Feeling the Love!

Perhaps we’ve neglected the blog a bit – but winter is very much a hibernation time at Lovely Dozen Studios. Temps are rising and so are we! We’re prepping and planning and performing!

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching: don’t forget to give yourself some love too! The Souk is stocked with stones, candles, and incense (including a special Valentine’s blend from Astral Rose Grove) to surround yourself with love. How often do we really stop to do that? Put on your pretties! Turn up your favorite song and just let yourself be in the loving space you’ve created.

Feeling the Love!

Rose quartz and Aventurine are perfect for bringing in some loving vibes!

What’s your loving space look like? You can share it with us on Facebook and Instagram using #surroundwithlove  – we can’t wait to see!

Oh, and if you haven’t heard yet, registration is open for the Daughters of Atlas Festival in May. We also have a block of rooms reserved at the Red Roof Inn downtown for those coming from out of town. We’re thrilled to be bringing three lovely and talented dance instructors this year: Nadira Jamal, Mahin, and Hiba. We truly love this event and seeing it grow each year. But want to know the best part? You! We love getting to see our dance sisters and brothers gather together and share smiles, ideas, and art.

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Kicking off Summer

Well, I mean, we technically kicked off Summer with our amazing weekend with Ranya – thanks again to everyone who made that weekend an incredible success. But I tend to always think of Summer as starting with the one, the only, Artfest.

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This will be our 4th year at Artfest and I could not be more excited! It’s my personal favorite event of the year because I love being surrounded by local creative minds and art lovers. Also, an excuse to walk about in costume for the weekend is alway welcome. This year, we were offered quite a bit of time – 3 sets between the two days of the event, so we decided to take this opportunity to really showcase some of our strong points.

LD May CropSet 1 – Classy and Traditional

Noon on Saturday, we get the main stage to do our thing – and we’re taking full advantage. We’ll be busting out some troupe favorites, Oum Kalthoum, and (of course) some glamorous glitzy costumes. You can expect some American Cabaret sprinkled with Shaabi, Belady, and Modern Oriental additions. I really love this as our first set: it’s bold, it’s exciting, and it kicks off the weekend right!

Set 2 – Folksy and ImprovisedLovely Dozen-40

Following our traditional set, we’ll be headed down to the Greenway for some live music! This set will be half-live music, half-recorded, and totally improvised by the dancers (and only kinda improvised by the musicians). We thought this we be the best place to put our folksy, informal band – out, in the open, and on ground level. And yes, you can totally come up to us, we will be fully approachable! Dance with us, get your hands on a drum, or just claim a spot on the grass and chill.

2015-05-17 15.44.39Set 3 – Fun, Funky, Fusion

For Sunday, we’ll be bringing some of our crazier concepts. This set will be a mix of world music, pop (of the American and Arabic varieties), and Tarkan. (Yes, he gets his own category.) I promise fun, giggles, and neato costume pieces. This set really defies words or explanation, it must be experienced. Fusion can be a difficult concept in the bellydance world, fraught with cultural clashes, mixed messages, and uncertain intent – but, it can also be beautiful, fun, and accessible to folks unfamiliar with more traditional/historical styles. I mean, where else are you gonna see bellydance set to Fall Out Boy?

We are excited to see everyone out and about this weekend!

Enjoy the Sun
-Amaya

Workshop Weekend is HERE!

Ranya Promo Pic 2

That’s right! Our Weekend with Ranya Renee is finally here! We are excited to welcome our attendees tonight with a cozy hafla before kicking off the weekend-proper tomorrow with a 4-hour workshop. This weekend doesn’t kid around.

For our non-dancers, we’ve got something fun for you this weekend too! Our World Bellydance Stage Show will be Saturday Night, 7:30 pm, at the East Grand Forks PAC – advance tickets are on sale through tonight ($10/adults, $5/kids)  so snag ’em while you can – if not, tickets are also available at the door ($15/adults, 7.50/kids). And as always, a portion of our proceeds will be donated to the Community Violence Intervention Center.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!