Sheer Spinning Skirt
Sheer items are a hot in bellydance. Used mostly for night shows and galas, these elegant and often lacy tops, skirts and pants can be a big hit for soloists and troupes alike. Sheer items have been used for years to set the tone for certain productions and scenes in bellydance theatre. If you’re looking for something a little sultry without showing it all, you can bet sheer items are the best.
Our sheer skirt has captivated many of the dancers we’ve met in our travels to shows. The skirt is very long and sweeps your ankles. It spins beautifully and is made from sturdy fabric, so if you accidently step on it the garment won’t shred to pieces. Accompany this with a solid skirt underneath or just a pair of leggings. Dare to go bare if you care but don’t forget acccessories and other things for a complete look. What sheer items do you have in your show wardrobe? Let us know…
Dancing with your mother this weekend? Find something fun, cool and comfy you both can wear.
The word “Salaam” simply means peace. It is used throughout the Arabic speaking world and the diaspora. When you say “Salaam” to someone you are greeting them with “Peace.” It is meant to be used only in bringing someone good energy and postivity. Salaam is also used in Farsi (the language of Iran and some its surrounding nations). It has the same meaning. Many phrases and greetings include the word Salaam such as “masalaama” which roughly translates means go in peace or the act of one leaving you in peace. Use Salaam to say hello to your friends from all nations. Share with them what you’ve learned and tell them the meaning. Language is the key to building bridges with those around the world. Imagine if we truly understood the meaning of what everyone was saying. We’d perhaps find more common ground and find no room for war.
Happy Mother’s Day bonus to our friends in the USA. Mother’s Day is Sunday the 12th of May and we’re giving an 8% discount on orders of $50 or more. Use coupon code: “mother2013″ to enjoy the sale. Let us know if you taught the mother(s) in your life the word Salaam. Send us a youtube video of how you use the greeting Salaam. Two people will recieve a little gift from our store. Enjoy your weekend! Masalaama!
For over 7 years Monica John (Panamanian-American) has been one of Nashville’s major links to the international community. Hosting top entertainers such as Morocco, Tarik Sultan and Amar Gamal, she is a great resource of culture for her social circle and the city.
Over the years, Monica has been a frequent patron of local international markets. She makes weekly stops at her favourite Indian stores including Ms.Shuba’s South Asian boutique where you can find a number of elegant salwars, Hindi films and fine jewelry. Introducing us to Parisa’s exquisite chaihanna style establishment and taking us on trips through the Middle Eastern shoppes are just a part of Monica’s regular routine. She is a model international community member with a heart of gold.
We are thrilled to announce and promote Monica’s most recent addition to her international circle. She will be participating in yet another of the city’s amazing events, this time as a singer and performer. These programs are hosted by Upasana Performing Arts Center under the direction of Sonia Chaudhuri, founder of the studio and a well-known Kathak Dancer. Ms. Chaudhuri is another outstanding individual in Nashville, representing India.
We are beyond impressed with the quality of cultural events that these two are keeping alive in Nashville. We’re encouraging everyone to expand your social circle and include the international community of Nashville. Kudos to these wonderful women! Looking forward to more of their showcases and events.
8 June 2013
Upasana’s 10 year Anniversary Celebration
Directed by Sonia Chaudhuri
Kathak Pure Dance
Location: Father Ryan High School Auditorium
700 Norwood Drive, Nashville, TN 37203
Ticket price: $10 prior to 20 May
($15 after & children 2 and under are free)
Featuring guest artists from California, Tabla players and more…
Visit: www.upasanacenter.com for complete info (Recital)
It is rare that we hear of Bellydance injuries but they do occur. Sometimes it’s something as careless as a person forgetting to sweep their dance space. They step on a sharp coin or fallen pin from someone’s costume and they are out with an injury for a week or more. Not fun!
Here’s a checklist of things you can do before hand to prevent injuries which can lead to time off from dance…and no one wants to be kept away from the art.
1. Never assume you are fit enough for any physical art form. Consult a physician before practicing this art.
2. Warm up!! Do not just walk into class without warming up. It is essential to prepare your body for the different types of movements and the amount of energy it takes to get through routines. Warm up before class and before a performance.
3. Cool Down… After exerting so much energy you’ll want to do something that can bring you back to center. Try cool down exercises for 5-10 minutes after each class and performance.
4. Eat light before class and light afterwards. Having a soup, vegetable sticks and avoiding sumptuous meals before class will keep you from feeling lethargic. Consult a nutritionist for the right types of foods to fuel your body before and after raqs workouts and dance practice.
5. Stay warm… Classes are often kept cool and for good reason. But keep your joints protected by wearing leg warmers (sometimes up to the knees) to keep your muscles and other ligaments from getting cold
6. Wear dance slippers and feet protectors. NuShoes are a great way to protect your feet. There are many products out there. Ask your dancemates if they have any favourites.
7. Avoid jewelry in class. Save it for rehearsal. If big dangling earrings and necklaces are not a part of your routine then save them for later. There’s a hazard in sporting lots of sharp metal and jewels while in class. Prepare your choreographies and routines to accommodate these beautiful accessories and save them for dress rehearsal, finding ways to keep chains and links from interlocking during close contact.
There are many ways to stay safe while dancing. We hope that the 7 suggestions we’ve provided will keep you out of harms way and dancing for ages.