Beats Antique is Coming to Bend!

I’m beyond excited that Beats Antique is coming to perform in Bend this Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012.  As a dancer, I love their music, and as a belly dancer, I love that they have some of my favorite belly dancers performing during their show!  Hello?  Zoe Jakes and Kami Liddle?  If you don’t know who they are, who cares?  Just check out the show–you won’t be disappointed!

Here’s a recent performance of mine from the High Desert Bellydance Guild’s Winter Showcase at Joolz Restaurant.  Both of the songs I’m dancing to are by Beats Antique.  The first song is Alto from their Elektrafone album and the 2nd is Waisted, from The Trunk Archives.  Don’t forget to check out their show on Saturday night!

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Inspiration and Aspiration

The sunset that inspired me on my walk home in January.

The sunset that inspired me on my walk home in mid-January.

“The supreme prayer of my heart is not to be learned, rich, famous, powerful, or good, but simply to be radiant. I desire to radiate health, cheerfulness, calm courage, and good will. I wish to live without hate, whim, jealousy, envy, fear. I wish to be simple, honest, frank, natural, clean in mind and clean in body, unaffected, as ready to say I do not know, if it be so, and to meet all men on an absolute equality, to face any obstacle and meet every difficulty unabashed and unafraid. I wish others to live their lives, too – up to their highest, fullest, and best. To that end I pray that I may never meddle, interfere, dictate, give advice that is not wanted, or assist when my services are not needed. If I can help people, I’ll do it by giving them a chance to help themselves; and if I can uplift or inspire, let it be by example, inference, and suggestion, rather than by injunction and dictation. That is to say, I desire to be radiant – to radiate life.”

Elbert Hubbard

*And to that I would add, amen.*

Bollywood, Bhangra and Bellydance in Bend, May 7th

This is made of awesome! Join the High Desert Bellydance Guild as they host Samantha Riggs for two amazing Bollywood & Bhangra workshops and an exciting Gala evening show!  Workshop and Gala show details are below. High Desert Bollywood Poster

Workshops & Gala on Saturday, May 7th @ the Performing Arts Center
1155 SW Division Street, Bend
http://www.innovationtw.org/

10am-noon: Temple Bollywood – Train your body to project emotion through the use of Indian postures and classical hand positions. Learn to perform a “Bollyasana” that can be used as either a warm-up or as a performance piece. Great for all types of dance styles and levels.

1:30-3:30pm: Bollywood via Punjab – Learn a spirited new choreography by Samantha, specifically geared to give a taste of both styles. Learn steps, hand positions and poses from the Bollywood style and how to transition into the athletic exuberance of Bhangra.

7:00pm: Gala Evening Show: “High Desert Bollywood” featuring Samantha Riggs & Portico

Workshop fees: Pre-register for $35 per workshop or $60 for both – Drop-in /day of workshop $40 each or $70 for both
Gala Evening Show tickets: Pre-pay: $10 for members, $12 non-members online: brownpapertickets.com (service fee) or $15 at the door.

Please contact Rasha to pre-register or for more information.

Sparkles…

Magpie

A Magpie is the peacock of the Crow Family. Members of this family of birds are fond of bright, shiny objects, and will steal rings and other jewelry.

I’ve heard belly dancers compared to Magpies (my favorite desert bird, btw.) since we share a love of shiny, sparkly things.  With that in mind, I thought I’d share some of the things am excited about today–my sparkles, so to speak.

The High Desert Belly Dance Guild’s Spring Showcase is this Sunday, downtown at Common Table.  I haven’t missed one of these showcases yet because they are always so much fun!  I usually perform, but this time I’ll be enjoying the show as a spectator.  Looking for something fun to do on a Sunday night?  I highly recommend attending!

Last night I started choreographing a song for Saqra’s Showcase at the end of this month.  I’m a last minute sort of gal when it comes to choreography, but I’m getting better about giving myself more time.  I’ve got something new up my sleeve for Mezdulene’s Belly Dancer USA competition in June, and I’ll need to do some shopping at Saqra’s event.  The vending there is always excellent!  Can’t wait to watch hours of performances and catch up with friends at the event!

