A while ago I posted how I had gone through auditions and that I made it through twice for 2 separate Halloween dances. The occasion would be the Halloween Belly Dance show that was organized on the 27th of October, 2012.
It was quite an eventful build-up; many Sundays were spent at the dance school where we’d practice our scariest moves. We practiced during the weekdays and in the evenings too, sewed our costumes, prepared our make-up and memorized the music and steps over and over again. Booklets and posters were made, flyers were distributed, guest-lists created, the venue decorated and fingers were cut off to create lovely, sugary bites for the guests.
We do anything to make our guests feel welcome.
Together with 13 dancers, a couple of teachers, 5 volunteer actors and the plentiful of other volunteers, it could get quite hectic at times! But we made it. And it resulted in an absolutely fantastic show the Saturday before the 31st on October, last week.
Here are a couple of pictures to give you an impression of what went on..
We sacrificed a virgin to resurrect the High Priestess to help us bring back Isis
and with that sacrifice, we opened the gates of Hell. Demons danced with veil fans.
Then Lady Justice made a sacrifice for the Greater Good.
The poor virgin who was sacrificed earlier woke up again, only to find out she no longer had a heart. She wasn’t a happy camper..
The place looked absolutely haunted at times!
We had some random zombies roaming about. They seemed pretty pissed off!
There were dolls that haunted us with their porcelain beauty. Who knew dolls could be this creepy?
This psycho went nuts and had to be locked up and sedated again. Yes, that’s a straight-jacket. Turns out that straight-jackets are marvelous props.
We even made a pact with the Devil herself. Her two daughters weren’t very impressed though and made sure the Devil couldn’t do too much harm.
We took the stake from the heart of the Vampire Queen, so she’d rise once again!
All this so we could perform the ritual that would arise Isis, the Mother Goddess, to favour us with another year of fortune and luck
Isis answered our prayers…
…and blessed us with a whirling golden mist.
But of course dancing was just a part of the party. Safiya’s Bazaar was there with gorgeous jewelry, clothing, masks and other belly dance tidbits, and there was the possibility to have your future laid out for you with tarot, or your hands (or feet, or other bodyparts) painted with henna.
There were some wise ladies who could predict your future…
…and people could have their own henna patterns painted
More pictures can be found by clicking this link. Video is unfortunately not yet available due to a high level of touch-up needed. The light was very low and this turned out to be a bit of an issue for the camera. But I will post up a link to YouTube as soon as possible.
Now we’re planning to make it even better, bigger and scarier next year and instead of organizing a party, we’re even considering putting on a genuine theater show! Personally, I’m very much looking forward to that. Can’t wait to be on stage, can’t wait to get zombified again.
So. All in all; good and exciting times ahead for Halima’s Dance and Entertainment.
Until we meet again…