Apr 18

Upcoming Workshops

This May in Jerusalem at the Bellydance Center Turkish style choreography with zills and a drum solo!

Apr 11

Sofsof I decided to take the plunge and...

I am now accepting custom costume orders. It's something I've wanted to do for a while now. Today Galit came to pick up her sets. I hemmed all of them and then we did a mini photo shoot. My photography skills suck big time, and this is something I'm definitely going to work on until I could afford to hire a pro :) But it was super fun to do because Galit despite her irl shyness turned out to be friends with the camera. She posed with ease, was very patient, let me play with her hair and was very sweet all around.

Regarding the name. Sofsof is my nickname among some friends, plus it means "finally" in Hebrew. The abbreviation came later on when I was playing with the collage, at first as a joke, but I decided to keep it despite its tackiness. After all I'm making costumes for belly dancers, we love this kind of stuff, don't we? Say yes LOL

Anyway, I have already started working on stage costumes. I drafted a few designs a few weeks ago and been accumulating really cool fabrics, so let the stash bust begin!

Apr 7

IV Oriental Cup of Ukraine – Donetsk – Day II – Ethno-Party - Part II

Sorry for the delay folks! Between the vacation in Thailand and the new group in Tel Aviv I got a bunch of posts accumulated. First thing first – continuing my Oriental Cup of Ukraine 2012 experiences.

The dinner was followed by performances of some of the festival’s participants. Amira studio from Chernovtsi went on first. They have started their performance with a traditional greeting – the bread and salt ceremony. Bread and salt is a traditional Slavic welcome ceremony, usually done in full national costume. The guests are greeted with a huge loaf of bread with salt mounted on top of it. The bread is presented on top of rushnik - a beautiful embroidered towel. The loaf of bread, the sausages and the traditional pertsivka ( chilli pepper spirit similar to vodka) were all home-made and we got a taste of them later on!
Bread and Salt Ceremony
Traditional Ukrainian women costumes consist of several pieces. A white blouse tucked in a black or navy skirt that has a light (usually white) petticoat underneath. All the garments are heavily embroidered by hand! The costumes that Irina and her girls were wearing were of amazing craftsmanship, as they were embroidered with beads. Some of the items, like Irina’s petticoat were even hand-woven! It’s not possible to buy this kind of costumes; they are usually made in the villages and passed to young girls on the day of their marriage.

Chernovtsi girls setting us on fire!

The performance was a dynamic medley of several Ukrainian dances. I’m posting the video of the same performance that opened the gala concert. Personally I enjoyed the club version more because of the direct connection the girls had with us. They literally lit the whole restaurant on fire!
Watch the complete Amira studio performance ( starting at:1:10 ) here.

Followed by Amira studio was Elena Veretennikova’s flamboyant version of a traditional Russian dance. Elena Veretennikova is the head of Eishta studio from Perm, Russia, and she is known for very dynamic, innovative group choreos. It was hard to hold our laughs throughout Eishta’s performance. From the oversized kokoshnik (traditional Russian head piece) to Eishta’s humoristic attitude and the general pizzazz! This ensemble certainly knows how to give a show!

Perm's Eishta Rule!

The party went on with everyone on the dance floor dancing their hearts out! I came back to my apartment completely enthralled by the performances and the good vibes!

Aleksei's RA studio having fun!

Happy among friends!
Stay tuned for posts about competition and the gala concert!