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Monday, June 4th, 2012
10:18 am
Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011
10:19 pm
Auditioning dancers for Fringe in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area!
Hi ladies (and gents)!

Thought I'd post here as well. The group Smiling Lune is currently seeking dancers for their Fringe Festival performance, "Dancing With Death". Rehearsals will be Tuesday nights in May, June, July, and early August, and Saturday afternoons in June, July, and early August. Exact rehearsal times will depend on individual dancers' roles. Show will be performed 5 times over the course of the Minnesota Fringe Festival, August 4-14. Selected solo and small group performers will be paid a stipend.

We are currently seeking a few more dancers to round out the production, and would love to set up individual auditions. If you are interested, please visit http://www.facebook.com/smilinglune, or head to http://smilinglune.com. You can also contact me personally for more information or to set up an audition.

Hope to hear from some of you!

Sunday, March 6th, 2011
4:20 pm
New Azphodel Track!
 Hey Everyone, A new Azphodel Track is up on the website at www.azphodel.com! Please have a listen and visit the Members page to download, if you like (for free, even). Much more to come! Thanks,


Current Mood: artistic
Thursday, January 20th, 2011
10:18 am
 Hi Everyone,

As a musician that often performs with or for belly dancers, I thought I'd post to the midwest belly dance community to see what people are listening to and what they prefer music-wise.  

Of course there are a number of divergent styles of belly dance and quite a lot of different musical tastes out there.  But I ask because though my current project Azphodel has focused on Tribal Fusion (somewhat), I aim to take that project in a different direction but will continue to delve deeper into the tribal fusion and world fusion dance movements with other projects.  

Also, as a player of several traditional Near Eastern instruments (mainly Turkish yaylı tanbur and Turkish mey), a lot of my focus currently is on instrument technique and Turkish art and folk music.  I also play a selection of Arabic, Bulgarian, Greek and other music other than Turkish.  Any dancers out there that love the traditional (or a fresh new take on traditional) stuff that have input, please chime in!!

Thanks everyone,

~Zane Lazos

Current Mood: curious
Friday, December 3rd, 2010
4:43 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.

Sunday, October 10th, 2010
9:18 pm
Wednesday, August 11th, 2010
1:16 am
Shadow Dance?
I'm not asking anyone to give up their trade secrets, but has anyone here performed a shadow dance? (i.e. backlit from behind a screen.) (For inspiration: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODn4bY6rHec)

The troupe I belong to has been thinking about doing this for some time, and we'd like to put it together this fall. I'm wondering if anyone has any tips/tricks/opinions on how to make the frame, lighting issues, doing this with a small troupe, etc... I'd love to hear from you in comments or a PM.

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010
8:47 am
Salon - August 28th - Lawrence, KS

Monday, June 28th, 2010
7:58 pm
July Bellydance Salon, Lawrence Kansas

Salon - July 17th at Point B
3 hours of instruction, a la carte
to stimulate the mind and body

9-10am - Conditioning for Bellydance
10:15-11:45am - Clockwork Choreography (KittenPig)
Noon-1pm - W.T.y.D.R.i.m.b.a G.I.t.P.
(Weird Things you Didn't Realize it might be a good Idea to Practice)

Pre-register by 7/15 for class discounts
Conditioning..........8$ before 7/15, 10$ at door
Clockwork ........12$ before 7/15, 15$ at door
W.T...t.P.............8$ before 7/15, 10$ at door

To make it fair to those who have paid for classes, those not taking a class will be asked to leave the studio - please be aware of any time you may have to occupy on your own, and make sure you get back in time for your next class!

for class details & to register (will go live late in the evening 6/28)
or email auntyemm@white-gazelle.com
with questions, etc...
Friday, June 18th, 2010
5:21 pm
Belly dance with Tatiana--Wednesdays 6-7pm in Chicago Lakeview
Class description is here. Currently there are only 2 people in the class and we would love to have more!

Tatiana is a very experienced dancer and fun teacher who does "gypsy style" belly dance, blending the different styles of belly dance into one unified form. Beginners and advanced students will get something out of the class; she is attentive to each individual's needs. Her rates are $15 drop-in or $45 a month. Class is at Life Force Arts Center, 3148 N. Lincoln Ave, in Chicago (near Belmont and Ashland). Free street parking is available on Barry, Southport, Greenview, or Paulina.

She also mentioned that she is looking to start a tribe to perform at Full Moon Fire Jam, so if you're interested in doing that definitely come to the class and get connected up, or contact her at 773-899-3038 or info@cigana.me. :D

Also, there's a Bartenieff Fundamentals workshop on Thursday June 24 at the same location that may be of interest, though it is not belly dance. Bartenieff Fundamentals is a powerful movement discipline that can help you really improve your physical capabilities (flexibility, strength, reduced muscle tension and injury prevention) and become a stronger dancer through understanding the principles of three-dimensional movement.

I hope to see some of you at either class :D
Friday, June 11th, 2010
10:28 am
Mini-Intensive, Lawrence KS
Just in case you missed it earlier - tomorrow is the last day to pre-register for Salon - a mini-intensive workshop with M'chelle on June 19th in Lawrence Kansas. Information about M'chelle and the Salon can be found on the website.
M'chelle: http://www.mariedemars.com
Register: http://www.mariedemars.com/salon.html

Thursday, May 27th, 2010
8:14 am
St. Louis - Frederique! June 26/27th

The Lady Frederique, Frank Farinaro, and M'chelle DeMars will be joining forces the weekend of June 26th in St. Louis for an event for to be missed! Frederiques classes include: Charm Arms, Tribal Fusion Combos, and Living for Layering - while Frank will be instructing participants in a World Fusion Drum Solo, and M'chelle will be exploring the world of Boxcar Fusion with unique variations and fun com-blin-ations.

