Monday, September 30, 2013

Deep Thoughts :)

I've been doing a lot of thinking about my dancing lately, mostly spurred by my Essence of Bellydance workshops with Jill and Mira as well as private lessons with Gina and Aziza Nawal.  A couple of things I came across in my reading

1.  15 Amazing dancers share their secrets to developing a personal style.

2. The TED talk that addresses the "Wonder Woman" stance.  A little long, but thoroughly fascinating.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Practice video!

Don't forget about Saturday's show!

Video from last night

The video from the first time I taught this (although I have made a few changes)

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Hafla this weekend!

Mahsati is hosting a hafla at the Healing Arts Centre this Sunday from about 6:30-9:00.  There will be a handful of performances (including me!) and lots of free dancing to both live drumming and recorded music!  There will also be a henna artist there working her magic!  Come have fun and shimmy with us!

Dress is whatever you want to wear, you can be as sparkly as you like or don't like.

How to get to the Healing Arts Centre:

834 Prince Avenue, Athens, GA 30606 (click on the link for a map!)
From Milledge
Go north on Milledge until it dead ends into Prince Avenue (at the Dunkin Doughnuts).  Turn left and take the first right onto Lyndon and park behind the building (which will be on your left.)
From Prince
Head out of town on Prince Avenue.  Stay in the right hand lane.  When you reach the light at the Dunkin Doughnuts, go through the light and take the first right onto Lyndon and park behind the building (which will be on your left.)
From Loop 10
Exit at the Prince Avenue exit.  Go down past the Health Sciences campus and Athens Regional Medical Center.  Get into the left hand lane at the light at the Citgo station/Chase street (which will be on your left).  You will pass the Healing Arts Centre and then turn left onto Lyndon.  Park behind the building (which will be on your left.)

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Inspiration videos and a bit of a rant :)

I'm going to post a few videos from some of the teachers I took workshops from this weekend.  Three very different styles, but all wonderful.  Before I get to the video goodness, I wanted to talk about some things I have seen in the last few workshops and classes I have seen.  I hope that in the future some of you will keep dancing and may become workshop attendees and I don't want you to make these same mistakes.
  • Don't carry on a long conversation while the instructor is talking/teaching.  Brief whispered comments are fine, but an in depth discussion of where you are eating dinner is not.
  • Don't wear coin hip scarves, they make it hard for everyone (including you) to hear the instructor.  If you feel the need to bring one, always have a "quiet" backup if you realize you are the only one wearing one.
  • Only video the instructor or other attendees when the instructor gives you permission.  This is their intellectual property and their source of income, they should have control over what is done with it.  
  • If you are asked not video at show, don't.  Many workshop instructors have clauses in the contracts concerning when they can be filmed and what can be done with that footage and sometimes filming comes with an additional charge.  That clause usually also specifies that is audience members are filming, it is the sponsors responsibility to put a stop to it.
  • If you are allowed to film the instructor/other students only share it with other attendees, you paid for this, not all your classmates.
  • If you perform, have a coverup on when you are not on stage - it's just polite.
Ok, enough rant - on to the yummy.  You will notice that all of these are legitimately posted on youtube, none are shady illegal videos.

Mira Betz - this is inspired by her journey through dance.  

Jill Parker (shes the cute one in the middle in the first part)  Notice the amazing fluidity, especially in the 2nd song.

Sadie - she is know for her intricately layered drum solos and precision movements