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Tags: Belly Dance, belly dance skirt pattern, odyssey costume, skirt pattern
Categories : Belly Dance
If you are like me or even if you are a better seamstress than I am, this skirt pattern will come in handy. By changing the fabrics to cottons…you can get a folkloric style…sheer fabrics will make a great underskirt and metallics are great for nightclub or restaurant work. Enjoy!
Cabaret Circle Skirt (3 Half Circles)
- Measure from your hip to your ankle and add 6 inches. Multiply this number by 6, then divide by 36 to find the total number of yards to purchase (45 inch width fabric).
- Purchase 1 inch wide grosgrain ribbon (hip size + 5 inch for overlap)
- Cut or fold the fabric lengthwise into thirds. Stack the 3 pieces on top of each other to form 3 layers. Cut the skirt bottom edge and the hip radius as shown in the drawing. It is easiest if you pin a fabric tape measure to the center point and then use the tape to swing an arc, cutting as the arc is swung.
- Note that the 5 inch hip radius will span a ~40 inch hip measurement. For larger hips, cut the hip radius SLIGHTLY larger – a little goes a long way!
- Keeping right sides together, sew two of the circles together along one set of selvages (this forms the back of the skirt).
- Zig-zag stitch the top edges if the fabric frays. To aid in gathering, run two long basting stitches 1/8 and 1/4 inch from the top edge.
- Mark the location of the front panel on the grosgrain ribbon as follows: Leaving ~5 inches for overlap to one side, mark the ribbon at the center of each thigh.
- Mark the location of the back panel on the grosgrain ribbon as follows: Wrap the ribbon around your hips and mark where the ribbon meets the first mark for the front thigh.
- SLIGHTLY gather the upper edge of the front and back skirt piece. Stitch the single half circle onto the grosgrain ribbon between the marks for the front thighs. Stitch the back piece onto the grosgrain ribbon between the other marks. Note that you may choose to either leave space between the front and back panels, or leave no space for more coverage.
- Let the skirt hang for at least a few weeks before recutting the hem to the correct length (the skirt will stretch considerably, since it is cut on the bias). Stitch a narrow hem or finish with trim.
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Tags: Belly Dance, comparison Hula to Belly Dance, Hula
Categories : Belly Dance, Hula
Many of my Belly Dance students and people I talk to at bookings for Hula and Belly Dance actually compare the two dance styles as quite similar. Though they are both beautiful, quite exotic to us in the continental U.S., they have fewer similarities and great differences.
Hula and Belly Dance share some hip movement styles though executed much differently. There is also a finger styling like sifting sand that is similar…and finally the control of the upper body is the same. Overall, both dance forms are ancient and lovely. They both utilize the Goddess in different ways.
Hula is a language as much as a dance form. There was no formal written language in Hawaii until the 1800′s when the Missionaries came to the islands and utilized their influence to make an alphabet and language so that communication and the teaching of their bible would be easier. Hawaiian is a very unique language. In 1826 the missionaries established a written language and King Kamehameha III helped by enacting a Hawaiian Language constitution in 1839. Until then history was passed down in “stories”, verbally and Hula dancers translated a lot of these stories in the dance. Hula dance is a translation of song and stories and is divided into two types Modern (Auana) and Ancient (Kaheko). Though the dance of Auana evolves due to more modern music being written, Kaheko does not change except for a few unique stylings by different Kumus. (esteemed and knowledgeable teachers of the dance) The ancient Gods and Goddesses of tribal lore, i.e. Pele (Goddess of Fire, volcano Goddess or Laka Goddess of Hula) are important to the Hawaiian history and mentioned often in the ancient Mele. (stories through chant) Costuming for ancient Hula stays in the full skirt and fitted top realm or ti leaf skirts with men wearing fitting shorter garment to accent movement. No grass skirt is utilized for ancient hula since they are not authentic to the Hawaiian Islands. (grass skirts are Gilbert island garb) In the Auana almost anything goes, grass skirts, Holoku, Holomu, and dresses or sarongs…whatever is audience pleasing and will enhance the movement of the dance. (here the belly/midriff is shown more often) Leis, worn around the neck are important to the dance and are also a rich unique part of the Hawaiian Islands history. (ahhhh, a future blog post)
Belly Dance has different routes in history evolving from the Gypsy tribes moving through Persia and the surmise is that they split off to separate parts of that area of Asia (or what is now known as Asia) The history spans thousands of years. There is a unique Egyptian and Turkish Styling of the ancient art of Belly Dance and in the last century, Belly Dance has evolved to be fused with other cultures as well. (African, spanish, ballet, Indian and more) Tribal Belly Dance evolved in America as a fusion style of Belly Dance based more on cues and less on choreographed pieces and costuming runs the gamut from full skirts to fitted skirts; bellbottoms to full harem style pants. Like Hula there are dances done for specific ceremony’s like weddings but unlike Hula the movement can vary from dance to dance though
Here you see the Dancers of Odyssey in more folkloric garb….
