Happy New Year

Baba Ghanoush hopes you had a beautiful holiday season, and wishes you joy, health, and art in 2015!

We are busy preparing a new piece for Art of the Belly 2015- maybe we’ll see you in March in Ocean City, MD. Stay tuned for news about other performances this year, and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook.

Also, check out Amy Fae’s ongoing belly dance class in New Freedom, PA at EMC Performing Arts Studio.


What’s coming up?

September 12, 2014, 5:30pm (Friday): Drawing at DuskSomething different!  Amy Fae will perform a short belly dance set and model in belly dance costume (with Aubergine troupemate Kalindi) for a special life drawing session.  Alizarin (Joanna Barnum) wears her visual artist hat, and facilitates the session with drawing demonstrations.  Luce Foundation Center, 3rd floor, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC, free.

September 13, 2014, 1-3pm (Saturday): Akimbo Artwalk– Baba Ghanoush perform as part of this site-specific festival, along with dance companies of various genres, inspired by locations within the Station North Arts District.  Baba Ghanoush will perform a 20 minute composition on a loop from 1-3pm at Liam Flynn’s Ale House, 22 W North Ave, Baltimore, MD.  Other performances throughout the area from 1pm-6pm.  Look for a yellow shirted Akimbo volunteer for a map, or visit http://akimbobaltimore.com for more information!  This is a free event.


Belly Dance Life Drawing at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Last month, we had the opportunity to participate in a very special event at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.  On April 11, as part of the “Drawing at Dusk” series of programming, Alizarin (with her visual artist hat on as Joanna Barnum) led a life drawing session with Amy Fae and Aubergine troupemate Kalindi as costumed belly dance models.


The session began with a short choreographed dance to share the art form with the program participants.  Joanna gave a brief talk on the history and culture of belly dance and a series of demos on gesture drawing technique.  Amy and Kalindi took a variety of poses, including short warm up poses for gesture drawing, a series of flowing poses for progressive gesture drawing, and some longer poses for sustained drawing.


The program was free and open to the public, and the participants ranged from curious beginners to experienced artists.  We met with rave reviews, and will be returning for a repeat performance on Friday, September 12, 2015 at 5pm.  Stay tuned for additional details as they are finalized.



Gemini: A Showcase of Belly Dance Duets

Baba Ghanoush is very pleased to be collaborating with our friends Cypress Belly Dance in producing this event showcasing the art of the belly dance duet, and raising funds for House of Ruth Maryland.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Christian Temple
5820 Edmondson Ave at Academy Rd.
Catonsville, MD

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The Cause: Baba Ghanoush and Cypress feel that the soulful art of belly dance has given each of us a gift of self awareness and autonomy over our bodies. House of Ruth helps women and children who are or have been victims of domestic abuse find or regain the same things….

“The House Of Ruth Maryland is one of the nation’s leading domestic violence centers, helping thousands of battered women and their children find the safety and security that so many of us take for granted.” Please visit their website to learn more.

Admission: $15, or $10 with a donation item from the wish list.

Our Duets:

Char & Shahvei
Cyra Khurren & Hazine
Eye of Isis
Melissa Rae & Mira Leigh
Pamela & Joan
Short and Sweet
Verve Tribal

And, of course, your hosts: Baba Ghanoush and Cypress.

Our official event photographer will be Pamela Rowlett Photography.

Feel free to print and distribute your own copies of our event flyer.
Download the full page (8.5″ x 11″) version.
Download the half page (to fliers to a page) version.

Alizarin’s Easy Belly Dance Eye Makeup

My Aubergine troupe mates and other belly dancers often compliment me on my eye makeup style, and ask how it’s done.  I’ve been promising a tutorial for a while.  Here it is!

I’m completely self trained at makeup, learning what I can from other dancers, the internet, and my background as a visual artist.  So this certainly isn’t the only way or the “right” way to do this…but it’s pretty easy, and seems to get good results that lots of people respond positively to.

