When going to raqs conferences and bellydance weekend retreats, it’s very very daunting to pack just the right items because often times we really do not know what to expect. After 10 years of travelling we still find that we aren’t always as prepared as we thought we were. Learn from our mistakes and let us suggest what’s best to take on the road to raqs!
Performers: If you’re performing at one of the shows may we suggest to bring your costume in a carry-on bag. This is to prevent it from getting lost or being delayed. Too many times we’ve heard dancers arriving the day of the show and not having their costume because it’s delayed for whatever reason. This costs you time and money. Save yourself and your wallet by carrying it with you on the plane in an opague garment bag or small roll on case.
Attendees: This is a great time to get creative with your bellydance classwear. If you’ve been wearing an old t-shirt and sweatpants, invest in something fun like colourful yoga pants and a comfortable, supportive but stylish top. Bring a cool dance bag to put your things in so it won’t get mixed up in the fray of bags thrown on the floor in the back of the room. Also bring two hipscarves, one with coins for Egyptian shimmy sha’abi in all it’s glory or one for the modern taqsims with fringe so that you don’t disturb the softer mood of the room. You don’t want to shick and shack when you’re doing a sultry figure 8 to the ney.
…and don’t forget the show!
Most shows and galas are big affairs with everyone in dressier ensembles. For men we suggest a nice shirt, maybe a tie and pressed slacks. Leave jeans and streetwear for another time. This is a time to celebrate your favourite artist by being that well dressed fan. MissBellydance is thinking of you too…we’ve got an outfit or two …but you’ll have to wait, it’s a surprise coming soon.
We hope we’ve helped you with your raqs conference packing. Got some tips on how to pack for the road to raqs? Send us some pictures or reply to our blog. You can always post to us on Facebook. Can’t wait to share more in the coming weeks!
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