Thursday, November 16, 2006

Life... Or something like it....

Rachel Brice performs at Tribal Fest 6



I have so slacked off in the beading department lately. I've just been so busy at home, taking care of my family. DH has been home for 4 weeks now, suffering from Osteo-arhtritis in his SPINE, which is causing him incredible pain, and as a result, it's been a touch strenuous for me to keep up with anything bead related (or even ME related for that matter...) At least I'm done with Grantham Plaza, and am only working at the one gym now. (Phew! it was just getting too hard to keep up with it).

Sadly, I haven't any new beady pics to share with you, but I did get a lovely write-up from another Blogger named Ace, at "Life on the Rim"

Quite unexpected, and I'm truly honored that someone would take the time to do something like this. Wow! Bloggers ROCK man! When I started this monster, I had no idea I would be encountering such wonderful people. Heck, I didn't even know I'd meet so many other beaders on here too!

Now, something else that's happenned in the past few days, is that after almost a whole month of caretaking, and putting myself aside, I've rediscovered my love of Raqs 'Al Beladi. The last two days have been spent browsing different sites, listenning to Middle Eastern music, and dancing all over my appartment. Out came the coin belt and Zills!
Up until now, I've mostly concentrated on what can be described as "Cabaret" style of belly dancing (the sparkly sequin covered, coin trimmed costumed shimmy shakers you see performing in Middle Eastern restaurants), but I've encountered a few sites where the dancers mainly concentrate on a more 'Tribal' level of dancing, and I can hear it calling me. So now I'm looking for some patterns to make myself a costume.
I can only describe Tribal dancing as feral, like the dancer is pulling her energy from the earth itself. It's calling me, and I want to shimmy and belly roll with the Goddess within. Pull her out from my deepest core, and let her speak through my movements. This one dancer, Rachel Brice, I could watch for DAYS! She is absolutely mesmerizing. I just have to share her talents with you. Watching her dance literally brings tears to my eyes... I only hope I can dance with as much control, grace, and elegance as she does one day.... Her passion, can you feel it?

Zakareet! (that's the high-pitched lalalalallallalalallala! you hear in the background - it's how you show the dancer your appreciation for her talents)


16 comments:

Not Ashley said...

omg..she's fantastic

Can you teach me to do that? LOL!

Jewels said...

Oh man, we'll have to practice, practice, practice!!!!

And THAT'S what I was talking about in the car tonight. That passion...

Jewels said...

Oh, and yeah, I can teach you how to do that. But first, you'll have to learn to 'let go', ;)... That's the hardest part.

Not Ashley said...

Anal control freak moi???

That may take awhile. LOL

Jewels said...

LMBOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

Ace said...

Is this like Shakira on the Latin Music Awards? All crazy and that?

And thanks for mentioning me! Munkees like shiny, pretty things.

Jewels said...

Ace, this girl's moves would put Shakira to SHAME!!!! LOL! Rachel is pretty much how I want to be when I grow up!

jin said...

Ohhh....she can DANCE!
Can't compare her to you yet...haven't seen you yet! You need to upload a VIDEO! YAY! Jewels in belly dance class! :-D

TeAntae said...

Talk about intense! The closest I ever came to belly dancing was when I was maybe 8 and my mom was taking it with a friend. I got "I Dream Of Jeannie" style PJs for Christmas and the next thing I know mom brought me with her to class in them. I became the class mascot!

If you're teaching belly dancing, something tells me your probably already that dang good!

Shake it Jewels! Shake it!

Jewels said...

Man, I don't know what that girl puts in her cornflakes, but I wish she'd share! LOL! She just Snaps, Crackles, and POPS!!!! It's all about control. As I said in a previous comment, it's gonna take practice, practice, practice (and thanks, M., I 'owe you one' :P)

Tonight's class was a touch more intense than usual... I guess the teacher's trying to get better ;)

Not Ashley said...

That's OK...that's what friends are for!

Anyways...the way I'm feeling today, I think you owe me two--one for raising my hand & voting for bd, and one for the minor aches & pains.

What was that, Extreme BD? LOL!

See you tomorrow for more pain!

Jewels said...

Minor, but worth it, aren't they??? ;)

The Phosgene Kid said...

Wow great belly dancer. Reminds me of the Rodeo - wonder what the prize is if you can stay on for more than ten seconds? I would also be interested in knowing how the woman in the top picture stuck the beads to her forehead. I figure a spike through the noggin will be the next great thing in piercing - is she on the cutting edge or did she use Gorilla glue??

Jewels said...

Ha! Ha! Ha! Phos, you're too funny! How are things with you sir?

The woman in the photo is also Rachel. The way to adorn the face with larger beads/rhinestones is quite simple: Eyelash Glue! Yup, good 'ole eyelash glue. Works wonders! Although I have heard stories of women in the Middle East having a small hole drilled into the skull (NOT completely through, but deep enough for a 'stud' to sit in...) Go figure.... Not sure if it's true, or just a myth. YOU decide! ;)

The Phosgene Kid said...

Holes in their heads? That would explain a lot. I am doing well, all set for thanksgiving. Come on over and we'll hit the Bead Museum after dinner...

Jewels said...

..mmm bead... BEAD! Did someone mention a Bead Museum?!?