Tori Types Thoughts
Tori's very average blog
The title of this looong blog is inspired by the the amazing Malala Yousafzai.
“One child, one teacher, one pen, and one book can change the world” -Malala Yousafzai
I have some announcements, thoughts, admissions, and hopes!
I am entwined with a story - a story about a little boy with a HUGE dream. This child became my husband. I'm being vague so SEO won't associate him with all of the sappy love I'm about to pour out, but if you know me you know that my husband has fought against all odds to attain his dreams in the NFL. Ever since he was 2 years old, he knew he wanted to be a part of football: since that time he's published books, worked in the media, and made some incredible friends along the way. During the pandemic, he went from being a beloved "football outsider" to an "insider" and began his journey working directly for teams. On Monday the 21st he got a call that he would be working with some of his greatest allies...and some of the most fabulous football minds out there.
After the experience that was 2020, I witnessed both incredible feats of human resilience and instances where man has come up short. Working for Big Brothers Big Sisters and on the Advisory Board for Jesse Tree, a non profit that prevents homelessness in the Treasure Valley, I had a front row seat to a lot of stuff. I have heard horror stories from my coworkers working directly with children and families during this time. I just can't believe that so many vibrant children, filled with potential, want to die.
A recent news briefing from the Kaiser Family Foundation shared these conclusions (click here for the source on this one)
There is talk about classifying the pandemic as an Adverse Childhood Experience or ACEs (click for some reading). With my work at Big Brothers Big Sisters, I know that the predominant way to reverse the ill effects of ACEs within youths are strong and healthy mentoring relationships (more reading for the click happy). After delving into several trainings like QPR and Mental Health First Aid, and from my lived experience as someone with ACEs who had to figure out things as I went along, I decided that the most important thing I could do to help and heal my community was to take Myra Krien's Pomegranate SEEDs teacher training.
Honestly, SEEDs perfectly combines so many incredible tools. I've included a link for your information that details all of the incredible qualities of this program for young people.
Myra has lovingly created an experience with the Pomegranate SEEDs training. For long time readers of my blog, you've seen me gush about the generous and talented human being that is Myra Krein. Needless to say, I had high expectations for the training and the 5-day event totally left my imagination in the dust. The training itself is a flash of what the young people who partake in the SEEDs program will experience, but I invite you to understand that it is not a mere intensive. This sort of work is personal and requires an extraordinary amount of skill and tact to manifest results in the SEEDs program... let alone in a week with adults who will potentially teach it. The fact that Myra customizes the experience of the teacher training to those in the room and guided us through charged and powerful topics is a testament to the depths of her knowledge and compassion. I laughed, I cried (embarrassingly quickly I might add), I made new friends and gained skills that will help me in my career and as a person who wants to make a positive impact for young people in my community. I will say anything to make you believe that this program works - it is a cure we so desperately need. I am so grateful that it exists.
Here are some highlights - aka pictures of me with my friends.
Considering my pending move, my plans to assist Starbelly with bringing SEEDs back into the Treasure Valley are a bit loosie goosy (Cecilia used to administer it until circumstances prevented her from continuing). I will offer my expertise and heart to Cecilia, Cassandra and Bayla, but my personal foray into the program itself is to be determined... However, I know that I will as quickly as possible implement all of the incredible tools I have gathered over the training. I can hardly freaking wait.
In order to keep contact with all of you, I decided to start and try and maintain an Instagram. I have a LOT of content but what I really want to do is keep a line open to my friends all over as well as become better friends with people in my new city. Right now my handle is @toritori.bobori (banana fanna fo fori). I'm not trying to needlessly gain followers, but if you're on this blog or seeing this message - odds are I want to stay in touch with you somehow. Add me or something? I'll add you back? WHAT ARE THE RULES OF ENGAGEMENT?
PS: This section was also going to be a long section but this blog post is already unreal. Enjoy the book, class.
I mentioned it before but I'll mention it again, please keep your calendar wide open for the up and coming Starbelly Folkloric Celebration!
