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ATS® Flock of Birds Necklace Giveaway

The big news this month is I’m having a giveaway to celebrate the lovely customers I have who are American Tribal Style® Bellydancers.  There are a lot of them– you know who you are.  For the past three years I’ve had the honour to be an official ATS® FCBD® Sister Studio, and when I’m not making jewellery, I’m teaching and performing this beautiful style of contemporary, improvised group dance. Pictured below are just of few of the beautiful dancers who have sent me photos of them wearing their Flock of Birds necklaces:

 

I’m giving away two, count ’em, TWO Flock of Birds necklaces on Instagram.  To win, simply post a picture of you dancing in your favourite ATS® formation and tag it @feral_strumpet & #flockofbirds.  Winner will be chosen and announced on InstagramFriday, September 9th via an online randomizer.

My dance discipline has inspired many designs that are popular with dancers– here is a selection of them.  Click on the image below to go to the collection!

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This One is For My Dance Sisters . . .

Many of my shop supporters and customers are fellow belly dancers.  I thought you might be interested in this epic post I’ve written for my American Tribal Style® Belly Dance Blog all about costuming for Tribal Belly Dance. I wrote it primarily for my beginner students who are coming up to their first performances this summer, but it might be of use to anyone who dances in the Tribal Style, or anyone who is curious what goes into the elaborate costume!

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It's the Season of the Bindi

Photo of Brigantes Tribal dancing at Beltane at Thornborough Henge by S’ana Yates.

“Women with Upraised Arms Holding Flowers” Bindi, after my Teacher Caroleena Nericcio-Bohlman’s one-sentence concept of ATS® Belly DanceIt’s summer– I just returned from camping at Thornborough Henge (The Stonehenge of the North) for the Beltane Festival there.  I danced with my American Tribal Style® Belly Dance Troupe, Brigantes Tribal, during the festival which is held in the Neolithic henge every year.  Despite the freezing temperatures and crazy winds, we honoured our ancestors and the goddess of this place– Brigantia– closely tied to a much older goddess, Bride or Brigid who is the goddess of poetry, brewing, healing and smithcraft.  All are vocations I have undertaken in my life and in many ways this goddess has guided me through them all.

The Shub Niggurath Eye BindiAs festival season gets into full swing, and haflas (belly dance parties) start happening almost every weekend, I thought I would make some bindis!

What is a bindi?  Bindu is a sanskrit word meaning dot and is traditionally worn by Hindu women as a spiritual symbol, but the bindi has grown into a fashion statement in the countries where it was traditionally worn as a red dot of power, expertly applied.  It has also become an item of adornment across cultures.

The Hearts in Spades Bindi in EmeraldThe bindi’s traditional significance has many beautiful aspects– it heightens the inward gaze, and adorns the third eye chakra, which is the locus of inspiration and the place of focus in meditation.

Nothing enhances the eyes like a bindi– adding intensity and sparkle to the most expressive part of the face.  I love to wear bindis while I dance, as a beautiful adornment as well as a sign of respect and honour of the roots of my dance, many of which come from classical Indian dance.  Also, I couldn’t dance without my third eye– without spiritual connection and deep-mind instinct!  The bindi reminds me to dance from that place, the inspired soul-mind at work.

The Hare and Moon BindiMy bindis are inspired by dance and Pagan ritual as well as myths and legends.  They would enhance your ensemble at any Pagan celebration or handfasting!

The Hamsa Bindi is available in many colours to compliment your costume.My bindis are made with care to last through multiple wearings.  I use spirit gum to apply mine, but others use eyelash glue and it works for them.  I need something a bit more heavy duty because I can get pretty, ahem, dewy when I dance. If you choose to use spirit gum, thinly coat the back of the bindi and leave it to get tacky.  Do your eyes or lips or something and come back after several minutes have passed.  Place it directly on the skin and hold for a few seconds.  When removing the bindi be sure to clean any makeup off the back either with olive oil or vodka will also work!

The Current Version of the Mother Weaver Spider Bindi

The Current Version of the Mother Weaver Spider Bindi

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