Archive for October, 2014

Using the power of dance for good!

Dancing with Adara Din

The annual Guild of Oriental Dance Benefit Show for Women’s Advocates was back on the 11th.

Women’s Advocates is a safe place where battered women and their children can escape domestic violence.
In addition to providing shelter, Women’s Advocates provides advocacy, personalized support (including mental health therapy and aftercare services), education, and resources for nearly 1,000 women and children every year. The first shelter in the nation for battered women and their children, Women’s Advocates opened its doors in 1974. Women’s Advocates welcomes women and children of all backgrounds and cultures.
Women’s Advocates Mission: to eliminate violence in the lives of women, children, and families.

Here are a couple of screen-grabs from my solo:

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Cabaret Donna 3

Cabaret Donna 5

Cabaret Donna 6

Cabaret Donna 7

Cabaret Donna

And now for video!!!

Let me just remind you that I am not a professional dancer of this style (American/Egyptian Cabaret).
I am an ATS dancer 98% of the time, with a smattering of Fusion and…

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Halloween Shenanigans!

We went to a friend’s party – the first non dance event I’ve been to in a looooooong time.
It was nice, refreshing even; and it was nice to be with that particular group of friends.

Anywho… here are some photos:
I did sort of a hipster-preppy Harley Quinn.

Complete with fuzzy, Ugg-like boots.

And a quick coat over my nails.

Super-cute, no?

I ended up needing to patch my leggings; there was a small tear.

Happy Halloween, folks!


I don’t want to live my life in fear – EVER- but this is my reality as a woman.
I’m pretty fortunate to have followers, so far, that are supportive and wonderful (thanks, folks!). But eventually, the trolls will come out.

It’s hard enough being a dancer, and dealing with the creepers on Facebook (look for that blog post soon!), but as a woman that plays D&D and video games, and reads a lot of books and comics, I know that, any day now, someone will invade my space.

This is a good read, for sure.

There’s a full moon tonight (and the blood-moon was last night/early this morning).
We did a group (troupe) reading tonight, as a means of seeing if we’re going in the right direction and what we could do to achieve our collective goals.
But… I’m not getting into that, in part because that is troupe business, and not what this post is about.

I’m not typically one to hit the cards.
I have a difficult time remembering what various positions mean, or even what the cards mean. These things don’t stick in my head. Stringing together the relationships of cards is even more difficult.
I’ve recently begun thinking that, maybe, it’s my deck. Maybe I don’t connect with it.
Or maybe I haven’t spent enough time connecting.
I don’t know.
It’s a Celtic Ogham deck, and I have had it for many years (nearly 20). I was first drawn to it because it reminded my of my love of nature and Irish/Celtic history.

Because moon magic is strong tonight (and as a water sign, I have a strong connection to the moon), I decided to pull my own cards.
I did the recommended 15-card draw – which is, in reality, three 5-card draws. Each set of 5 cards represents past, present, and future.
Based on my very limited experience, here is what I gained from my incredibly broad “where the f*ck do I go from here?” question.

In my past, I was very good at trusting my instincts.

I need to go back to trusting my instincts, and search for the truth in people.
I have a strong dedication to my desires.

Hard choices have to be made.

Ask a vague question, get a vague answer.

We stopped by Brigit’s Garden in Roscahill, Co. Galway, Ireland.

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It was a HUGE park, with a lot of flowers and trees, and wonderful information about the seasons and wildlife.
I had an amazing time there; it was so very peaceful.

I’m back from vacation; look at some of the awesome photos I took!

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