More info coming soon, but check out the facebook event by [[clicking here]]!
THANK YOU FROM MY BUGGY HEART!
THESE BUGS WILL NEVER DIE -- BUG SHOW ON DEMAND!
On March 13th Starbelly brought you into the wonderful world of BUGS. The reviews are in and, by popular request, we are thrilled to announce that we are placing the show On Demand. All proceeds of this show will continue to go to the Starbelly Financial Aid Fund!
Here are some of the rave reviews:
"[Starbelly is] forging ahead to new horizons." Tamalyn Dallal, Oriental Dance teacher, writer and film maker
"I have never seen anything so creatively brilliant by any artist in any genre...My heart is still thumping!" Gloria Skurzynski, Award Winning Author of 64 published books for young readers and young adults.
Not convinced? We think our final review from cultural anthropologist, Erik Messel
"The Bug Show is by far the most creative performance of its kind that I have experienced. As is true for all StarBelly performances, the costumes are gorgeous, the choreography is masterful, and the dancers are magnificent. This show, however, is something altogether different. Framed by a pleasantly haunting voice-over of some renowned naturalist, the audience is seduced into a psychedelic rite of passage through the pages of a 19th century entomological tome. Each piece begins with a hand-drawn fact sheet on a particular bug, complete with the Latin name and tagged with, “but did you know that…” That’s right, the show is also educational! The choreography and costume is true to each species, which really sets the performances apart. This dedication to the subject deeply impacts the dance. The movements associated with the dance styles morph as they take on the characteristics of each creature producing this fantastical space between the natural and the cultural. The video production and editing for the show makes that space transcendent. The use of green screen, layered shots, hand-drawn backgrounds and filters captures a wild and alien world of bugs. Set to an eclectic collection of traditional and experimental songs, the experience is truly otherworldly. It is like eating a handful of shrooms and randomly opening to a page in an entomologist’s field notes. I felt deeply engaged in each moment and at the same time, excited to flip the page to see what far-out, magical creature comes next. Mesmerizing is how I would describe the experience. If you haven’t seen it, see it, because you won’t have seen anything like it."
Erik Messal, Med, Educational Consultant & Curriculum Supervisor
View the Bug Show On Demand Today!
The Starbelly Dancers are thrilled to announce the 11th annual Big Bad-Ass Belly Dance Show: The Bug Show! This star(belly) studded line up of artists will be presented as a virtual spectacular.
What do our smallest friends do when we're not watching? How do the creepy crawly critters of the planet share their stories? Through dance, of course! Join us as we embody our buggy friends and share their joy, sorrow, and slime.
Tickets HERE! https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/48058
The Bug Show will star the 2021 Starbelly Dancers, based in Boise, Idaho
Cecilia and Chad Rinn
Featuring Starbelly Soloists
Alyssa Kimm of Portland, OR
Amanda Nicole of Boise, ID
And our Superstar guests
Phoenix of Denver, CO
Kaeshi Chai of New York, NY
Myra Krien and Mosaic Dance Company of Santa Fe, NM
As always, this show will act as a fundraiser for Starbelly School of Dance scholarship program.
It's here it's here and it's totally buggy! Sometimes offhanded comments like, "What if we were a girl band?" or "Wouldn't it be cool to just be bugs for a minute?" manifest into art! The Bug Show will be spectacular, virtual, and feature friends from all over the globe. We have commissioned music, we are creating costumes, we are collaborating with world renown dance artists, and we are having an insanely insectually good time. That is a word. Click on the link below for the full updates, as we launch them... and see you on March 13th!
Thank you for attending my workshopfundraiser!
I cannot reiterate enough how flattered and loved I feel from you guys joining me to talk about makeup. It is very personal to me and I certainly hope I shared some helpful tips and tricks! I am not some fancy pants teacher from timbuktu - if you have follow up questions or would like any extra help, remember that I am your ~friend~ and only a dm/text away. Much love to you all who stayed for the TWO HOUR EXPERIENCE. who am I kidding, I knew it wouldn't be only one hour. Love love love.