Tax refunds!  I got a refund this year so I’ll be able to register for JamBallah Northwest this week.  I’m so excited to have an event like this in Portland again.  Yay!  Yay!  Yay!  What’s not to love about a “wild weekend of bellydance and fusion?”

Students can be such a joy and inspiration!  The video below is a group of my most recent students performing a fan choreography at the High Desert Bellydance Guild’s Student Showcase at the end of February.  I am such a proud bellydance mama!

In February I got to see my dance partner, Samara, at Reigning Down on Oregon, hosted by the fabulous Zephyr ladies in Salem.  We reunited for our first performance in almost 9 months, since she had her daughter and moved from Oregon to Washington.  It was such a joy to dance together again!

First Friday Art Walks have been lots of fun lately with a variety of musicians and dancers collaborating at Azura’ Studio 22nd Century Self Healing Center.  The event is organized by Kathy Stahlman, Director of Tribal Moon, and features a different theme every month.  The musical backbone has been Imzadi Tribal Music, but we’ve had special performances by Julie Southwell, and Fiesta Flamenco as well.  You can see photos by Nils Eddy here.

And last, but not least, I’m loving my Daily Bellydance Quickies (DBQ’s) with Mahin.  If you haven’t signed up to receive yours, check them out, then sign up!  I’m always getting new ideas for drills and practice techniques from these.

Photos from the High Desert Bellydance Guild’s Winter Showcase at Silver Moon

Kamilia Bellydance

Kamilia Bellydance performs at Silver Moon Brewing Co. Photo: Nils Eddy.

Kamilia Bellydance

Kamilia Bellydance Photo: Nils Eddy

Enthusiastic Crowd

The enthusiastic crowd at the showcase. Photo: Nils Eddy

Just a few photos from the recent High Desert Bellydance Guild Winter Showcase at Silver Moon Brewing Co. on Jan. 16th.  It was a great event, with many wonderful performances and a very supportive crowd!   You can check out all the photos from the show here. The showcases only happen four times a year, so check out the next one in April at Common Table!

Belly Dancer of the Universe, Rachel George is Coming to Bend!

Rachel George Workshop & Evening Show Flier

I’m really excited that Sahara is bringing Rachel back to Bend for another workshop and performance!  She’s an amazing entertainer and instructor and did you see her abs?  Really!

The evening show features Rachel, of course, but also other dancers from across Central Oregon and even from across the state!  I’ll post more on exactly who will be dancing when I find out from Sahara herself.  I’ve already started preparing my set and practicing!  Hope to see you there.  Email Sahara for more information, but hurry!  Special ticket pricing ends August 31st.

Put some shimmy in your shake with Tribal Fusion Classes this Fall!

Fluid arms, shimmying hips and a slow, sensuous undulations are only a few of the captivating movements that make belly dance one of the most hypnotic and enduring art forms in the world.  Would you like to learn to express yourself through movement and discover the ancient, yet modern art form of belly dance?  Join Kamini, award-winning performer and co-director of the Bijou Project, for beginner Tribal Fusion Belly Dance classes this fall.

Kamini offers belly dance classes for beginning and advanced students, as well as private and semi-private lessons.  Join a class and discover why belly dance continues to grow in popularity! Class sessions will focus on improvisation, dance technique, group dynamics, and increasing and refining a vocabulary of belly dance movements.  Each class will include stretching, drills, and conditioning exercises while providing plenty of opportunities to practice dancing in a fun and supportive group atmosphere.  All body types and experience levels are encouraged!

The best thing about belly dancing is that you don’t have to have special training, a specific body type or years of experience to do it.  Belly dance originated as a folk dance and women of all ages participated.  Although the dance has evolved, the inclusive nature of it has remained.   You can start taking lessons at any point in your life and continue dancing as long as you have the desire to do so!  Do you like to dance?  Then what are you waiting for?


Beginning Tribal Fusion Classes @ Gotta Dance::
Learn isolations, unique Tribal Fusion moves and improvisational dance skills in a fun and accepting group environment.
Saturdays, October 2nd – November 20th
$70/seven week session
$12 drop in
11am-noon @ Gotta Dance, 917 NE 8th St. Bend, OR.

No previous belly dance experience is needed for this class.   Drop-ins are welcome!  Email Kamini if you have any questions at kamini@bijouproject.com.  For more information visit http://www.bijouproject.com