Getting Ready To Bellydance At The Farmers Market

Me in my bellydancing costume.

There were a few things I wanted to change about my costume after our dress rehearsal last night in Bellydancing class.    So this afternoon I dressed up adding some things and changing others.

Now I feel confident with my outfit and will be ready to get into it tomorrow morning.

I still have to try out the makeup.  I got some more makeup this morning after talking to some of the women in my class last night.  They gave me tips about things like  how to keep the makeup from running when I get sweaty.

I’m thinking of dancing tomorrow as a kind of exorcism, as a way of dancing my old body image away.  Somehow, that idea helps keep me from getting too nervous.

But I’m also thinking about the women I’m dancing with. This has less to do with me and more to do with us dancing together.  That’s the miracle of bellydancing for me, the way we need and depend on each other to dance.  We can’t do it alone.  And I’m looking forward to being a part of that.

I’m going to go and work on my make up now.  I’ll keep doing it till I’m comfortable with it.  Till I feel confident that tomorrow morning I’ll be able to wake up, get dressed, put on my makeup and feel good about it all as I drive into Bennington Vermont.

Jon will be taking some pictures and video, so I’ll write all about it and post some pictures on Sunday.

I’ll be dancing with the Bennington Beledi  Tribal Bellydancers  tomorrow at the Bennington Farmers Market in Bennington Vermont from 10am-1pm.

17 thoughts on “Getting Ready To Bellydance At The Farmers Market

  1. It will be a beautiful day, leap forward personally, offering joy & positivity to the audience — primarily a day for your spirit & connection to the group!

  2. Wow, what a spectacular costume! You’ve completely transformed yourself into a different person. Like a butterfly emerging from its chrysalis. Wish I could be there to see you all dance. Looking forward to Jon’s video. I hope you have a great time!

  3. Looks great. I love the skirt. BTW…never use someone else’s makeup. You will be spreading bacteria and god forbid someone has an infection in their eye. You don’t want to use their eyeliners. And throw mascara away after 3 months. Never keep it for longer than 3 months. It’s called safety towards eye bacteria. Mascara is more prone to bacteria as it is closed up tight. You look great. Pencil eyeliners are the best. Just get the 2 pack that has the sharpener with it. I keep all my makeup in a small cosmetic bag. Only for special occasions. I love the Plain Jane free as a spirit look. Have fun.

  4. Love how the red tassels on the skirt pick up the red in your top, how the purple ruffles will make hip lifts pop & the turban is a blend between the red and purple. Saw the video on Bedlam Farm, so cool how you moved up to the front for part of it! So many things to remember at once and you still looked like you were having fun. <3

  5. Bravo, Maria!

    My favorite picture is the one Jon took of you looking in the mirror and applying makeup.

    I enjoyed his video of your dance. I particularly like the costume variation.

    So glad you felling so “up” about the whole thing an so redy to go and perform happily. wonderful achievement.

  6. I was going to say, “You GO girl!” but then I saw Jon’s video and you definitely WENT girl!
    I could see you becoming more relaxed and confident as the dancing progressed. Your costume is stunning.

  7. Bravo. I watched the video of the belly dancing and was so impressed. You looked confident and oh so happy. I would never have guessed that that you have only been doing this for such a short while. You are brave and should be very proud of what you have accomplished. The makeup was perfect and your costume is bright and so you. Success!!!!

  8. Maria, I thought you were wonderful doing your belly dance. I kept thinking that I would never be able to get up and do that. Maybe, that’s the whole idea. It’s women getting together to do something fun, and you have to overcome those feelings of insecurity. That must be very empowering. Keep doing the things you love, and more power to you.

    I’m just curious, did you make your costume? It looked great, and you looked like you were having fun.

    Ellen Pepin

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