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They came out beautiful, even better than I'd hoped-the detail is very nice and crisp. A couple of people told me they were sad they missed the first order, but it's cool, I will be doing another one! This way I got to get a look at what we were getting first, which is good.

We have zip hoodies for 40 (printed on back), shirts for 20, and tanks for 15, plus 5 bucks shipping if you are not local. I can get just about any size. Proceeds will help cover the printing fees and troupe costume and CD costs. Let me know what you want and I will get right back to you! The color is pale green on black. These are high quality screenprinted items, not transfers. If you bought anything from the old shirts and stuff, let me know and I will give you a discount this time!



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Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] lomein_the_dish, we have video!

From the hafla Saturday:


Miss Moody, choreography by Patinka of Perlatentia:

Miss Moody by StellaLuna





Yesalim, choreography by Onça of Baraka Mundi:

Yesalim by StellaLuna

Hafla!

Apr. 1st, 2007 07:50 am
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Our first hafla at the new place went perfectly! It's so nice to have more room to dance--though I quickly realized that dancers expand to fit the space they are in, much like fish! We had a lot more dancers on the floor at one time!

I introduced Jawahir wrong (again, sorry about that!), Mishka's bra came loose in the back (but it was pinned so it didn't come off), and I kept forgetting things I'd promised people I'd play.

But--the show went well, we didn't miss a cue, everyone danced well and played music well and had a great time, and we even made lots of new friends! The only bad thing was that [livejournal.com profile] gypsy_raihana and I were crampy and bloated, but after a while of moving around I actually felt better. I did the song I'd picked originally, one that I'd considered changing because I wasn't sure how iI was going to feel, and it required a lot of belly work. I didn't hit the cues I wanted to hit, but it went okay.

We had a great crowd, lots of cool people! [livejournal.com profile] maysun67 and [livejournal.com profile] madrun didn't show up for some reason though---this bummed me out a bit, I hope they come to the next one.

Patio, the manager, was thrilled with us and was all about having us there every month, which is fine with me, at least while the weather is warm.

We are looking at April 28th as the next date. Check your calendars!

(It looks like there may not be a hafla in May, because of the Onca workshop in Murfreesboro.)



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The hafla went well, even better than I could have hoped, and Rose did come by and sit for a while. I hardly got to see her, so many people came by and talked to her. Thanks for that.

I did the song that I had been a little worried about, but I just had fun with it and did a little silly flirting, which is always fun. I made one big guy turn his head and blush like mad, and I had to try and get through the rest of the song without cracking up!

The group dance went pretty well, I think I did the worst out of everyone, but I always think that. [livejournal.com profile] thespisis was kind enough to take a video of us, and I've decided that I hate the way I look on video, short and squatty. What's up with that?



Here is [livejournal.com profile] twistedtulip's daughter Shareeda dancing her first solo at the last hafla. She is really amazing, I'm so proud of her for working so hard!



..and [livejournal.com profile] spiritualrose23 and [livejournal.com profile] gentledaddy came by! That was so cool! I hope they come and visit us again!
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The hafla went well, even though many people that I was expecting didn't make it out for one reason or another. I worry about this, because I don't want the haflas to fizzle out, which is why I had considered going to every other month. Several people expressed the feeling that they really like the monthly thing though, so it seems I have die hard hafla people and also opportunists who will come once in a while. This means that I will never know if we will have a packed house where you can barely move, or a very intimate and small situation. I try to convince myself that it doesn't matter--it's just tough when you have performers that say they want to dance and then they don't show.

I did the song that I mixed and burned an hour beforehand, and I felt really good about what I did, and I may do that particular song again soon. The troupe dance went well, and everyone else's solos went quite well too, I was proud, even though we didn't have much of a crowd to see it.

Then Dee Dee asked if we would dance again. I wasn't really up to it, I was ready to just hang out and socialize, but I said yes, and [profile] twisted_tulip's daughter wanted to dance with us, so [profile] gypsy_raihana led our beginner piece and it went well. I totally screwed up the second lead though. I just wasn't in the right headspace, and blanked on the choreography enough that I had to make a big joke of it until I got back on track. It really bothers me when I forget choreography, which I why I hate to do them in the first place.

No one seemed to care too much, but I was glad it was over so I could shoot myself!

Ahh well. Pretty soon I will pass a bunch of the choreo stuff to others and not deal with it!


Next hafla: September 16th.

Coming soon: Special halloween gothla with Tempest, Friday the 13th of October. Costumes encouraged!
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I've not been making any serious posts lately, I'm just all crazed this month, so much going on, I don't even know where to start. Saturday was the hafla, I only have a few pictures, I left my camera with Rose's niece and she bolted early, but here's what I have:

click here to see StellaLuna hawtness and demon-saint Kim-chee! )
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The show at the coffeehouse went well despite a few false starts. I was glad I had some wine to take the edge off, because a bitchy Jill is a bad thing. The morning started with a call from the coffeeshop manager, letting me know that the stereo she had planned to bring was no longer an option. But that was okay because I then realized that our stereo is actually quite portable. Corey showed me which connections were for which speakers and I was set. A heaviness in the air made my knees and back start to hurt, but I pushed that thought out of my mind; there was too much to do.

