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Doing makeup for shows can be very intimidating, especially if you are new to doing make up, but it doesn’t have to be.  I have put together a video of my basic makeup look that is very versatile and can be used with many different colors as well as gives the ability to get creative with your color combinations.  For my basic gradient look I usually use a black shadow, white shadow and 3 different shades of a color.  

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There are lots of things to consider when choosing the right costume. It’s even more complicated when you have to come up with something that works for an entire group.

What is the style of dance?
How will the different styles/silhouettes look on the different body types within the troupe?
What is the budget of the troupe and each of the members?
Do you want eclectic or matchy-matchy?
These are just a few questions that will come up.

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Festival and retreat season is here!  Some are held over long weekends, and some are weeklong intensives.  I started out wanting to give a little short list of what to bring in your dance bag to survive a day (or days) of workshops, performing, watching performances, and shopping.  I quickly realized I needed to tap into the vast experience of the experts (aka, my belly dancer buddies) to compile a well-rounded list of things we wish we knew when we attended our first festival.  

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