Category: Dominique Locke

dominique locke?

So who is the person behind this blog?
I suppose I havent formally introduced myself… My name is Dominique Locke.
I live in Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN, USA.
I started my first belly dance class in October 2010, after graduating from MCAD in Photography.
I honestly went to the class on a whim, I told myself, “if you hate this we’ll pay for this class only, and you will never have to see the light of a dance studio ever again.”
I found Rachel Brice on youtube, and I said “oh i need to learn this”
Its taken over ever since… At first I was really bitter about it, because I kinda felt like I was “cheating” on photography… But now I know I can’t live with out dance.

My goal is to eventually create my own dance/music video. That has always been in my head since the photography era…

its hard to explain when youre in it.
but my blog is really to keep a log of everything that inspires me, and hopefully will inspire others as well…

I dont really know what people wanna hear in these things so, yea….



Woo! So What’s the exclusiveness?
Sneak peak at my first handcrafted top! 
I’m making it for my first performance with the Bobo’s, which is in 8 days–Dress Rehearsal in 5 days! I just found out that we’re really preforming 2 days ago! Yeah, get to creative work! lol
I’m pretty proud. This only cost me $60. ($30 for the swimsuit, $30 for fabric)
All the rest was jewelry my mom and I were going to get rid of!
But I ending up making the jewelry design in about an hour, and the fabric placement took about 30-45mins. 
Honestly I thought it’d take way longer and didn’t realize that I’m better at just collecting jewelry trinkets and then spreading everything out and saying these are the colors (Gold and Red), and then Run with it!
Of course there will always be those last minute decisions , but this is pretty much the final piece! a few things here and there maybe moved but–I’m really proud of myself. You have no idea how scared I was at making something… The things that seem the easiest may be some of the hardest things to do. I’m happy I was able to execute my vision and make something that I love!
Now all I have to do is sew find a belt and makeshift skirt and scarfs. 
I can not wait to put this on for the first time!!!!! And it FITS!!! That’s the best part you don’t find very many 32A or 32AA,  pre-made.

How did I get here? (for my thoughts)

(Photo by: Ania Polonsky)

So, How did this all come to be?
I want to make sure I do not forget how all of this came to be. I’ve been meaning to write this for awhile…
Summer (August) of 2010, I just graduated from MCAD with a BFA in photography. And as soon as I graduated, I wanted absolutely nothing to do with photography. I was very confused on where my art stood, my senior project was the complete opposite of everything I had done the last 3 years of college. I had a rough time transitioning from commercial/fashion (in a fine art college) to more a “fine artist”. It was a struggle to take the model out of the picture… I felt like the last 3 years was a waste of artwork I wanted to delete all my fashion files, I really did cut everything out.
None the less I didn’t even want to pick up a camera for ANYTHING. I didn’t want to think about concepts… So, it kind of left me with nothing, and had no plans after graduating… I was not inspired by anything for 3 months, especially not being connected with the MCAD art community (aka walls of mcad)… But I tried to look up paintings, but nothing was inspiring me to create art… I was just kind-of living… The only glimpse of inspiration was Fiona Apple, and Orion Rigel Dommisse… But I couldn’t make anything out of it. On top of this I was deeply affected by close-friend being sick, in which I didn’t realize for awhile, but it hit me like a ton of bricks. Dealing with that eventually put me into a depression. I got a temporary job in August, but I was still extremely unhappy…
But my boyfriend and I always goto the Renaissance Festival every year. He loves it there-and actually got me hooked. I always couldn’t wait to see the belly dancers, I always thought they were so sexy! But I never thought anything past that. This would be our 3rd year going and I wanted to start building a costume…
Fast-forward, I couldn’t stop watching the belly dancers with the snakes, but again nothing special-just mesmerized. I stepped into a belly dancer costume hunt, I thought everything in there was soooo pretty!!! So I ended up putting on a top and belt, Very spontaneous purchase ($275)! I bought it on the spot.
A week later, I find the first dancer that I actually enjoyed watching (and trust me, I went through a LOT of ren fest dancers-keep in mind I didn’t know belly dancers preformed out side of Ren Fest)… But, Sonia Burns was Gorgeous! The gem!
Its this video to exact, that I could NOT stop watching:
1 weeks later, its like midnight, and a little teenage voice whispered in my ear “if you’re going to be a belly dancer at Ren Fest, you can’t be a poser ;)” again very teenage way of thinking…
So, I look up belly dance classes realize there’s a class starting the very next day @ 11AM. I said, why the hell not?! I’ll just pay for 1 class, if i dont like it i never have to step foot in class again… And I kept telling myself that. Plus, I wanted to give myself some self-confidence, and it was really about building back up my self-confidence by getting in touch with my inner “Queen Sheva”, and for a little bit of exercise and just to give myself something to do. It had NOTHING to do with performing, nor did I ever plan on performing.
It was October 2nd, 2010 my first belly dance class with Aalim School of Dance with Mirah Ammal. It was a great introductory to the art (especially showing us proper belly dancer – dance position). But I still wasn’t sure about it, so, I decided to wait, and then that week I looked up physique and bellydancers… which lead me to a guy posting a video of Rachel Brice and all the ab muscle she uses in her craft:
I immediately purchased her Serpentine DVD that very same night..
I remember listening to a lot of Pentaphobe. And thinking THESE DANCERS (aka tribal fusion) get it, and I GET IT. i’ve always imagined black metal music being slow, I know it wasn’t a metal song they were dancing to. But I GOT it, and I was thinking “OMG there are dancers expressing exactly what I hear in a song”
And then I was like I can REALLY do this now….
So, I also signed up at the Cassandra School. My first teacher being Melanie Meyer. In the big studio. I enjoyed going to class, and it was my light! Of course, researching and watching all different dancers followed!
Then the holidays came, and I told myself I’ll wait until Spring (without all the snow) to start dancing again. That did not hold up once dance classes were back in session. I was MORE than ready to go back to dance class and could not wait a moment longer.
I am currently studying with Sarah Jones-Larson at Cassandra and Lesley Inman at BoHo U. I have so much to explore, and I have to teach myself to enjoy the process and take one step at a time.

Belly dance saved me, gave me life, a voice, and a place for art. I see myself as an artist, not a dancer or photographer. Belly dance gave me infinite space to create. I’m continuously evolving. And as I always say, “I’m just an artist. I have concepts, and I simply use a medium to express it.”