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Star Power: The Dynamic Diva Darina

by Alessandra on 09/05/17

I love gaining inspiration from belly dancers across the world. One dancer who's been a fairly recent rise to fame is the Ukrainian dancer, Darina Konstantinova, or as known on stage, Diva Darina. Darina has certainly been making a name for herself in the international belly dance scene, although I feel perhaps she's still not that well known in the Pacific Northwest. Well, no better way to get to know a dancer than to watch her dance, so let's just jump right in!

First video. I love this performance because it highlights Darina's dramatic style, superb technique, and strong stage presence. Her choreography keeps it interesting, textured, and nuanced by layering sensual fluid movement with sharp, crisp accents. She tops it off with with unique turns, poses, and head/hair movements. As she gets into her drum solo (starts at 4:05), you can really see the power and control behind her hip shimmies. And man, can that girl pop and lock (see 4:25)! Really, watch the drum solo. Just do it. I know as belly dancers we've seen probably thousands at this point, but this one is worth it. I promise.

Here's another one highlighting many of her signature moves; sharp accents, controlled turns, and hair flips. As well as what seems to have become sexy, signature costuming for her. (Anyone know who the designer is?)

And finally, this one, which is actually my favorite. It's not a performance, it's just her playing around in the studio, but man, I could watch this all day! I think this is probably the best belly dance fusion I've ever seen.

You can follow along with Darina at her YouTube Channel or on Instagram

Belly Dance Beach Photo Shoot

by Alessandra on 08/10/17

Time to get glam! Last month I had a new set of belly dance pictures done. Since I have some new costumes and a new hair color (hello purple!), I decided it was time to acquire some photo documentation on both aspects. I grabbed my costumes, my makeup, and the talented photographer, Chris Yetter, and we headed to Sunrise Beach in Gig Harbor, Washington. It was really fun to shoot on the beach, and especially appropriate for the mermaid costume. As we were shooting, we were acquiring some bystanders, but the more the merrier. Although, it was definitely hot outside! Hopefully, I was able to pull off looking fancy and fabulous, rather than hot and sweaty. But I'll let you be the judge of that. Below are some of my favorite shots from the shoot.


Piscos and Pilgrimage in Peru

by Alessandra on 07/07/17

I'm blessed to have just returned from an amazing 16-day vacation in Peru. My days were filled with touring ancient ruins, sipping on pisco sours, experiencing exotic cultures, and one epic four-day Inca Trail hike. Here are some pictorial highlights from the trip!

Andean Highlands, Peru

Arequipa Cathedral, Peru

Arequipa, Peru

Caral, Peru

Caral, Peru

Colca Canyon, Peru

Colca Canyon, Peru

Santo Domingo Convent, Lima, Peru

Cusco, Peru

Cusco, Peru

Colca Valley, Peru

Inca Trail, Peru

Larco Museum, Lima, Peru

Huaca Pucllana, Lima, Peru

Machu Picchu, Peru

Ika, Peru

Nazca, Peru

Huacachina, Peru

Sacred Valley, Peru

Floating Islands, Puno, Peru

Uros Floating Island, Puno, Peru

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