A Tribute To Lhasa

January 13, 2010 at 1:08 pm (Inspiration)

Our Level Three class recently made a set of videos in honor of Lhasa de Sela. She’s been a favorite artist in the bellydance community in Portland for several years, and I (Jen Samson) recently discovered that I have a personal connection to her. Sadly, along with that connection we also learned that she has breast cancer.
I downloaded some of her music after learning this and thought that it would be a lovely gift for her and her family to make a video with us dancing to her music. We decided to make it part of our last class of the session, and in one night we put together a set of magical performances. We wore red to complement Lhasa’s red dress in her “Con Todo Palabra” video.  These performances are dedicated to Lhasa and her sister Samantha.
Sam – you’re an amazing woman of strength and grace. Lhasa – we’ll miss you more than we can say. May your light shine in heaven as it did here on earth.

Love Came Here – Dancers: Michele, Karen, Traci, Pamela

Pa Llegar a Tu Lado – Dancers: Karen & Jen with fans. Pamela, Karen & Elise with veils

Con Todo Palabra – Dancers: Elise & Endi joined by Jen, Traci, Karen, Pamela, Karen


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What is Tribal Bellydance?

March 12, 2009 at 2:07 pm (Inspiration)

I found this video and just LOVE the explanations provided by some of the women who have influenced my dance through the years. It takes a few minutes to load, but if you are curious, this should enlighten!

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Dragonlily Boutique

February 6, 2009 at 3:02 pm (Inspiration)

If you are ever in need of unique well-made stuff to adorn your belly-body, you should take a few hours and go to Portland’s Dragonlily. This place is locally owned by 2 women, and our very own Jen Mayfield-Shafer is the Manager. She’d be happy to have you in to try on pretty things that would suit your dance workout needs. Plus there is all kinds of unique jewelry and clothes to wear when you aren’t dancing! Origin uses many pieces they found here for their costuming and we think you’ll find plenty of interesting treasures to add to your costume collection too. As they say “Life’s too short to wear boring clothes!”

Feel free to contact Jen directly if you have questions about Dragonlily! jen@dragonlily.org


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January 27, 2009 at 3:48 pm (Inspiration)

Local artist Wendy Rover, Rovinghorse.balance

Wendy is amazingly skilled with a never-ending source of inspiring designs. My favorite styles are always when I use the “chef’s choice” ordering. I love showing her images from her many catalogs that are speaking to me at that moment and from there I get to kick back and enjoy the ritual that is henna. 

Perfectly suited for any special occasion, take your body art seriously and contact Rovinghorse Henna. Weddings, Birthingways, Birthdays, Bridal Showers, Baby Showers, Dance performance, or just an afternoon of pampering and adornment. Her henna lasts a long time, but never forever.

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January 27, 2009 at 3:22 pm (Inspiration)

If you spend any time exploring live music in Portland, you really ought to check out this local act. Negara brings you music spanning the globe really, though I’m not sure they cover Norwegian Folk Tunes yet. All 5 are talented men who really love to drink beer and play music for all to hear. They are particularly well-suited to play for dancers and love the opportunity to play in cafes, clubs and auditoriums. They have a bunch of shows coming up, likely at a place near you. So come on out and enjoy one of Portland’s favorite world music acts.

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