The Latest Bellydance News!

Greetings everyone! We’ve got lots of stuff coming up:

Winter session is almost over but summer is so far away! I’m going to have four single-subject classes in April to round out the season:

  • April 5: Intro to veil work – I will show some basic moves and we’ll learn a short drill/choreography. Veils will be provided if you do not have your own, but there will be a limited number.
  • April 12: Shimmy intensive – We will learn different types of shimmies.
  • April 19: Music and Rhythm – basic overview of common Middle Eastern rhythms as well as popular dance music. Bring your zills if you have some. (Yes, I am aware this is Easter weekend).
  • April 26: Regional Dance Styles and Costuming – brief overview of the differences in styles of bellydance and the costuming that is commonly worn with it. I will bring samples from my own collection.

Shimmy Mob registration closes for adults in the USA on April 4. Better hurry up and register! More info here. Please consider donating to our chosen charity, CVIC Inc through our GoFundMe link.

Bad Weather Burlesque will be holding a “Burlesque 101” workshop at the Red Raven at 7pm April 7 and also April 28. We will be covering such crossover topics as posture, stage presence, makeup and glitter. This is free and open to the public, although if you want to donate a couple of bucks we wouldn’t turn you down. 😉

Hope to see you soon!

A Letter To Miles Copeland

ED NOTE: I may not have made it clear in my original posting that I did in fact get resolution from BDSS accounting 4 months after the show. I had chosen to publish this letter as an expression of my concern about BDSS business practices, and as information to other potential sponsors. Please see the full story at the Gilded Serpent.

As some readers of this blog may know, in February of 2013 I sponsored Club Bellydance in Fargo/Moorhead. It was a pretty fantastic time, I must say, but there were some rough spots, particularly after the actual performance was said and done. The Gilded Serpent has kindly published my account of the entire experience which you can read here. As indicated in that article, on June 14, 2013 I sent the following email to Miles Copeland and I am publishing it here as information for anyone considering being a local Club Bellydance sponsor. As of publication I have not received a reply from Mr. Copeland, but this email was the impetus to finally get some resolution from accounting.

Dear Mr. Copeland and associates,

My name is Erica Franklin and I was the Fargo sponsor for Club Bellydance in February of this year. I am writing directly to you because I am having some rather serious problems with follow-up after the show and I have not been able to get any sort of useful response. It has been 4 months since the show and I have still not been paid. That also means my dancers have not been paid, so that is not reflecting well on me. After consulting with some colleagues I have decided to appeal to you directly for assistance. Please be aware that since my inquiry for advice resulted in a great deal of debate and interest, I will be sharing your reply with others.

I was initially contacted by Stevo Glendinning of course, but he never did give me a payment timeline. The day after the show my door volunteer informed me that Stevo asked him for the cash admissions, and when they were relinquished, Stevo did not count the money, but just wadded it up and put it in his pocket. Obviously this was a bit troubling. I had emailed Stevo but he has not replied to me. Since then I have been in contact with Roxanne Goon, who has made efforts to assist in resolving this, but accounting isn’t really her department so I felt I should not bother her with this issue any further. I would like to mention here that she has been very helpful and a genuine pleasure to work with.

But I digress. After 4 months and no resolution I appealed to some of my dance colleagues for advice. The replies I received were quite surprising. It appears that my issue with BDSS was not at all isolated, and in fact delayed payment and non-payment appears to be a rather serious and widespread problem amongst your sponsors and vendors. BDSS appears to be generating a bad reputation in this area. Some other sponsors have suggested that they would not produce Club Bellydance on future tours. Vendors had similar attitudes.

BDSS has done so much to promote Middle Eastern Dance in the years since it began, it is really heartbreaking to see that the company has developed such a poor reputation. I would like to see BDSS recover from this situation and that is why I am taking the time to inform you of how bad things have become. I hope you realize that because of the internet and workshops all over the country, we all know each other and talk to each other all the time. It’s just like any other profession or serious hobby. I hope you will take this to heart.

Because I do not believe Stevo has any receipt of payment I will give this info to you:

20 pre-sale tickets @ $20 ea = $400
67 door admissions @ $25 ea = $1675
Total ticket sales = $2075
$2075 x .20 = $415 due to me

Please let me know if you have any questions. I anxiously await your reply.

