Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Mystik Dream is BACK!

Delilah Here! *waves*  :D

Northwest Bellydance is still right where it was, being fantastically directed by the Amazing Nefabit! (Not that I am proud of my daughter or anything)
Mystik Dream is now reborn in Dixie Land! That's right! Due to a strange and wild course of events, I've moved to Starkville, Mississippi, my hometown. There is quite a bellydance void in this area, so while I'm here, I hope I can hep foster a new community. :)
If you are a dancer in this area, please let me know! I'd love to meet you, and maybe we can dance together. Also, if there are any haflas or other events in the area, I'll be looking to find them!
I'm excited to get things rolling, so stay tuned for updates! 

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Wardrobe Clearance and Souk!

It's spring cleaning here at Mystik Dream and (almost) everything must go! We're selling group costumes, solo costumes, veils (Akai Silks and Shibori Borealis), props, skirts, pants, you name it. Let's just say our two closets got trimmed down to one closet.We mostly have classical/cabaret stuff but we have some awesome tribal goodies as well.We have many brand new unused items including veils, fan veils, hip scarves, zills, Isis wings, DVDs, eyelashes and endless wave pants, practice tops and pants, as well as many used items in great condition that are priced very low.
This is an open souk - if you have anything you'd like to sell, you can rent a space for $5.00! 

RSVP at the Facebook event page!

Here are just a few things we're selling (Keep in mind that there will be lots more from the other vendors!):

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Audition for Ensemble/Corps du Dance

Hello dancers!
I've been thinking about the company lately, and I'd like to create a kind of gateway opportunity for students to work with the company on a level suitable to their experience. Rather than having this huge gap from the start of training to the possibility of auditioning for the company, I thought it would be good to create parts in the company's repertoire that can be performed by dancers who have solid technique and good experience, but maybe aren't at a professional level or aren't ready to make the commitment that is required of a soloist level dancer in the company.
Commitment to participate in a performance would be solely on a case to case basis, meaning there would not be long term commitment to perform in every show we decide to take part in (however, each performance would have a commitment agreement). This would also be a great way to work on skills such as memorization of choreography, transitions, combos, props, etc. even if you don't have solid plans to perform. This class would also work very specifically on performance skills.
We would most likely call this group the Mystik Dream Student Ensemble or the Mystik Dream Corps du Dance.

If there is enough interest I will hold an audition in January. If you are accepted, while this would be a low level commitment, students would still be responsible for costuming, class attendance, etc and would be required to sign a contract describing behavior and requirements while participating as part of the group (but not committing to any period of time or required performances). I am thinking of scheduling this class for Saturday at 3:00pm, right after company rehearsal. Members of the ensemble/corps would be welcome to attend rehearsal to observe and understudy more major roles. If a dancer became ill or injured, an understudy would be called on to fill in.

Benefits of participating in this class would obviously include performance opportunities both as a student group and as corps to the professional company, possibility to be cast for minor roles in future productions, as well as a featured bio on our website, extra training time, priority for auditioning to become a higher level member of the company and compensation for performances when possible.
Discounted Cost - While I can't offer a class straight up for free (studio time uses lots of electricity), I would like to offer this class at a seriously discounted rate, probably 15-20.00 a month.
Requirements: Must be enrolled in the intermediate or advanced classical class at MDDA. You must be 18 to sign your own contract, if you are under 18 you will be required to set up a parent-teacher meeting. Must show proficiency in basic technique, posture and alignment, ability to follow stage directions and floor patterns, execute advanced turns and perform basic backbends as well as demonstrate dedication. You must be in good health, able physically to meet the demands of performing.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

November News!

Hello students!
Major changes are happening here at Mystik Dream! First, we are pleased to announce that you can now create an account to register for new classes, sign up for a drop in, workshop or private lesson, mark yourself as absent, check your balance, and more! We can also process credit cards online, over the phone and in person! Check it out here! https://www.thestudiodirector.com/mystikdream/register.jsp
If you sign up and the system tells you you're already entered and you still need to set your password, just click "I forgot my password" and provide your email and enter your new password.
As a super special deal for our sutdents, next month (December) if you bring in one paying student we'll give you half off your next month! Bring two, and you'll get a whole month for the f word - FREE! :p
So everyone here is excited about La Danse Orientale Compeition in Tacoma! We're signed up, collecting registration fees and getting ready! We're even opening a new class to work on solo composition. This specific class is designed to create your own choreography from start to finish, covering musical selections, structure, mapping and interpretation, different choreographic processes, notation and other tools, performance skills, presentation and more.
We have quite a collection of people attending - the professional company is competing in the troupe category, Savannah Demers and Khamara are competing in the alternative category, Natale and Abagaia are competing in the novice category, Nicole Richardson in the props category, Parizadah in the Rising Star cateogry, and myself in the Miss La Danse Orientale category. We need to rent a van! I know we're all excited to represent Mystik Dream, to do our best, receive some feedback and have fun!

