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Posted on Thu, Oct 13, 2005 12:58

Hi Everyone,

Some gals on here have sent me emails asking me about Tribal Belly Dance. Sorry I don't have time to return each of your emails, but briefly I will tell you this...(I hope everybody checks posts.)

Belly Dance is a fabulous workout! Belly Dance will help you find muscles in your body that you never knew you had before, LOL.
After nearly a year, I still find new ones that are sore for a couple of days when I hang with the girls and go past three hours of it. ;)
If you have or are recovering from back or neck injuries, I wouldn't attempt any Turkish drops! (If you don't know what this is, ask me.) You'll need to build up to this, trust me on this one. Besides unless you are going professional, don't strain your back doing it.
It is fabulous for helping you define that little area above the waist line in your hip huggers, that we all strive for. So don't bother going into it complaining that you don't have the tummy to belly dance. Everyone will laugh because they allllll know that after a few months you will be able to bounce quarters off that bad boy.
Besides that... after a few months of classes you will shock the heck out of your man when he realizes you can move your hips like that...oh wait...we're here because we don't have men? Well just add it to your "I'm hot as hell dating inventory and move on."LMAO.
You will quite possibly watching his IQ drop with every shimmy. (I'm just silly!)

OTHER BELLY DANCE FACTS:
1) It is extremely sensual and keeps you in touch with your feminine side.
2)I will pass on some comical advise I was given when I started. "Never ever attempt to belly dance for a man nude. Belly dance is an illusion, it's all in the tassle/coin belt. It just won't be the same." Now if you want to try it in the nude with just the coin/tassle belt and you think you can pull it off...go for it. Let me know how it works out. LOL
3) The term "Tribal" is one of many types of belly dance. It is the modern dance of belly dance, so to speak. The costumes are a combination of all belly dance; caberet, traditional, gothic, asian, egytian, etc.
4) A belly dancers costume is NEVER the same twice. As a tradition something new is always added even if it is a simple as a chopsticks in the hair, rings, make-up change, etc.
5) Belly dancers are well rounded! This is a well loved expression in the Belly Dance community, all shapes all sizes. Tall, short, chicken legs or viking warrior legs...the BD community will welcome you. I have yet to put that bumper sticker on my car that my gal pal from San Franciso. Doubt that will happen, I don't care for stickers on my car much. But looks great in my scrapbook! (Unless it says: "Support Spiritual Literacy, Journey Inward." I like that one...
6) The make up can be dramatic and a fabulous form of expression.
7) It's fun. Way too many of you are interested. Jump in and get involved, you'll be glad you did!
8) If you need research resources let me know...I will check the post and respond when I have time. My girlfriend Rachel Bryce (on the far right in the video) has a dvd out that focuses on preparing your body for belly dance. Do a search for her. She is great she just came off tour with "Belly Dance Superstars" in Europe.
Here are some pictures so you can see what what the costumes can look like...these are very loose and casual...we were just having fun and hanging out...but the costumes can be very detailed and ornate when its performance time. I'm not in it because I took the photo.
And I won't post belly dance pictures of me here because too many people will contact me for the wrong reason. This post was for the women on here. Oh and guys don't email me for information on my friends, please. They are all taken, committed, or married to very successful and wonderful guys! Why am I the last one left? Back to work.
P.S. Please do not copy the photo without permission thank you.

  
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Posted on Thu, Oct 20, 2005 22:21

Great Photos Good Life Thanks for sharing.
Great Photos Good Life Thanks for sharing.

  


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Posted on Thu, Oct 20, 2005 08:57

the bra and belt are made entirely from gold safety pins, can you believe it? The designer just threaded beads on the pins and pinned it all together. It's a one-of-a-kind.

(and no, that's not my hair!)
the bra and belt are made entirely from gold safety pins, can you believe it? The designer just threaded beads on the pins and pinned it all together. It's a one-of-a-kind.

(and no, that's not my hair!)

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Posted on Thu, Oct 20, 2005 08:50

here's a side/back view:
here's a side/back view:

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Posted on Thu, Oct 20, 2005 08:48

Here is a cool costume - I'm posting this because anyone can make one like it with materials found at any fabric or craft store. You don't need to go to a specialty store or go online for these materials!

I used an old bra and drew my own pattern for the belt, using interface covered with scrap fabric. I'm serious! It's decorated with upholstery fringe, glue-on plastic jems, a few necklaces, some appliques, and christmas garland. Yes, christmas garland, I kid you not!
Here is a cool costume - I'm posting this because anyone can make one like it with materials found at any fabric or craft store. You don't need to go to a specialty store or go online for these materials!

