Shimmy Mob DC 2017

Title pic and above pic courtesy of Shavei Dancer.

Hello, lovelies!  Back in May (this post is SO late!), we performed our annual belly dance flash mob, Shimmy Mob DC.  Belly dancers from all over the world participate in Shimmy Mob for World Bellydance Day.  This event is to bring awareness and raise funds for victims of domestic abuse. 

Every year, Shimmy Mob DC performs at 12:00 noon at Freedom Plaza.  But this year our fearless leader, Shavei, was able to get permits for us to dance at 4 different locations: The Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) Memorial, The Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Memorial, The Lincoln Memorial, and our usual spot, Freedom Plaza.  We all had to meet up early this year so that we could be at Freedom Plaza by noon.  It was a challenge, but it was well worth it!

Here’s the video I’ve put together for our adventures in D.C.  The video clips of us dancing are courtesy of Shavei Dancer.

 

 

 

Here are a few pictures of our day:

 

Our team leader, Shavei with team leader for Shimmy Mob New Carrollton, Adina

 

 

The following pics are courtesy of Shavei Dancer

 

 

With Shimmy Mob New Carrollton

 

 

That is all folks.  Us shimmy-mobbers have been discussing dancing at different locations again in 2018.  I hope we do.  As a night person, early mornings are challenging for me.  But if it’s in the name of dance, I’ll happily get my groggy self up and meet the challenge!

Peace, love, and darkness,

Dasia Denise

Gothic Mixtape #2: GOTH MUSIC

Title pic and above pic courtesy of Creative Commons (Source)

Hello, my dear Soulflowers!  I’ve made another mixtape for you lovelies to enjoy.  My mixtapes will generally have 10 songs (about the length of a 12″ LP record), but this one has goth songs from every decade, from 1980 to 2016.  That’s 36 years worth of awesome, dark music!  I hope you enjoy these tracks.

Peace, love & darkness,

Dasia Denise

 

TRACK LIST

0:06  –  “Dark Entries” by Bauhaus (Album: 7″ single)

4:05  –  “The Masque” by The Dark (Album: Chemical Warfare)

7:48 –  “She Cries Alone” by Skeletal Family (Album: 7″ single)

13:10 – “Dead and Buried” by Alien Sex Fiend (Album: 7″ single)

17:18 – “Ribbons” by Sisters Of Mercy (Album: Vision Thing)

22:49 – “Nazarene” by The Wake (Album: Masked)

26:38 – “Cats Or Devils Eyes” by Children On Stun (Album: Tourniquets Of Loves Desire)

30:56 – “Nothing Special” by Mechanical Cabaret (Album: We Have An Agenda)

35:23 – “Dark Allies” by Light Asylum (Album: In Tension)

41:27 – “Distance” by Rendez-Vous (Album: Distance)

Gothic Mixtape #1: GOTH MUSIC

Title pic and above pic courtesy of Creative Commons (Source)

Hello, dear Soulflowers!  I’m featuring a new series on this blog and on my channel, called Gothic Mixtapes: Music For The Darkly Inclined.  There was a discussion on YouTube a couple months ago in response to this question: “Can You Still Be A Goth Without The Music?”.  I will create a post that answers that question (if you don’t want to wait another week, you can look at my response video here).  I believe that the music is the backbone of the goth subculture, but not everyone agrees.

Either way, I realized that I don’t have much (if any) goth music on my channel.  This is a problem for me since I believe that the music is very important.  So, I decided to change that and create a playlist featuring some luscious, dark tunes.  I’ve included lyrics so you can watch the video, or you can simply just listen to it.  I hope you all enjoy these tracks.  If you’d like for me to include any gothic music, please let me know in the comments.

Peace, love & darkness,

Dasia Denise

 

 

TRACK LIST

0:10  –  “Sideshow” by The Wake (Album: 7″ single)

4:30  –  “Children Of The Light” by Eva O. Halo Experience (Album: Demons Fall For An Angel’s Kiss)

8:54 –  “Still Born Still Life” by Christian Death (Album: The Rage Of Angels)

11:32 – “Falling” by Athamay (Album: The Pleasure Of Sin)

16:04 – “Nightfeast” by Written In Ashes (Album: Eternal)

21:18 – “You (-Das)” by Diary Of Dreams (Album: Psychoma?)