The workshop recording is available - please email me at torikingdancing-at-gmail.com for the link.
HALP: Can you write me a testimonial?
What is SEEDs Teacher Training? Click here to find out more! I feel that now, more than ever, that the world needs to heal through the arts and getting this credential will allow me to be a part of this movement!
A Beautiful Valentines Day Show
This promo text was ruthlessly copy/pasted by yours truly. Click on the image to go to the facebook event. We have some lovely number planned and I hope to see you there, love bugs!
Join us for one of our most popular performances of the year, our Valentine's show! This year is very special because we will be dancing in front of exquisite paintings by the incredible Antony Corso! We are also so excited to feature special guests Cecilia Rinn's Starbelly Dancers of Boise, ID and Teresa Tomb's Rakadu Dance Theatre of Mecca Dance Studio from Lexington, KY!
Enjoy a virtual evening of bellydance, poetry and art! Don't have a date? Let US be your Valentines this year! Ticket sales support our studio and our Pomegranate SEEDs® (Self-Esteem, Empowerment, and Education through Dance) Youth Mentorship Program.
Spread the love, empower the arts, and enjoy a beautiful performance!
Tickets on sale now! Purchase tickets and get your Zoom link here:
Pomegranate Studios Presents
Valentine's Day: A Show of Love
Saturday, February 13th
Tickets: $15 each
Fall in love... with the dance
Thoughts about January 6th
I'm not someone for new years resolutions - I don't believe that a number change signifies a grand cosmic shift or the start of be destroying my bad habits. Achieving goals, creating change, and evolving into your greatest self are efforts that take time - is a year enough? Is a year too much? I try to be in the moment and do my best - but I won't lie that I was excited to at least symbolically bury the trials and tribulations of 2020 and take a fresh breath. It didn't last long.
I can't be poetic about how deeply distraught I am because of the storming of the capital on January 6th. There are many levels to the "wrongness" of the events, starting from the struggle of American society to take care of it's people. All it's people. I think about this so I have a chance to empathize - I will never understand what train of thought occurred to the mob of rioters to allow them to perform a disturbing act of insurrection in the name of patriotism. Smarter people have said smarter things at this point, but I just want to share my emotions:
The image of the confederate flag in the house of congress will haunt me until my dying day.
So here I am, about to make a resolution. This year may be the start of it, but I see the goal of this lasting until I die. I WILL do my part to take care of people - to create some breathing room for people to deescalate radical actions, to open up hard discussions, to heal from violence and trauma, and to learn how to work together. This is vague, but I am vague. This is small, but I am small. This is difficult, but I am difficult.
So why am I putting this into my blog about my dance thoughts and adventures? Well it's simple.
I'm going to do all this through dance.
More to come.
Workshop - Comin' Atcha!
There is no "one size fits all" way to apply your performance makeup. Are you dancing indoors or outdoors? What sort of lighting will you have? What is your skin type and undertone? How far away is the audience? What do you even LIKE?
In this hour long, virtual workshop, Tori will offer her advice on performance makeup specifically for video performance (because that's what we're doing now) and close proximity, in-person performance (because that WILL come back someday).
The biggest value of this workshop is that you will be able to ask your questions to Tori in real-time and talk in depth about your needs as a performer. This ain't your 2000s YouTube tutorial: bring questions, bring your make-up for Tori to look at if you want, and bring your enthusiasm because this is sure to be a fun workshop!
Payment and Meeting Details:
This sliding scale workshop is a fundraiser for Starbelly's annual production of "The Big Bad-Ass Belly Dance Show." All proceeds for this workshop will directly go towards the production of this dance event. This workshop is the first offering in our fundraising series for this show!
Sliding Scale Payment Options:
$15 USD - $30 USD - $45 USD
Please use the following methods to pay Starbelly School of Dance:
• Venmo- “Cecilia Rinn @Starbelly (preferred)
• PayPal payments: firstname.lastname@example.org
• Facebook @Cecilia Rinn
• Credit & Debit Cards online at https://bit.ly/3bIRzWt or over the phone 208-891-6609
Once you have paid you will receive a confirmation email. The workshop link will go out 15 minutes before the event and will be over zoom. Please be sure to check your spam or junk file just in case your invitation lands there!
