Tonight was the Summer Stars  Spectacular Hafla.

I danced with 2 of my fellow level 3 students – who are both amazing women. We did a veil piece to Georges Lammam’s “Sand in Flames“. It was super pretty. And I feel very confident in our performance as a group and my performance as an individual. That’s actually saying a lot, for me, because I am usually not overly impressed with my own dancing.

Practice for the veil piece. I’m the blonde.

I tend to pick apart all of my mistakes. But tonight… tonight that wasn’t an issue. I guess I finally learned how to relax. That makes me feel wonderful!

I got a basic choli/vest pattern from Simplicity a while ago. We modified it to be backless and I altered it to fit my top a bit better. Panne velvet is one of the best fabrics for this top.

I should be getting a DVD of the evening eventually.
Hopefully I can get some stills of the performance; I’m pretty happy with my costume and makeup.
I made a cute new choli; it’s the first time I’ve tried a drop-sleeve.

In related news:
Al-Bahira Dance Theatre is putting on a big production soon. If you’re in the Twin Cities area at the end of June (the 21st-24th), you should come see it.

Ifrita Helwa” is an original dance-play based in traditional Egyptian and American stories and inspired by the 1949 Egyptian film, “Afrita Hanem”. Featuring contemporary and theatrical dances derived from traditional dance and classical music of Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine, and Iran (Persia), with collaboration between Mirah Ammal, Al-Bahira artists, guest artist Derek Phillips, and guest choreographer Laurel Victoria Gray.

Click the link above to get the details on how and where to see it, as well as how to donate.