Get Ready For Winter Session!

Winter Session Starts Jan. 4!

Winter Session Starts Jan. 4!

Happy Holidays lovelies! Just a reminder that Winter session starts on January 4. We’ll have new music, new choreography and a lot of fun.

Please note at the top of this page that there is a new tag – Workshops. My good friend Ezma Siddiqah is hosting the world renown Jasmin Jahal on March 1-2. I’m so excited she’s coming! This is a rare opportunity to have such a fantastic dancer and instructor right here in Fargo. If you have not been dancing long please note that the first workshop is appropriate for ALL LEVELS – that means you! So mark your calendars and sign up for early bird pricing.

Here’s hoping you get all the sparkles you desire!

 

Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School

Dr. Sketch's Anti Art School

Dr. Sketch’s Anti Art School

Howdy, artist friends! Mark your calendars for Thursday, Dec. 12 because I will be the live model for Dr. Sketchy’s this month! Check us out at the Beefsteak Club in Fargo from 8-10pm. This is for dry media only, but you can get creative. November’s model was Bender !Flames! and one artist captured him in wire art. Love it!

Remember, this is a prime opportunity to get some material for the Erotic Art Show, which will be held around Valentine’s Day. More details on that later.

Nice To Meet You, Hakan!

A gathering of kindred spirits

A gathering of kindred spirits

I know it’s a little late, but this is just a shout-out to our new friend, Hakan (center), who is spending the month traveling around the USA meeting people, dancing, learning, discovering the meaning of life probably. Yeah, I’m jealous. Thanks for stopping in our humble berg of Fargo, ND. We hope to see you again sometime!

Fall 2013 Class Session Begins Sept. 7!

Fall 2013 Starts Sept. 7

Fall 2013 Starts Sept. 7

Is the summer almost over already?! I can hardly believe it. So tie on your hip scarf and let’s get our shimmy on! First class starts Sept. 7, 10am-11am at the Spirit Room in the Lotus Studio.  There will be a couple of weeks when I have obligations so I will give students due notice if a particular week is postponed.

One weekend for sure we won’t have class is Oct. 19, when I will be attending the Lovely Dozen’s workshop in Grand Forks, featuring Mahin, of Bellydance Quickies fame. I’m really excited about this opportunity, and I recommend all area dancers consider making the trip up North.

Check out my Class FAQ if you have questions, or email me, or message me on Facebook. Hope to see you all soon!

Summer Is Heating Up!

The Boys of Bad Weather Burlesque with Special Guest Paco Fish (poster courtesy Bender !Flames!)

The Boys of Bad Weather Burlesque with Special Guest Paco Fish

Hey lads and ladies, summer is a busy time of year and there are no signs of it slowing down! Mark your calendars for these awesome shows:

Friday, July 26Bad Weather BOYlesque All-Male Review with Special Guest Paco Fish on his Vanguard tour! Bender !Flames! made the poster above – isn’t it gorgeous? I just want to look at it all day.

Thursday, August 1 Bad Weather Burlesque, Cruisin’ Broadway – at the Aquarium in Fargo, 10pm  Cancelled

Friday, August 9 – FM Entertainers Pride Showcase – proceeds to benefit FM Pride – at Big D’s in Fargo, 8pm

Sunday, August 11 – FM Pride Parade – downtown Fargo, 2pm

Saturday, August 24 Vixen Variety Shows performing with Tripwire – at Big D’s in Fargo, 9pm Cancelled

Wednesday, August 29 – Bad Weather Burlesque – debut performance at the Windbreak in Fargo, 8pm

Thursday, September 5 – Bad Weather Burlesque, Cruisin’ Broadway – at the Aquarium in Fargo, 10pm

Saturday, September 21 – Hip Raks (Shimmy Sisters & Oasis Dancers) – Reineke Fine Arts, NDSU, Fargo, 7pm

That should keep you entertained for the summer! Keep an eye on my calendar page for more fun throughout the year, and “LIKE” Bad Weather Burlesque, Vixen Variety Shows and Bellydance With Erica on Facebook for up-to-date info. Hope you can make it to some of these events!

Upcoming Events in the Fargo-Moorhead Area – get off your butt!

