Monday, January 12, 2009

Happy New Year

Wow it's already January 11th and I'm just finding a little bit of time to blog; what a month already!!!

The first weekend in January I taught two dance workshops on Saturday; a great way to start the year. Thanks Kimberley and Tiffany for sponsoring me in a cane workshop at Plaza de Anaya I had a great time and yeah no one broke the mirrors with a flying cane :-)

Last Friday TC had a Belly Dance Gathering at Inside the Bungalow. It was an outside event and really cold outside but the dancers were there heating up the night. Great show TC and Demi Faraday your second calling is being an MC you were fantastic!!!

Saturday night was Morgiana's birthday bash at Plaza de Anaya. What a party that was!!! Egyptian Cartouche performed as a group and several members did solos and a mini group number. Children of Isis performed a number along with some members doing solo pieces, Karen, Anaya Tribal, Morgaina's Bookman's class and myself ending the evening. I don't know the name of the drumming group that showed up; they provided some cool beats and rhythms during the open dancing throughout the evening.

Saturday morning I taught a card class and what a blast that was. We made peek-a-boo boxes filled with candy (for Valentines Day), a vintage Valentine card and a CD book. Below are photos of what we made in class.

I've had so much fun creating cards and other paper crafts I'm going to be teaching classes every month; just love crafting!!!! I have another class on the 24th of this month; can't wait!

I made a CD card for my husband for his birthday and one for Morgiana on her birthday. Of course my husband's card is car themed with photos of our VW's and a photo of our 2CV and Morgiana's card is belly dance related :-)

My husband's birthday card book...
I took leather scraps to make the cover and the back. The VW letters and the little Citroen car are in flatten bottle caps. The Citroen page I took some of my husband's car patches and scanned them to make the paper whick I attached to the front of the leather scrap to make the back of the card. Some fiber attached to a ring holds it all together.

Morgiana's Card front and back...
I love recycling my old CDs and I've been going crazy making cards and books with them. I stamped the dancer image and took clear micro beads and covered the image with them. I attached some do-dads from bits and pieces I have in my belly dance costume stock and added fiber and beads along the side to spice it up. Morgiana performs the most spectacular double sword routine and I had a sword eyelet in all my crafting goodies and what a perfect embellishment for your card.

This starting the 17th is my 14th annual belly dance swap meet. There will be 4 workshops this year and they are all full; I've started a wait list this is tremendous! I have 24 vendors signed up right now this is going to be one fantastic day. The weather is supposed to be 71 degrees a perfect day for shopping, learning and networking. Check out my website for more info on this event, Hope to see you there.

My dance classes start up on January 20th and 21st at the Mesa Art Center. Registration is going well and I have finished the choreographies for all the beginning classes. I'm working on the sword class and the tribal drum solo classes right now. I have the music all picked out and that's half the battle!

The beginning Tuesday class one of my students requested I do something to Shakira's song "Ojos Asi" or Eyes Like Yours so I did; great song. The beginning Wednesday class is a routine to a Warda song and the beginning tribal class is a tribal fusion dance choreographed by Sahira from her first DVD Arabian Spices. I taught her 2nd DVD to my intermediate tribal class last year called Ali; that was one awesome dance routine.

Sorry no pictures of any of the events this month I keep forgetting to take my camera. I even got a new camera and it's wonderful it takes really good photos indoors and outside; not like my other camera :0)

Until my next post enjoy your week...

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