If you cannot attend live, this workshop will be recorded for your convenience. If you have a makeup question you'd like to submit in advance, please email Tori at email@example.com. Please DM the Starbelly Dancers with all other inquiries. The event will occur at 1pm MST and last until 2:00PM MST on Saturday, January 23rd 2021.
New Video in my Gallery
There should be a few more coming your way soon - perhaps even my Mozart Medusa choreography en pointe? Haha, for now enjoy this piece from The Art of Belly Dance. My hiking fusion piece will be up soon and I have also posted the incredibly special group piece with music by Matthew Voorhees.
Grateful for SO MANY things - a totally unpoetic list in no order
I am also grateful for you. Thank you for joining me as we traverse this journey. I promised a better blog and while I am sorrowful at this disappointment, I am still so grateful for this mode of communication and that you are listening to me. Thank you thank you thank you.
A special thank you!
Thank you to the Idaho Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts for providing funding to me and other artists in Idaho through the CARES Act. Thanks to your help, the Treasure Valley will continue to create beautiful and inspiring art. I am beyond grateful for this funding during these important and uncertain times!
In this pandemic world, these uncertain times, these important times, the thing that is keeping me in reality is walking my dogs, bothering my husband, and dance. Sometimes I feel like I live in a zoom meeting, so those moments where Desmond nudges me, or I laugh at my husbands antics, or my body reacts to moments of dance - that's when I know that I am not a series of 1s and 0s.
However, I am proud to be a 1 or a 0 if I can be associated with beautiful and incredible dancers. I don't have the heart for graphics, only for gratitude - Starbelly School of Dance and Mosiac Dance company have given me so many performance opportunities filled with JOY and MEANING during this time. Words are not enough - so I hope my dance is! Thank you Myra and Cecilia and all of the beautiful dancers who have joined me on these digital journeys.
The Nooners are BACK
In less than a month the band is back together. Come change history with Boise's greatest Rak band at Starbelly presents: Medusa Head & the Witches of Rak! We will rak you. #idahoarts #rakssharqi
Starbelly Gives Back This February! We love the Treasure Valley!
Finally, you can catch all of the Starbelly Dancers and special guests at Starbelly presents: Medusa Head & the Witches of Rak! which benefits the financial aid programs at Starbelly School of Dance.
We are overjoyed to be able to give back to the community. The Treasure Valley is an incredible place and we are humbled that we get to share our love of dance AND care for our friends and neighbors. Thank you to you all for involving us in your amazing missions and thank you to those who are fighting for a better tomorrow! #starbellyparty #thisisboise #idahoarts #bellydance #raqssharki
YOU ASKED FOR IT: Shakira Shakira!
Due to the overwhelming (and we mean OVERWHELMING) demand after the Superbowl Halftime Show, Starbelly School of Dance is premiering an introduction to the art of raks sharqi (or belly dance) that you've never seen before! This brunch time class will be taught by Starbelly Dancers and will have you shimmying your heart out in 2 hours time!
Click here to register: https://starbellyschoolofdance.com/shake-it-like-shakira-dance-party/
For those of you who have always wanted to try this art form, or have wanted to have a friend see what Starbelly is all about, we highly recommend taking this drop in class. You will all leave the workshop with moves good enough for a halftime show! For those students who attend this workshop and would like to continue their training, everyone will have the opportunity to register for Starbelly School of Dance's 12 week Introduction to Bellydance series.
The cost of this workshop is $25 per person, with light snacks provided (though you are welcome to bring your own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages for class time). Keep your eyes on this page for updates about this - Starbelly School of Dance is located just above a rather incredible Lounge!
Tori King is a belly dance artist, culture enthusiast and general weirdo. Is this a good biography? Do you like me yet? :-)