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LGBT Bellydance [Jul. 8th, 2010|12:43 am]
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[mood |bouncybouncy]

Join the Queer Bellydance Revolution!

Welcome! This Facebook group is for students, friends, and fans of Layla Hassam's LGBT Bellydance classes.

Join us to:
~Get the latest updates on LGBT Bellydance classes and events.
~Network with other bellydancers and find out what's shaking on the Toronto dance scene.
~Connect with the Toronto LGBTQ community and its members.
~Share photos, videos, ideas and inspiration.
~Dance your way to health and happiness!

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SYTYCD, Audition Call to TO Bellydancers, and my Taoist Weather Forecast :) [Jul. 8th, 2010|12:33 am]
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[mood |hothot]

WOW! I loved the m/m African dance! It was powerful, masculine, and sexy as hell. Loved the movement vocabulary of African combined with hip hop, and there was even a little grappling/BJJ action where one guy straddled the other! *Swoon*

Nigel Lythcoe: Your unfair criticism of two brilliant dancers does not veil your obvious homophobia and discomfort. I love how choreographer Shawn was clearly pissed off over the comments, even while Lythcoe was trying to shore him up with praise. Choreographers may not be able to talk during the show, but they have damn expressive faces. Shawn's stony face and quirked eyebrow said it all.</mature> *Blows giant raspberry*

Mia Michaels: Thank you for standing up to Uncle Fascist Homophobe Lythcoe and showing your unabashed support of kick-ass dancers good dance! Loved how technical she got in her and analysis.

Adam Shankman: These guys had maybe 2 days to pull that crazy intense choreography together! It's only going to get better (and hotter) on tour :)

My Prediction: The guy will get tons of sympathy votes from teen girls and this kick-ass choreography will live on and on and on in the form of YouTube, office cooler gossip, and the SYTYCD tour.

FOX airs homoerotic African dance, in the same time slot as their hate-filled news forecasts. *Boggles*

Audition Call to TO Bellydancers
Calling all Toronto Bellydancers: Let's audition en masse for SYTYCD Canada this year! Who's with me?

I think bellydance is poised to break into mainstream media and popular consciousness the way hip hop did a few years ago. Between Shakira, the Bellydance Superstars, and the Activia Danone yogurt commercial, people already know that bellydance is hip, sexy, dazzling, difficult, and a true artform. Both dances come from a vibrant subculture with tons of diversity and regional influences; and are gaining global popularity and acceptance as a true artform. I think bellydance is ready to make the next big step and become recognized as an dance form on par with ballet, Jazz, and contemporary.

Our time has come!

The Taoist Weather Forecast vs. FOX News
Jon Stewart is brilliant!

The Taoist Perspective:
"Yang energy fuels scorching sun. Embrace the shade of Yin."

Translation: It's hot today, stay in the shade.
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"Mongol, mongol, MONGOL! Mongol, mongol, mongol!" [Jul. 3rd, 2008|11:17 am]
[mood |contemplativecontemplative]

Saw the movie Mongol yesterday and loved it! Loved it for being big, sweeping and epic. Loved it for doing a beautiful job of showing (not telling) the Mongolian way of life, the landscape that shaped their culture, and the way it shaped Ghenghis Khan and history.

Like most Chinese people, I have a bit of Mongolian ancestry, so it was interesting to see my great, great ancestors on the big screen. More thoughts from the Chinese-Canadian perspective...Collapse )
Can't wait for the sequels and for the Mongol hordes to sweep across China!

P.S. How many of you are already writing Temudgin/Jamukha slash?
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Navel gazing [Nov. 9th, 2007|11:25 am]
Personality test gacked from minerva_fan. About 70% of the results seem accurate to me. Read more...Collapse )
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Video post: Dance of the Veela [Oct. 17th, 2007|06:32 pm]
[mood |bouncybouncy]

Here's my best impression of a bellydancing veela :)

Isis wings choreography by me, drum solo choreography by A. Video-recording by MB.

Music: Edited version of "Lirrili" by Amina (Nomad: Best of Amina CD).
"Tabla Solo 2" by Issam Houshan (The Art of the Drum Solo with Sonia and Issam, companion CD).

Comments are always welcome!

P.S. I actually performed this for a Deathly Hallows book release party, although this clip was recorded at a different event.
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Harry Potter Meets Bellydance (or my anecdote is better than theirs!) [Sep. 17th, 2007|11:24 pm]
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Just noticed the Harry Potter anecdote contest on the Leaky Cauldron and thought I'd share my story:

July 26, 2005: The release date for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and the day of Jillina's (http://www.jillina.com) gala performance in Guelph, Ontario.  Being a dedicated fan and aspiring bellydancer, I wasn't about to miss either event. 

I picked up my copy of the book right after shimmying my way through a student recital.  I began devouring the book at 1 am, went to bed, and started reading again as soon as I got up.  I'm a slow reader and was still far from the end by the time we had to leave Toronto for Guelph.  I was completely anti-social and read during the car ride over, through dinner, and while lining up to get into the show.  Incidentally, one of the ticket-sellers was also deeply engrossed in HBP and another woman in line was reading OotP -- bellydancing fen unite!  

The first half of the dance show was fantastic!  I picked up the book again during intermission and read Dumbledore's death scene during that fifteen-minute break.  Needless to say, I was in a peculiar emotional state during the second half of the show.  My thoughts alternated between "Wah!  Dumbledore's dead!" and "Wow, nice hip work!Jillina herself was simply phenomenal!  She performed several beautiful Cabaret numbers, a Persian folk dance, and a drum solo that ended with wild and crazy zar, and I didn't think of Dumbledore once during her entire set :)

I finally finished the book on the car ride home, surrounded by four other bellydancing Potter-philes who hadn't started HBP.  For someone who doesn't have much of a poker face, I'm pleased to say that I gave nothing away.

So when I think HBP, I see a disgruntled Harry undulating in a red and gold bellydance costume... 
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Resurrecting My Journal [Sep. 17th, 2007|11:00 pm]
[mood |cheerfulcheerful]


Sorry to have gone missing for the past year and half!  I'm officially bringing this journal out of limbo now.  I miss fic-writing, I miss fandom, and I've missed all of you!  

Thank you all for not deleting me from your Flist.  I've been checking my Flist on a semi-regular basis, but not commenting nearly as much as I should.

There's no big dramatic reason for my disappearance.  I changed jobs last March and started writing for a living.  I'm happy with my job, but it was hard to work on fanfic after writing for 8 hours at the office.  In between work and other committments, I got out of the habit of fic-writing.  And since this is supposed to be a fic-centric journal, I also stopped posting. I'm not going to make any grand promises I can't keep, but I'm desperate to get back to my HP WIPs, and new fic will be coming soon.

It's good to be back!

*Hugs all around*  

P.S. I'm also julia_fractal on InsaneJournal, and will be posting all new fics to both journals.  Please give me a shout if you're on InsaneJournal under a different username or have abandoned LJ for one of the other, friendlier service providers. 

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LotR Musical, Bellydance Update, and Other RL Happenings [May. 14th, 2006|12:01 am]
Saw the Lord of the Rings Musical last night, here's a review for those who may be interested:

Spoilers! But probably not enough info to affect anyone's enjoyment of the showCollapse )

Bellydance NewsCollapse )

I'm so sorry for not posting any new fic for ages! Life is very good and full with my lovely new job, bellydance, and friends; but unfortunately also so busy that you'd have better luck getting me to do an interpretive dance about HP than produce a new story. Hopefully I'll get back to writing soon!

*Loves and huggles Flist*
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Displaying my Ignorance to the World (aka My Harry Potter IQ Quiz Results) [Apr. 18th, 2006|11:23 pm]
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Drabble: A Handful of Buttons [Apr. 15th, 2006|01:20 am]
Here's my request drabble for the lovely sprite6. I have no idea why the "button" prompt led to something so depressing, but I hope you like it!

A Handful of Buttons

A large and dusty jar of buttons sat at the back of Caldecote's Curios. Rumour had it that they were enchanted, and predicted the type of children one would have.

"Dark ones for boys, bright ones for girls, and chipped ones for squibs," eight-year-old Molly whispered as she plunged her hand in. She counted out six black buttons and one red, then slipped them into her pocket with a grin.


"Brave souls who gave their lives..."

Joining the long procession of mourners, Molly curled her fingers around them one last time, then tossed her handful of buttons into the pyre.
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