Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Art Finance Goal

My finance goal for my photography: is to have all of my equipment paid off, or at least low-low credit card debt.
I don't want to spend aimlessly and pay a ton of interest on a ton of photo equipment. I would love to pay this up front, but it would take me about 2 years to fund just my camera and 1 lens. (with payments of $290.00/per month) >.<>
But, I want to do it this way so I can keep my credit as clean and as organized as possible.


EOS-1D Mark IV

EOS-1D Mark IV (4)

Digital SLR Cameras

EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

Standard Zoom

Monday, February 21, 2011

Suhaila Salimpour

Suhaila: Belly Dance Evolution / Process of Moving Forward

Miss Brice ♥

I just really enjoy this song, and how she expresses it. I just wish the camera angles didn't switch so much. My favorite part is when she drops her back bend. My god, that is amazing (1:46)

How did I get here? (for my thoughts)

(Photo by: Ania Polonsky)

So, How did this all come to be?
I want to make sure I do not forget how all of this came to be. I've been meaning to write this for awhile...

Summer (August) of 2010, I just graduated from MCAD with a BFA in photography. And as soon as I graduated, I wanted absolutely nothing to do with photography. I was very confused on where my art stood, my senior project was the complete opposite of everything I had done the last 3 years of college. I had a rough time transitioning from commercial/fashion (in a fine art college) to more a "fine artist". It was a struggle to take the model out of the picture... I felt like the last 3 years was a waste of artwork I wanted to delete all my fashion files, I really did cut everything out.
None the less I didn't even want to pick up a camera for ANYTHING. I didn't want to think about concepts... So, it kind of left me with nothing, and had no plans after graduating... I was not inspired by anything for 3 months, especially not being connected with the MCAD art community (aka walls of mcad)... But I tried to look up paintings, but nothing was inspiring me to create art... I was just kind-of living... The only glimpse of inspiration was Fiona Apple, and Orion Rigel Dommisse... But I couldn't make anything out of it. On top of this I was deeply affected by close-friend being sick, in which I didn't realize for awhile, but it hit me like a ton of bricks. Dealing with that eventually put me into a depression. I got a temporary job in August, but I was still extremely unhappy...

But my boyfriend and I always goto the Renaissance Festival every year. He loves it there-and actually got me hooked. I always couldn't wait to see the belly dancers, I always thought they were so sexy! But I never thought anything past that. This would be our 3rd year going and I wanted to start building a costume...
Fast-forward, I couldn't stop watching the belly dancers with the snakes, but again nothing special-just mesmerized. I stepped into a belly dancer costume hunt, I thought everything in there was soooo pretty!!! So I ended up putting on a top and belt, Very spontaneous purchase ($275)! I bought it on the spot.

A week later, I find the first dancer that I actually enjoyed watching (and trust me, I went through a LOT of ren fest dancers-keep in mind I didn't know belly dancers preformed out side of Ren Fest)... But, Sonia Burns was Gorgeous! The gem!
Its this video to exact, that I could NOT stop watching: http://youtu.be/p4JoXujGyU8?hd=1

1 weeks later, its like midnight, and a little teenage voice whispered in my ear "if you're going to be a belly dancer at Ren Fest, you can't be a poser ;)" again very teenage way of thinking...
So, I look up belly dance classes realize there's a class starting the very next day @ 11AM. I said, why the hell not?! I'll just pay for 1 class, if i dont like it i never have to step foot in class again... And I kept telling myself that. Plus, I wanted to give myself some self-confidence, and it was really about building back up my self-confidence by getting in touch with my inner "Queen Sheva", and for a little bit of exercise and just to give myself something to do. It had NOTHING to do with performing, nor did I ever plan on performing.