here are similarities in both styles but huge differences…my favorite similarity is that Hula and Belly Dance are amazingly challenging to me as a dancer and very exotic. I hope you get to try one or the other sometime…joyous dancing,
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My lovely daughter was looking for a work-from-home career and asked my advice as to which company she should best affiliate herself with. This was a no-brainer to me as I watched my mom order Avon and I ordered Avon products for years and loved everything I ever got…but boy has this company changed. They have great new products…clothes, shoes, jewelry and a hip new line called MARK for the younger generation. This is truly not my Mom’s AVON though Skin so soft is still the best stuff to do all of the following: (and more)
*as a makeup remover
* Helps to relieve dry, itchy skin
* Cleans of adhesive marks from sticky tape and adhesives
* Cleans most ink, markers paint off of your skin
* can be used for tanning oil but caution no SPF in the original
*Got greasy hands from working on the car? This is good stuff for grease monkies.
* 2 capfuls in to your foot soaker will moisturize them while you soak your aches away
*helpful with chewing gum in hair or skin removal
* Use cotton ball dipped in AVON SSS to keep ants out. Rub the cotton ball around window seals and doors…also I poured on an ant bed and bye-bye anties…
* KILLS LICE Safely! Fully saturate hair with AVON SSS. Let it set for 15 minutes! Wash thoroughly! You may want to wash the hair 2-3 times to get the oily look out. It is said dish detergent works great with just one wash to get the oil out!
* Also will keep spiders out by wiping all wood framed doors and windows with AVON SSS.
* Removes glue and other adhesives from glass, metals and most plastics.
* Remove soap scum from shower doors and shower curtains, along with bathroom fixtures by using SSS as you would your other cleaners
* Great for using on pipe joints that will not slip together
* Cleans ink and most stains off most vinyl and painted surfaces.
* Cleans most heavy oil and grease from non-porous surfaces.
*for pets is a great flea dip when mixed with water and conditions the animal
*can be utilized on horses too as an insect repellent
If you access the internet, you will find TONS of uses…though admittedly, I think the smell is just ok…insects HATE it and lots of humans love it. So wooHoo…an oil with many uses.
Now after my daughter got into Avon she realized that having some peeps work with her would be great so I signed up and so did several of her friends and we are all Avon Beauty Babes…believe me, they are a kewl company with something for everyone…they have Hannah Montana stuff, Sponge bob items and even High School Musical items for the tweenies!! I am definitely into the skin care and jewelry to keep me looking good for my many performances as a dancer…
If you haven’t seen a catalog lately check it out at www.youravon.com/ngentry-combs or check up at www.avon.com for a beauty advisor in your area (yes, we still give lots of great samples) They have kept up in the 21st century with some great websites that you can order from so give them another look see! You might find yourself looking better too!