Workshops descriptions, registration, performance, and hotel information all here: http://tribeayaka.com/TribeAyaka-Events.htm
I hope to see you all there!
8:07 am
Salon: June 19th, Lawrence, KS
Presenting, for your enjoyment of mind and body, a morning of classes to stimulate both!

Salon is a monthly mini-workshop, hosted at PointB Dance in Lawrence Kansas, taught by M'chelle of Kansas City, with periodic guest teachers. Junes focus will be on Conditioning, Fusion, and Combinations and Transitions.
Information about Salon, and registration can be found here: http://www.mariedemars.com/salon.html
More information about M'chelle can be found here: http://www.mariedemars.com
Wednesday, May 26th, 2010
11:20 pm
Aegela Dance Company Presents: Evolutions - June 6, Toledo, Ohio
... or more specifically the Maumee Indoor Theater very close to Toledo, Ohio. Easy to get to off the I-80 interstate, too. Show starts at 5PM and should go for about an hour and a half or so...

More details here. Click on the PDF for ordering info via paypal... $7 in advance, $10 at the door.

Please let me know if you have any questions :)
Tuesday, May 25th, 2010
2:49 am
Mysteries Unveiled ~ Belly Dance Fusion Workshop Weekend

Mysteries Unveiled ~ Belly Dance Fusion Workshop Weekend

Friday, May 28, 2010 at 4:00 PM - Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 8:00 PM

Topeka, KS

Sponsored by

Topeka’s favorite local belly dance tribe, Tara’s Grace, is hosting some of our country’s very best belly dance fusion performers for an amazing and powerful weekend workshop of belly dance goodness!!! Donna Mejia, Shunyata and Ariellah are coming together for what promises to be a most POWERFUL weekend.


No previous dance experience is necessary to enjoy this weekend of juicy workshops. EVERY BODY will love and learn from these fantastic course offerings, regardless of what level of dancer you happen to be! It doesn’t matter whether you are brand spankin’ new, wonderfully seasoned or well-advanced. These professional instructors and performers offer enthusiastic and loving direction for each student; working with each student’s abilities.

This exciting workshop weekend will focus on tricks, tips, and suggestions on enriching one’s belly dance performance. Our talented instructors for this weekend will present ways to maximize one's dance movements so that you may offer an inspirational and mesmerizing performance each time you dance, whether you dance for self or for others. 

We'd love to see YOU shimmy your stuff at the show Saturday night.  You must be enrolled in at least 2 classes in order to perform in the show.  Let us know if you want to perform so we can save you a slot!

Join us this weekend, for some hard work and a lot of fun at “Mysteries Unveiled” !

For information and tickets, please visit:  http://mysteriesunveiled2010.eventbrite.com/

Current Mood: excited
Monday, May 10th, 2010
12:08 am
Costume sourcing question
Does anyone know where a very short Chicago girl could acquire a good quality tribal outfit? Ebay seems to be coming up short, and I don't have the time or the inclination to try and squeeze one out of my sewing machine. Any help would be much appreciated! Thanks <3
Friday, April 30th, 2010
9:23 pm
Hip Tease

Hipnotic is very proud to host Amirah from Indiana! She will be teaching two workshops Saturday May 8. Details and registration are on the Workshops page. More can be found about Amirah here.

Then, join us for the show that evening. Amirah joins her band il Troubadore for the evening show, along with Hipnotic and others! More about il Troubadore can be found here.

Current Mood: sleepy
Monday, April 12th, 2010
2:40 pm
Faith and the Muse, Autumn and Mercy Kill at Ground Zero this Friday

From the 2010 European tour of Faith and the Muse

Tickets for the show are available for $10 in advance (plus indietickets' $2.50 fee online) or $15 at the door. This is an 18+ event, beginning at 10 pm.

Ground Zero is a great space for this show, but do bring cash! They don't accept plastic. There are two banks nearby with ATMs.

Mercy Kill is a local project, a side-project of Apocalypse Theater members. You can hear some of Apox here -- they're strange talented folks with a very visual form of performance. Expect electronic effects, metal, lingerie and guitars.

Autumn is another local project, and this is officially a reunion gig for them. Not to be missed, in my opinion! True gothic rock; guitars, pedals, sweet sad vox. Good for shoe gazing and swirling. Very good. An excellent match for the headliner...

Faith and the Muse is a duo, William Faith (of Christian Death) and Monica Richards (of Strange Boutique) have been performing together since 1993. They have been blending traditional music of several cultures with experimental and electronic music ever since.

:ankoku butoh:, their 5th studio album, is "a CD/DVD/Book with 13 new atavisms for the warrior within." Thematically, the album reflects elements of Shinto and Japanese culture. It spent four weeks on the German Alternative Music Charts recently, and I look forward to getting my hands on it.
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
Wednesday, March 10th, 2010
4:20 pm
Harem Pants Pattern?
(I hope this is OK to post.)

Can anyone recommend a good harem pants pattern? I'm looking for something with an elastic waist, true to size, and not too difficult to understand.

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