By the time the night before the studio anniversary show rolled around I felt like I'd been altering costumes forever, before even tackling my own.It wasn't forever but I had altered three costumes for my dance partner and had a student who'd bought her first ever costume. It was new to her but previously owned … Continue reading Let’s hear it for good workmanship!
Last night and tonight’s art is dance and altering dance costumes. I’ve confirmed that my health clinic treats ADHD as well as anxiety/depression, but my next appointment is still a week and a half away. As much as I want to I can’t drop everything and deep dive into ADHD learning right now. And I … Continue reading Partners in mind
I totally forgot to show you finished costume pictures from RomaFest. But you need to know that I got there nice and early for pre-show rehearsal and spent times napping dressed like this. The show was huge, those of us dancing in a Turkish Roma influenced style were but a small part, probably making up … Continue reading Finished Costume Pictures.
I hope to get better photos at the show on Sunday but here we go! RomaFest is this Sunday. I am having some strong imposter syndrome feelings but I know I love to dance. I didn't have time to make something from scratch nor the money to buy anything that would be of the same … Continue reading Costume Finished!
Today brings me to sewing I don’t really want to do but need to do. I have two jobs. One as a mild-mannered English teacher (for Japanese children) and the other as a belly dance teacher/performer (for Japanese adults, Turkish restaurants, etc.). My English teaching is within set hours that don’t fluctuate from week to … Continue reading Costume Alterations.
I'm a belly dancer. I teach and perform and study belly dance. I also make belly dance costumes. There was no doubt that I'd combine dolls with dance. As soon as I saw a used Pullip Nah-atto doll I had to have it. But let's be honest, Nahh-ato is all Orientalist tropes. Genie lamp, harem … Continue reading Dressing to Dance. Nah-atto part 1
I've been thinking this but not typing it...for fear of jinxing it...it's nice to be writing. I used to blog daily...yes...Live Journal. I'm older than you may think. A lot of things squelshed it. Depression hitting new lows after 3/11 the Tohoku quake and everything at Fukushima. The great NEED to write for emotional reasons … Continue reading Gratitude and pictures.
Let me start with corrections and omissions regarding this passage from the last post: “Oh, ancestors go-to-China!” exclaimed Emery Bag. “We live in the present, and I demand—I demand justice. I leave it to anybody if it’s fair to have twenty needles stuck into your heart at once!” A friend of mine contacted me to … Continue reading Chapter XII & XIII: Mary Frances’ Treasure Box & Making a Doll’s Apron.