So Rakkasah was amazing. So. Much. Bellydance. It was....amazing. Shiny everywhere....Music everywhere. Dancing on both stages all day long. We got there and were totally dazed. We took a few laps to try to take everything in at both buildings (Stage West, and Stage East) until my teacher got there and saved me from spending crazy amounts of money. She found me a new costume and I bought it. It's AWESOME.
I got groped so much. One of the vendors was trying to sell me this (BEAUTIFUL) $700 costume that was almost three times my budget. She was matching cup sizes and holding the thing to my chest which meant she pretty much had one hand on each of my boobs. She was like "This looks good.....PUT IT ON." Me: "Wha....buh-" "PUT IT ON. *shoves behind curtain*"
So I put it on lol. Then I was tugged at and womanhandled for another 10 minutes as she was showing us all the different ways to alter the costume. It really was a beautiful costume, but there was no way I could pay for it and I am certainly not going to make that big of an investment this early in my training. Thank god my teacher came. o_o Mom got a pictures,Edit: which are totally up now.
I'm putting descriptions above each set of photos. I can't remember most of these ladies' names because I was so dazed D:. They announced them before they went on, but if you're not sitting down and really paying attention, it's easy to lose track. Plus, their names are really hard to spell lol. I'll have to look in my booklet and pick people out. Most of the time I just turned and watched, then snapped a few pics. I didn't get many, but that's because I spent most of the time looking at the SPARKLY.
My photos are also really crappy because I was battling other people for breathing room lol. Most of them don't do anything justice.
Me being woman-handled.
I was loling because the lady was yelling at me to pose a certain way, and mom shot the picture as I was still getting into it.
Jenna, one of the teachers of Rakassah (they had workshops all through the week.) She was great! She even did a gypsy beat which the day seriously lacked.
GHAWAZEE. FREAKING GHAWAZEE. With the Ghawazee, it's ALL about the short skirts and making them flip around with seemingly very little movement. Very very unique style.
The teacher of the Ghawazee troupe, Alexandra. I was terrified for her boobs. At one point, one popped out and I saw most of a nipple lol. That was awkward. She smoothly pulled herself back in lol. She was a great dancer, but the rest of the time I was just worrying about her jugs.
Canes! This was the only troupe I saw using canes and they were pretty damn good.
They're balancing poles, canes, and swords.
This was the best Tribal group I saw there. They were very well put together and the costuming was great!
Here they're rotating in a circle on one foot with the swords on their heads, without ever putting that other foot down.
This is another teacher, but I can't remember her name. ._. She and her troupe are from Hawaii. I liked her, but her dance wasn't very memorable. I did want her costume, though >.>.
The same woman's troupe doing kind of a Saudi dance. Saudi is with those big beautiful dresses that billow around you and float when you dance. It's all about the dress and the hair flipping. Important to have flippable hair when dancing Saudi. I didn't particularly care for the group because; it was too fusion** for my taste, but the dresses were pretty and it was the only Saudi I saw.
I can't remember how to spell her name, but it's pronounced Sue-hay-lah. She is pretty much the star of Rakkasah, and she pretty much deserves it. She was amazing. She really knew how to work the crowd and she was so incredibly talented. At the end of her whole performance, she made a motion of yanking off a ring from her wedding finger and chucking it. Then she threw up the horns. I love her.
Here she is doing a solo with the violinist who was equally amazing. Her entire band was just...amazing.
This is her daughter. She must be somewhere between like, 9-12. And she was better than most of the dancers who performed.
After watching that, we pretty much decided our brains were melted and it was time to get food and go home. I got in the care and was like "Well, that was really f-ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ"
**Fusion: Mixtures of bellydance styles (or any dance style). Most tribal is tribal fusion; more like modern dance with bellydance moves or adaptations. They might mix gypsy with tribal or Egyptian with tribal or just American modern dance with tribal. It's important to know the difference, because I can't stand girls who say they're doing bellydance when they're not. It's great to do an interpretation or a dance and it's all a beautiful art, but if you're not doing the dance, don't say you are. /mini rant.
Definitely sensory overload, and it was so worth it.