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last night shoebox_bird and I went to this restaurant in Lowell called the Athenian Corner, where some people from the belly dancing group I study with were supposed to be performing.

We got there about 9 - nice little place with a live middle-eastern band playing in back. Our waiter was very nice and cute ;). Reminded me of a (OTO) brother from Pittsburgh that I would have tickle fights with....

Anyway, we ordered food, and then the first dancer appeared. Kickass costume - silver shiny bits all over, with flowy burgundy pants and veil (her veil looked a lot like mine, actually :). She played zills all through the first piece, then did a veil-centered number, and then dropped the veil for the last dance. Finally, she put her zills on again and snaked her way through the crowd collecting tips in her costume.

I haven't seen a real belly dance in a looong time - well over a year at least. It was really cool to be able to name all the moves she was doing, and knowing that I could do some of the simpler ones.

Somewhere in there I got my food, and it was SOOOOOO good. Mmmm. Lamb.

After the dancer left, the entire front table (which appeared to be mostly made up of other Goddess Dancing people) got up and started dancing. My teacher beckoned me up there too, and s_b and I got to dance! It felt weird cause I was wearing shoes and pants instead of fluttery flowy stuff, but it was still great fun :)

Evidently every Thursday is amateur night, and then every Friday and Saturday they have professional dancers in (though then it gets really crowded). Good food, good music, and scantily clad women doing really nifty dancing. Must go back! Lots!

And I really really do want to keep belly dancing, to the point where I can perform and stuff too. As I commented to s_b last night, it's so nice to be in an activity where big hips are an advantage ;)


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 16th, 2001 08:49 am (UTC)
can you teach me some of this spiffy stuff when I come back for arisia?? I wanna be prit-tee when i dance too! (now i feel like an elephant, always fun *smirk*)
Nov. 16th, 2001 09:28 am (UTC)
Re: nifty!
sure :)
Nov. 16th, 2001 09:03 am (UTC)
I want to see you dance sometime -- my only belly-dancing-watching experience was one of my cousins showing really poorly taped home movies of her belly-dancing club, which might have been interesting if the taping wasn't making me seasick.
Nov. 16th, 2001 09:39 am (UTC)
sure! I'm sure I'll end up belly dancing at arisia, probably at man ray a few times, and whatever random parties happen between now and then :)

not that i'm all that good yet....
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