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Get off my Foot and Dance! March 15, 2011

Filed under: Dance like no one is watching,Music - la la la la!!! — celebrationgoddess @ 7:39 am

TUNES TUESDAY – (enjoy grooving on a Tuesday
with some
music, especially an old
favorite or something totally new!!)

Tuesdays always call for some music! And I’m happy to say that I’ve decided to start taking dance classes again tonight. I sure hope my foot cooperates since Dr. Hottie said I could dance after 12 weeks. I’ve had a 3 year hiatus because of injuries and other obstacles! So tongue trillllll!!!!!! I’m starting up!!! I’m gonna take classes from Kara Kowert of Persephones Daughters http://www.persephonesdaughters.com/. Kara was kind enough to dance at my wedding with her partner Cat Velasquez and their fellow dancer Kim Dunham. The guests really enjoyed!

Enjoy some Arabic music and dancing by Kara: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADUMhgZxD_U&feature=related

 Laugh, Learn, and Liven up your Taste Buds!



A tilted kilt? March 12, 2011

Filed under: Dance like no one is watching — celebrationgoddess @ 9:21 am


SO MUCH FUN SATURDAY – (the greatest day of the week!)

Gonna be a party tonight at the Tilted Kilt in Elgin. What a great name!


 A little bit of corned beef, a little bit of beer, some lasses in kilts (hope there are some lads) and a lot of rock and roll. Hope me lads and lasses are going to enjoy their Saturday night. I will!!!!


Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!




Vaudezilla – Burlesque September 18, 2010

Filed under: Dance like no one is watching — celebrationgoddess @ 6:21 am

SO MUCH FUN SATURDAY – (the greatest day of the week!)

I just love facebook. I can find so many interesting things because of so many cool people out there!

I saw on Tom Marker’s XRT site:



Since I love to take belly dance classes, this seemed like a shakin’ good time.  You just gotta open up their main link here. The beginning of their website is very cute:


Vaudezilla presents “Rollin’ Outta Here Naked: A Big Lebowski Burlesque”
September 2010
Greenhouse Theatre
2257 N Lincoln Av
Chicago IL

September 2010
Fridays at 10pm
Saturdays at 10pm & Midnight
$15 Advance Tix

“Rollin’ Outta Here Naked: A Big Lebowski Burlesque” is a nationally-recognized, critically-acclaimed, box-office smash hit that will be remounting in September 2010. Don’t be out of your element! Join Vaudezilla Productions for an epic variety show featuring your favorite Bums, Achievers, and What-Have-You from the classic Coen Brothers film

Red Hot Annie’s Basic Burlesque
Chicago Burlesque Classes

DeMaira Dance Studios, Inc.
4705 W Lawrence Av, Chicago IL
Every Monday

DeMaira Dance Studios, Inc.
1146 Chicago Av, Oak Park IL
Every Wednesday

(new sessions start the first Mon/Wed of each month)

Ever wanted to learn the fine art of the bump and grind? Now you can. Get your body in motion with some smooth moves courtesy of one of the top burlesque performers in Chicago: Vaudezilla’s Red Hot Annie!

Red Hot Annie will steer you through all the burlesque basics, from shimmys and twirls to bumps and grinds. Whether you’re looking for sexy fun fitness, or you just want to get in touch your inner diva, Annie will keep you on your toes at Demaira Dance Studios.

Classes are $20 apiece, or four classes for just $60 (savings of $5 per class!). Sign up today and get ready to strut your stuff! And remember, you can join at any time! Register by email to annie@redhotannie.com .

Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What will I learn at burlesque class?
A: Our basic burlesque class teaches you the basics of getting comfortable in your body. Expect shimmies, bumps, grinds, and sexy moves that you can use on stage or in the bedroom. This class will push your ability to memorize and remember moves in 8-counts, while still allowing personal expression. Each class starts with a short warm-up, followed by drills, and then the largest portion of each hour is spent learning burlesque moves for a short, choreographed act that you can continue to rehearse at home.

Q: Can I sign up at any time, or should I wait to join until you start a new session?
A: A new session starts each month. You should begin attending during the first week of the month to make the most of your burlesque class experience.

Q: If I buy package of 4 classes for $60, do I have to take all consecutively?
A: The 4 classes must be taken within a single month. If you miss a class, inquire to arrange a makeup session.

Q: What if I want to perform?
A: If you are interested in performing, you should inform Red Hot Annie. During class, she will give you additional guidance and instruction, and depending on your level of interest, opportunities outside of class that are useful to those who are interested in performing.

Q: What if I don’t want to perform?
A: There is never any pressure to perform. Most of the students who take Red Hot Annie’s basic burlesque class have no intention of performing, and take the class as a form of exercise and expression.

Q: Can I watch a class and see what it’s like before committing?
A: Yes, you are welcome to attend a class and watch what it’s like. Please inquire for dates.

Q: What should I wear?
A: You should wear comfortable, form-fitting clothing (leotard/leggings) and dance shoes or shoes with a low heel (2″ or less) or stocking feet. No gym shoes.

