Our ATS® Dance Performance: Winter Caravan 2014

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Winter Caravan poster courtesy of Sahara Dance.  Used with permission.

In 2 weeks, I’ll be dancing with my ATS® troupe for the big, annual Spring show, Under A Desert Moon (UDM).  I decided to share my second dance performance, which was the Winter Caravan show back in December.

I’m absolutely loving tribal belly dance.  Eventually, I’d like to branch out into Tribal Fusion, but for now, I’m working on tribal belly dance.  Tribal Fusion is an off-shoot of tribal.  In dance, one never stops learning.  In addition to leading workshops, belly dance instructors still take classes to hone their craft.

 

With my dance sister of 5 years, Isabel
With my dance sister of 5 years, Isabel

 

Our dance troupe performs American Tribal Style (ATS®) vs. Improvisational Tribal Style (ITS).  The difference?  ATS® follows a distinct, dance vocabulary, created by Carolena Nericcio, who also created her dance troupe, Fat Chance Belly Dance®.  ITS is tribal belly dance that is not ATS®.  In other words, ATS® is the “brand name” whereas ITS is simply, tribal belly dance.  You have to be certified in ATS® in order to teach it.

 

Here’s my makeup and costume for our Winter Caravan performance:

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Here are a few pics from our Winter Caravan performance.  Our performance video is located after my signature:

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The Sahara Dance American Tribal Style (ATS®) troupe. L-R: me, Kelsey, Gretchen, Erin, and Isabel.

 

Following performance pics courtesy of Joseph Ortiz© and Toscana Photography.

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I’m so excited for the upcoming Spring performance!  I do love classical, Egyptian belly dance, but I think tribal is more my style.  Stay tuned for more ATS® photos and videos.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

My First ATS® Dance Performance: Summer Carnival 2014

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Gifs via Photobucket.  Summer Carnival poster used with permission.

I started taking belly dance classes in the fall of 2009, and I haven’t stopped since.  Ever since I started dancing, I knew that eventually, I wanted to take tribal belly dance classes.  I started out taking Raqs Sharqi (Arabic for oriental dance), which is the classic, Egyptian style of belly dance that many of us know. This is also the foundation for American Tribal Style (ATS®), Improvisational Tribal Style, (ITS), and Tribal Fusion.  These 3 styles wouldn’t exist without Raqs Sharqi.  This is essential to learn before moving on to tribal and Tribal Fusion.

 

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Raqs Sharqi

 

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ATS® dance troupe, Fat Chance Belly Dance®. The founder of ATS®, Carolena Nerriccio, is 3rd from the left. (Image source)

 

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Tribal Fusion

 

The theme for the summer carnival was “Dancing Through The Decades”.  Each dance troupe represented a different era, starting with the early 20th century and ending with our modern era.  Our troupe represented the 1970s, since the early roots of ATS® started during this time.  The beginnings of tribal belly dance is credited to Jamila Salimpour.

 

Here are a few pics of my costume and of our performance.  Tribal costumes are the best – nothing has to match and a little imperfection is a-okay.  We gothic bohos love layers, and tribal costumes are layers upon layers of gorgeousness!

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with my first belly dance teacher, Colleen and fellow ATS® dance sister, Isabel
with my ATS® dance sister, Isabel (left) and my first belly dance teacher, Colleen

 

Stage photos courtesy of Toscana Photography.

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In front is our troupe leader, Eugenia

 

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Taking a bow

 

Below my signature is a video of our dance performance.  I hope you enjoy it.  I think I’ve found my dance niche.  Hooray!  They’ll be other videos of our dance performances in the near future, so stay tuned.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

 

My 42-Year-Old Face: DC Fashion Week

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Hello, all!  I turned 42 this year and my dearest friend, Matt, bought me a ticket to DC Fashion Week.  I had no idea that DC had a fashion week!  DC Fashion Week has been going on for 22 seasons (11 years) with shows every February and September.  My birthday was on Tuesday, February 17, but who wants to hang out on a Tuesday night?  We had cold, crappy weather anyway, so we decided to celebrate on Friday.