I used an old bra and drew my own pattern for the belt, using interface covered with scrap fabric. I'm serious! It's decorated with upholstery fringe, glue-on plastic jems, a few necklaces, some appliques, and christmas garland. Yes, christmas garland, I kid you not!

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Posted on Wed, Oct 19, 2005 22:46

HurricaneHottie write:
WOW... y'all are GOR-GE-MOUS!!!

For those of you that are in or can get to Palm Beach County, I just found out about some great workshops coming up that will be held at the Kravitz Center. This is quite the impressive theatrical venue in this area and the workshops include: Awaken the Sensual Body, Dance the E rotic Body 1 & 2, Women Sex Power, Sexual Joy, and Deep Play Space. Some of the workshops are only for women, some are for both men and women. The instructor, Annetta Luce, is from Australia. Although I don't know her personally, I've heard great things about her. Her website is dancingdesire . com. The reason that I post this here is that I love this topic and have taught most forms of Polynesian dance, specifically Hula (both professional and competitive), as well as Asian and Middle Eastern dance (with a deep love for fan and belly dancing) since 1977. I currently teach Sensuality of Self through Seductive Dance for Wellness weekly in Palm Beach. There's no question that I love to see others with a passion for moving the body wholistically in tune to music! Kudos to you who partake in the joys of dance!!!

Hey Hottie,
Welcome to Wiggles'N'Giggles!

It's nice to see some new faces here and a new Gentleman...velcome.

I welcome all kinds of imput on all things dance here...as you know from the thread that Tribal BD incorporates many types of dance.

Hell last Halloween I danced an creepy dance with friends to the Crow Soundtrack ok. LOL

Of course this year I got the Belly Dance Costume that's gonna kick arse..

I got it from one of my friends kids...
Sweet, see never know where you find stuff...of course I had to promise to come take a picture with him when I'm all dressed up...The character is called a : Malevolent Nuzzler....um ..ok?

All I know is I am going to be green from head to toe with fangs and look hot! hahahahha!

I LOVE the holidays!!! SO much F

  
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Posted on Wed, Oct 19, 2005 22:37

HurricaneHottie write:
WOW... y'all are GOR-GE-MOUS!!!

For those of you that are in or can get to Palm Beach County, I just found out about some great workshops coming up that will be held at the Kravitz Center. This is quite the impressive theatrical venue in this area and the workshops include: Awaken the Sensual Body, Dance the E rotic Body 1 & 2, Women Sex Power, Sexual Joy, and Deep Play Space. Some of the workshops are only for women, some are for both men and women. The instructor, Annetta Luce, is from Australia. Although I don't know her personally, I've heard great things about her. Her website is dancingdesire . com. The reason that I post this here is that I love this topic and have taught most forms of Polynesian dance, specifically Hula (both professional and competitive), as well as Asian and Middle Eastern dance (with a deep love for fan and belly dancing) since 1977. I currently teach Sensuality of Self through Seductive Dance for Wellness weekly in Palm Beach. There's no question that I love to see others with a passion for moving the body wholistically in tune to music! Kudos to you who partake in the joys of dance!!!

Hey Hottie,
Welcome to Wiggles'N'Giggles!

It's nice to see some new faces here and a new Gentleman...velcome.

I welcome all kinds of imput on all things dance here...as you know from the thread that Tribal BD incorporates many types of dance.

Hell last Halloween I danced an creepy dance with friends to the Crow Soundtrack ok. LOL

Of course this year I got the Belly Dance Costume that's gonna kick arse..

I got it from one of my friends kids...
Sweet, see never know where you find stuff...of course I had to promise to come take a picture with him when I'm all dressed up...The character is called a : Malevolent Nuzzler....um ..ok?

All I know is I am going to be green from head to toe with fangs and look hot! hahahahha!

I LOVE the holidays!!! SO much FUN!

  
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Posted on Wed, Oct 19, 2005 05:20

WOW... y'all are GOR-GE-MOUS!!!

For those of you that are in or can get to Palm Beach County, I just found out about some great workshops coming up that will be held at the Kravitz Center. This is quite the impressive theatrical venue in this area and the workshops include: Awaken the Sensual Body, Dance the E rotic Body 1 & 2, Women Sex Power, Sexual Joy, and Deep Play Space. Some of the workshops are only for women, some are for both men and women. The instructor, Annetta Luce, is from Australia. Although I don't know her personally, I've heard great things about her. Her website is dancingdesire . com. The reason that I post this here is that I love this topic and have taught most forms of Polynesian dance, specifically Hula (both professional and competitive), as well as Asian and Middle Eastern dance (with a deep love for fan and belly dancing) since 1977. I currently teach Sensuality of Self through Seductive Dance for Wellness weekly in Palm Beach. There's no question that I love to see others with a passion for moving the body wholistically in tune to music! Kudos to you who partake in the joys of dance!!!
WOW... y'all are GOR-GE-MOUS!!!

