Swap N Shop & Help Kittens!? Oh yeah!

This weekend we’re excited to give a portion of our sales to Cats in the Cradle no kill shelter. You can join us on site at MissBellydance.com to take advantage of $40 belts for costumes, 25% off professional costumes and so much more. You can also learn more about the shelter and help them with their costs. This shelter provides so much for cats and you can visit them!

Learn more at the weekend Swap N Shop featuring vendors like MissBellydance.com and many more, plus a big party in honour of Prince will follow at Atlanta Fusion Bellydance (their studio is on site). Snag a purple ticket with this link. Can’t wait to meet everyone! Gonna be a lot of fun for a great cause!
See you there!

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Bellydance Presentation

A troupe or sololist’s overall presentation should not only demonstrate their best skills but also their best selves. It’s one of the reasons we’re striving to provide a diverse offering of raqs wear and bellydance costumes to our fans. We want everyone to have a wide variety of options that fit their individual “Bellydance Presentation” needs. This now extends to hair and make-up.

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Earlier this year we teamed up with HairLaVie haircare, testing out what products worked best. Some of you all know our product manager, Judith. She is championing these great hair products because of the amazing results she has seen after using them on her own hair. In the coming days we’ll be talking about specific differences in this hair care line as compared to what we’ve been using ourselves.

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A great costume deserves the best hair and make-up to compliment it and we know you’ll benefit from combining these great products in your routine. We’ve shared with you our costume and hair care suggestions. We want to hear from you about your favourite make-up and feature many of you in your MissBellydance.com costumes while wearing your favourite brand of eye shadow, lipstick and more. Also if you’re looking to try HairLaVie let us know. We’re giving away HairLaVie gifts to some of our fans.

Send us your pictures via facebook or tweet us @missbellydance.com. Tell us your hair, make-up and overall bellydance presentation goals. One of you will be the lucky recipient of a basket of hair products from HairLaVie ! Looking forward to hearing from you!

Present Your Best Self!

-Team MBD

 

The Purple Hafla

Purple HaflaDearly beloved bellydancers, we are gathering this coming Sunday to celebrate the ruler of hearts, the man who helped us get through this thing called life. We’re going to go crazy in the name of the Purple Reigning Royal himself, Prince.

Sunday 26 June at 3pm, The Purple Hafla will take place at Atlanta Fusion Bellydance located within MissBellydance.com’s warehouse. Straight back through to the studio you will be delighted with a show that features a number of amazing Prince fans who also bellydance and celebrate the art of Raqs Sharqi. MissBellydance.com will be present with lots of giveaways and portion of sales going to the charity:

What To Expect?
Swap & Shop
From 3pm-5pm there will be dancers selling and even giving away used and brand new costumes.

The Show
The show starts at 5:30pm and features a stellar line-up of fans and friends  Visit this link to learn more and get your Purple Half tshirt.

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#GoCrazy!

Thanks for reading and if you’re in need of therapy, friendship sessions and more which go along with the mourning process, please reach out to us on Facebook. We’ll link you to several groups online who celebrate Prince everyday.

PROUD SPONSOR of Essence of Bellydance 2016

Once again we’re excited about Essence of Bellydance! This year we’ll have representatives present throughout the entire weekend. We’ll be selling just a few of our popular items and also offering you a chance to pre-order or come by our place, during your time at the festival, to try on different things you want to buy. May we recommend the following?

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Beilasi worn by Karma Karmelita of Atlanta

 

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Allow us to make a plug for Studio Jaki who will be doing photoshoots on site. Sign up!
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save 10% on your future order at MissBellydance.com when attending this event.

 

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Spinning Spirit worn by dancer Karma Karmelita of Atlanta

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All of this and more are available on www.missbellydance.com – write to us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Instagram to learn more about each outfit. We’ll be posting videos throughout our time there. Click here and join the fun!