Okay, pass the wine.

I had a few coins to tack onto my bra, and for whatever reason, I was not one with my sewing implements yesterday. I cussed, I spat, I ripped the thread a couple of times, and finally comprimised by leaving a few of the coins off to save my sanity. Offerings and laments to Athena will be made!



More wine, please.

Then my hair decided to be a bitch. No matter what I did, the buns would not get even, and then when I did get them even, the dreads started messing with me, flopping the wrong way and just being generally a pain. Finally I tamed my medusa dreads--maybe it's my own fault for wanting that medusa tattoo! Luckily my makeup was a breeze this time, normally the eyeliner doesn't want to be even.

While all of this is going on, Rose and Rhonda are on the phone, trying to get themselves together and out their respective doors. I exert my troupe leader mommy voice (and hopefully don't make them hate me) and convince them to ride in the same vehicle. Yay! One less thing to worry about!

Just a sip, and everything's cool.

By this point I'm pretty well frazzled. R&R come and get me, stuff my basket of crap into the van and we are off. We get to the coffeehouse and we are of course very early. I prefer this, but I can tell that R&R are less than pleased with my paranoid obsession with being early. I set up the stereo, it works great, we move tables and test the floor spinnage and then wait.

By the way, the local bellydance scene is filled with the most fabulous, supportive folks ever. We are blessed to have found each other. Dee Dee who manages the coffeehouse was astounded by how many friends we had, and she tried desperately to keep up with the orders. The place started filling up, I had Solace playing in the background...and then I didn't have Solace playing in the background! The stereo died. Was it the breaker? Nope. Luckily [livejournal.com profile] gypsy_raihana's hubby is a techie geek and he managed to take the stereo apart, retrive our set CD and pinpoint the problem. It was a tiny fuse, which was good news for me, but now I had to find a way to play music.

Luckily, I had brought my wine with me.

Dee Dee had a boom box, so we were back in business. I had thought a boom box wouldn't work, but it was actually just fine! I vowed at that point that nothing else would bother me, and other than my knees giving me some trouble during the set, and one flying earring, it went fine. We had lots of fun dancing and socializing in little sattelites of gossip and shimmies, we drummed, we zilled, we drank coffee. Whew!

The plan is to do this "Lebanese Hafla" every month or so, which will be fabulous. I'm hoping to have a new choreography and our new costumes done by the next one, because as much as I love our basic outfits, we've worn them and danced to the same songs a few times now and I don't want people to get bored. Xenia and a couple of the other gals said they will perform at the next one too. How cool is that?

Can't wait.
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We arrived much too early, because I am an overparanoid weirdo, but we had lots of time to mill around and people watch, plus we got a parking space at Krispy Kreme that we wouldn't have gotten otherwise. If we do this again, we need someone to drop us off at the start of the parade, and then drive to the festival with the car and wait for us. In any case, we met up with Melinda, who wanted to do the Pagans march for Pride thing, but we were the only ones interested. I personally think that sucks, and poo on you locals who didn't come out, it was lots of fun!

We chatted up lots of drag queens, my favorite people in the whole world. I really am a drag queen at heart, I always have been, I simply lack a penis. My favorite quote:

"...it's a good thing I was born a girl, because if I'd have been a boy, I'd have been a drag queen. I definitely would have been. 'Cause, see, I have to shine." ~ Dolly Parton

I chatted with one about falsh eyelashes and nails for a long while, and the [livejournal.com profile] mezzanotterose ran into a guy she knew from working the club downtown, and that was a good thing. He was extra sweet to us, and I was happy for Rose because she was hoping to run into him. He was the only person we ran into though! I didn't get to meet Brandi or [livejournal.com profile] michaelnolan, though both said they saw us, and I wanted very much to chat with AsH, but didn't see her.

The parade started, and we zilled the whole way, sometimes going too fast, sometimes not fast enough, but it was all fun. Melinda, who was supposed to be walking in front, got pretty crowded out between Rose and I, who were zilling and zaghareeting like crazy people. We waved, we screamed, and generally acted like fools, but like I said, we are pretty much attention whores and are pretty cool with that.

We got to the end and then had to work out a ride for Rose to get the car. Just about then I did my sweat thing. Now, I don't sweat like normal people. I sweat buckets and buckets, most of it on my face. I'm not sure why, it's just always been that way. So all the carefully done eyeliner peeled right off, and my false lashes lifted, and I was generally a mess, LOL. I looked like something from a Vincent Price movie, and it took me a while to get myself presentable again!

We milled around, posed for pictures, drank a little beer, and poked around. One of the things I noticed was the abundance of dogs. My goodness, there were a lot of puppies with pride! It was a wonderful festival, and I would have been happy to stay out there all day if it hadn't been so insanely hot! I had prayed and prayed that it wouldn't rain, but when the time came, a storm would have been nice! I guess I am never happy, eh?


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