding myself (in a particular part of life), its been snowing (horrible driving conditions), and too cold (you wanna stay inside and sleep).....

but thats still no excuse.... if its not snowing, i should be at LT doing SOMETHING. I really want to become that artist....

Sunday, December 12, 2010

frederique david... intriguing....

Sooooo... I wanna see more....
I LOVE her mind.... it reminds me of myself...
I wanna see more of her dancing but I can't find anything...

True Colors TV Presents Interpretive Bellydancer Frederique David from Rosalyn Fay on Vimeo.

♥ pure elastic

I was there at the Bohemian Underground Turkey Teaser... I am soooo happy to see this performance got posted! This, and one other performance (a more traditional middle eastern dancer), were my favorites. I can't tell you what it felt like to be there in person, watching her dance, It almost made me cry, I literally had to hold back tears. She was like "gumbi"/total elastic, which fit so well with the song, as if her bones were actually cracking and breaking... And she totally encompassed this song, she was the song... I did not see one disconnect. Not to mention the song is so beautiful. I truly crown her as my number 1 favorite belly dancer I've seen from MN. I first found her videos on youtube, and I could tell she was very talented - MNPride, and I had no idea she was going to perform at the Turkey Teaser. And she stepped out and I was sooo happy..... I guess you could say this was one of those, what they call "magical" performances for me... And its sooooo exciting to hear that this was improv, god, I feel like "yessss improv IS amazing, and Now I have 100% proof" I hope to get to see her perform again soon.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Interview with Ariellah - 2010: The Flavours of Tribal Fusion

This describes everything I've been feeling about Ariellah's dance. I was questioning myself, I was like she dances with so much emotion. This article is everything I've been wanting to hear.


I went and worked out on my own today at lifetime, and man i tell ya, you realy dont feel like feeding your body bad things thatll screw up all that work you just did. But I'm really proud of myself, I did 30mins of cardio (15mins eliptical and 15mins cycle).. and 30 mins strength training.
The best part about going there, is you know you're working on yourself to become an artist. And its really nice that you have so many resources and that you can really focus on doing the best workout you can give yourself. Without ANY distractions.
I'm so glad I went I can already tell a difference. (I'm hardly aching at all - whereas the first time I was down for 4 days) I think I'm doing well. :)

Very Proud.

Dom, its really fun to work on yourself. Just put on your headphones and know why you're there. ♥

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

tuesdays class

Key to hip drops (w/ the leg kicking out):
Keep the head level (it should not bob up and down)
So you're really getting a real stretch and separation. and it doesnt matter what your foot looks like dropping its about the HIP.

WITH EVERYTHING, the faster you go the smaller the movements, the slower you go the bigger the movements----- I was doing basic egyptian second version, thinking my leg had to be really out there-no it doesn't if your going fast your leg is gonna be closer together.

Saturday, December 4, 2010


Jamila Salimpour & "Tribal Belly Dancing" (aka Ren fest as I see it)

Jamila Salimpour Bellydancing History Legends Belly Dance - Watch more Funny Videos

Jamila Salimpour

Its kind of like Jamila made belly dancing accessable to people in America. She developed the vocabulary (example: "basic egyptian" ext)
The first students to learn this structed format was during the 1960's and 70's. That is soooo incredible to me!!! This stuff is wayyy newer than I thought, of course the tribes where she picked this up from wasn't new. But to Americans gosh this is fairly new. I really can't believe it!

Born in 1926. And what she teaches is a composite of the best dancers that she's ever seen and got to train with Turkish, Egyptian dancers...ext.

When she discovered Ren Fest, she found this as the perfect opportunity to create her own version of Middle Eastern entertainment.--which seperated the nightclub cabaret dance scene that was going on at the time. So she included live music belly dancers snakes swords and tattoos drawing from her Ringling Brothers and Bailey circus experience. Her Bal Anat dance company came out, and ALL THIS EQUALLED = "tribal Style"/"ethnic Style" belly dancing. It was part fantasy - kinda history and her own creativity.

Masha Archer was in Bal Anat who was Carolena Nericcio's teacher.

Jamila Salimpour believes that today’s dancers should "Do it all, learn it all". "Take Ballet, take jazz," she would say, to her students with a sparkle in her eye. "Who do you think drove Suhaila to jazz and ballet all those years?” taken from:

Thursday, December 2, 2010

dear dom,
i went to life time today to the personal training session.... LT is normal, everyone minds their own business, you get into a routine, and you Always, Always remember what you're there for--Art. and its just plain Normal. You get into your own head.

Understand that all the work you do, is to become a different kind of artist.

That is what you should be thinking when you do those push ups, when your in the weight-training session, when your in the classes, when you run on the treadmill-- Your Art. Your journey.