Friday, September 9, 2011

I have no class

Day 251 of practice.

No class for me tonight! Everyone's off at Vegas for the Belly Dance Intensive. I almost made a last-minute trip out there too because it sounded like so much fun, but my fiscal responsibility prevailed. It WAS nice not to have to make the drive up to Tempe, but I miss my friends and I miss the dancing. Today ended up being all weird, so I didn't get to practice much.

Random improv was another Rajna song. I'd complain, except that I saw some of the other stuff Chris put on that playlist and I'm not sure I want to dance to most of it! I guess he wanted to give me a challenge.

Zills are still not-great. And my elastic is shot, guess it's time for an exciting trip to JoAnn's for replacement elastic. If I had to choose one thing that I hate the most about being a belly dancer, it would be replacing the elastic on my zills! It's so annoying to stitch through and I always poke my fingers. You'd think that with all the beadwork I do, I'd be a whiz with needles, but no, I stab myself when I'm beading, too.

Wow. This post is kind of negative. I guess I'm Miss Cranky Dance Pants because I'm not in Vegas!


  1. Instead of sewing them you could always pin them with those tiny gold safety pins. That's what Helena Vlahos does and she's the queen of zils. She's even been featured as a zil player on M.E. CD's.

  2. I could and I probably should. But the one teacher that I took an 8-week zill-specific class with was adamantly against using safety pins on zills, so now I'm afraid that if I do so she'll jump out of the costume closet and take away my belly dance license.

  3. Probably not. I have an inherent distrust of anyone who says there way is the absolute and only way of doing something. It's her own personal pet peeve that she is trying in force on others.

    Do whatever works for you.

  4. Well, I do prefer the look of a nicely stitched elastic, with buttons stitched onto the thumb-zills so I can tell them apart at a glance... But laziness and safety pins may win for now, at least until the next time I have to perform with zills.


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