Massive closet-cleaning!

Folks – I’m cleaning out the dance closet. Please buy my stuff!

UPDATE: It’s a non-smoking home, but I do have cats. I’ll do my best to clean things up for you, but clothing items are best for the non-allergic.

Guidelines:

  • Preference will be given to local dancers or those visiting the Bay Area who can pick up (I’m looking at you, Advanced Teacher Training students). I don’t want to ship all this stuff.
  • I have loads of unlisted items (jewelry, hip shawls, miscellany) in my closet that are also up for sale — if you’re willing to arrange a time to come my house, look through my stuff and I’ll give you a deal!
  • Price includes shipping in the continental United States. Otherwise, contact me for a shipping quote.

If you would like an item:

  1. Comment on the post (here on my blog, not on Facebook) with:
    • the item(s) you’d like, and
    • whether you need it shipped or can pick it up.
  2. Remember, those willing to pick up get priority. If a local dancer expresses interest in the same item within 48 hours of an initial comment, it’ll go to them.
  3. I’ll respond to your comment via email. We can exchange payment details and shipping info (if applicable) over email.

 

Skirts: Skirts for sale

Pantaloons: Pantaloons for sale

Cholis: Performance cholis for sale

More coming soon as I post it — stay tuned! Thank you, and thanks for buying my stuff.

 

Performance cholis for sale

Mostly velvet and/or lace. Prices negotiable, especially if you buy more than one!

All are Flying Skirts size Medium unless otherwise indicated, and fit me well at a 34/36 B/C (depending on the day).

Forest Green long-sleeve velvet, $35

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Fuschia velvet long-sleeve, $35

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Fuschia velvet short sleeve drop shoulder, $35

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Sheer black lace short sleeve, $30

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Sheer black lace long-sleeve, $30

This one fits more like a size large.

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Sheer fuschia lace 3/4 sleeve, $30

This one fits more like a size large.

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2. Purple sweetheart short-sleeve velvet, $30 HOLD FOR VICTORIA

Technically it’s a Flying Skirts medium, but this fits me a little on the small side. Would be fine for a size medium or small dancer, but probably not larger than a B-cup.

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8. Silver lace lined choli, $40 HOLD FOR VICTORIA

Like-new condition. Lined – no need for a bra on this one.

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3. Silver drop-shoulder short-sleeve velvet, $40 SOLD

New, never danced in, though I did cut out the tag. Flying Skirts. Drop-shoulders are finished, not cut.

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4. Magenta cotton short-sleeve with mirror trim, $20 SOLD

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5. Magenta sheer lace short-sleeve, $30 SOLD

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6. Magenta velvet short sleeve, $30 SOLD

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7. White velvet short sleeve, $40 SOLD

Only worn once in performance.

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12. Sheer baby pink lace short sleeve, $30 SOLD

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Pantaloons for sale

 

1. Hot pink satin pantaloons

Made by BellyRoll. Nice heavy bridal-grade satin, with a great shine peeking out from under a skirt. Cotton yoke. Approx. 41″ long, waist stretches to 21″ flat – but there’s extra elastic so you can let out the waist if needed. $40.

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2. Dark magenta pantaloons HOLD FOR JACQUI

Approx. length 40″, waist stretches to 19″ flat. Lightweight lining material with cotton yoke. $30.

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3. Soft purple silky Debaloons HOLD FOR JACQUI

Made by D.Webb couture – these have great shine and swish, with the high-quality construction and attention to detail that characterizes Debbie’s work. Pleated onto a cotton yoke. Approx. 43″ long, waist stretches to 22″ flat, but there’s extra elastic to let the waist out if you need it. $50.

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4. Lightweight teal pantaloons

Made with lightweight lining material. Approx. 47″ long, waist stretches to 22″ flat. $20.

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Skirts for sale

All prices negotiable, especially if you buy more than one. More pictures available on request.

Pewter/Fuschia Spinning Skirt (New with tags)

Approx 38″ long. $100.

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Magenta Spinning Skirt with Blue/Gold Band

Approx. 38-39″ long. Excellent condition. $90.

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Blue Block Print

Approx. 36″ long. $70.

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Green/Blue Block Print

Green and blue print on a cream background. Approx. 36-37″ long. $70.

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Pink Dip-Dye

Approx. 36-37″ long. $70.

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Baby Pink Padma

Approx. 36-37″ long. $70.

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Burgundy Jaipur

This skirt has a drawstring and zipper at the waist, no elastic. Approx. 40-41″ long. $70.

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11: Iridescent Forest Green / Teal Padma HOLD FOR MANDY

Never danced in. Approx 39″-40″ long. $100.

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12: Orange Padma HOLD FOR VICTORIA

Approx. 36-37″ long. $80.

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15: Dark Pink Padma HOLD FOR ROBIN

Approx. 36-37″ long. $70.

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Purple Block Print SOLD

Approx 41″ long. $80.

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Brick Block Print SOLD

Approx. 36-37″ long. $70.

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White Padma SOLD

Approx 36-37″ long. $60.

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Teal Padma with Gold Band HOLD FOR VICTORIA

Approx. 38″ long. This one might need the elastic re-threaded. $60.

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Purple Jaipur SOLD

Elastic waistband, I think 15 yards at the hem unlike most Jaipurs. Approx. 36-37″ long. $70.

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The end of an era

I first came to 670 S. Van Ness in April of 2010. I was visiting from Maine, in town for General Skills. I remember walking down 18th, turning left at the Whiz Burger and rounding the corner onto South Van Ness, and slowly realizing… I was not alone. There was a group of women, different ages, sizes, faces, wearing skirts and cholis, congregating in the driveway as if they belonged there.

And they did, of course. They were all just early. Carolena arrived – what a presence! – and opened the door to the Mothership.

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That was the beginning. Since then, I’ve been there countless times, connecting with other dancers and connecting with my own body and my own heart. This is a sacred, transformative space. And I’m only one of the newest people to participate.

Fast forward six years. There have been twists and turns, friends gained and lost, and countless connections forged in this space. I have met new friends from around the world; I have danced with people who barely spoke English. I have calloused my aching feet on that famous squeaky floor.

I never aspired to teach as part of the FatChanceBellyDance® teaching faculty. Really. I wanted to work hard and refine my technique, and if I happened to be invited, I would have welcomed it gladly. But it was never an aspiration.

I’ve been part of the teaching faculty for two years now. What a gift. For people in this community, it’s the ultimate honor: to teach at the Mothership.

Today, I taught my last classes in this space.

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Forgive the blurriness. It was humid today in the studio and I hadn’t wiped off the lens.

We’re not stopping, of course. We’re moving next door for a while, and will be expanding into additional spaces in the Bay Area soon. But that doesn’t mean it’s not bittersweet to leave this transformative, beautiful space.

Farewell, Mothership. Here’s to the next evolution.

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Build a better lip

It takes a lot of practice to develop an open-looking, natural smile on stage. Because of the effort, it’s easy to develop a tight smile when we perform. This tightness in the lips and jaw can create a straight horizontal line at the bottom of our lips, which leaves our faces looking small and closed-off.

Luckily, makeup can help, at least a little! In this quickie tutorial video, learn a little technique for making your smile appear more expressive and natural on stage.

(Credit and thanks to Sofia for passing along the Lip Tar to me… it’s a favorite.)