24924Re: [WarOf1812] Bellydance
- May 2, 2005And let us not forget the influence of those coming from or going to India.
Exotic/erotic dance was imported from there, though not necessarily for
"polite" society. I'm thinking of the demure Becky Sharpe(?) from Vanity
Fair as an example. ;-) Been too long since I read the book, but the movie
certainly had an entertaining dance sequence.
"The opportunity for brotherhood presents itself every time you meet a human
being." - Jane Wyman
>Subject: Re: [WarOf1812] Bellydance
>Date: Mon, 2 May 2005 16:13:29 -0400
>With respect to prudishness in the neoclassical era, I think if anything it
>was a far more libertine era than the stifling Victorian era which
>in which grandparents who had lived much more freely (in relative terms) in
>the Revolutionary/Napoleonic/Regency era were forced to live with a sense
>nostalgia and enforced guilt amidst far more restrained, prudish and
>inhibited children and grandchildren. You might recall it was as well the
>era of Emma Hamilton and her 'attitudes' in thin Grecian drapery, and the
>charming Empire gowns that shocked later Victorians with their revealing
>styles. As mentioned, your persona could likely be either a
>Turkish/Levantine woman attached to a musician, or indeed a European woman
>having involuntarily experienced Middle Eastern culture; either way, I
>think it would be a charming addition to the encampments, adding grace and
>touch of the color and romance which always has been part of our
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Angela" <deedle_momof3@...>
>Sent: Monday, May 02, 2005 3:18 PM
>Subject: RE: [WarOf1812] Bellydance
> > That was one of my first concerns, Angela - an one I'd like to learn
> > Costuming can be made as demure as entire coverage from collar bone to
>ankle, or even just the eyes, hands and feet exposed; dance styles vary
>sensuous to energetic and geared towards all members of the family.
> > I'd really love to check out some resources if available on the subject.
>If bellydance would be appropriate - in which form? Where? When? What style
>of costuming, exactly? I could make educated assumptions on the topic, but
>I'd really rather not assume.
> > I guess I'm thinking that if it was appropriate in the Cavalier period
>(let's remember those Victorian era "prudes")!... it'd make sense that it
>"may" be suitable to our re-enactments in some form or another as well.
> > Where to start! I haven't a clue...
> > Cheers,
> > Angela Bourbonnais
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