Photo Challenge: Between

Why have my posts been a little infrequent of late?

Because I have been doing a bit of globe trotting and belly dance training.

Just to prove the point…

Here is a snap shot of me BETWEEN the great pyramids of Giza.

Egypt is such a great place, sigh….

Bellydancer Giza Egypt

On a more serious note here is a little snap shot from a  bit earlier in the year. The quality of the image is not great (we were focussed on the quality of our performances instead). But what the image represents to me is poignant. The woman in the picture that is not in costume is the lovely Rachel. She was one of my most enthusiastic dancers for several years. Work issues came up and she took a break for a while, only to find out that cancer had decided to revisit her. Basically she found herself BETWEEN arock and a hard place. She wanted to try some other therapies and so her friends had a fund raiser for her. Women from my class that had danced with her, got together and entertained the guests. It was a beautiful day.

For Rachel to have been surrounded by all her friends in such a challenging moment of her life was wonderful.

Bellydancers rally to help cancer patient

Weekly Photo Challenge: Eerie

A few months ago a friend asked me if I could belly dance at their Steampunk festival in Dorrigo (NSW Australia).
I happily agreed as I had been mulling over a robotic dolls dance ever since their last event. Not exactly a traditional belly dance theme I know, but I just had to give it a go. I got my good friends Tess and Max to join in and we managed to shock, entertain and even scare our viewers!

Success! (evil laugh)

Unfortunately we didn’t get much in the way of good photos and footage but here is a snap shot of us on the night. It doesn’t include our puppet master (Max) but you get the idea. It was a lot of fun.

 

We were just about to be (theatrically) electrocuted at this point.

We were just about to be (theatrically) electrocuted at this point.

Have any of you danced at a steam punk event? I would love to hear about your experiences please comment below.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Escape

Sometimes the best thing you can do for yourself and your dancing is to close your eyes, take a deep breath and escape from all that distracts you from the connection to your heart.

Bellydancing with Silk fan veils beach

Photo by R Conroy

Whether its your mind telling you you will never be good enough, politics among dancers, health, you are can’t think of the next move in a choreography or all the myriad of unhelpful distractions that could be in your way. I invite you to sprout a silky pair of wings and fly above the turmoil to get a clearer perspective. Even if you only manage for a few moments, it is amazing how many of those problems have melted away.

Jade xx

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