I’m definitely gonna learn some burlesque. Every goddess dances great – but we all could use a few new bump and grinds honey!

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!



Feliz Día de la Independencia!!!! September 16, 2010

Filed under: Dance like no one is watching,Music - la la la la!!! — celebrationgoddess @ 8:46 pm

FOODIE FRIDAY – (enjoy a new recipe to try this weekend!)

I know I’m a day early with my Foodie Friday recipe but it’s a night to celebrate! Enjoy the night with this recipe! I know it’s a bit late in the evening to make it. So maybe run out to taco bell instead.


This delicious fondue takes only about 20 minutes to make. It serves six and can be served on tortillas or scooped up with chips.

1 lb Mexican queso “Cacique” or “El Mexicano” or any other queso blanco (light white cheese), cut into small chunks
3 to 4 cloves garlic, minced
juice of 4 limes, or ¼ cup lime juice
6 to 8 drops of a Mexican Hot Sauce, or other hot pepper sauce

Slowly melt cheese in a medium saucepan over flow heat. Stir continuously with a wooden spoon. When almost melted, add the garlic, lime, and the hot sauce, and heat through. Serve immediately with tortillas or chips


The Grito de Dolores (“Cry of Dolores”) was the battle cry of the Mexican War of Independence also known as El Grito de la Independencia (“Cry of Independence”), uttered on September 16, 1810 by Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a Roman Catholic priest from the small town of Dolores, near Guanajuato.

This event has since assumed an almost mythic status.[4][5] Since the late 20th century, Hidalgo y Costilla’s “cry of independence” has become emblematic of Mexican independence. Each year on the night of September 15, the President of Mexico rings the bell of the National Palace in Mexico City. He repeats a cry of patriotism (a Grito Mexicano) based upon the “Grito de Dolores” from the balcony of the palace to the assembled crowd in the Plaza de la Constitución, or Zócalo, one of the largest public plazas in the world. This event draws up to half a million spectators. On the dawn of September 16, or Independence Day, the national military parade starts in the Zócalo, passes the Hidalgo Memorial and ends on the Paseo de la Reforma, Mexico City’s main boulevard.

A similar celebration occurs in cities and towns all over Mexico. The mayor (or governor, in the case of state capitals), rings a bell and gives the traditional words. In the 19th century, it became common practice for Mexican presidents in their final year in office to re-enact the Grito in Dolores Hidalgo, rather than in the National Palace. President Calderón is expected to officiate the Grito in Dolores Hidalgo as part of the bicentennial celebrations in 2010.

The following day, September 16 is Independence Day in Mexico and is considered a patriotic holiday, or fiesta patria (literally, holiday of the Fatherland).

Cinco de Mayo confusion

It is a common misconception among the non-Mexican community in the United States to mistake Cinco de Mayo, or May 5th, with the Mexican Independence Day, which occurs on September 16th; Cinco de Mayo actually commemorates the victory of the Mexican Army over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla in 1862, during the French invasion of Mexico.

Ríase, aprender y darle vida a su paladar!



Wild women don’t have the blues! March 29, 2010

Filed under: Dance like no one is watching — celebrationgoddess @ 4:10 am

And I don’t either! This weekend was great! Me and my sister danced for 8 solid hours to the blues.  And LilEd and The Blues Imperials-Ed Heads Home Page were so much fun!

I met a lot of fun people this weekend. But also a pretty sad drunk guy who tried to squeeze his way into the lives of anyone he could. No one was having any part of it. He even managed to offend a woman happily dancing in her wheelchair. All I can say is, it would be great if he could learn from what he does. But I doubt it….I bet HE has the blues….da na na naaa….

It reminds me tomorrow is Monday and an old coworker of mine used to play his blues CD’s every Monday morning because it was Monday and he had to be back at work. Hahahaha I think I’ll play some tomorrow in his honor and in honor of all us WILD WOMEN!

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!


Got a belly – well shake it! March 23, 2010

Filed under: Dance like no one is watching — celebrationgoddess @ 10:17 pm


The French called it La Danse du Ventre, and the Arabs called it Beledi. When it was introduced in United States,by a dancer named “Little Egypt” at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893, it was called Belly Dance.

Its focus on the movements of the hips and the abdomen make it a uniquely women’s dance, although in some times and places men have danced as well. Caricatured by western popular culture, frowned upon or banned by religious extremists everywhere, and generally misunderstood, the dance touches that sensitive intersection between our spiritual and physical human selves.

Belly dancing is a beautiful, powerful, expressive art form with deep roots in a rich and ancient history as old as civilization itself. In spite of censure and the passage of time, it is as vibrantly alive and vital today as ever.

The 3 things I’m happy about today are:

Learning more about facebook fan pages, meeting new acquitances while eating blueberry pancakes.

Going to belly dance for the first time in about 3 years. Yes my belly button is pretty darned rusty.

Having a co-worker request my help because of his confidence in me.

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!