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I’m buying tickets for 3rd coast when I get paid, so every time I get a check, I get a ticket! I’m at least going to get the show tickets first because, let’s face it, as much as we all love the classes, the shows are what we’re really for! I’m going to try to get every Amy Sigil class that I can get my paws on and after those are bought, I’m going to purchase anything that catches my attention (like Ami Amore’s class!).
Anyways, if you are going and would like to room, I’m willing to share the cost!
Tickets are going on sale tomorrow! Get everything while you can!
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TL;DR: Tribal Dance Camp is in danger of being cancelled TONIGHT. This Southern Texas retreat features a top name that no dancer should go without hearing. Space is limited to 50 people, but there is PLENTY of room to register! And please, don’t think that someone else will fill the space for you because they will probably think the same thing! Pictures on bottom.
Not a lot of people have signed up for TRAMP.
There is still plenty of space for filling!
TRAMP is the Southern Texas tribal belly dance event that I will advocate for life! There are over 20 hours of teacher instruction, free meals, free bunking, plenty of space to roam and feel free and fresh, ACTUAL INDOOR PLUMBING CONNECTED TO YOUR CABIN (which is nicely climate controlled for cold nights!), and PLENTY of time to get to know the headliners!
So what makes this event different than other workshop events?
Well, for starters this is a weekend intensive! While the learning may be fast paced for the three days you get the headliner, every class is three hours! NINE FULL HOURS of leading teacher expertise just for you! That’s an equivalent of six to nine class days!
On top of all of that, there are times between classes to get to know other students, teachers, and even sit down and talk for a few hours with the head liner! Or you can always go jump in the river for a refreshing dip after a hard workshop session!
So what else is there?
You get to have a bunk! There’s no fighting over beds, no fighting over bathroom rights, and definitely no fighting over hot water! Each cabin has indoor plumbing, hot water, showers, working toilets, working sinks, working lights, and even heaters for when the nights get cold (But this is Texas in April, so usually we don’t have to turn on the heaters). There are even fans for when things get a little too hot for yourself, and if you can’t seem to beat the heat, the shower is just around the corner to help cool you off! While the bunks make it seem like a summer time camp (which it is), they will always feel like heaven after that first workshop day.
There are three meals a day! Each entree has veggie or carni (hehe…) options so no one gets left out! There is tea and water served every day with a coke machine out by the gym if you want something sweet (but, boo, you have to pay for it!). You can also bring your own drinks whether they are liquor or not and have such a hayday down by the river at night!!! Oh the wildest parties drunk belly dancers throw… Usually you can hear them all the way to the cabins and the place is about 1/8th of a mile from them… Well… I don’t know how far, but it takes a few minutes to walk over there.
So who’s all coming to this event? Who’s the headliner?
This year we have:
Victoria Whitecotton with a lecture about the Middle East and its history.
Z-Helen for belly rolls and to teach us her VERY IMPRESSIVE coin rolling trick. If you haven’t seen her roll coins, you need to.
Michelle Manx will be doing her signature pin up belly dance style! AND she’ll be teaching us how to do pin up hair styles!
Theresa Wyatt will be showing us new Black Sheep Belly Dance SGI movements.
Angela Sparks will start off the day with yoga classes!
And last but DEFINITELY not least, we have JILL PARKER as the headliner! Wooooooooooooo!!!
So here’s the deal guys: This place is great. It has connected me to others, professionally and personal, in a great bond all over the US. Even though it’s an intensive it also feels like a vacation. The end date for early bird pricing and early deposit plans ENDS TONIGHT AT MIDNIGHT, CENTRAL TIME. Every time TRAMP is mentioned in this post, it is linked to the registration page. The deposit plan is 150 for a spot, then you can pay the rest by 3/20. I plan on paying for the rest during income tax time!
I hope that you all can make it out! Please don’t hesitate to sign up!
Pictures below of the camp!
Cabins Pre-Belly Dancer
Cabins Post-Belly Dancer
Bathrooms (toilets on the left, showers on the right)
Ms YET painting trees behind the pavilion (AKA Drunk belly dance party place)
The Guadalupe River
Where the party starts and sometimes ends.
Michelle painting her shirt on the first night! This place is where the classes are held.
Shy, me, and Amy Sigil from 2012 in the cafeteria!
Ashley Lopez and Michelle from 2012 in the cafeteria! I had to get pictures, it was the last time I was going to see them for a while.
You look so pretty!
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Today is a Djinn day!
Have a belly dance day, everyone!
When a costume fits right out of the box, no alterations or moving hooks required
How you feel when that dancer wearing that fabulous C-cup costume doesn’t realize she’s actually a DD
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Last night I got a call from a girl that wanted to take up belly dance.
I told her that I do mainly Tribal Fusion and some ATS and she was fine with that.
She told me that she was changing venues…
Apparently she was a student of my ex-teacher. She made her CRY in front of the whole class because she couldn’t afford 40 dollar pair of pants for a recital and she was falling behind in her payments. Instead of offering a way to catch up, she basically ripped her a new one in front of all her classmates, stared at her while she cried, and rolled her eyes as she walked away.
Keep being yourself… maybe one day you’ll find yourself with no students left and wonder why.
What the ayoub rhythm makes you feel like
This blog is too much…
When that one drunk white guy is like “Hey it’s my birthday!!!!! Can I have a lap dance?”
What it’s like backstage at a bellydance event
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You can have a quick glance of what Tribal Dance Camp, or TRAMP, has to offer next year here!
Set in Ingram, Tx (about 70 miles from San Antonio) surrounded by beautiful hills and mountains, and right along the Guadeloupe River, you will get to experience Tribal belly dance in a whole different way!
Imagine getting to talk to the headliner, who is Jill Parker this year, for more than just a few moments. Imagine getting to KNOW the headliner while you sit by a river, sit on the porch of your cabin, or just after class.
And this is for a whole weekend!
Make some new friends! You owe it to yourself and your dance!
If you haven’t heard, Tribalists, there is a shimmy mob going on next weekend!
Here’s the Facebook page for it! It’s never too late to join! Opens in a new window.
I just heard some upsetting news today, so I’m trying to be proactive & DO something to help the situation.
Some of the girls in my old college bellydance club (I graduated, but still keep close ties w/the group) have been hearing some ugly comments made about the club lately. ..Specifically, about the weight of the club’s members. Among the general scoffs and sniggers you might expect a bellydance club to get in a small-town, southern campus, it sounds like some folks are “taking it up a notch.” One girl just overheard TWO separate groups of people- on either side of her, in a main gathering place, openly making disparaging remarks about how “fat” the group is. ..Simultaneously…
She was too shy to stand up and say something to them, and knowing how loud & boistrous some people can be, I can’t say I entirely blame her. For many reasons, sometimes you just don’t want to have to fight the world and its ignorance every day. And imho, this is NOTHING but ignorance. The girls in this troupe are all GORGEOUS, and most of them don’t have anything more on their beautiful bones beyond “the freshman 15.” It sounds to me like some peoples’ expectations are more based on strippers than ACTUAL bellydancers, and their deriding AMAZING young women for adhering to these expectations (in my book) is NOT okay.
Ironically (just a few days before), their new president decided to start an anti-bullying campaign (as part of their aim to involve the club w/a charity). I don’t know about anyone else, but personally I think this is the PERFECT opportunity for them to combat bullying, while simultaneously confronting peoples’ erroneous stereotypes about bellydance in that area. (And heck, maybe even body issues & acceptance as well.)
And that’s when the idea hit me: How awesome would it be to start an image campaign around the school, comparing peoples’ preconceived notions of strippers w/the REALITY (and insane beauty) of bellydance?? (And no, it’s not about demeaning ANYONE. It’s about educating people on how stripping & bellydance are two TOTALLY different things. It’s about encouraging people to have two TOTALLY different sets of expectations between one realm of performance and the other- if any MUST exist- as well as upon their participants.) That way, the club could not only educate people & challenge their assumptions, but also make folks aware of the club; while simultaneously sharing w/others how enriching and empowering bellydance can be! ^_^
So.. what do you think?
The images above are only the start of the ideas flowing, but all I have is Paint on my laptop, so this is the best I can do. ;\ Do you know of anywhere online that speaks of issues like these already? Do images like those above already exist? If so PLEASE, point me to them! *beams* And if you have any suggestions for other things their club could do to combat this ignorance and ugliness, please, pop that my way as well. :):)
I know I’m biased, but I want these girls (and EVERYONE on campus- let alone the world) to be comfortable w/who they are, WHATEVER they are, REGARDLESS of body size, ability, race… You know, all the superficial stuff that divides us…
I guess I’m just weird for thinking that bellydance can be a great means of helping w/ that. ;)
PS: If you or someone you know is in one of these pictures and would like to be removed, please feel free to give me a holler. This was just an attempt at making a visual statement to educate folks in a small-town school, and no copyright infringement was intended. If someone wants ANY of the above pictures removed, please, feel free to contact me, and I’ll happily make something different. :)
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