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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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.)

Diva Dreads for short hair: the video tutorial!

Lots of folks at ATS® Homecoming have been asking how I put the dreads on my head, so by popular request, here’s a video tutorial version of the photo tutorial I posted last year.  Enjoy!

Apologies that the top of my head got cut off – I’m still learning best practices for using iMovie on my phone! But for reference, here are two photos that Brandie took of me when I stopped by her booth to prep for the fashion show.

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Makeup for performance: the daytime outdoor gig

My very first time seeing tribal improv live was at the Farmers’ Market in Flagstaff, Arizona.  The dancers brought a carpet to dance on, and drummers, and created such a wonderful spectacle with their wide variety of bodies and faces and skill levels.  They brought so much joy to the people who thought they were just coming to the market for the vegetables.

To this day, street fairs and similar casual outdoor gigs are my favorite venue to perform in.  They’re a great opportunity to share our joy with the general public who wasn’t expecting to see something so delightful.

Makeup for this gig is interesting.  On the one hand, these gigs are probably going to be marketing opportunities for your studio, so you want your face to look accessible and friendly.  You want potential new students to think, “hey, I could do that.”

On the other hand, you still want to create a spectacle, and you still want to create enough of an exotic  look so that someone walking by doesn’t think, “Oh, that’s just Janet from the office in fancy duds.”  You still want your look to be removed from the everyday.

Here’s one way to achieve that.

Step 1: Sunscreen.

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This is important, ok?  I like a lightweight cream sunscreen for my face (the purple tube) and a spray sunscreen for everything else.  Don’t forget your back, and neck, and chest!  And midsection!

Yes, I use a foundation that has SPF.  But I still put a layer of sunscreen on underneath.  I live in California, and that sun can get intense.  You could also use a tinted moisturizer that has SPF, if you like, but me:  I FRY.  So this is what Step 1 looks like before I rub it in:

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Seriously.  Do not skimp on the sunscreen.  Remember that you can get burned even through clouds or — because this is San Francisco — fog.

(Depending on the texture of your sunscreen, you may find that your makeup slides around a little bit as a result.  Don’t worry, some tips and tricks for dealing with that are coming your way!)

 

Step 2: Primer.

Face and eyelids.  Here’s what I use.

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Step 3: Foundation, contour, blush, highlight.

For foundation, I use one of the normal, day-to-day foundations that I often reach for: a pressed powder from bareMinerals.  (I’ve got very sensitive skin, and the mineral makeup doesn’t seem to irritate it at all. )

Use what makes you feel good.  I don’t recommend liquid, though; I feel like the powder helps set the sunscreen a little bit to prevent too much sliding around.  But that’s my personal experience, of course, and yours may differ.

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For contour, I used a pressed powder that is a few shades darker than my foundation.  I put it in standard contouring places:  under cheekbones, under jawbones, on temples, and around the forehead.

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For highlight and blush, I’m using these from the “Rock Star” palette from theBalm.  I am in love with this palette.

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Blend the heck out of all of that.

 

Step 4: Eyeshadow.

For daytime gigs, my troupemate Jesse turned me on to a black and gold eyeshadow look.  They’re both neutrals, but just bold and blingy-enough that it sets you apart from your daily routine.  And the gold keeps it light, a dramatic look that’s still good for daytime.

First up, the gold.  I’m using Blitz from the Urban Decay original “Vice” palette — lots of great metallics in here — but use whatever metallic gold you want.

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Next, the black.  I’m using Black Market from the same palette.  Any matte black should work well, though.  Put it in the crease and just under the outside part of the inner lid.

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Then blend.  After blending, I will sometimes put another layer of gold on top to really lighten things up.  Here’s the finished eyeshadow look.

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Now is a good time to give yourself a dose of setting spray.  This one’s my favorite.

 

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Step 5: Eyelashes.

Normally I would always wear lashes, even to a daytime gig, because they really finish off the look and keep things interesting.  Here are the lashes I was going to wear — not as crazy as for stage, but still interesting and bold.

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… but I was having issues with the eyelash glue, and my hands were shaky since I’d had coffee but no real breakfast at this point, so I gave up and went a different route:  lots and lots of mascara.

I would definitely not recommend this for stage or any nighttime affair, but if there’s one gig where you can get away with just mascara, it’s the daytime outdoor gig.

I did two types of mascara:  first, a thickening mascara from Makeup For Ever, and second, a lengthening mascara called They’re Real! from Benefit.

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Step 6: Eyeliner.

(Or you could do this before the lashes.  Up to you, of course.)

I didn’t do anything fancy with liner today – I don’t normally for daytime gigs.  Liquid on the top lash line (I like the Illamasqua brand), no crazy cat eye, but you could go that route if you wanted.  Pencil about a third of the way in on the bottom lash line.

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Step 7: Eyebrows.

I FORGOT TO DO MY EYEBROWS.  SERIOUSLY, GUYS, DON’T DO THIS.  Luckily, my troupemate Sofia had some brown pencil with her and I was able to fix it later.

Step 8: Lips!

Pencil, lipstick, and a little bit of glitter eyeshadow in the pout to finish it off.  But when I leave the house, I just do pencil – it’s enough to help the look appear finished, but you’re not going to eat off your lipstick before you get to the gig.

I always pack a mirror, lipliner, and lipstick with me so I can get those things done before I go on.

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And here’s the finished look!  With the ever-patient Sofia.  (She’s made different — and equally lovely — makeup choices.  Remember there’s no real right or wrong here, just be mindful of why you’re making the choices you’re making, and be creative.)

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