||[Jan. 20th, 2008|08:24 pm]
Another long day of dancing, only just fit to be dancing again after a pretty nasty cold this week, so 3 classes in one day was quite ambitious, but I managed it!
First class this morning had me wondering if I was going to make it all the way through as I was feeling weak after about half an hour, but I pushed through it and kept going. Candi pushed us quite hard in the first class. We did a fair bit of work on the haggela (still don't know how you're supposed to spell that! I've seen it written in about 5 different ways on various sites!)we also covered quite a lot on other types of shimmy. There was a new girl there and this was a really hard class for a complete newbie! She seemed to enjoy it though and she's signed up for the workshop next week.
The second class was more finger cymbal work, starting with the patterns we learned last week and progressing onto improving tone and creating different sounds from the cymbals as well as keeping the arms and hands in a natural dancing position while playing. Following this we went on to the debke dance that we began work on last week. It seemed to come a lot easier this week, we had no real problems following Candi's lead and turning the basic steps into a potential opening sequence. Next time we're going to work on some more variations.
Candi brought some khaleegi dresses that she bought in Cairo to class today too. We're planning on developing a khaleegi dance to perform later this year, and the workshop next week is on khaleegi technique too. So I thought I'd better get myself one of the dresses (and that decision had noting to do with the fact that there was a gorgeous burgundy one among those Candi had brought, oh no!) So I'm now the proud owner of a gorgeous khaleegi dress :)
The third class this afternoon worked largely on accents. Starting with technique we went over the bum-squeeze accents from last week and added a few more, particularly upper body accents using stomach pops and chest lifts. Next we started using these accents while dancing. Candi encourages us all to develop our own dance style and stage personality, but she also shows us how to dance in the current 'fashion'. In this case we were learning how to use accents not just in the obvious places, but also to add interest to melodic sections of the music. We danced through a fun shaabi piece a few times, practising the accents (as well as trying to remember all the arm positioning from last week!) it was fun to actually turn all of the things that we've been learning into my own dance, but I still think I've got a long way to go before my solo dancing goes beyond a hafla dance-floor!