Puppets have been around for thousands of years. They can be made simple or very complex depending on how they will be used.
What is a puppet? It is an object made from wood, paper, cloth, saw dust, straw, cotton, and other materials which can be shaped to represent a person, an animal, or an object.
The puppeteer brings it to life using his fingers, hands, strings, or rods. A puppet is often times referred to as a doll especially when movements are operated by mechanical or electronic gadgets.
Second in popularity to the sock is making a character from paper Mache.
DIY Sock Pocket:
The simplest sock puppet to make is to choose one of your orphaned socks from the unused sock pile. Gather buttons to make the eyes, and nose.
There are two options on the mouth. One option is to place the sock on the hand and the heel of the sock over the thumb. Push the fabric into the bend of the hand and thumb, this will form the mouth. (Note the position of the eyes and nose will change.)
The second option for the mouth is to place the sock over your and bend your fingers. Stitch a set of lips at the base of the hand where the fingers bend.
If you wish place wool strands, flowers, or any object which will suggest hair, head ornaments, or gender of the puppet.
DIY paper Mache Puppet:
Belly Dancing Is Fun, Exciting, and Creative
Belly dancing is for any woman who enjoys having a good time, learning something new, and wishes to be challenged by an exciting dance art. The American female thoroughly enjoys the movements and the music from Egypt, Lebanon, and Turkey. But when she mentions that she will be taking classes, often times it is not well received by family and friends.
Malicious stories, false stereotypes, and misinformation are falsehoods about dancers. Information of this sort defeats a potential student from taking lessons. If you enjoy dancing; this dance can offer an enjoyable physical outlet of dancing freestyle to music.
The challenge of accomplishing muscle control and certain athletic maneuvers is attractive. Those who do love challenges and have the necessary discipline and patience will accomplish and succeed learning this ancient dance art.
The cabaret style or night club dancing is the form of dance which takes much criticism because of the costuming and performing in public. It is the attitude of the dancer who selects being a performing artist and sets high standards as a professional dancer or lowers her standards to do otherwise. It is the individual who makes the choice, but unfortunately, all are blamed because of one.
Thousands of women are taking belly dancing classes for themselves and have no interest in becoming a public performer. .
Reasons for taking lessons:
America has instructors for any style which is of interest to you. Americans can choose Egyptian, Lebanese, and Turkish cabaret, Middle-east folkloric and ethnic, and American folkloric.
When you make the decision to take belly dancing classes, you will receive support from other women in your classroom. A new and exciting world of creativity and making new friends will have you forgetting about negative publicity. Millions of women worldwide participate in this dance. And the number one reason is “Fun”.