For those of you that are in or can get to Palm Beach County, I just found out about some great workshops coming up that will be held at the Kravitz Center. This is quite the impressive theatrical venue in this area and the workshops include: Awaken the Sensual Body, Dance the E rotic Body 1 & 2, Women Sex Power, Sexual Joy, and Deep Play Space. Some of the workshops are only for women, some are for both men and women. The instructor, Annetta Luce, is from Australia. Although I don't know her personally, I've heard great things about her. Her website is dancingdesire . com. The reason that I post this here is that I love this topic and have taught most forms of Polynesian dance, specifically Hula (both professional and competitive), as well as Asian and Middle Eastern dance (with a deep love for fan and belly dancing) since 1977. I currently teach Sensuality of Self through Seductive Dance for Wellness weekly in Palm Beach. There's no question that I love to see others with a passion for moving the body wholistically in tune to music! Kudos to you who partake in the joys of dance!!!

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Posted on Tue, Oct 18, 2005 21:10

OKAY
AS OF THE END OF OCTOBER I WILL NO LONGER BE A CURRENT MEMBER ON MM.

HOWEVER, I HAVE CREATED A WIGGLES'N'GIGGLES VIRTUAL BELLY DANCE TROUP WEBSITE OVER AT MY SPACE "YOU KNOW WHAT" COM (DARN CENSORS, CAN'T EVEN GIVE A ADDRESS NAME.)

THE ADDRESS IS:
3 W'S "YOU KNOW WHAT" MY SPACE "YOU KNOW WHAT" COM SLASH WIGGLESNGIGGLES.

I AM GOING TO ATTEMPT TO TRANSFER ALL THE POST OVER TO THE BLOG SECTION OVER THERE.

I HOPE TO SEE EVERYONE THERE.

PLUS THIS IS A WAY FOR YOU TO KEEP IN CONTACT WITH ME. OR JUST WINK AT ME THROGH MM AND I WILL RESPOND.

PHOTOGRAPH:
Bendies are a great way to add flare to you costume.

BUTTER: You can get these at the DRESS STORE FOR INDIA. BE PREPARED THEY ARE EXPENSIVE SOMETIMES, BUT ARE REUSABLE.
YOU ATTACH THEM WITH ARTIFICIAL EYELASH GLUE.

  
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Posted on Tue, Oct 18, 2005 20:54

OKAY BILL I KNOW YOU WERE WAITING FOR THIS...THERE ARE ALOT MORE AS I HAVE SOME SPARE TIME I WILL POST THEM.

-Events Calendar -

Gypsylicious OCTOBER 22, 2005
details!
3rd Annual Student Recital February 6, 2006
details!
TRIBAL CAFE (past) AUGUST 19-21, 2005
details!

TRIBAL IS OVER BUT IT'S EVERY YEAR IN AUGUST.


Burning Incense & MECDA IE present:

Gypsylicious!!!

Saturday, October 22, 2005 :: 11am - 5 pm

Victorville Activities Center
15075 Hesperia Road, Victorville, CA 92395

$5 MECDA member/$10 non-member

Dancing, Shopping and Delicious Food!

Workshops with:
Kami Liddle- Sultry Layers & Focus on Floorwork
Rahana-Egyptian Pop Choreography
Portia-Poi Basics
Jennifer- Gypsy/Flamenco Drum Solo
$20 purchased prior to October 15/$25 at the door

Vendors receive FREE Spaces! - While they last... (Resale # is required to vend)
For dancer sign up vendor and workshop information contact Jennifer:
(760) 887-2316

In keeping with MECDA?s goal to eradicate domestic violence;
We are accepting donations of clothing, toiletry items, and children?s Halloween costumes at this event - Thank you!