Now I'm off to get some more work done, and we'll see what news the next update brings!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Almishkal and What's Next!

Well, Almishkal 2011 was a success! We had a few hiccups in the show - a bra with stage fright, beads on the floor and a great big SPLAT in my solo - but all that only adds to the showbiz experience! I always say - it's not about a lack of mistakes, it's about recovering gracefully. I'm still not sure about the final attendance headcount, but we're estimating around 150. I've received a ton of audience feedback, all positive!
I am so proud of my students, who worked so hard and did such a great job! I watch the video of the finale over and over again! I'm working on slowly getting videos and pictures up so keep on checking the facebook page and youtube channel! Here are links to what I have up so far:
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aphx10ZEmYk   <- The finale! Great job everyone!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkcEVFMrAbg   <- Heartbeat
http://www.youtube.com/user/mystikdreamdc#p/u/7/V8Bweoz7k8c   <- Delilah's solo Sunshower
So what's next? Well, as I have already mentioned I am working on a brand new intermediate choreograpy - the track is Sahra Sadie by Gamal Goma. It's a very popular drum solo with good reason, it's very easy to dance to as far as drum solos go. I'm nursing my knee but also trying to work on the choreo without moving a whole lot, easier said than done! For those of you who are interested in performing, I have some upcoming haflas around town in mind. Haflas are a great opportunity to get to know other dancers in the community and perform in a supportive all-dancer audience!
For anyone who is interested, registration is now open for the La Danse Orientale Competition in Tacoma, WA! If you are interested in performing, I will be happy to assist you with finding a good costume for a good deal (bhuz.com is always the best place to start) as well as coaching, choreography and song choice. Unfortunately there is no student troupe category so everyone will have to enter as soloists. What a great opportunity to grow as a dancer! I'm very excited about it. I will be entering the Miss La Danse Orientale category, and hopefully we will be entering into the troupe category as well! I have to start saving for those entry fees. Regarding travel, I'm hoping to arrange a carpool for everyone who wants to go. If you're interested we will all need to begin making arrangements soon, so let's talk about it!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

September Happenings!

Hello all! Time for a much-overdue blog post! Lots happening so read on for the latest!

As requested, there will be a special choreography class Tuesday September 20th at 4:00 to work on the intermediate choreography, as well as to sign up to perform the choreography at Almishkal September 30th!
We have prepull tickets available for sale - don't forget to pick some up for your friends and family to see you dance! $10.00 for students, seniors (60+) and groups of 6 or more, standard price $12.00

This is the last week you can vote in Krem2's Best of Spokane competition, so if you haven't voted, please do! We will love you for ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever! :)

We have three new books in the library: My Forbidden Face by Latifa, Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi and Persian Girls by Nahid Rachlin. All three are amazing, though tough reads about the hardships of women in the middle east. Excellent cultural study materials, I highly recommend them.

We will be adding a new class to our Winter Term - Group Improvisational Tribal Style Bellydance with Sue!
Learn the movement vocabulary and cues to lead and follow through improvisation as a group for one of a kind, community dances. Modern belly dance hails back to Middle Eastern and North African roots with earthy moves, community spirit, and ethnic costuming. Date and time TBA shortly as we wrap up details :)

The Winter term will begin November 1st and will run until February 24th (Winter break will be December 11th through January 1st)
The first week of the session, bring a friend for free to class! If that friend signs up for a month, you and your friend will get five dollars off your next month! :)

Ok, I think that's it! See you in class! :)

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

We've been nominated for Best Dance Studio!

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Hello everyone!
Our studio has been nominated in Krem 2's Best of Spokane Competition! We are currently in 5th place (thank you to those who already voted!!) but we are competing against big names in town so we need your help! Please vote for us by following the link above - it's easy and you can use your facebook account! We have a deal on classes up for anyone who votes!! Get a month for half off! So don't miss out ;)

ALSO - Koreshakti Tribal Fusion lead by our dear Nicole Richardson is up for Best Theater Group! I don't have a badge for them, so please follow the link below to vote!!

Every vote counts!! Thank you in advance!