joined on 11/04/04
last updated 01/19/09
"Dwelling in this very body, we have somehow realized Brahman; otherwise we should have remained ignorant and great destruction would have overtaken us. Those who know Brahman become immortal while others only suffer misery." - Swami Nikhilananda transl
...and I still can't dance well. I enjoy myself, and that's what is important.
Shimmy on!! : )
Kira'a Oasis Workshop - Dayton, OH, December 2004
Great workshop! I wasn't fortunate enough for a photo op, but I will next time!! : ) Feb 2005
Sharon is absolutely fabulous in every way! I can't rave enough.... April 2005
All I can say is WoW!!! June 2005
OMG!! Her talent leaves me awe struck....August 2005
I absolutely enjoyed myself Saturday, but a family emergency brought me home later in the day. August 2005
This was my first Egyptian workshop. Surprisingly, I REALLY enjoyed myself!! November 2005
Wowee, wow wow!! : ) Bloomington, IN March 2006
This woman was amazing!! I've never seen anyone layer on top of layers like that before. And she does it with so much ease.
Can you say major butt-lock?? Still, I had a blast and Tiffany was very funny!!
This workshop was SO MUCH FUN!! June 2006
As I've said, this was such a wonderful workshop! I had a blast!! Thank you Kami and Sabrina!! June 2006 : )
Myself, Khalidah Kali and the Lusicous Ravenmoom - August 2006
This workshop was so much fun!!! I LAUGHED lots!! Much recommended - Springfield, MO 2006
Devil in the Deep Blue Sea Workshop and Perfomance - Yeah....those are my happy chipmunk cheeks! LOL
Cool combinations, sword-work, mystery and drama....WoW! What a great time!
Rachel Brice, myself and the gorgeous JaeJae goofing around....I actually performed in the same space on the same night as RB!! **faints
This was my first workshop with a male instructor. MOST EXCELLENT!!! I enjoyed John very much! : )
"Best Tattoo Studio In St. Louis"
"Best Photographer In The Midwest"
"Judge me not by my religion,
Judge me not as white or black.
Judge me by my thoughts and visions,
Judge me by my plans and acts.
Judge me not by age and gender,
Judge me not by looks alone.
Judge me, lover and defender,
By the deeds that I condone.
The color of my skin won't show,
What is hidden in my heart.
And age and sex do not bestow,
Knowledge of all human arts.
Do I love? Give onto others?
Do I heal, or sing, or teach?
Do I learn from my life lessons?
Do I practice what I preach?
Those are things that judge my soul,
Those are things that judge my mind.
And at my deathbed they'll console -
Or they'll punish me in kind."
~ Author Unknown ~
I want this kind of bad-ass tribal attitude!! I LOVE IT!!
"Because all people are intimately connected with the universe at large, we both work for it and benefit from it. When you give to the universe with positive intentions, you naturally reap abundance."
No truer words spoken.
Ladies and gentlemen, Wanda Sykes....
I'm preparing for a move into a new home (new to me) and found an old cassette tape of En Vogue. I played it and found myself on a journey down Memory Lane. When I saw this video on YouTube, I couldn't help myself and had to share. I feel the video was very tastefully done even though it's full of sexual innuendo . The girls are beautiful, sexy, and very classy! It's been 15 yrs since its release yet I find the video continues to be very powerful.
Isn't the fidgety guy wearing glasses and suspenders the cutest thing? As to the INCREDIBLY GORGEOUS man who removes his wedding ring....SHAME ON YOU!!! *tisk, tisk!!
"I am Reality, I am Beauty, I am Grace, I am here in this space..."
"The secret to the fountain of youth is to think youthful thoughts." - Josephine Baker
Throughout life we must cope with blockages that impede our forward momentum. Whether these obstacles are of a personal, professional, or societal nature, our first instinct may be to push against the obstruction. But the simplest way to alleviate resistance is to approach it gently, with a soft manner and kind intentions. Struggle and strife can find no foothold when confronted with mildness because conflict can only exist when fed by two opposing forces. So many areas of our lives can benefit from the application of gentleness. The beauty of gentleness lies in its multifaceted nature. It is part love, part compassion, part patience, part understanding, and part respect for others. When we move through life gently as a matter of course, we naturally attract these wonderful elements into our lives.
This does not mean that gentle people are by nature passive or meek. Rather, their copious inner power is manifested in their gentleness and their choice to move with the flow of the universe instead of against it. You can make use of gentleness in your own life by applying it in situations where you feel challenged by your circumstances or by people in your environment. As you move forward gently, the energy pervading your life will likely shift and, consequently, the blockages before you will vanish. Cooperation progresses smoothly when approached gently because all parties involved feel confident that their needs will be met. And quarrels are easily quelled with gentleness because the dualistic concepts of losing and winning are made moot by our willingness to exercise infinite patience with those whose values differ from our own.
Gentleness must be practiced, as we are inadvertently encouraged to act competitive in certain phases of our lives. At first, your established habits may make being truly gentle challenging. Yet after a time, if you commit to consciously applying gentleness to all areas of your life, whether by collaborating rather than competing or yielding graciously to the impassable roadblocks in your path in order to seek a new road, you will find that you begin to act gently habitually. Your patterns of thought and behavior become ever more peaceful, and you will discover that you encounter far less impassable resistance on your individual journey.
-DailyOm - November 3, 2006
The tipping point is a period of change wherein a creative minority can make a tangible difference by spreading positive ideas to the majority. It only takes a single individual to tip the wave. No effort is useless; it contributes to a larger outcome.
...in spite of her seventeen years of supreme wisdom.
I have found something very profound in Tribal dance. I LOVE IT!! I now direct Tribe Ayaka which is very exciting. Aside from what I've already listed in the profile, I have begun making my costumes as well as creating my own Tribal jewelry. It's not authentic, but what the heck? It gives me great satisfaction wearing my pieces when I perform. : ) And yes, I own more Afghan pendants than any girl should be allowed to have!
Mon, August 1, 2011 - 5:16 AM
Lotus & Papyrus Weekend With Donna Mejia
Donna Mejia is a choreographer, lecturer, teacher, administrator, and performer specializing in contemporary dance, traditions of the African and Arab Diaspora, and emerging fusion traditions in Transnational Electronica. For 10 years she was a faculty member at Colorado College and Director of the Colorado College International Summer Dance Festival. For twelve years she served as managing director of the award-winning Harambee African Dance Ensemb...
Fri, April 29, 2011 - 7:18 PM
Thu, April 7, 2011 - 12:10 PM
~Technique and Ethics Intensive
A 3-day [12 hr.] workshop focused primarily on dance technique with discussion and writing about community ethics. Mira will take you to the core of her practice in this 3-day intensive, addressing moving with intention, strong form and execution, and cleaning up technique for a sharper more poised dance presence.
An outspoken advocate for the ennoblement of this dance form, Mira will also explore, through lecture writing and discussion, such themes as ...
Due to a conflict with Donna's schedule, the workshops have been postponed until 2011. Donna offers her regrets.
Sun, August 15, 2010 - 9:16 AM
I will post the new date as soon as it has been determined
Sun, May 9, 2010 - 7:04 AM
Frédérique began studying American Tribal Style Belly Dance in February of 1997 with Jill Parker and soon after joined Parker’s dance troupe, Ultra Gypsy. In December of 1999, almost two years later, Frédérique left Ultra Gypsy to delve into creating something new, simultaneously helping to pioneer the dance style known today as Tribal Fusion Belly Dance. After more than a decade long journey of experimentation and self-...