|Phew, made it!
||[Feb. 24th, 2008|02:04 pm]
Didn't think I'd make it to class today as Cis was stuck in Manchester and unavailable to give me a lift and Erica's car is broken. However, the lovely Dave came to the rescue at the very last minute and drove us to class! We arrived a little late and had to sneak into the warm-up, but at least we made it!
There weren't that many of us there today, and those that were had all been dancing for a while, so we got right into everything rather than needing Candi to explain the basic move before moving onto more complicated steps. We learned one new step, which was to step out to the side, then perform several small tight hip-twists as you bring the other foot in, then step out again with the same foot and repeat, so you end up travelling in one direction. It's a little confusing to get the hang of, but looks pretty.
Candi also did a fun demonstration of a dancer in a seedy Cairo nightclub which had us all laughing!
The second session was our first attempt at devising a Khaleegi choreography to perform later this year. Candi has selected a really fun bit of music to dance to (I'm dreadful because I've already forgotten the title and who it was by!) On the first listen through it seems like it's going to be really long, but once you get dancing to it it seems a lot shorter! We are attempting to make this choreography a bit of a joint effort, obviously Candi is sort of 'lead choreographer', but she is actively encouraging the rest of us to put in ideas too.
This is what we have so far, although it is still subject to change!
Enter stage right with sleeves draped over heads and partially covering faces footwork is club-khaleegi 1-2-3 shuffle.
Turn to face the front, drop the sleeve and pick up the dress front panel then begin the traditional khaleegi side-to-side shuffle, stepping right first. Move the dress panel in a clockwise circle in time with the steps.
At the end of that musical phrase alternate dancers move forward using the 1-2-3 shuffle, still circling the dress panel, remaining dancers continue side-to-side shuffle and circling dresses.
Lift right arm and shimmy right hand ('My sword glints in the sunlight, I come in peace'), then shimmy right hand down to waist height and shimmy both hands side-to-side ('May the rain fall in the desert and your flowers grow').
Pick up dress pannel in left hand, right hand slightly out to the side, turn to the right, dancers on back row tuen 3/4 circle, dancers on front row turn 1 1/4 circle to end up facing back row dancers on a diagonal.
Bum-push shuffle diagonally past your partner, then back again.
Tiny shoulder shimmy, lean to the right, tiny shoulder shimmy lean to the left, turn to the right.
Tiny shoulder shimmy lean to the lft, tiny shoulder shimmy lean to the right, turn to the left.
'I'm shy' hand-gesture twist to the right, 'I'm shy' hand gesture twist to the left, turn to the right.
'I'd give my right eye' hand gesture twist to the left, 'I'd give my right eye' hand gesture twist to the right, turn to the left.
That's as far as we've got so far, which takes us not quite to the end of the instrumental section in the middle of the song. Next week Candi won't be around, but she's encouraging us to go through this again and see what ideas we come up with about what to do next.