It was October 2nd, 2010 my first belly dance class with Aalim School of Dance with Mirah Ammal. It was a great introductory to the art (especially showing us proper belly dancer - dance position). But I still wasn't sure about it, so, I decided to wait, and then that week I looked up physique and bellydancers... which lead me to a guy posting a video of Rachel Brice and all the ab muscle she uses in her craft:
I immediately purchased her Serpentine DVD that very same night..
I remember listening to a lot of Pentaphobe. And thinking THESE DANCERS (aka tribal fusion) get it, and I GET IT. i've always imagined black metal music being slow, I know it wasn't a metal song they were dancing to. But I GOT it, and I was thinking "OMG there are dancers expressing exactly what I hear in a song"
And then I was like I can REALLY do this now....
So, I also signed up at the Cassandra School. My first teacher being Melanie Meyer. In the big studio. I enjoyed going to class, and it was my light! Of course, researching and watching all different dancers followed!

Then the holidays came, and I told myself I'll wait until Spring (without all the snow) to start dancing again. That did not hold up once dance classes were back in session. I was MORE than ready to go back to dance class and could not wait a moment longer.
I am currently studying with Sarah Jones-Larson at Cassandra and Lesley Inman at BoHo U. I have so much to explore, and I have to teach myself to enjoy the process and take one step at a time.

Belly dance saved me, gave me life, a voice, and a place for art. I see myself as an artist, not a dancer or photographer. Belly dance gave me infinite space to create. I'm continuously evolving. And as I always say, "I'm just an artist. I have concepts, and I simply use a medium to express it."

Suhaila Salimpour

Why did Suhaila Create her belly dance format?

"Suhaila Salimpour in her first video as a professional Belly Dancer in 1985 dances to " Sukarra" Music By Dr Samy Farag, a Sphinx Records production, the video is " Arabian Melodies:" -youtube user: sphinxrecords

Saturday, February 19, 2011

What is dance?

I have so many ideas, so many thoughts... I love art. But, again, I have so much to say... but I will start with the question, What is dance?

Aradia kinda made me question this a bit... What is dance? And why do I feel the need to stay rooted to dance-and not veer off into movement/shapes/silhouettes (video)? That is essentially the root of my interest in dance...

To answer this question. Dance holds a direct connection with music. Music is the root, the soul of dance. I still want that connection with the music. Sure you could say the moments are still connected with the music (because inside they feel the connection), but then it becomes something else... Its no longer dance... Whatever you substract from dance, is what it decides to be more like... You say belly dance mixed with yoga, well then it starts to become yoga depending on HOW MUCH yoga you put into it... It just starts to become yoga, and your listening to music. The connection is no longer visible to the audience.

Music is my root, and will always be that is why I am animate on sticking to dance. I want to express the connection I have with the music to the audience.

Ritual Movement Arts: Aradia Sunseri

Perfection. I want more...

I love the imagery... I would like to see a TINCH more dance in this... a TINCH.

photo i like

Anna nummelin, ATS

Vintage Zoe

So, I went in youtube and just typed in "zoe jakes 2000"+ to try and find her oldest dance video on youtube...

2006, just a year after BDSS & 6 years of belly dancing (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beats_Antique).


Question 2) What advice would you give to dancers who want to audition for the BDSS or the tribal contingent?
Develop yourself as a soloist. Find your own creative voice and practice, practice, practice. Also, Find ways to get comfortable onstage, do haflas and renaissance faires. Make your own costumes, or at least have a heavy creative hand in the process. And try your hardest to not lose sight of why you are dancing, getting too wrapped up in a goal can sometimes make you forget to enjoy the process.

Monday, February 7, 2011


although, i have many many things to update and write about...

i'm just going to write... today, I really realized that this is something I'm probably going to do for a really long time... Mainly because I'm realizing how fortunate I am to have a tribal community locally. The school I'm going is only in its second year, so if I wanted to dance tribal fusion only 1-2 years ago, there would be nothing... The beginners fusion class started up right when I needed it... I'm just really fortunate. This has to be for me...

So, hence looking up footwear... if i'm going to be dancing for awhile, I should start now with footwear (I'm just not a barefoot kinda person)...
For right now I have footUndiez by Capezio. But I want the full body footundiez, they didnt provide them at the store i went to. I also realllly want ballet slippers but my toes are really sensitive to the "tightness" of them.. I need to figure out something..