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 ♦

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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

Our ATS® Spring Dance Performance: UDM 2015

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UDM poster used with permission. (Photo credit: Toscana Photography. Design/Illustration: Jessica Inouye).  

Hello, lovelies.  I performed again with my ATS® dance troupe for Sahara Dance’s annual Spring show, Under A Desert Moon (UDM).  This is the 13th year that Sahara Dance has put on this wonderful event.  We danced in 2 shows, one in the evening at 5:00 pm and one at night, 8:00 pm.  Both shows had large audiences who thoroughly enjoyed our performances.  It was one of the best shows Sahara Dance has had!  It’s so much fun to dance for a lively audience.  We belly dancers love the loud cheers and zaghareet!  It helps us to bring you the joy that we feel for this dance.

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Spreading joy and shimmies to everyone!

 

Here’s a short video by Dance Like An Egyptian, on how to zaghareet (pronounced ZAG-ar-eet).  It’s a lot easier to explain when you can see and hear it.  Also called trilling or ululation.  Zaghareet is plural – the singular form is zagharoot.

 

As we become more of a united group, our costumes are becoming more layered and beautiful.  My selfies didn’t turn out too well (hence the vintage filters), but here are a few pics of my costume:

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Professional pics courtesy of Stereo Vision Photography:

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And now we take to the stage!  What I love about ATS® is that it’s mostly (sometimes completely) improvised.  I used to be nervous about improvisation, especially to a song that I’ve never heard before.  But it’s very important that one can improvise in belly dance.  The Egyptian dancers mostly improv in their performances, so it’s worth it to get more comfortable with improv.

 

Following stage photos courtesy of Stereo Vision Photography via Sahara Dance.  Used with permission.

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Circling up with my dance partner, Suzanne

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Finale

 

We had a cast party after the show and it was wonderful.  I saw dancers and teachers that I hadn’t seen in a couple of years.  One teacher in particular remembered me from my first belly dance classes; she told me that it was great to see how much we had grown into our dance.  It means so much to me when teachers see how much we improved.  Unfortunately, I didn’t take any pictures of the cast party.  I was having too much fun and simply forgot.

But, the good news is that there is a video!  I had a friend videotape our performance.  Unfortunately, his seat was too far away and I forgot to zoom the camera lens for him.  Luckily, Sahara Dance Productions© captured our performances on video.  You can take a look at it, below my signature.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

 

Video courtesy of Sahara Dance Productions©.