Le Belle de Trois

Le Belle de Trois

Hey everyone! Spring (LOL! Whatevs) is upon us and there is so much happening. I thought I’d keep you all in the loop. Make sure to check out my calendar page too.

Friday, April 19:

Vixen Variety Shows at Big D’s with 24/7 – If VV is there it’s totally worth it, right?

Saturday, April 20:

Edge Life Holistic Expo, Fargo Civic Center, both Saturday and Sunday

Blue Elephant Bazaar at the Spirit Room. Sale starts at 2pm, followed by a performance, meal, and book launch. This is an all-day celebration.

Superhappyfuntime returns to FM. Legacy Ballroom, 9pm

Saturday, April 27:

Le Belle de Trois at The Winery: 3 course meal and 3 course entertainment featuring Enchanting Erica, Ladyking Cole, The Alabaster Disaster, and Jarica Jordan.

Friday, May 3-Sunday, May 5:

CoreCon – fan convention extraordinaire at the Days Inn Moorhead. Visit the KEEP for Kaiju goodness and an in-depth look at nudist films, and see the Mistryl Shimmy Guard debut at the Death Star Visitors’ Lounge. There will be other stuff too. 😉

Saturday, May 4:

Vixen Variety Shows at the Legacy Ballroom, 10pm

Tuesday, May 7:

Chippendales at the Garage Bar, Moorhead, 8pm

Saturday, May 11:

World Bellydance Day Stage Show, Firehall Theater 415 2nd Ave N, Grand Forks, ND, 8pm

Friday, May 31:

Naughty Novice Night with Bad Weather Burlesque – check out the new talent and vote for the best Burlesque! More info TBA.

Obviously as the F-M area is pretty happenin’ there is much, much more going on, but this list is the best of the best. I’m not at all biased, really. 😉

This Month in Bellydance – March!

Vixen Variety Shows

Vixen Variety Shows

February was a crazy month, and March shows no signs of slowing down. Vixen Variety Shows will be putting on a spectacular at Big D’s in Fargo Wednesday, March 13 at 10pm. We’ve just recruited some great hula hoopers and a fire eater in addition to drag, burlesque and of course bellydance, so don’t miss it!

The stars have finally aligned and I will be able to attend Cassandra Shore’s weeklong bellydance intensive. I’m so excited I can hardly stand it! I’ve been wanting to do this for about 10 years. I just got an update today on what we will be doing: two choreographies, a class performance, two professional performances, stage makeup, the works! Gonna be great!

And we’ll be at the Winery again for our monthly show on March 30, this time the theme is “spring.” Chef John could pull anything out of his masterful hat. Whatever it is you won’t want to miss it. Nom!

We’re going to be wrapping up our current class session on March 30 (no class March 23 due to the workshop), and starting a 4-week shimmy intensive to round out the season. That will be April 6-27. After that no regular class until after Labor Day. But we will still have haflas and other events. Check back here for updates.

Looking further out on the calendar, don’t forget CoreCon is May 3-5, where I will co-host The KEEP, which is possibly the best con suite there (totally unbiased opinion), and the Mistryl Shimmy Guard (best bellydance troupe at CoreCon, also unbiased) will be making their debut at the Death Star Visitor’s Lounge.

AND of course May 11 is World Bellydance Day. The Lovely Dozen are hosting a weekend-long workshop with Saroya of Atlanta, as well as the Shimmy Mob! This is going to be a BLAST! If you are interested in the shimmy mob I suggest you register right away so you can come to grips with the choreography. Click the links for more info.

I’m tuckered out just typing about all of this stuff. Hope you can join us!

Weekend Watch – Le Poisson de Trois at The Winery

Le Poisson de Trois

Le Poisson de Trois

Nothing to do Saturday? Need a romantic night out? Check out The Winery‘s event Le Poisson de Trois: a three-course meal and a three-course show featuring me, of course, and my super sexy cohorts Ladyking Cole and The Alabaster Disaster, and hosted by the fabulous Jarica Jordan. 10% of the proceeds will go toward Bros on Broadway. You can’t loose, especially if you love seafood like I do! Seating is at 6:45pm, tickets are $60 and are available in advance – a great deal for the lovely food and the lovely ladies.

UPDATE: Advance ticket sales are only available until noon Saturday, hurry to reserve your seat!

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