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 Countdowns and Other Updates

Earlybird Registrations for Ranya Renee are pouring in for the the final days before it closes March 1st!  Our workshops with the Shimmy Queen of New York are really gonna be the talk of the town – click HERE to learn more (and to register yourself!)

You may also have noticed the Lovely Dozen have currently put the Monday Body Conditioning class on hiatus.  This is part of our “take it easy” vibe this winter – but stay tuned for its return/restructuring when the time is right!

Also note that Thursday’s class has moved up to 5:30 instead of 6:30.  Stay tuned to the Calendar page for future updates on this or any other classes!

Next weekend the Lovely Dozen will be hitting the road for the first time in several months to enjoy a series of workshops with our dear Gaia Sophia in Pine River.  That’ll  be the start of us coming back out into the open more regularly – hopefully the sun will join us and come out to play more too!

Holiday Specials at Lovely Dozen Studios

We’re jolly as can be heading into the Holidays after a fantastic Small Business Saturday event! Thanks to all who came out to support us!!

As alluded to in our promotional post for that event, we’ve got some exciting announcements, events, and specials coming up this Holiday Season that you won’t want to miss!

FIRST, the ANNOUNCEMENTS:

The Lovely Dozen are excited to share with you that you can now find and support us on PATREON!  If you’re from out of town, or otherwise aren’t able to take a class or support us in the traditional means of the past, this could be the answer for you!  Monthly support options range from just $5 per month to $20, with unique and escalatingly awesome “thank you’s” from us at each level!

Also, Lovely Dozen HOODIES are now available! Just $45 gets you our website, new logo and slogan (“Dance Empowerment Community”) in purple lettering on the back of soft, fluffy, black fleece/cotton blend, and our trademark eyes in gold on the hood! Contact us at lovelydozenbellydance@gmail.com or check out pictures on Facebook for more info!

SPECIALS:

2 Month Studio Membership for $175: That’s a $200 value, so you’ll be saving $25 to take EVERY class you want in the Lovely Dozen Studios for the entire month of purchase!

Free Lesson with a Lovely Dozen Troupe Member of your choice with purchase of an Extended Class Pass: Extended Class Passes already give you quite the deal (8 classes for just $56!) but add in a FREE lesson and it’s a total steal!

EVENTS:

Fezziwig’s Ball, Friday Dec 19th at 7pm: Named for a character in the Dicken’s Novel, the Christmas Carol, this fun event with Jenny Morris of the Steps in Time Historical Dance Society is sure to get your toes tapping victorian style! Just $10 to drop in, or you can use a class pass!

Jingle Bellydance Kids Day! Saturday, Dec 20th from 1:30-3:30pm. It’s been a while since we had a Kids Day, and we can’t wait to bring this fun event back into our new space!  Jingles and Laughter will be had by all, no prior experience required! Parents can stay or drop children off, with signing of a liability form. Pay what you can!

And don’t forget, plenty of space remains in the month for private lessons, parties, and other events should you wish to have Bellydancers spice up your holiday gathering!  Just fill out the form on our Booking page if such shenanigans should interest you – we’ll happily jingle all the way 🙂