Friday, September 23, 2011

Belly Dance at the Renaissance Festival

My Renaissance Festival post! Here are some pictures I took, some on my iPod and some on my camera, and a few from Lyra's camera and my mom's camera. My belly dance troupe, RakStar Fusion, has gone every year during Silk Road, the Middle Eastern themed weekend at the MN Ren Fest. This is my second year with the troupe, so it is my second time working Silk Road! All belly dancers who are in the Guild of Oriental Dance get in for free. (I think because they know how much all of us will spend at the vendors they bring in. I got two skirts, a small tribal belt, a pack of bindis, and a coin belt! And that was just at Dahlal, the belly dance shop set up.) This is also the second year that we were invited to dance on the Pavillion Stage as a showcase for the volunteer dancers. Afterward, we get to stay at the fair after hours and eat some yummy grilled food, drink some yummy cold beer, and sneak around the campgrounds in the pitch dark! Eek!

Ren Fest is such a fun time in the troupe. We get to hang out, walk around and shop and eat together, and just be silly! We have two dances that we perform out and about in a grassy area - one is our stick dance, Saidi, and the other is our finger cymbal dance, which we just call Zill. Both of them can be done with just a drum beat, not music, so that makes it perfect for the Renaissance.

I love eating big turkey legs!
Beautifuly Lyra. She made her top and head piece!
Getting ready to go perform in the grass.
Lyra & me, featuring my (1 of 5) bone necklaces.
View of the Dahlal vendor tent .. So many treasures.

After we perform, it is our tradition to make our own RakStar picnic by our car in the parking lot. We all change out of our layers and layers of belly dance clothes and into cute, comfy (and in this weekend's case, WARM) clothes and relax on a blanket with snacks and wine. I love dancing and walking around all day, but our picnic time might be my favorite part of Renaissance.

Stopped at a bar on the way home the first night & they gave us samples of their homemade jalapeno vodka in little, baby Bloody Marys! Yum! :9
Day 2.
One of our favorite shops! They have $3 mugs!
And there is a tree growing in the middle of it.
I bought two more for my mug collection!
Liz's necklace! The other side is a sweet smile.

Beautiful Channa shopping for gypsy wares.

People fencing at the after-hours party. So "Role Models."
Lunch on day three. Another turkey leg!
Enjoying some mead, listening to pub songs.
Me & Lyra, relaxing on the last day. I love this picture!

Kelly <3
RakStars dancing in the grass.I framed this picture! (Is that vain?)

So many snacks!

With one of our drummers; we named him Aladdin One.
Another one of our favorite shops! This is why I get my gypsy perfume oils.

Incense! (At the same shop as the oils.) They gave us ten for $1, so I bought 100 sticks. Whoops!
The stage we danced on!
RakStar Fusion Bellydancers.
When is the last time that you've been to a Renaissance Festival? Do you like them or are they not your thing? I love them! I love the smells, the food, the shops -- pretty much everything. And I get to go again next weekend for Channa's bachelorette party!

1 comment:

  1. Looove this post, lady!
    Renaissance Festivals are fab in general, but you all and your outfits make it even moreso. <3



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