Archive for the ‘dance’ Category

100 years of East London style in 100 seconds

August 31, 2011

Lucky Magazine posted this on Facebook and I had to share it. AMAZING!

Fashion and Dance = LOVE.

Shoebox Studio Student Showcase

August 12, 2008
Last Friday, 08-08-08, I performed at the Shoebox Studio Student Showcase at the Garage Art Space. It was my first bellydance performance in a theater! I was really excited to have the opportunity to share the stage with some great Bay Area performers. We couldn’t use the flash during performances so most of the pictures are dark, sorry.
Natsumi Suzuki and Nanna Candelaria (click to enlarge)

The Bellydance Mafia (Shoebox Studio Troupe) and UNMATA

Damage Control Theater and the Funk Fusion class

We danced a routine called Platinum Digger, choreographed by our teacher Gibson Pearl. The music was a very rare and hard to find mix of an M.I.A. song by DJ Diplo, called China Girl (that sampled Sweet Dreams by the Eurythmics). It is a powerful song, and our routine was too. Super fast! Gibson put together a wonderful routine for us.
I was a little nervous when I got there, but I relaxed by talking with the other dancers and watching them get ready for their performances. I was ready in no time! I realized my dreads are pretty and colorful by themselves, so I didn’t have to work on that. I wrapped them into buns on each side of my face, a resemblance of Princess Leah’s hair style from Star Wars ; ) It was pretty cute, even if I do say myself.

Our outfits turned out really nice too. We did our own shirts and printed a lotus on the back with a stencil and spray paint.

Me dancing

Gibson Pearl’s class

Michael and lots of my friends where there to show me their support. It was great to see them all. Dancing makes me happier and happier every time I perform. I can’t wait to start City College again this Fall.

Tribal Fest 8

May 24, 2008

Last Sunday I went to Tribal Fest 8 in Sebastopol.


I was pretty excited since a lot of superstars would be performing there, among them my sewing teacher, Kamille Hitz of Rockabelly. I also had the opportunity to finally take a workshop with Lori Tawasha of Evil Eye Bellydance, that I wanted since seeing her performing at the How Berkeley Can You Be? Festival last year.


I wish I could have gone more than only one day… Why did it have to happen the same week as my finals? Maybe if I didn’t leave everything ‘til the last week I would not be complaining. Oh well…


The workshop was nice. I learned a new pattern of zylls for the back walk figure 8, one of my favorite moves. And the Persian walk (or it was Persian Cat walk?), which is really confusing for me. Instead of V’s and A’s my feet always want to do whatever they want. And I was introduced to maybe the main character of tribal performance, as with Argentine Tango, is all about improvisation. That led me to think why I enjoy so much the dances I am studying now. I love freedom! No rules! Spontaneous creativity.


Kamille’s performance was pretty cute. She wore jeans, leather and even an AFRO! and danced to Queen’s “We will rock you”. So much fun! And she looked great too. (You can click to enlarge the pictures)



Rachel Brice was there too. OMG! I couldn’t help but watch her performance in a jaw dropping state. I can see now why she is Rachel f**king awesome Brice. Is she human? Are you sure? Wow… So now, while you see the pictures, you need to put your arms up. Move them up and down. Up and Down.



 Continue doing so while you see Ariellah pictures… You can drop your jaw too. 

After seeing these beautiful women, you just want to go and take as many classes as you can. And dance, dance, dance. So inspiring… So beautiful… So A-W-E-S-O-M-E!

You also want to go and buy a serger and sew a lot of stuff. Especially funky pants.


I got a henna tattoo too.



Ok, I think I am going to go buy that serger now.


Following Nostalgia

May 16, 2008

As many of you already know, I have been taking tango classes with Chelsea Eng at City College for a while now.

The follower technique class has exceeded my expectations. I didn’t know it would be so much fun and that I would enjoy it so much. I am not too surprised, though. I am having similar feelings to those I felt when I took Beginner Tango last semester. I am very excited to have found such a beautiful way of connecting not only with my body, but with my roots as well. It’s not that I never danced or liked tango before, but the actual circumstances of my life now (living in a foreign country away from home) give it an aspect that otherwise would be different.

 This particular class has connected me with different parts of my body, and taught me to put my attention to each movement to understand and feel my body in new ways. I am learning how to listen to my body and let it move with controlled freedom. It is not easy. If I don’t control a little bit of that freedom, my feet go bananas. And everybody knows that “bananero” feet don’t look pretty at all.


I am also enjoying the bar exercises, so much fun that I find myself at work practicing the boleos and ochos. I have four counter height tables line-up at work, so is very easy to do the exercises while waiting for the machines to scan. It helps that nobody is in the room, too. Speaking of boleos, they are one of my favorites movements. One of the things I would like to accomplish with the dance is to develop a very nice and natural looking boleo. It will take me lots and lots of time and work, I know.


The tango classes has woken up feelings in me and cultural memories that would be sleeping inside me otherwise. Tango is my medicine when I feel homesick, when I miss my culture. It reminds me of what I am and where I come from. It is my therapy away from home, both mental and physical. 

Music, dance, nostalgia, pride, fun, body knowledge, workout … all combine in my tango class. What else can I ask for?






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