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Looking for a perfect gift for yourself or that special dancer in your life?
Here’s what we came up with so far for our 2016 wish list:

• A year’s subscription to Datura (online classes)

• A photoshoot with Jeanie Lewis (Seattle)

• Drumming lessons (with George Sadak or Erik Brown, Seattle)

• Private lesson with Henna (Portland,

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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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Life after childbirth is crazy. You’re not sleeping, your body has undergone significant changes once again, your world has turned upside down, and—if you are one of the unlucky ones like me—you have developed postpartum depression. Dancing might not be the first thing on your mind at this point. But once you are thinking about it, there are things to consider.

One of my biggest struggles with returning to dancing was how people would perceive me.

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There are differing opinions on whether or not you should belly dance while pregnant. Some people think it can induce premature labor, others don’t think a pregnant woman should show off her bare, growing bump (while dancing or otherwise). Fellow dancers will more than likely embrace the idea that you should continue to dance, but caution you to know your audience when performing (this is not bad advice; community shows should be okay, but paying gigs might be a different story).
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