Schooling Your Classes on Skirts

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Learn more about the Kaleidoscope skirt

There are several types of bellydance skirts. The ones we’ll focus on are long traditional ones used in performance and short ones that are often for fashion. Recently one of our favourite dancers, Aziza Nawal wore this skirt during the Atlanta Fusion Bellydance Show. It was incredible. She matched it with a lovely red wrap top and her students followed suit in gorgeous combinations, many in MBD.

It may be common sense to some but for new people to the art it’s hard to know exactly what types of skirts look best. If you’re doing a solo show, a skirt with a slit in the side is quite dramatic and accentuates your moves as a soloist. In group numbers and to give a cohesive look you’ll want to do long skirts that flow and spin as you all move. The synchronicity of it all is absolutely beautiful.
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Short skirts , we suggest, are best used in a variety of art. Modern Dance, some Latin choreography, some parts of Rroma adaptations and the list goes on and on. We want to know where and how you’re wearing your skirts. Send us photos!
Thanks for reading!
Team MBD

Aziza’s Got Performance Skills!

 

Aziza NawalJoin Aziza Nawal today at Atlanta Fusion Bellydance during Bellydance Fashion Week as she demystifies becoming a professional Belly Dancer and teaches performance skills. This workshop will discuss musicality, how do engage with a variety of audiences (on stage, restaurant setting, outdoors, etc…), costuming, stage presence and more!

Aziza Nawal has been involved in Oriental Dance (belly dance) for over 15 years. In addition to regular and guest appearances in restaurants and stage shows throughout the U.S., Aziza Nawal was the winner of the Middle Eastern Dance in North America competition in 2002, placed Third at the 2005 Double Crown Competition and finished 3rd Runner-up at the Belly Dancer of the Universe Competition in 2006. She has appeared on WGCL’s “Good Morning Atlanta”, Fox Television’s “30 Seconds to Fame” and recently featured on “Yildiz Yagmuru”, a live variety show filmed in Istanbul, Turkey. Aziza Nawal has always continued to enrich her dance education by pursuing many styles and has proven her diversity by becoming member of Awalim Tribal Dance Company in 2009.

As an instructor, Aziza Nawal has taught ongoing group classes and specialty workshops in the Southeastern United States since 1998. She was a featured instructor and performer at the Annual Mabruk Festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and has also taught workshops in Seattle, Washington, and Tulsa, Oklahoma.

 

Click Here to learn more about today’s Performance Skills class during Bellydance Fashion Week. Use code BDFW2016 to save 10% on orders this week. Stop by in person and stock up on accessories, costumes and more at http://www.missbellydance.com’s in-house boutique.

#KeepShimmying

-Team MBD

 

Meet Mehmet & Aya at Shimmies & Shiraz

 

Aya1Ever desired to run off to Turkey and sit with locals to learn the intricate side of raqs sharqi and culture? Well, you don’t have to go very far. MissBellydance.com has roots in Turkiye/Turkey and during Bellydance Fashion Week 2016 you’ll get the chance to study and learn a few fashion tips from locals. Both Aya of Istanbul and Mehmet will be around on Friday to go over how to accessorize your costume featuring the latest trends in dance both here and in Turkiye.

You’ll get to hear first hand what is trending and what is new plus how to feature it on your own outfits. Bring your favourite costume, hipscarf or accessory as well as any embellishments you want. You can also buy some on site at MissBellydance.com where the workshop will be held. It’s a perfect chance to be absolutely creative while learning about the culture and trends in the country as well as what’s going on outside in the raqs world.

Join us next week at 7pm! RSVP here: http://atlantafusionbellydance.com/node/270

BDFW 2016: Designers That Dance & Are Devoted

Another great thing about Bellydance Fashion Week will be our featured designers, Eshta and MissBellyDance.com are actually people who are ensconced with their dance community and customers. Both designers attend events, go to shows and are a part of the dance world. When you buy from them, you can guarantee that they are not doing cookie cutter designs and working based on one body type. They are going the extra mile to provide something you’ll love and can be proud to wear.

