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The first time I ever saw a bellydancer

The First Time I Ever Saw a Belly Dancer

It’s no secret that I love clothes and everything about designing them. The fabrics, technique, and the awesome people I’ve worked with along the way…it’s all very exciting. Despite the hard work and inevitable bumps that are a part of being self-employed, it’s the passion for a great garment and a happy wearer that keeps this party going. Whoo hoo!

So, what started this whole love affair with clothing and design? I hope you will enjoy this multi-part blog about how it all began.

I want to tell you about the first time I ever saw a belly dancer.

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You’re Invited to 3rd Coast Tribal

We’re so excited this is coming up! Have you got your tix yet? 3rd Coast Tribal is the largest tribal belly dance festival in the central USA. We want to see you there!

Come on out. The vibe is welcoming and fun. There are plenty of kickass teachers to study with, and wonderful evening shows to occupy your dreams! Top it all off with excellent, on-site restaurants and great shopping, and you’ve got an event that combats the post-holiday slump.

We’ll be there. Wanna know what we’re hauling in our vardo? Lots of fabulous things like the new Lux Skirt, Deluxe Ruffle Pants, plenty of our new tops and more! We’ll try to pack every length and size that we can for you, but if you have any special requests please let us know! Save on shipping fees and save more time for your dance by pre-ordering. Details will be posted soon on the 3rd Coast event invite or email info@sakkaraclothing.com.

That’s all for now, lovelies. Enjoy your holidays and HAPPY SHIMMIES! xo

3rd Coast Tribal

2011 in Review

What a super year it’s been! In March we had a great time at the Bridgetown Fashion Revue show.

Nylaresh performing at JamBallah NW

Next, the highlight of our Summer was vending at JamBallah NW. Oh, we had a blast! There was no shortage of interesting stuff going on at this festival and we heartily recommend your attendance at the next one!

In Autumn, many beautiful images were created at a photo shoot with the talented Scott Belding and Seattle-based model Briauna Mariah. Keep an eye on this girl–she’s going to go far!

We finished out December with an Artists’ Trunk Show at SomaSpace followed by Shimmer! The Nagamani Winter hafla featuring the music of Ritim Egzotik. It was the perfect event for an icy cold evening, with a bevy of sparkly performers and sizzling Arabic and Turkish tunes.

It’s very exciting how quickly 2012 is filling up. Yay for abundance! One event that we will be here before we know it is the Cues & Tattoos festival. It’s happening in late March and will we see you there? We sincerely hope so!

Happy New Year to you and yours.

 

Top Ten Reasons Why We Love Belly Dance

10.) We’ll never dance to rock music the same way ever again.
9.) It’s not just for the ladies.
8.) We contribute befuddling expressions to the American vernacular. In 100 years people will say, “Break a belly? WTH does that mean?”
7.) Finding costuming potential in unlikely sources (“Ooh, I love that shower curtain! Now, if I just attach some rings here and grab that plastic dinosaur…”)
6.) It has the same reality-altering benefits as using a 12-sided die or training in medieval combat. Not that we know anything about these things (coughcough).
5.) Chances of meeting someone famous increase by 5.586772%
4.) More sparklies, whenever we wish!
3.) If one can dream it, you can dance it.
2.) It is transformational for our minds and bodies. It feels great for dancers of all shapes and stripes. Don’t believe us? TRY IT!
1.) Belly dancers drink from the fountain of youth.

Hey, tell us why you love belly dance!

Staying connected (and entertained)

Whew. I’m tired but happy. It’s been a busy, exciting and productive month in SCC land. There are piles of patterns and fabrics on every surface in the studio, with tax documents also commanding attention from their prime spot on my desk. Recently, my models for Bridgetown Fashion Revue came over for a fitting. I think we all had an enjoyable time amidst playful cats attempting to steal the measuring tape.

And hey, guess what! While we’re on the subject of the BFR show, Brandy of Vauntville will be making some special pretties for our show. If you haven’t seen any of Brandy’s gorgeous creations yet, make haste and follow the link. Welcome to the team, Brandy!

So, even though life and business couldn’t be more chock-full of awesomeness, oftentimes I am feeling a little starved for well, belly dance. Working 12 hour days as a one woman operation, I find it incredibly challenging to make it to a dance class or performance. In honor of all workaholics out there, I thought I would share a couple of sources for staying connected (and entertained) while plugging away at your dreams.

What? A belly dance reality show? Yep.

Especially good for a kick in the ass, while in the privacy of your own home

Tempest tells it like it is, with very pretty pictures

Princess Farhana’s awesome blog