Dancing at the Bread & Roses

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Here it is guys! My partner and the organizer of the Nepal Earthquake Fundraiser managed to film some snippets of me dancing. This video does not show the full performances but gives you an idea of the atmosphere and the drum solos I danced to so I hope you like it. I loved performing at the Bread & Roses because the whole place and the crowd had a bohemian, artsy vibe and I felt very welcomed & supported.
Next up this weekend I am performing at a cute little festival in Glastonbury town called ‘The Medicine Music festival’ and then on Sunday the 31st of May there is scope for me to perform at Freedom Fields Festival in Plymouth, yay! Lots of dance prep and performing for me!

On other news, I have finished my Business & Admin course and will be taking a mini break from study to concentrate on my dancing and working on some illustrations. This bank holiday Monday my partner & I plan to go to Dorset for the day so we hope the weather will be nice as we do love our road trips to beautiful spots in the British country side! In June I will be starting the Dance Therapy course and potentially a level 2 in ‘Fitness Instructing’ which is exciting! I still have the secret surprise to tell you all so I am patiently waiting for the opportune moment I can announce the news…Stay Tuned!

Croatia: Day trip to Montenegro

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It’s not very often you get to say that whilst on holiday in a very beautiful country that you get to spend a day in another very beautiful country; But that is what we did. On the third day of staying in Dubrovnik we decided to book with an excursions and tour company to go on a day trip to Montenegro, we were not disappointed! Croatia is stunning and Montenegro is similar to Croatia however it’s beauty is magnified by hundred, this place is a little piece of heaven surrounded by lush mountains and lakes. Even the locals here are beautiful, their beauty is effortless and organic, no wonder many Montenegrin women become models! We almost booked another day trip to Bosnia however we sadly ran out of time plus needed to keep to our spending budget. During the day trip we spent time in three separate places and it really gave us a taster of what Montenegro has to offer. That being said, our guide even stated that Montenegro is rather small as a population in comparison to the country and it’s civilians are proud of that because they try to keep population numbers under control to prevent further industrialization or development of towns, they want to keep Montenegro largely unspoiled and natural. The majority of Montenegro is covered by lush mountains, epic lime stone peaks, glacial lakes and nature reserves with only a few small towns dotted in between. So it is safe to say we did actually get to see the majority of Montenegro in the space of one day however I do recommend slightly longer stays if you fancy going further afield and trekking in the national park where wildlife such as bears and wolves are dwelling.

Our first stop was a pit stop to view ‘Our lady of the Rocks’ which is one of the two islets off the coast of Perast in Bay of Kotor, Montenegro. It is an artificial island created by bulwark of rocks and by sinking old and seized ships loaded with rocks. The Roman Catholic Church of Our Lady of the Rocks is the largest building on the islet; it has a museum attached. There is also a small gift shop close to the church and a navigation light at the western end of the islet. According to legend, the islet was made over the centuries by local seamen who kept an ancient oath after finding the icon of Madonna and Child on the rock in the sea on July 22, 1452. Upon returning from each successful voyage, they laid a rock in the Bay. Over time, the islet gradually emerged from the sea. The custom of throwing rocks into the sea is alive even nowadays. Every year on the sunset of July 22, an event called fašinada in the local dialect, when local residents take their boats and throw rocks into the sea, widening the surface of the island, takes place.
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Next we spent four hours in and around the town of Kotor which is situated in the secluded part of the gulf of Kotor. This town has a population of 13,510 and has an old Mediterranean port surrounded by fortifications built during the Venetian period.Together with the nearly overhanging limestone cliffs of Orjen and Lovćen, Kotor and its surrounding area form an impressive and picturesque Mediterranean landscape. In recent years, Kotor has seen a steady increase in tourists, many of them coming by cruise ship. Visitors are attracted both by the natural beauty of the Gulf of Kotor and by the old town of Kotor. The town is now a world heritage site and is so pleasant to walk around, cafe’s, restaurants and fashion boutiques are plentiful, as are sweet little catholic churches the size of one room and can only fit 5 people at time are dotted around the cobbled streets. You feel safe and relaxed here and life in this place enjoys a slower, peaceful pace. Many wealthy families live or travel here, even Madonna has plans to build a casino on the sea front and numerous massive yachts and boats owned by millionaires glimmer like huge white doves on the shallow waters of the bay.

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During our time in Kotor, Jon & I attempted to climb the serpentine steps up towards the fortress Sveti Ivan. It is situated above the bulwarks of the Kotor’s Old town and at the very top of the fortress it is 280 m above sea level. Walking up and looking down, the views are out of this world, there are no words to describe how beautiful everything looks. I actually didn’t make it to the top simply because the day’s temperature was baking hot and I dehydrate rather quickly, I managed to make it over half way and then let Jon continue without me, I waited for him to walk back down whilst resting, drinking plenty of water and enjoying the views.