26:19 – “Awfully Sinister” by Suspiria (Album: Drama)

30:56 – “Incendiary Lover” by Gitane Demone (Album: Love For Sale)

35:05 – “Topanga Canyon Torture” by The Phantom Limbs (Album: Random Hymns)

40:07 – “Ritual And Tradition” by Angels Of Liberty (Album: Touch The Daemon)

 

Fall / Winter Belly Dance, Part 1 – Raq Out 2015

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Program flyer courtesy of Kathy Papienski.  Used with permission.

Hello, lovelies!  About 4 weeks ago, I performed in the bi-annual Raq Out show, presented by the College Park Arts Exchange.  Raq Out is coordinated  twice a year – once in the Spring and once in the Fall, usually around Halloween.  I performed in last Halloween’s Raq Out and decided to do it again this year.  This year I performed with one of my dance sisters, Amy.  I’ve danced a couple of solos before and a number of times in groups, but this was my first dance duo.  Amy and I decided to perform tribal fusion.  I was nervous, but I had so much fun!

As always, I must share our makeup and costumes.  Here’s our makeup:

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With my dance partner and fellow unicorn, Amy

 

Here are the costumes.  It’s common in tribal and tribal fusion belly dance for our costumes to coordinate a bit, without matching:

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Here are more pictures of us dancers and our costumes:

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Four horned beauties

 

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Stage photos are courtesy of Todd Harris.  Used with permission.

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It’s a dance off! Lol.

 

It was a blast dancing with Amy and everyone enjoyed our cute performance. My apologies for not taking video of our performance – I was just too nervous. But there will definitely be video of our ATS® Sunday brunch performance, coming up in one week!  I’ll leave you with the song that Amy and I performed to, “Unicorn Zombie Apocalypse” by Bogore & Sikdope.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

ATS® Flash Mob 2015 – Greenbelt Rhythm & Drum Festival

ATS.MOB.16-me.Margo_FotorThe above photos are courtesy of Ivan Krivega.  Used with permission.

Last Saturday was our first participation in the ATS@ Flash Mob.  This is a worldwide event that started in 2012, and the first year for the DC team (us!). As a tribal belly dancer who has participated in Shimmy Mob DC (that performs on World Bellydance Day, in which flash mobs from around the world dance Raqs Sharqi) since 2013, I was jazzed to learn about the ATS® Flash Mob.

Flash mobs are always informal.  While many of us belly dancers enjoy dancing on a stage or in a restaurant, for flash mobs we “take to the streets” and just dance for whoever happens to be there.  Last weekend, we got a chance to dance for an awesome crowd at the Greenbelt Rhythm and Drum Festival and it was so much fun!

Here are some pics of our ATS® Flash Mob.  Since this was an informal event, our “costumes” were simplied – what I like to call “tribal lite”. While there’s somewhat of a uniform (black skirts or pants, black shoes; for World Bellydance Day, the designated Shimmy Mob t-shirt must be worn), a costume is not required.

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Isabel

 

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Margo

 

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We took video, but since this was our first ATS® Flash Mob and a couple of us (including me) didn’t feel too confident about our dancing, we’re keeping it private for now.  Our dancing wasn’t bad, but I felt like I could have done better (I was wandering around a little bit).  So, no video of us but here are some photos:

The following photos are courtesy of Ivan Krivega.  Used with permission.

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No video of our dancing, but I did capture video of other people dancing to the Bele Bele Rhythm Collective.  I think I’ve found a new band to jam out to, but I couldn’t find any published music of theirs.  Thank goodness for YouTube!

My apologies for shooting the video vertically (trust me, it hurts!) – I didn’t realize this until I started editing.  But even if you don’t watch the video, I suggest at least listening to the awesome drumming!  I dare you not to shake something on your body.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise