the old blog is back… with a new fire…Taking Tribal Global…

 

Welcome to the new editions of my Tribal Belly Dance Blog, after a hiatus, or a sabbatical, or call it what you wish…I am back and happy to be writing about my tribal bellydance world again…

I call my writings my tribal jewel box, becasue these words are my  treasure chest of Tribal Dance Tales and beyond…

 The appearance of the jewel box continuously changes, just as the innards do, just as I do, in this delightful thing called life…Picture it as you will, because it has shifted from that ornate gilded Florentine box full of lovely sensuous tribal dancers, to grandma’s  chunky treasure chest full of down home teachings, to a barn full of goaties, chickens, dogs, and a cat, from hobby farmland, to a pub full of country music tunes and guitar pickin musos, or a workshop of hip shakin dancers while I have returned back to city livin’, or a glampin adventures in my vintage trailer! My collage of life…

All of these pieces are an ever-changing part of me, from super funky to delicate to expensive to junk. A small part of who I am on a decided day, to define my mood, my style, my attitude, and my idea of beauty. The jewels change from ethnic treasures to armloads of hay, from head wraps to bleached blonde messy hair, from silky sari fabrics to cowboy boots and dirty jeans.

But the hips still sway, the tunes still play, and make my body still moves. Gypsy Caravan Dance Company, International, is revived and exciting the hell out of me, igniting new visions, and I am on the continuing path of Taking Tribal Global. Though there is a different focus in my life, which I explore here on these blog pages, and the dance lives on with a new fire and passion. The dance gives way to a plethora of exciting adventures.

The quest for beauty…that is still my path in life. Beauty, whatever that word means, I seek to find it in everything. Beauty can be captivating, intoxicating, ugly, simple, delicious. I search for it in tantalizing words, in the arch of a hip, in the necklace draping over a collarbone, in the juiciness of a just picked pear, the infusion of newly formed phrases,  in the sparkling soul of someone’s smile, the lilting call of the ney, the enveloping hug from my man. I want to capture it for myself, if only for a moment, but I also have an intense need to share it, to teach it, to understand it, or not. In the dance, it could be the chorus of women dancing as one, the powerhouse of our hips in the synchronistic movement of the simple ghawazee, the undulation of a body wave, or the glint of the beckoning eyes. It could be those crazy nights of camping with my group of trailer campers, sitting around the campfire. It might be spending time with the farmgirls, making cheese or spinning yarns. What about an evening of jamming with my friends on guitars, not unlike the jamming of the drummers and dancers. Maybe it is time spent alone, listening to the sounds of my soul. Somehow it all comes back to community—teaching, sharing, learning, giving, receiving, and lots of laughter. And to living life, And it is all beauty in some form…

And though this blog is being continuously reinvented, just as my day-to-day life is reinvented,  I share my jewels, my words, my experiences, and with the chance to possibly hear yours, in and about our dance world, a world full of hips, books, and stories, and so many things happens because of my world-wide community, which started for me with tribal bellydance, from which I’ve learned so much. This is a place for thoughts, music, video clips, and photos, from me to share with you, and so that you may participate too.

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Thanks for visiting for the first time, or returning to some old stomping grounds. This Tribal Belly Dance Blog, my jewel box of goodies around tribal bellydance, and so much more… I really love to hear from you. Please take time to write back when you can. Your feedback and ideas and thoughts help to make our community thrive and keep it vital! If you have something to share, tell me about it, songs, photos, shows, books, movies, recipes..bring it on. I look forward to hearing from you and hope you enjoy my musings and adventures!

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