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Male Bellydancers?

Speaking of bellydance…

One of the things I noticed during our Hafla is that there are ABSOLUTELY NO male bellydancers in our area. There was this wicked awesome light performer named Eric, though. But still, NO MALE BELLYDANCERS!

Seriously?!

Haven’t you guys heard of Tito Seif, or this guy, Eddie? BECAUSE YOU SHOULD!

This guy is DA BOMB! Seriously guys, if you want to bellydance, but you’re still a little shy, watch this man and be inspired. Because to me, he is certainly the most manliest male bellydancer ever. (Him and Tito Seif).

Just get a few bellydance (and maybe some hip hop and popping) lessons, some really good tunes you can blast through your earphones, practice a lot, and viola! Male bellydancer!

Make sure to video yourself so I can forward it to my teacher… maybe next time we have a hafla, we can include you.

If you look at my picture from the last post, there were many types of bellydancers. There were young ones, old ones, fluffy ones (me), skinny ones, graceful ones, awkward ones (me again), and graceful ones. The only thing we DIDN’T have, was a male one. XD

So come ON, guys! Prove to yourself that men can be as good as bellydancing as women. I seriously encourage you. If a fluffy, 177 pound woman like me can do it, I am damned sure you can too. ^_^v

0 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - March 6, 2013 at 9:25 pm

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Back To Belly (For 1 Night Only XD)

Yeahh……. I sorta bellydanced again. XD

My teacher, Kim Kong, called me up a few days ago to inform me that wanted me to represent my style of bellydance called Tribal Fusion, at a Hafla she organized in Kasbah Restaurant and Bar.

Who am I to refuse. XD

And tadah!!! A Picture of me in full Tribal Regalia again! XD

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That’s me at the back… with the pudgy tummy and the weird ornaments in her hair. Still so fluuuufffffyyyyy~~~~!!!

Anyway, it felt SOOO good to bellydance again! Just hearing the drums while the other bellydancers were doing their thing made me dance with them. And even though my routine was a little shaky at first, by the middle of it I was totally owning it that many of the other bellydancers were surprised. And what’s more, since I began doing YRG yoga, I’ve been getting even more flexible that I was able to do a full layback KNEELING DOWN! That was something I’ve never done before on stage. XD

But of course, it was only for one night. Hahaha! I don’t know if I’ll be doing any more of these (my teacher is hinting she might) but if she does, I’ll be there again. XD

Thanks a lot to Kasbah at The Fort for the great food and ambience! Make sure to visit them at 7th Avenue, The Fort Strip, Taguig! XD

0 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - at 9:13 pm

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Return to Yoga

And so, I’ve decided instead of moaning all the time about how I miss my bellydancing lessons, I’m going to go back to practicing yoga (even though I’m still very NOT flexible XD).

I’ve bought a new DVD, which SHOULD be arriving in 15 days… depending on the Philippine Post Office (~_~). It features Ariellah, one of the pioneers of Gothic Fusion Bellydance.

I have Rachel Brice’s DVD too, but I hate to admit for someone as flabby as I am, I’m having a hard time with it. According to my research, Ariellah’s DVD is much more beginner friendly.

Anyway, I have to go on vacation for a while, but I’m hoping to practice this once I come back. XD

0 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - June 8, 2012 at 8:21 pm

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I miss my bellydancing days… T_T

I really do. T_T

And it’s such a waste considering I look good in all those Moukaite Jasper Beads and feathers and all.

I haven’t had any good exercises recently and my pooch is showing up again with a vengeance (crap!). I was thinking of doing Rachel Brice’s Yoga again, but it takes about an hour and a half, so I’m trying to find a good time for it in my daily schedule.

Maybe I should try a 30-minute Sun Salutation and Dancing Warriors Yoga Routine? Hmm…

Anyway, even if I do yoga, I would still miss bellydancing. I miss my bellydance teacher too. Huhuhu.

Maybe I should try going back to the gym… but it’s going to cost me a couple thousand bucks again, which is hard considering I want to save up and use that 2k for our bills.

Crap.

I miss bellydancing. T_T

0 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - May 29, 2012 at 8:46 pm

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VEIL POI!!!

I miss my bellydancing lessons. ~_~

Anyway, speaking of bellydance again, I have come to the conclusion that Zils are not quite the thing for me. Apparently, my fingers and feet are not that coordinated. ~_~

However, I did see this video in YouTube, and it made me WANT to make a Veil Poi (or Voi). And make an additional costume for it too.

I wonder if equipment leasing is allowed for wanna-be dress/costume makers…

Back to Veil Poi. The thing is, when I was very, very young, I used to do this kind of thing. I’d find one of my mother’s scarves or a strip of cloth, tie it to an end of a stick (or a walis tingting, as we Filipinos call it), and twirl around it. My mom would scold me because she’d end up with scarves with wrinkled corners, but I had a lot of fun doing it. But then of course, I stopped when I grew older.

Personally, next to Zills, Veils and Veil Poi are great accessories for a bellydancer, not to mention it really tones up your arms and add as a cardio exercise. Try twirling that for an hour and tell me that your shoulder’s didn’t hurt. XD

I was thinking of making one, using stuff that’s just around the house. The weight at the end of the poi is easy… just use a small bag filled with “munggo” seeds or rice (I remembered the game “Chinese Jackstone” when I was a kid. Anybody else remember that?) so that it wouldn’t hurt so much when it hits, but still slightly weighted. The silk scarves, I have plenty of. The handle is pretty easy too, since I’d just restitch my dog’s old leash. However, I am having some problems looking for a chain. I wonder what I can use for that. Maybe I can just use a ribbon? But that would be rather flimsy. It might snap when I twirl the Voi.