We’ll start with my outfit, which was nothing impressive.  A long, flowing skirt would of been perfect!  But it was bitterly cold and there was still ice and snow on the ground, so my outfit was more utilitarian than fashionable:

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Long tunic: Amazon, Lace shirt: Ebay

 

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New glasses for my birthday: Zenni Optical, Amethyst necklace: Habit Jewelry (Etsy), Leather choker: Aeon Leather (Etsy)

 

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Amethyst-purple bobby pins: JME Beads (Etsy)

 

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Extra long, scrunchy socks: Sock Dreams, Boots: Fit Flop (brand)

 

Here’s my makeup.  I decided to get new frames for my birthday.  They look kind of crazy, but I like things that look crazy.  I also bought a couple of amethyst-purple, sparkly barrettes, but I don’t think I pulled them off very well.  They’re not right for my hair and I think they’re a bit “young” for me.  I’ll probably make them into something else or save them for a belly dance costume.  These would look better as accent pieces to my floral hair clips:

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Here are a few more pics from our lovely evening: 

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I couldn’t figure out if these were mannequins or real women.

 

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I didn’t know her, but I had to take her picture. Her gray ombre hair was so beautiful.

 

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Happy Birthday To Me! I bought this beautiful, dark blue, tunic top from the show. And Matt gave me a black, sparkly belt and a book on signs and symbols.

 

Here’s a video I made at the fashion show.  I’m still getting the hang of making videos, but I’m slowly improving.  I hope you enjoy the video.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

 

 

 

Non-Fashion Week – Bag Lady Style!

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It’s “Non-Fashion Week” here at my humble abode.  Why?  Because this week was frickin’ COLD!  Monday started out okay.  It was cold, but not too unbearable.  My day on Monday even started with a solo jam session:

 

 

Then, the temperature dropped to a low of 12° F (-11° C) with about 2 inches of snow on Tuesday.  It was also windy, making the temperature feel like 3° F (-16° C).  I do NOT do freezing weather!  Horrendous.  Since Old Man Winter decided to hang around all week and every inch of my body was covered in triple layers (and I was still cold!), my fashion and makeup went out the window.  I just wasn’t feeling it this week.

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Here is my very boring “outfit”, luckily covered with a coat.  The only thing fashionable in this pic are my Doc Martens.  Since they’re tall with awesome traction, these are kind of my “snow boots”:

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Coat: TJ Maxx, 20-eye Boots: Doc Martens (brand)

 

I do love nature and I’m working on getting in touch with it more, and part of that is accepting that Winter is just a cycle Mother Nature goes through.  I actually don’t mind Winter itself.  If I was able to hibernate like a bear, I would have no issues.  But that’s just not possible at this time.

A lot of goths love winter.  Are you one of them?  

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

Making Peace With Myself On Video

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(Above photo courtesy of Toscana Photography)

 

Am I vain?  Probably.  I am always taking photographs of myself, especially in costume.  As Z says, “It’s all about making memories”.

However, this love of seeing myself in still photos does not translate to video.  I hate looking at myself on video.  I’ve ALWAYS hated it.  I hate hearing myself on video and I hate watching myself on video.  I’ve dreaded being on camera ever since my mother bought a camcorder back in the early ’90s.

But I’m a dancer, so this is a huge problem.  You have to watch yourself dance – this is one way to improve your dancing.  My dancing isn’t great and I know I can do better.  It would really help to watch myself on video.  This is especially true since I have no formal dance training.  I’ve played sports and used to do aerobics, but that is very different from dance.  Plus, I can’t hide anything on video, which is one reason I hate it so much.

 

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Nice in photographs, clunky on video.

 

For example, this video is of me dancing with my troupe, Raquettes Tribaret, for the Sahara Dance holiday show back in December 2013.  While I had trouble with my urn (it happens), my arms went “window washer”.  While your arms still move, they’re supposed to be in a “controlled” motion instead of flaying around, making the moves look sloppy.  This could have been avoided if I had the guts to watch myself practicing.

 

 

Sigh.  How do I bring myself to practice on video?  It’s just so hard for me to be comfortable watching myself dance.  But then, recently, I started doing this:

 

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This video was taken on Instagram, so it’s really short.  But I actually started to enjoy recording myself, and I can already see what I need to work on.  Since Instagram videos are more like clips, I wasn’t stressed out about it.  I’m not performing either, so these Instagram clips are just to share with people and for practice. 

So the point is, I have to get over this irrational fear of the video camera.  I just do.   And I think the short clips on Instagram is helping me to overcome that fear. For now, I’ll be working on my technique: work on drills, take my time and start recording my practice sessions.  Watching myself on video will be crucial in improving my performance.

I’ll leave you lovelies with a video that I do like.  This is our Tribal Sword Fusion piece, performed for the Sahara Dance Soiree & Holiday Bazaar, December 2012.  This is my first time editing and posting videos.  I hope you enjoy our performance!

(photo below signature is courtesy of Toscana Photography)

 

 

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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