Class X: November 6th
Prop Day 2
Class XI: November 13th
Prop Day 3
Props: Cane and Double Cane
Class XI: November 20th
Prop Day 4
EXTRA Class: November 27th
DROP-IN FEE EXTRA CLASS after Thanksgiving if you want to shake off some calories
Movement Vocabulary: Floorwork
Head; accents, slides, circles
Chest; accents, slides, circles, figure-eights
Shoulder; accents, shimmy, snake arms
Hips; ups, down, slide, figure-eight, maya, guici, circle, umie
Undulations and body waves
Shimmy (with and without backbend)
Side, rolling, and upside-down work if time
Props: Sword optional for Advanced students
Tribal floorwork and leader/follower clip courtesy of Janice
Cabaret floorwork--including backbend layered hip slide, and un-kneepaded knee circles...
Fitness: 2 Rep Abs, 3 Rep Glutes
Props: If you're comfortable with floorwork already, use this day of class to add a prop (sword recommended; cane, tray, candles, etc. welcome if you've already worked with them).
Class XIII: December 4th
Short Drum with props (zills for intermediates, zills and sword for Advanced)
Props: Zills and Sword
Annual Shriver Show meeting and holiday party--Potluck style so sign up and bring something!
The meeting is MANDATORY for all who want to be in the show. This will be the time when we vote on the name of our show this year (be thinking of suggestions!) and assign jobs for the show. Everyone in the show must also do a job for the show! We will also likely be discussing my transition from troupe director to artistic director and be assigning troupe jobs as well. After that, we're going to party! There will be a potluck dinner, so please bring a dish or something to drink. You can invite others to come along if you wish. It will feature performances by the advanced class. If any intermediates are also interested in performing, please let me know. -Dori
First Cabaret Costume requirements: While EgyptianSun enjoys letting each individual dancer's individuality come through both her/his dance and costume, we are still a troupe and have guidelines to help you choose a quality costume that will keep you from appearing disparate when performing with the troupe and will serve you well as you keep on dancing.
Trip to Shahrzad's www.bellydancestore.com
Those who are picking out their first bra and belt set please keep in mind that while we have a wide variety of bra and belt sets in the troupe to which we do try and stick:
Beaded sets (more beads than sequins although sequins are welcome), i.e. this style
or this style
or this style
, and not this style
or an entire bra and belt set made with the larger sequins you see in not this style
Circular skirt/Panel3-4 Panel Skirt/Petal skirt/Gored skirt/Flared skirt; chiffon or other material; 0-4 slits, i.e. not this skirt
and not this skirt
Note that you can sew your own skirt fairly easily;
I don't recommend trying to set a bra and belt--even with sequin tape it takes forever
Remember that Sharzad does do layaway and that EVERYONE WILL HAVE TO ALTER THEIR COSTUME--it never fits perfectly so please budget time for this. Note that if your costume is a bit small on the top or shows more cleavage than you would like, you can usually use your head/wrist bands to fill that in a bit.
There are always other troupe members and members in the DC/Baltimore Bellydance community looking to sell old (but perfectly usable) costumes to buy new ones--so if $195 is out of your price range, think about buying a used one, or speaking with me about finding one you can borrow for the show.
Your entire costume should include Bra, Belt, Veil, and Skirt; note when you are buying your costume whether or not you will have to buy or make a skirt if it does not come with the bra and belt. Please pass pictures onto me before you buy anything online. Keep in mind that shipping WILL take longer than expected (especially from the Middle East--plan 4 months ahead) and you will have to alter your own costume once you receive it. Luckily we've hit you in time for a holiday gift (usually we have more time to worry about this before the show).
Other recommended websites:
BHUZ costume swaps--resale
starting at $199
starting at $225
starts at $90
starts at $60
starts at $160
starts at $199
starts at $199
starts at $179
starting at $198
starts at $200
SalomesTent starts at $195 can't seem to find the new link; maybe site's down for a bit
starts at $195
Dahlal starts at $165, but really this is just for drooling
If this is all still too much, please feel free to check out ebay (just pass pictures through me), or ask classmates/troupemates if anyone is looking to sell an old costume while looking to upgrade this year.