MECDA Inland Empire Chapter's 3rd Annual Student Recital - Where the Students are the Stars of the Show!
Sunday, February 5, 2006
2pm to 5pm

@ The Masonic Temple
131 Cajon
Redlands, CA 92373

Admission: $5
Children (12 & under): $3


This Student Recital has been organized to give our students a fun, safe, and comfortable atmosphere for FIRST TIME performances. Our goal is to create a positive experience for the new performer, as well as to encourage professionalism within the belly dance community. To ensure that this event is successful at showcasing our students in the best possible way, the following guidelines for performance have been provided:

ALL performers/troupes MUST pre-register a dance spot

Professional dancers/instructors may NOT participate as a student soloist or in a student troupe performance ? Student troupes MUST be comprised of students ONLY

Student solo performances & duets may be up to 3 minutes

Student trios & troupe performances may be up to 5 minutes

Teachers with students performing in recital may perform in the ?Teacher Showcase? in the second half of the show

Dancer sign-ups, contact Rachel at: thewytchdoctor AT y a h o o YOU KNOW WHAT com
TELL RACHEL ARCHER REFERRED YOU!

Vendors, contact Politti at: TribalStuff AT earth link YOU KNOW WHAT net

Volunteers, contact Dea at: jadidea AT h o t m a i l YOU KNOW WHAT com or (909) 874-1249

  


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Posted on Tue, Oct 18, 2005 15:07

Hmmm ... how'd I miss THIS thread?

I really DO have Thread A.D.D.!



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Posted on Mon, Oct 17, 2005 23:25


butterflynjax write:
Hey Lass....tell me about the CD...Ive been searching online for a good one...Can you give me the name of it?

Oh those costumes are beautiful!!!

is there a big difference in tribal and the other types of Bellydancing?
Im thinking the class im in is Egyption...or at least she spoke of that style last week.
She has been dancing for 31 years,,and In great shape.


Hey Butter,

Good to see you back. Yes there is a difference. The Tribal costumes are more exotic, liberal, and a combination of different syles, as is the dance form.

In some circles, it is referred to as Tribal "FUSION" Dance. Because it explores all cultures that have incorporated belly dance as a art form into their culture.

I will be posting a S. Calif Schedule Shortly bill, as well as one for Fla., Butter.

Butter, Send me a private email and I can get that music in your hot little hands in no time.

Hope to see you back soon...Where are our other gals?

  


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Posted on Mon, Oct 17, 2005 14:25

Hey Lass....tell me about the CD...Ive been searching online for a good one...Can you give me the name of it?

Oh those costumes are beautiful!!!

is there a big difference in tribal and the other types of Bellydancing?
Im thinking the class im in is Egyption...or at least she spoke of that style last week.
She has been dancing for 31 years,,and In great shape.



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Posted on Sat, Oct 15, 2005 17:23

BUTTER:
As a matter of fact BUTTER I have a cd that I received as a gift, when I first started.

The beats are slow and steady and not overwhelming for when you are first starting.

I still use it when I get out of sync and havn't practieced because work
pulled me away.

Oh...here is some good solid advice, especially for you, TINYEYES, my fellow immartial artist. Do not attempt to practice arm movements if you are recovering from a dislocated shoulder from kickboxing (or immartial arts.)

OW! It hurts...imagine that...I do hope you picked up on my sacrcasm. LOL

I guess I will be out of the loop again, last time it was a broke arm from the stupid mechanical bull on "Girls Night Out!" Who says we don't all have a hidden cowgirl, this city girl had a good time (minus the broken arm.) LMAO

So until then I will look forward to your posts and live vicariously through all of you.

Shimmy at you later...

  
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Posted on Sat, Oct 15, 2005 17:11


garchiinspain write:
Hello to all "Wiggles N?Giggles" and in particular to RomanticLass. I think you should use that name as your username..it sounds so good. It seems that I?m not the only one not receiving any response from the guys in MM. Don?t know what they?re looking for, when I have seen the loveliest gals in MM, than in any other connection site.
Well back to the topic of this thread. I am a newbie in BD, only 3 months, and join classes just once a week. I?m addicted to it and I love the music which I play most of the time at home while practicing shimmies and the arm movements which is quite difficult.

Minnie...you are right in mentioning about not separating the legs while dancing. In fact my instructor says that while practicing we should put an Aspirine in between our inner knees....sort of like an anti-baby pill (do you catch the joke??) LOL.

Concerning the weight belts my instructor is against using it. She said that we can get soooo accustomed to it, that we?ll find it difficult to dance without the belt. Obviously we don?t like that, cause even if some belts are really nicely adorned, it looks a bit anti-sexy. I saw the belts in a website posted by a famouse BD, but obviously she SELLS THEM.

I?m having a lotta fun with this topic and I know I can learn a lot from some of you who are more savvy in BD.


Hey SPAIN! Welcome to Wiggles'N'Giggles! I am so happy to see a new face here. You are more than welcome to email me and request some sound files for fresh music to practice to. And that goes for all the WG's.