Hmm… all this blogging about Veil Poi is making me want to make one. Maybe I should. It would be great for Photoshoots for Pnsers.com, plus I can use it as extra exercise.

….

I need to find some tough chain or ribbon. ~_~

0 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - February 24, 2012 at 11:54 pm

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Bellydance Career? I Think Not.

No, I am not ready for professional bellydance, I think.

I’ve had three performances already. The 1st one on my mother’s birthday, the 2nd one on my gym’s Christmas Party, and the third one on my office’s Christmas Party.

And after all that, I have come to the conclusion that I am not ready for professional bellydance. XD

Don’t get me wrong, I love dancing. There is something about hearing the music out of the home theater speakers that make me just want to move, even though I might not move very well. It’s actually a great feeling. It’s like everything blacks out and all that’s with you is the music.

But still, I am not in par of other bellydancers. I have way, WAAAAAY lot more stuff to learn. I still haven’t mastered my zills, I haven’t done veils and veil pois and sword balancing… I can’t even do Rachel’s backbend. ~_~

I still have a lot of training and practice to do. I just hope my teacher at the gym would be more than happy to teach me. I think I’m really passionate about bellydance. ^_^

By the way, just in case you guys didn’t know, I’ve had 2 bellydance videos in YouTube. Click here to view my YouTube profile and see what other stuff I have in there. XD

0 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - January 16, 2012 at 10:39 pm

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ZenkX’s 1st Public Bellydance… Sort Of

Remind me never to do this again.

Oh wait, I’d have to… on Friday. >_<

Yeah, I “belly danced” during my mother’s birthday program. They loved it. Hahaha!

It’s not really my thing to dance in public, especially belly dancing in front of people, even though they’re my relatives. But unfortunately, I’d have to belly dance for a lot of people on Friday. So I thought, “If I can’t dance like this in front of my relatives, how in the heck can I belly dance in front of total strangers?”

So yeah, this is me… belly dancing… even though my blouse looked like an electric blanket rather than a costume.

I don’t have an actual belly dance costume yet, mainly because it’s really hard to find a top for me. Go figure. I’d have to sew my own, which is what I’m doing right now. I just hope it’ll be done by Thursday and Friday >_<

0 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - December 6, 2011 at 9:47 pm

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Can You Move Like Jagger?

Because I sure as heck can’t XD.

Anyway, I’ve been so obsessed with this song lately, mainly because it’s one of the songs my bellydance instructor makes us dance to. But I get the feeling that I might need to consult some people with Radiologic Technician Jobs… because my back is killing me. >_< I don't know... it just seemed rather... catchy. My bellydance teacher showed me this choreography and I just PANTED so much because it involved a lot of jumping around. And before that I had to do tons of shimmy drills, etc. My instructor is running me ragged during bellydance class, but I like it. Anyway, I posted this because my brain just keeps playing this OVER and OVER and OVER in my head that I'm afraid this is going to play in my "blood whale" dreams. XD

0 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - November 6, 2011 at 10:27 pm

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Tribal Fusion Bellydance: Is It Weird…?

 

So after an awesome bellydance session at the gym, my instructor and I had a really interesting discussion about Tribal Fusion Bellydancing in the Philippines.

Apparently, TFB (the acronym I’m going to use from now on XD) isn’t very well-received in the Phil. because a lot of people think that it’s “weird” and “not really considered as bellydance”.

Hmm? Really? O_o

Personally, I think TFB is still considered bellydance, and it’s not weird at all. I mean, yeah, TFB costuming sort of makes you wear a lot of tassles, coins, scarves and other jewelry aside from your triton wedding bands, but it’s not so bad. I find it even more challenging, since your feet are pretty much rooted to the ground, so you’d have to really use your muscles to control your movement… kind of like Rachel Brice… *points to video*

In fact, my “blood whale” dreams are weirder than TFB… which will be discussed in another time. XD

Anyway…. my instructor said there are actually very few people who do TFB, particularly in her circle of bellydance friends. I hope someone would expose the beauty of TFB to the Philippines.

Or better yet, maybe I should do it… hahahaha! Just kidding! XD

0 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - October 6, 2011 at 10:21 pm

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Dancing Envy And Double Standards

Someday, I want to be this brilliant in Tribal Fusion bellydancing.

If only I had some box converter so I can convert some of her YouTube videos into my television. ~_~

Unfortunately, as much as I love her dancing, society’s penchant for perfection continues to piss me off. Apparently, I’d be considered a freak if I tried to dance this kind of choreography when I am 80 pounds overweight.

Well, that sucks. I didn’t know you were supposed to have a specific bodily figure to bellydance. ~_~

I’ve been reading around the InterNet lately. Apparently, most “fluffy” bellydancers focus more on Egyptian-style bellydancing rather than Tribal Fusion style bellydancing. Which is fine for me. It’s just that there are way too many people who bring these bellydancers down by calling them “fat” or “disgusting”.

Seriously? Since when has dancing for pure enjoyment become disgusting?

Anyway, I really hate these kind of double standards. It’s annoying. It’s like saying you can go and do bellydance when you’ve shed some pounds and become skinny. Which is a total opposite of what belly dancing is all about. Bellydance is all about acceptance, and liking your body no matter what the shape.

Argh. Society sucks sometimes. Honestly. Remind me to find my old bellydance belt and dance my heart out while rising my middle finger to the people who give me disgusted looks. >:(

0 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - August 19, 2011 at 10:28 pm

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