Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Sulukule Troupe Shots

On Sunday, Sulukule updated the photo gallery page with amazing shots from Melody Rue Ransom, who's a good friend of mine as well as an excellent photographer.

Check out the pictures on the Sulukule Facebook page. They are amazing!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Bellydance Intensive Festival

My weekend in Las Vegas was phenomenal. I could not do it without all the support of my family and friends.

The descriptive term for the festival is correct; there were classes back-to-back with ladies auditioning to the So You Think You Can Bellydance? competition.

On my first full day there I took workshops from Colleena Shakti and Dalia Carella. They were both phenomenal. Colleena taught us some Indian dance that we could fuse into our bellydance repertoire, and Dalia kicked my ass with a full-length choreography. I tried to scribble as many notes as I possibly could.

That evening, I auditioned for the "So You Think You Can Bellydance?" competition, passed the first cut, and woke up the next morning at 6am to learn an amazing and short choreography by Cera Byer.

That evening we performed our pieces in front of a panel of judges and a full house. I felt awesome and, even though I didn't make the second cut, I was very proud of myself.

The next day, I woke up early to learn the second choreography they taught in the competition, even though I was not moving forward in it. It was a double cane choreography, taught by Ashtalea.

 I took a workshop from Cera Byer ("Around the World Fusion"), a class which totally kicked my ass due to the nonstop action.

Unfortunately, that was my last dance class that weekend.
There was a lot of sight-seeing to be done and, extra unfortunately, a cold to be fought.

It's okay though, cos it's booty time!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

One Week

One week until Vegas! I can't wait, I'm super excited!

I've got two workshops that I'll take on Thursday with Colleena Shakti and Dalia Carella.

After that, I'm going in for the auditions! We'll see what happens!!

Support my endeavors! Belly dancing is a community event!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Fusion and Cabaret

These shots were taken outside in the back and front yard, showing off the costuming I'll be taking to Vegas with me. The first image is the fusion outfit with a cheetah print fabric I found at JoAnne's.

The second image is the cabaret costume. The bedlah is Turkish style and the gold skirt I made by imitating a trumpet skirt design by L Rose Designs.

I have one more outfit to complete; it's my audition piece. It's not done yet and is therefore not yet posted.

Like what you see? 
Help me out as I make my way to Vegas!
Yallah yallah!!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Monday, July 23, 2012

Troupe Sulukule's Balkan Beat Box

You can barely see me! I'm in the shadows to the right.
Above is Sulukule and Sarah Marston performing Balkan Beat Box, one of the most fun choreographies known to man.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Move Your Body

Hoping to post videos soon of some numbers. In the meantime, enjoy this photo shot by Craig Gum.

Take me to Vegas! 

Monday, July 9, 2012

Revved Up

The next show will be on July 21st-- the Mid Summer Hafla Party, hosted by Christy Fricks and Sulukule.

More information about it here.
There will be workshops all day!

Until then, I'm still working on my plans for Vegas! Hotel rooms are booked, three-minute song is being finalized, and I'm getting revved up.

Help me out if you can!

Thursday, June 28, 2012


Oasis Show on Saturday, July 7, 2012 from 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm.
It will be at the Kavarna Cafe, 707B East Lake Dr. Decatur, GA 30030
Door fee is $5.00 (cash only).

I'll be dancing, Christy will be dancing... SO many amazing dancers will be there.
You really should show up.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Cabaret Photoshoot

Cabaret Style photoshoot done by Timothy Schildknecht of Fringe Collective Studios.
Shot at the Fringe Collective Studio.

Help send Miss Mongoose to Las Vegas for the So, You Think You Can Bellydance? Competition!

Tribal Photoshoot

Tribal Costuming photoshoot with Melody Rue of Shutter Fox Photography.
Pictures taken at the Athens Botanical Gardens.

 And this is for posterity's sake, of course.

Help send Miss Mongoose to Las Vegas for the So, You Think You Can Bellydance? Competition!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Majnun Nabodum

Sulukule in the Jendayi Spring Show

Help send Miss Mongoose to Las Vegas for the So, You Think You Can Bellydance? Competition!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012


Aude Mathis (France), Clara Mongoose (Athens GA), Ebony Qualls (Washington DC)
Asheville started, went, and ended with a Bang! Many great dancers were at the gala that evening, such as Sami'TeEbony Qualls, Aude, Sparrow, and Teejei. Of course, so many thanks to Lisa Zahiya for providing her studio space, her time, and her dedication.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Miss Mongoose goes to Vegas!

Support Miss Mongoose and her endeavor to travel Westward where the competition, So, You Think You Can Bellydance? awaits.
Photo taken by Shari Nettles of Aspasia Photography

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