Step 1.  I like to start with a completely bare face, and do my eye makeup before foundation- so that I don’t need to worry about eye shadow spills ruining my foundation.  Apply a piece of ordinary scotch tape to the outside corner of your eye, at an angle.  (If you’re worried about pulling it off your sensitive skin later, you can minimize the tape’s stickyness a bit by first pressing the tape to a towel or your clothing).  Some people also like to put eye makeup primer on their eyelid and brow bone area to help their eye shadow stick.  I haven’t found this makes a difference on my skin type, but some people swear by it, so give it a try sometime and see what you think.

Step 2.  Apply a highlight color to your brow bone, under the peak of your eyebrow.  This area should have the highest concentration of highlight, but you can blend some outward.  You can also add a small highlight to the indentation between the inside corner of your eye and the ridge of your nose.  Good highlight colors are gold, silver, white, or light pink, depending on what other colors you are using, your costume, and your skin tone.  For stage, I like eye shadow with some sparkle/pearlescence to it as opposed to completely matte color.  Use a high quality eye shadow with saturated colors.  My favorite is Urban Decay.  To be completely honest, I don’t use fancy brushes for this part- the applicator that came with the makeup is fine, or a new clean disposable one.

Step 3. Choose a bright color you like.  I may choose a color that matches something in my costume, or I may choose a color that compliments it without matching.  I know when it comes to “real life” makeup, matching your eye shadow color to your clothing is a no-no, but this isn’t “real life” and belly dancers aren’t known for doing anything half way!  Alternately, if you want a more neutral or smoldering look, you might choose a medium silver or bronze instead of a bright color.  Fill in everything that’s not your highlight area with this color.  Use up all the space right up to your eyebrow, and make sure you are filling in all the area next to the scotch tape edge.  This might look really garish up close, and would be too much for a street clothes or even an evening look, but trust me- it will make your face hold up to your bright costume, and make your eyes stand out on stage.  Use your applicator or your finger to blend the color in with your highlight where they meet.

Step 4.  There are two versions of step four.

Note: If you are older, have deep set eyes (with not much space between your eye lid and eyebrow), or very fair hair, you may want to experiment substituting dark brown or even a dark shade of another color (like green or purple) for the black.  On the people mentioned above, sometimes black looks too harsh, especially when you will be up close with your audience, instead of on a stage.  If you have very deep set eyes, you may also want to skip the liner on your actual lash line, and just add the decorative line extending from the corner of your eye near the tape.

Advanced version: Moisten an angled brush in water, and dip it in high quality black eye shadow.  Use it to draw on “liner” along your lash line, and next to your scotch tape, making sure to overlap the tape edge for good coverage.  Make the liner fairly thick.  You can also extend it under the outside lower edge of your eye, tapering off as you approach your inner eye.

Easy/Speedy/Shaky hand version:  Using a small brush or the tip of a regular applicator, apply high quality black shadow along your lash line, and over the edge of the scotch tape.  With your finger or applicator, blend it into the main shadow color.  Using your finger, blend the outside edge of the black out away from your eye so that it fades out.

Step 5. Remove the tape, leaving behind a crisp edge.  Apply black mascara to your upper eyelashes, and to the outer edge of your lower lashes.  Use lotion on a tissue to wipe away any eye shadow you spilled on your cheeks before applying your foundation.  If you have very light or thin brows, you might want to highlight them with dark brown eyeshadow.  If the shape of the liner right under your eye at the outer edge looks funny, soften the line there with a q-tip, or use a q-tip dipped in lotion to remove excess.

Optional: Add glitter over your brow bone highlight.

When doing the rest of your makeup, don’t forget to apply more blush and darker or brighter lipstick than you normally would for street makeup.  Stage makeup should look garish up close, but will look good on a stage and help your face match the rest of your costume, so that you don’t look washed out.