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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Etsy Picks

These are some fantastic costume pieces that I found on etsy.  Join my Etsy Team to connect with other Etsy users who are interested in tribal fusion bellydance costuming.

*I have no arrangement with sellers of these items. These are simply items I have my eye on.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Burlesque Costume Inspiration

There are plenty of dancers who believe bellydance and burlesque belong to two different worlds that should never intersect. However, I do not agree. Vaudeville bellydance is especially related to burlesque because (to the best of my knowledge) burlesque was born in vaudeville. If you're looking to put a little more sass in your performances, look no farther than the ladies of burlesque. Full "oriental"-inspired burlesque costumes can also be fantastic inspiration for vaudeville bellydance costuming, although I would obviously recommend against wearing only tassels and a G-string for bellydance. Below are a few photos of a burlesque performer named Cherry Dee Licious a.k.a. TurrrboCherry from the Finnish burlesque troupe Itty-Bitty Tease Cabaret. She posted these photos on her fabulous vintage fashion blog The Freelancer's Fashion Blog.  Her makeup here is gorgeous, and her top would be perfect for bellydance.  Enjoy!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Barbary Coast Shakedown

Saucy performance from Barbary Coast Shakedown. I love the (tastefully done) can can dancer and saloon girl influences.

Zafira Dance Company

Two wonderful dancers from Zafira perform a lively and playful piece. I'm experiencing some serious costume envy right now, but then again... when am I not?

Friday, April 22, 2011

1920s Costume Inspiration

A few modifications and you'd have a lovely skirt for your next performance.

Rachel Brice's Playlist

Truly marvelous playlist created by the one and only Rachel Brice. The link opens iTunes, which is free to download if you don't already have it.


Karolina makes it happen at the Dark and Tribalicious Show in Gothenburg.

Free Beats Antique Album

Zoe Jakes' fabulous band Beats Antique is giving away their second album for free. Don't foget to support the band by buying their next album. To download Collide, follow the link below:

Samantha Emanuel

Samantha Emanuel, also known as Samantha Hasthorpe, improvising to music by Dan Cantrell.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Killer Dillers

This is not bellydance by any stretch of the imagination, but it is a classy burlesque performance that could be a great piece of inspiration for using feather fans in your bellydance.

Mira Betz

Mira Betz performs to Not Without by Dan Cantrell. Absolutely gorgeous.

The Indigo

Comedic piece by The Indigo performed at Tribal Fest. The music is fabulous, and this piece really makes you appreciate the ladies' talent for incorporating humor.

Alphonse Mucha

Costume inspiration from the amazing Alphonse Mucha. Huge fan of Mucha... so this definitely won't be the last you'll see of his work on this blog.

Nuria Gallego

Nuria Gallego gets sassy with swing music.

Natalie Brown

Natalie Brown dancing in Asheville. Ladies & Gentlemen, this is what we call slow intensity.

Rachel Brice

Rachel Brice of The Indigo... not that you didn't already know that.

Zoe Jakes

Zoe Jakes of The Indigo performs a fan dance. I believe the song is by The Crow Quill Night Owls. If you know the song name, please leave a comment.