I have a pretty good music library for BD practice.

Alrighty, Spain, don't be a stranger. Remember, we are all making our own costumes and would love updates on what you acquire for your wardrobe."

Hey, I'm going to go change my profile and I will keep you posted on the outcome. After all, perhaps, my profile is boring...I mean...aren't we all romanitc professionals seeking something here?

Photograph: Coin Bra/Belt

  
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Posted on Sat, Oct 15, 2005 15:43

You have GOT to be kidding me the censors are editing the photos...okay..I am going to go create a my space group for us...Keep you posted as to what the U R L is. First Amendment people.

  


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Posted on Fri, Oct 14, 2005 16:48

Fire Dance!
I'm not there yet, but I'd like to be!

REMEMBER, PLEASE. ABSOLUTELY NO COPYING OF PHOTOS ON THIS THREAD. THESE ARE MY FRIENDS, PERSONAL PHOTOS, AND OTHERS USED FOR PUBLICITY THAT I HAVE PERMISSION TO POST IN MY THREAD...THANK YOU FOR RESPECTING THIS.

Photograph: Phoenix Rising at FaerieWorlds 2005.

  
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Posted on Fri, Oct 14, 2005 13:51

Oh and to put my thread back on track...
The strategy thing was an after thought...what we are doing with the thread was exactly what I intended it to be.
A virtual belly dance troup.
Shimmy and Shake atcha later.
A-
Here butter a nice back bend for you...but NOT a turkish drop BY FAR!

  
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Posted on Fri, Oct 14, 2005 13:45

Butter....shhhhh! I refuse to post body shots on my profile like I am trying out for some Playboy Bunny position...NOT MY STYLE. I like to sneak up on 'em (the boys) and catch 'em off gaurd.
Besides it part of my stategy. If I DONT post these on my profile...the only way anyone can find out is if they care enough to "inquire within" like my profile said. Do you think I have a good strategy going. Besides I'm an investigator by nature. So my perfect match would be the curious exploring type who would seek for what he is searching for, Instead of thumbing through a bunch of pictures of women and thinking to himself..."Mmmm, I wonder who I can impress the guys with?" YUCK!
This is a great way to weed your garden and allow the roses to blossom.
I don't care about looks so much, so I really am trying to find a partner that isn't either. I mean think about it...what about early morning just woke up no coffee yet OMG my haed is hurting from that bottle of wine we killed last night mornings? Is he going to trade you in or think you are the quite possibly the cutest thing he has ever seen between the bewitching hour and his and sunrise. Win over my head,the heart will soon follow, and I'm yours forever. And I mean that da*n m it! Not only that Butter, I don't know about you, but, I have found these threads as a safe place to voice how I feel about being single and get some insight into the male psyche. (And meet some great gal pals!)Another year on this site and I REALLY will be a catch...OMG...it's not going to take THAT long I hope. Steak and Lobster boys...steak and lobster! LOL
Luv y aas Butter.

  
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Posted on Fri, Oct 14, 2005 13:16

True Gentlmen...what can I say? I'm speechless...of course in search of having someone take my breath away...but speechless will do for now...Don't be strangers!

OKAY GIRLS:
Let's talk Henna Body Art...Butter...where the heck are you...you'll never rise to the status of "BEING YOUR OWN GODDESS!" if you miss class. Catch up you're falling behind sweetheart...love you!

Henna is applied in a moist paste. It takes several hours to dry. After application is looks like you have a cinnamon colored cake frosting in small lines. At first application it appears to be orange in color...DO NOT PANICK!
It will fade do tarker more pleasant colors and will last anywhere from 3-8 weeks depending on maintenance. TIP: To keep you henna lasting longer use a cotton ball with olive oil to remove flakes and complete a coat of oil on the art work itself. If even of you land a boy"friend" on here that would like to help you with this procedure, have FUN, and let me know if he has a brother.LMAO!

Henna is originally intended as a part of a marriage ceremony. The women would gather round (family) and paint the bride with all types of differnt art work and symbols that would send the bride into her bed of marriage with good luck and bless the union of the husband and wife. And in case any of you are gonna get smart with me...no I do not have any intentions of performing this as a marriage ritual. AH HA! I am one step ahead of all the wise cracks! However, if it win me Indi I would paint crossed eyes peacocks on my body head to toe in bat quano. Although is that good for 4 play...I don't think it would taste very good. Well up the aromatherapy I guess. ROFLMAO...
I will be posting more on henna, turkish drops and costumes soon.
Like the peacock...and no they are NOT cross eyed...lol

  
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