Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Facebook event for the show - feel free to invite anyone you would like! 

Tonight's video (This is the entire thing, we still haven't learned the very last part)

I'll be at class sometimes between 6:00 and 6:10 next week if anyone wants a little extra practice or help.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Here is this week's video - complete with the awesome kickline section.

Also, the link I was talking about in class for online coupon codes is retailmenot.com   I always check there before I order anything online to see if I can save $.

Need help on anything we have done in class?  I'll be there at 6 next week - even if we have to dance in the hall!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Practice Music hints - From Mahin's Daily Bellydance Quickies

Advice from a blog I read (www.shesgothips.com)

Music For A
Perfect Practice

A very clever student of mine shared a recent app find. She discovered an iPod/iPhone app that allows you to not only play music at different speeds, but to repeat segments of music that you select.  So if you need to practice that tricky combo 5 times slowly - your music is right there with you! As an instructor, I find "slowed-down" teaching tracks to invaluable for new choreos!

The  Slow Down Music Trainerwas designed for dancers' and musicians' practice. The free version will do 3 songs. If you find it useful, the full version is $3.99
Android owners, there's one for us too!

When I went to the iTunes store, I found an app called "Anytune" that does the same thing for free.  Any of these might be good for practicing or choreographing.  I found that even slowing things down to 90% of full speed was useful.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Beyond Wonder Woman adding to my rant and some all around good ideas for dancing

Zi'ah of Atlanta's Awalim wrote a blog post expanding on the idea of strong body posture


She also wrote about what American Tribal Style means to her.  Although this is specifically about improve, she touches on some important dance concepts, such as letting the music dictate the movements and simple is sometimes best.  (Which were also in my last post from the Bellydance Palladin)

I love how she refers to Awalim's vocabulary as a dialect of ATS, complete with it's own slang.  (Black widow and Brown Recluse anyone?)  http://www.tribalbellydance.com/what-ats-is-to-me/

Finally, a followup on my rant about videotaping performance from a few weeks ago.  If you videotape, you lose the essence of the dancing and the magic that exists between the dancer and the audience.  Think about that before you lift up your smartphone  http://bdpaladin.com/2013/07/02/live-on-stage-or-why-dont-you-stop-recording-and-just-watch-the-show/

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Some thoughts on choreography

Two blog posts about how to go about creating choreography (especially if you are considering trying it for the first time - hint, hint!). 

The first deals with things to consider and steps to follow, really helpful if you are new to it.  http://www.anankedance.com/how-to-courageously-create-belly-dance-choreography/

The second talks about how we get stuck in choreography "formulas" of what a dance piece "should" look like  http://bdpaladin.com/

I'm already reserving dance slots for the December show, so if you want one, let me know!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

More videos!

Combo video

Entrance of the Stars

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

I have 2 Videos for you.  The first is the dance thus far, the second is some combos from the dance that are giving people trouble.

Best advice, download the music and listen to it regularly so you can start to hear all the nuances of the song.

Also, a link to tickets for the Unmata show if you are interested in some funky fusion https://humanadventure.eventbrite.com/

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Practice Video, Round 2!

Practice video from Tuesday night (pay attention to the arms on the entrance)

Inspiration video from the Bellydance Superstars (and the way I learned the dance from Jillina)

Music is Entrance of the Stars from Bellydance Superstars Vol 2