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

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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 🙂 

Flying through Fall!

We are well into November with lots going on at Lovely Dozen Studios! New units have started in all of our classes, and we’ve got a few studio events coming up that we just KNOW you’re going to love!

First, as we alluded to in previous posts, the Lovely Dozen Drum Circle is coming back! Saturday, November 22nd, join us for an evening of rhythm and fun!  All ages and experience welcome – drums and treats will be provided!  Pay what you can at the door.  We’ll start at 7pm and play til we just can’t play no mo’!

But also coming in November, the Lovely Dozen will be participating in Small Business Saturday for the first time since we opened! Join us in our studio the Saturday after Thanksgiving (Nov 29th) from 10am to 5pm for what’s sure to be an awesome event – stay tuned to our Facebook page for emerging details on the unveiling of NEW Lovely Dozen merchandise and more to be premiered at this event!

As we move into Winter, don’t forget the Lovely Dozen have a new mobile app that can be accessed by clicking HERE from your phone or tablet, and then selecting “save to home screen.”  App users will be able to access EXCLUSIVE class savings for the month of November, with new deals to be unveiled for December at our Small Business Saturday event.  From Morning Movement to Body Conditioning, Tribal and Fusion Styles to General Middle Eastern Dance* and beyond, there’s sure to be something for everyone at Lovely Dozen Studios. Be sure to check it all out!

And last but not least, we’re down to just 7 spots now in our upcoming January workshops with Amy Danielson, which you can learn more about HERE.  You don’t want to miss this one day, one of a kind event geared towards helping YOU uncover your own personal dance style – it’s going to be great!