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Soon after Kotor we headed to another town called Budva. In Budva our visit lasted about three hours and again it was another quaint medieval town with cobbled narrow streets, street performers and artists selling their work, beautiful women owning and working in boutiques and a lovely promenade to enjoy home made ice cream, basque in the sea and soak up the sun. Budva, like Kotor is situated on the coast of the Adriatic sea and has some stunning views along the sea front with a backdrop of rich green mountains. Budva is 2,500 years old, which makes it one of the oldest settlements on the Adriatic coast. The Old Town of Budva is situated on a rocky peninsula, on the southern end of Budva field. Archaeological evidence suggests that Illyrian settlement was formed on the site of the Old Town before Greek colonization of the Adriatic. The layout of the town is roughly orthogonal, although many streets deviate from the grid, resulting in somewhat irregular pattern, with many piazzas connected with narrow streets. Today, the entire city within the walls is pedestrian-only.
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Our day trip in Montenegro was refreshing, we are restless souls (Jon more so than me) and we do love change, we essentially spent 3 days leisurely walking around Dubrovnik and Lokrum and it was just so exciting waking up at 6:30am to go on a day’s adventure and be surrounded by something different. Needless to say, Montenegro is ravishing and elegant and there really is no place like it.
After four days based in Dubrovnik we ventured over to Split and stayed there for three days, tune in for next weeks blog post about our time there.
If you missed any previous blog posts about Croatia so far, here they are:
four days in Dubrovnik
Day trip to Lokrum Island

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Mini Feature in The Plymouth Herald

Katie Ness Belly Dancer, Bread and Roses Pub, Plymouth Herald
Yesterday I came home to discover that myself and other entertainers who volunteered their time and talents to the Nepal earthquake Fundraiser at the Bread and Roses Pub were featured in the Plymouth Herald. This was a lovely piece of news to come home to after a long day at work. I truly loved being a part of this event since it was only in March Jon & I were in Nepal so both of us genuinely wanted to help in our own small way. I will be dancing for a second fundraiser for Nepal in June so stay tuned!

I would absolutely love to be given the opportunity to be interviewed by the Plymouth Herald to promote what I do and everything I believe in. I am planning on setting up therapeutic and holistic belly dance and expressive art classes within the Plymouth community and I feel that my knowledge in mental health, the body, nutrition, and using creativity to encourage a sense of well-being could really help certain communities in Plymouth or even further afield in the surrounding areas of Devon or Cornwall? Maybe I should contact the Plymouth Herald and see what they say?

Here is the article I have been featured in: Community pulls together to raise money for Nepal victims.

A Belly Dance Update

Katie Ness Belly Dance Plymouth Nepal Fundraiser
The fundraiser for Nepal I performed at was a success and we managed to raise almost £600! On top of that I received so much lovely feedback about my dancing and it surprised me. One woman said she found my gaze so alluring & intimidating that she had to turn away and watch my performance in the mirror above the bar, she continued “Not in a bad way! It was just that your dancing was so hypnotic and your eyes were so intense, it was like whoa! and I didn’t know where to look!” (I actually know only one person in my life who managed to look me in the eyes, hold their gaze and look right into the depths of my soul.) One man said “I have been to many Middle Eastern countries and I have never seen a Belly Dancer move like that! Wow! Incredible & special!” The organizer of the fundraiser mentioned “There are two sides to you, one side is shy & playful but the other side when you dance, you become this incredibly powerful woman!”

I was so moved by peoples love and support it made me realize I have a talent here, I mean I knew before but I guess I didn’t really understand my potential and yet I keep getting feedback from all kinds of people telling me how special my dancing is, how it makes them feel good just by watching, women want to learn from me and men seem hypnotized on the spot. This performance for the fundraiser was an important one for two reasons, firstly I wanted to contribute towards helping Nepal and secondly it has helped me take away the blindfold and I am now able to see what I am capable of.

I am currently setting up classes at the moment (and gathering up the confidence to teach), to start with the first five classes will be donation based, give what you can and it will be added to the Nepal fund. I will be performing for two more venues shortly and some new videos will be uploaded to my youtube channel soon as well.

Next week I will have more photos and potentially a video clip of my dancing plus an exciting announcement in regards to something I was involved in which is also potentially life changing too. There will be some more exciting news to be blogged about within two months time, until then I am keeping it a secret!

Magic Socks, Sexy Pants & Belly Dance

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After weeks of editing and juggling other commitments I finally managed to finish this video and have it go live today. The plan for this video was for it to be free form and organic, I wanted to bring forth my personality and give a demo of a recent drum solo I had been practicing. It has been a while since I last uploaded a dance video and it felt right to create one that is stripped from the usual studio, stage & post production glamour.
This is just me with friends in a relaxed environment and being happy. I hope you all like it!

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