Call venue in advance to ensure not on hiatus, etc.
Pearls of the
East: Belly Dance & Beyond. 4th Sun of the month. Seattle. Kalia 8518 GreenwoodAve N. Seattle.
Live Music & Belly Dance Show. Second Fri of month, 7:30.
$10 cover, kids free. 3400 Fremont Ave N, Seattle. 206-633-4141
(mention show for show seating.)
Lounge, Seattle. First Monday of every month has a featured
Saltana Band at Costas Opa on 2nd Fridays of the month.
Seattle 206-633-4141(specify show seating.)
Mediterreanean Bistro, 4th & Wall, Seattle. Dancing Sat
Taki's Mad Greek.
8539 15th Ave NW, Seattle. Dancing Sat eves. takismadgreek.com
Skylark Cafe (3rd
Tues of every month) W Seattle. medeabellydance.com
5517 University Way, NE. Seattle. Dancing F/Sat eves.
Belly Dancing & Story Telling. 2nd Sun of month. Kalia Lynnwood. 425-486-6713
Trading Co in Bothell holds monthly jam/open circle last Sun of
the month, 5-7 pm and Fri Night Jams 7-10. Ladies Drum
Circle every 3rd Sun of the month. 425-368-0369.
Belly Dance Guest Artists w/House of Tarab. Seattle. visionarydance.com 206.632.2353
Enat Leyl al Arab.
Monthly event (check ahead; not all months.)
Greenwood. Third Sun of the month. Seattle. kalaradance@
Emerald Extravaganza. Arlington, WA.
Skinny Dip presents Naughty. Seattle.
A'isha Azar's Once a Month Class. Spokane.
Feb 14 Belly dancing and story telling. Kalia Lynnwood. 425-771-6422
Feb 16-22 Belly Dance Cruise w/Amy Sigil & Carmine Guida. https://www.facebook.com/events/194161081080336/
Bellyfest. Spokane, WA.
HOT House Concert.Seattle.
Leyl al Arab. Seattle.
Belly Dance Revue. Tacoma.
Belly Dancing at Kalia Greenwood. Seattle.
23-25 4th Annual Sweetheart Gala Bellydance Festival. St.
28-March 4 Tribal Massive. Las Vegas. tribalmassive.com
March 3-11 Tribal Massive. Las Vegas. tribalmassive.com
7 Skinny Dip presents Earth. Seattle.
10 Annual Sultana Hafla. Tri-Cities, WA.
9 & 10 HOT House Concert & Dance. Seattle.
11 Belly Dancing at Kalia Lynnwood. WA.
17-18 Annual Benefit with Workshops & Show. Olympia, WA.
April 5-8 Cues and Tattoos. Seattle. http://cuesandtattoos.com/
April 13-15 4th Annual River City Raqs w/Aziza! Jacksonville, FL. https://www.facebook.com/events/409261862793748/
14 Oh My Goldness. Seattle.
18 Annual Shimmy Happens Hafla. Lakewood, WA.
26-29 The 25th Annual Women's Dance and Desire Weekend.
Ruby Beh in
July 26-29 Annual Yaa Hallah Y'all! Grapevine, TX. https://www.facebook.com/events/118834532023796/
Special Celebration at Zamani.
Hafla. Tacoma, WA
Merry Christmas! Kala Christouyenna! (Greek), Cristmas-e-shoma mobarak bashad! (Farsi) Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah! (Iraqi)
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Preparation by Nizana
In addition to checking your packing list for costumes, accessories, props, jewelry, makeup, water, etc, there is also ensuring labeled, cued music (with backup music), and all kinds of other things to get ready for a performance.
Right before a performance, there is double checking everything to be sure you are all in place. Is everything straight, are undergarments showing, or is your eyeliner smudged? If you're in a troupe, you can do an "everybody check everybody" before show time. You can use the mirrors, and ask other dancers, but be aware, it's your responsibility to make sure everything is ready to go as they are also busy and may overlook something. You can also make sure you give yourself enough time to get ready, to set up your little dressing space, and get things together with time to spare. Sometimes you may be asked to go on early, so it's helpful to be prepared in advance, also making you appear all the more professional.
Then, there's a quick
warm up of stretching and/or grounding exercises. Get
a good warm up in if you can, and if you know ahead of
time that there's no time or space, try to do a good
one prior to going to the event, and do a quickie one
before your performance. Some good leg stretches,
ankle, wrist and shoulder rolls, and some finger
stretches can all be done in a small space. Be sure to
do some deep breathing to get your oxygen running
through your blood stream for more
Then, in advance of a performance is practice!!! Lots of concentrated practice on technique, presentation and routine is necessary. Ensuring your costuming, music and dance movements are in sync with the style is also important. Knowing about use of the stage, entrances and exits, and dance etiquette are also topics you should be very familiar with.
And are you taking
care of yourself as well? Dancing is good exercise,
which is one way to take care of yourself. Another is
to eat healthy foods, drink enough water, and practice
wellness. Are you managing your stress? Are you
deep breathing and finding time to relax? Are you
having fun as you deal with the rigors of life?
Balance in life is important, and dance helps provide
that balance. So take care of yourself, be prepared,
and keep dancing!
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