Eshta Amar creates stunning, beautiful costumes that do not compare to anything else in the industry. Look closely at her work and see the fabric, intricate details of the skirt and the uniqueness in her work. No other designer is doing what she does. She creates costumes for a variety of dancers, her work is featured on many top talent and loved raissat all around. Her Etsy store is also a testament to her talent. Another awesome attribute is that she isn’t terribly expensive. Imagine, someone working diligently on a costume just for you and you didn’t pay $2,000 for it. That’s a bonus! Check out her work here and engage with her online. We’re excited to have her with us in a few weeks.

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Eshta creates bespoke, unique creations for dancers.

 

MissBellydance.com is looking out for every student and teacher in the world. You want some colourful dance pants, hipscarves and custom made professional wear for troupes? You can come to the team and they’ll get to working on it right away. The CEO, staff and volunteers work really hard to create something that is affordable and looks and feels good to wear. They specialize in plus size and petite. There is also custom sizing available and ultra fast shipping for those last minute needs. With MissBellydance.com you get quick service and people ready to cheer you on as a sponsor and fan of your raqs team.

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Meet Eshta and members from MissBellydance’s team this coming month at Bellydance Fashion Week. Join us for the panel discussion which will feature dancers, MBD and others. On the weekend, Eshta will be in town for classes and costume discussion. This will be the meeting of the minds! Register here!

See you soon!

Team MBD

AFBD: History of Hosting Cultural Events

AFBDWhat is so special about events sponsored by Atlanta Fusion Bellydance and MissBellydance.com? There is a real commitment to fun! These events provide an opportunity to go beyond the norm in our industry. This is more than watching people dance, this is your chance to get up and be a part of the energy through cultural exploration of fashion in our industry. For more than 5 years AFBD has hosted bellydance conferences and workshops that received rave reviews. People travel far and near to see unique artists in a fun and exciting setting. MissBellydance.com has been proud to sponsor and support these amazing dance conventions.

AFBD is dedicated to carefully designing schedules and workshops that appeal not to just to dancers but also cultural dance education enthusiasts, ex-pat families, professors and their students. These events open up discussion on how we view and respect ethnicity in dance, the business side of our craft as well as how to incorporate creativity. Bellydance Fashion Week will be right in line with a focus on culture and why we do the things we do. It’s a perfect opportunity to look at the political past and the creative future.

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Costumes will be available to purchase during Bellydance Fashion Week

We encourage you to grab your friends and family for a week of history, a look at what’s driving current trends and get a peek at the future. We’ll not only walk down memory lane but make new ones that will last a lifetime.

Register today – Click Here

See you there!

-Team MBD

Join in on Fashion Week Fun for Fans!

Excited about fashion week? Want to feature your dance school, solo photos and fun moments wearing MissBellydance.com? Feel free to submit your pictures. Post and tag us in a snapshot on our Facebook page, share one with us on Pinterest, tweet it to us at @missbellydance or reply here on our blog. We want everyone near and far to take part in the event. While we hope you’ll join us in person, if you can’t you can still submit a photo and be a part of the excitement.

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One of our top fans wearing MBD’s Melih du Chant: Photography by Jack Govaerts   (Bellydance Caravan Miami Fl)

Bellydance Fashion week is aimed at the fans and designers who service our industry with their creative and custom made creations. Dancers around the world have that “favourite” costume and we want to talk about why they are so important in your life. So in addition to submitting pictures, send us an essay about why bellydance costumes are important to you. Winners will be selected by MissBellydance.com’s staff and will be sent prize packs for your contributions.

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There are so many ways to be a part of this amazing week including a costume designing  contest (details to come). We are going to celebrate the hard work and people behind the scenes of this great industry and all its outstanding shows. We can’t wait to hear from you and see your photos!

Thanks for reading! Click here to register for the Bellydance Fashion Week 2016

-Team MBD

 

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