Live Music is Magic

Dancing to music by Ritim Egzotik last weekend was such a treat! If you haven’t checked them out in Portland, you should. The bonus? They are usually playing for a bevy of beautiful belly dancers, as was the case last Sunday night at the Hawthorne Theater Lounge. Here’s a little video from my performance. I have not danced to live musicians regularly, but I hope that will change now that I’m living in Portland. It really changes the dynamic of my dancing and keeps me even more present in the moment. It’s magic, really.

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!

Road Trip: PDX for Bellydance Uncorked on May 28!

Speaking of upcoming performances…this monthly show in Portland is not to be missed!  Hosted by Elise, Endymienne, & Jen of Narcissa Productions, Bellydance Uncorked is a unique evening showcase of varied talents! Every last Saturday at Vino Vixens, the Bellydance Uncorked show is an opportunity for the entire community to mingle, sip wine in a luscious, intimate wine lounge, and be enthralled by the myriad of burlesque, fusion, dancehall, hoop, tribal, fan, belly dancers and musicians the region has to offer.  The Bijou Project is very excited to be joining the all the lovely and talented dancers this month.  Why not make a road trip and join us for the show?  Who needs more than one reason to visit Portland?

Bellydance Uncorked May 2011

Join us in PDX for a great show!

Learn more about the show here!

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

Thinking About Retreat

Kamini the Bellydancer

Kamini by Brian Bulemore/abacus photography

This week has been a busy one in my little belly dance world.  Yesterday I finished a photo shoot with Brian of Abacus Photography.  It was my first shoot in a couple of years and we had a good time trying out different urban and natural settings close to Bend.  It was also my first photo shoot outside and I must say, I loved it!

Brian was a pleasure to work with and he posted a few teaser images today.  I can hardly believe those are photos of me!  He took some great shots so I thought I’d include the teaser photos here.  If you like what you see, hire him!  He does fine art, portrait, wedding, commercial and event photography.  www.abacusphoto.com

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Check out the bling! Photo by Brian Bulemore/Abacus Photography

Now that the photo shoot has wrapped up, I’ve been thinking about some down time.  You know, the time we all need to relax, unwind, and get inspired again?  Usually I head to the woods or the mountains for some R&R.  That’s in the works, but in my belly dance world, nothing beats retreat!

Each year Mezedulene hosts a women’s only bellydance retreat in Southern Oregon and for the past two years, I’ve made the five hour drive to teach and perform with my dance sister, Samara, as the other half of the award winning duet, The Bijou Project.

Each year retreat grows on me.  The first year, I

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Sam & I with Mezedulene at my first Retreat

was nervous about spending time with so many other women I’d never met before.  (Did I mention that I can be shy?)  Last year, I knew what to expect and I could relax into it a little more.  This year, I feel like a seasoned pro and I’m looking forward to performing as a soloist (although I’ll miss my Sam!), visiting with friends, relaxing in the woods, sharing food, laughter and chocolate, watching a delicious buffet of performances every evening, and being inspired by new workshops.   If this sounds like fun, you can find more information here.

Next on my belly dance calendar is a performance at Joolz, the Middle Eastern Restuarant in downtown Bend.  I’ll be performing with the lovely and talented Sitris on Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at 6:30 pm.  It’s a small restaurant, so reservations are recommended.  Tell them you’re coming to watch the belly dancers!  541.388.5094