14th Annual Dreaming Under a Desert Moon

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Hello, lovelies!  Back on April 30, my ATS® dance troupe and I performed for the Sahara Dance annual Spring show, Under A Desert Moon.  This year’s theme for the show was “Dreams”, so the 14th annual Under A Desert Moon was aptly titled, Dreaming Under A Desert Moon

First, here’s my makeup and costume for the annual Spring show and my first ATS® makeup tutorial:

 

 

 

Our group, Raquettes Amira, took inspiration from the dreaming theme to create magical, “elf-like” goddesses.  Our dance sister, Illyria, made our harem pants and our dance instructor, Eugenia, made our Ghawazee coats.  Elizabeth (aka “Gaia”) came up with the idea to represent different goddesses.  You can tell that we have a couple fans of Game of Thrones within our group.  I haven’t seen the show, but I will jump at any chance to look like “royalty”.

 

♦ Here are the ladies of Raquettes Amira ♦

(click on each photo to see a larger view)

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Raquettes Amira for Sahara Dance, Washington DC

 

 

We performed a slow piece to “Journey” from Video Games Live, by Austin Wintory.  Very dreamy.  I felt like we were in a fairy tale.  As you know by now, I’m a huge fan of themes.

 

The following stage photos are courtesy of Christopher “Puma” Smith (via Facebook)

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I hope this post has put a bit of joy in your day.  This was one of my favorite performances and definitely my favorite costume!  Who doesn’t like looking like a goddess?  I’ve included our dance performance video at the end.  Enjoy and may all of your dreams come true.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

 

Video courtesy of Sahara Dance Productions

Practice Makes Perfect: Carnival Stage Makeup 2013

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Earlier this year, I wrote a blog post in which I wanted to study makeup artistry.  I’ve always loved makeup, ever since high school.  While my love of makeup waxed and waned during my adulthood, it came back full force when I started performing on stage.  Not only has my love of makeup come back, but I learned that stage makeup needs to be heavily applied – almost “clown-like”.  I love that’s there’s really no such thing as “too much makeup” for the stage.  If you scare people up close because of your heavily-made face, then you have succeeded in applying stage makeup.

 

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My stage makeup for the Under The Desert Moon (UDM), Raquettes Samia performance – April 2013

 

In August of last year, I preformed at the Sahara Dance Summer Carnival with my dance troupe, Raquettes Samia.  People would always compliment me on my makeup application and this time they asked if I would assist with their makeup.  I was delighted to have this opportunity.  I decided not to charge any money, yet.  I’m not a professional and I took the opportunity to practice my skills on different faces.  This is an essential skill if I want to be a makeup artist.

Since this was a carnival-type setting, one of my dance sisters, Isabel, suggested using face paint.  I loved this idea!  I decided to go with a butterfly motif.

 

Unfortunately, I didn’t take before pictures, but here are the after pictures:

 

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Since Isabel was also dancing with another troupe, I simplified her makeup and the butterfly motif.Here is Isabel.  Since she was also dancing with another troupe, I simplified her makeup and the butterfly motif.

 

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Here’s how our makeup looked on stage:

(The following stage photos are courtesy of Janine Gajewski©)

 

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Unlike previous performances, I learned quickly that we had less time for makeup and tech rehearsals during the summer show.  While the ladies were responsible for their own foundation and lipstick, I was responsible for their eye makeup.  And boy, did I hustle!  I agreed to apply makeup for 8 women (including myself) in the short time frame that we had.

 

But, guess what?  I loved every minute of it.  And as a person who doesn’t like to be rushed, I saw this as a sign.  If I’m going to go into a new career, this would be it.  This was the day that I decided to try my hand at makeup artistry.

 

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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OOTD – A New Dress For Summer Solstice

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Last Friday night, Z and I went to see this year’s Saharabesque! dance show.  It was fantastic!  Even better was that it was performed in a small, intimate space (instead of on stage in a theater), so we got to see the dancers up close.  These were the pros (instructors) dancing this time, with special guest Rachel Brice.  It’s always wonderful to see your dance instructors dance outside of the studio.  Very inspiring! 

I ordered a new black dress a couple of weeks ago and decided to wear it.  I love it!  It’s so comfortable.  Because of the way it’s draped, I think it’s one of these dresses that would look great on all sorts of body types.  I highly recommend this dress! 

 

**Just FYI: This dress runs BIG, which is not a problem I usually have.  I normally wear a size X-Large (US Size 12) and this dress is a size Medium.  And even the medium runs a bit large.  Is it possible that I could actually fit into a size Small?  (dies from shock)** 

 

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Dress: Koh Koh (Amazon), Black feather hair clip: Bedazzled By Sharon (Etsy), Eye necklace: Ebay

 

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Here’s how I did my makeup.  Just heavy liner and a few bindis:

 

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This was an awesome show!  Every performance was dynamic.  Here are a few pics of these lovely dancers:

 

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Kelly and Omoladun

 

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Eugenia, who’s also my ATS® instructor

 

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Jennifer and Gabrielle

 

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Rin Ajna

 

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Ami

 

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Shahrzad

 

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Alyssum Pohl

 

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Ebony

 

Rachel Brice
Rachel Brice

 

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There’s a few more pics in the gallery, below my signature.  Enjoy!

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

 

New To Blogging

Well, hello there!  I’m new to the world of blogging.  Mistakes will be made and posts will be edited and re-done. I’m a person who learns best by doing – I can only read so many instructions before jumping right in.  So, here is my first blog post.

Here is a picture of me in my belly dance costume.  I dance at Sahara Dance studio in Washington, DC.  This pic was taken before the annual Spring show, Under the Desert Moon (UDM).  This was taken in April 2011.

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This is it for now.  More to come.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise