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SO HERE’S THE DEAL:

Tülay Karaca (pronounced Karaja) is a Turkish dancer who rose to fame in the 80’s. Her signature vivacious style and incredible zill playing combined with her famously revealing costumes brought her much success over the years. She has been credited as being very influential on the American Cabaret scene.

WHY I <3 HER:

You’ll see when you watch the videos… because- dang! She is amazing! Honestly once you watch her dance, you won’t even pay attention to her “risqué” costumes, I mean come on… the 80’s weren’t her fault…

Tülay’s style is so natural and elegant. In the videos you’ll see that she will be moving around so gracefully and then all of a sudden a kick will come out of nowhere, she’ll drop to the floor, or add in a very quick turn. I love that her dance is so unpredictable and dynamic. Karaca’s was famous for her zill playing, she would even play solos for herself on her zills, typically after a drum solo. You can see this in “Tulay Karaca on Turkish Television Part 2,” and you will be wowed!

Take a look at the videos below, and let me know what you think!

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLjrrLz1h3298ia-R0mPwtEzNIfnDk3vur]

xoxo

TBB

PINK

You guys this is so cool – Cocoabelly Costumes has an exhibit called “In The Pink,” right in NYC.

WHAT IS IT?

It’s a collection of all pink belly dance costumes designed by the owner and/designer of Cocoabelly, Candace Crawford, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

WHERE/ WHEN IS IT? 

The collection will be on display from October 1 – October 31, 2014 in the NYC at the Port Authority BusTerminal , South Wing lobby.

WHY EXHIBIT PINK COSTUMES? 

To raise breast cancer awareness. I’m sure this exhibit will be an attention grabber 🙂

Click here for more on In The Pink, and here for more on Cocoabelly

Please go check it out and support our fellow dancers, costume designers, and women.

If you take any pics at the exhibit – send them in!

<3 <3 <3

TBB

I love the look of body chains under a costume. Especially if they’re very delicate. It can be a really cool touch. I found these images on pinterest (follow me!) and thought you guys could take some inspiration from them! Three of the images are the work of jewelry designer Bliss Lau who I’ve been a fan of for years. Definitely check out her site. Get inspired and let me know what you think!

xoxo

TBB

It’s not everyday Anahid posts a video of herself dancing! How lucky are we !?!? Check out her crazy floor work moves below 🙂 #chills

WATCH ANAHID HERE!!! 🙂

And take a look at the incredible Eva Cernik! Don’t miss her veil class!

WATCH EVA HERE!!!! 🙂

click HERE for more info on her workshop!

 

 

 

Looking for some costume inspiration? I love these vintage circus photos. The costumes have so many interesting treatments, textures, and beading. Hope you guys like them!

xo

TBB