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Bedazzle [Nov. 26th, 2007|12:22 am]
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We rocked!

Just back from the Bedazzle bellydance showcase (in aid of Just Because) and it was fab!

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Belated update... [Nov. 16th, 2007|07:40 pm]
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We have started practicing for our 'project'!

After class on Thursday we met up at Cis's and started working through the choreography that she's been working on (based on long discussions and drunken dvd watching at Whitby).

It's fast, but I think with a bit of determination and quite a lot of practice we can do it :) Just need to work on my flash-turns!
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Tribal [Nov. 9th, 2007|07:24 pm]
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Yesterday being Thursday I pootled off to my regular class at 7pm. 1 hour of Egyptian style technique.

We concentrated on Shimmies and Camels. There were a couple of newbies in, so we worked all the way from the absolute basics of the move, and then spent about 15 minutes for each move with the music on and everyone practicing at their own level. I've been dancing long enough and practicing hard enough that the basic moves aren't a problem anymore, so I was working on traveling, layering and practicing the 'making shapes' advice that Candi gave us on Sunday. Cis usually works her way around the class when she has practice music on and helps anyone with problems they might be having. When she got to me she told me off for being clever because I was layering a camel over a hip-shimmy :)

After class Cis asked if I wanted to go with her to the Boomshanka choreography practice, so I zoomed off for another hour of dancing.

See that there deep end? See me stood looking at it? See Ruth who leads the choreography sessions throwing me in? I got there and was told 'Right, no warm-up, straight in, we're doing Galvanize.' and we went right into a full run-through of a choreography that I've seen these girls perform once, and never tried myself, ever! We went through it 3 times, and I'd just about got it by then, then we moved onto a different choreography! I've forgotten most of both of them now, but I've been practicing the few step-combos that I can remember at least. Fortunately they're both fairly simple choreographies, so hopefully after a few weeks I'll have a better idea of what's going on! Lots of fun though :)
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Too much of a good thing [Nov. 4th, 2007|06:04 pm]
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Might be a long one...

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So another dance-intensive weekend, only this time I'm feeling decidedly washed-out at the end of it. I suspect this may be due to some evil virus or other picked up on my holiday to the seaside, or it may be due to the darker nights and colder days. Next weekend will be a lot lighter on the dancing and I shall take advantage of the rest!
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Whitby [Nov. 1st, 2007|03:07 pm]
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I'm back from my holiday in Whitby. Hardly Bellydance central you might think, and mostly you'd be right, but not entirely!

OK, so the holiday was mostly about the goths and the food, but there was always going to be a hint of bellydance at least, in the form of a shopping trip to Gutsy Ginger's Eastern Bazaar.

Actually, it transpired that my most expensive purchase of the weekend came from Gingers. I went in there looking for henna paste, incense and a few accessories, and I came out with an outfit (and the henna, incence, bracelets, necklaces, bindi, a belt...)

The outfit consists of a skirt and bra-top. The top is incidental, it comes with the skirt, but the skirt is gorgeous. 3 layers of black chiffon, the bottom layer is circular, but split all the way up one side, the second layer is long crennelations (no idea how else to describe that!) and the top layer is 2 short triangular tabs, 1 front and 1 back. The top 2 layers are embroidered with loads of red sequins and white beads, and there's a 2 inch wide band of beading all around the top with a few bead & coin dangles. Best of all, there was only 1 and it was in my size!!!

The music playing in Gingers was fantastic too, so I took a note of the CD she was playing and I've ordered it for myself from Amazon this morning.

Also spent some of the weekend watching bellydance DVDs, sketching out a few ideas for a goth-fusion choreography and costume, and bellydancing to dreadful 80's cheese at Laughtons.

Several of us noted that we weren't the only bellydancers there this year either, there were hints all around us of a growing number of goth-bellydancers; an increased profusion of kuchi jewelery, head scarves with indian bells on, belts with extra dangly-bits... I'm expecting Gothla to be very crowded next year!
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JoY [Oct. 15th, 2007|05:40 pm]
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I've written an enormous write-up of my weekend at JoY under my other name here.

To this I'm going to add a few more thoughts about my own abilities and progression.

Having rather reservedly chosen only level 1 - 2 workshops for this JoY I've realised that my dancing has now progressed to the point where technique workshops on Egyptian technique need to be a bit more challenging. I'm pleased by this, but also a little disappointed that I didn't anticipate this when I originally booked the workshops or I would have chosen something different as my first class, and possibly my second. I don't think I'd have changed Sundays classes however, as the Gypsy style was new to me so a beginner/improver level workshop was fine for this, and personally I'd love to end every bellydance event with an hour of yoga to stretch out!

So next time I'll be picking level 3 (intermediate) classes as much as possible.

I'm beginning to wonder at what point I'll be able to handle a level 4 workshop. Certainly not yet! But since I will be attending at least a couple of advanced technique classes and other workshops between now and April, plus my normal classes and practice at home, will I be able to handle more by then? Would it be so bad if I picked a class that was beyond my abilities if it meant that I had to really push myself and might learn even faster?

Also, what exactly is meant by 'Beginner', 'Improver', 'Intermediate' and 'Advanced'? Because this seems to vary depending on who you talk to and who is teaching. Certainly Shirley Lewis' idea of beginner/improver is very different from Khaled's! How do you know which would be best for you? How do you judge your own ability?

I struggle with this last one especially. I know that everyone learns at a different rate, and I also know that I learn fast, but I learn concepts fast, that doesn't mean that because I understand how a move is done that my body can execute that move to perfection. In fact it's quite the opposite, there are some moves that my body simply refuses to make in the way that I know they should be made. I also know that the only way to fix this is to practice, practice and practice! However, I also find that the more I practice, the more I find fault with what my body is doing so that in the end I am always convinced that I can do it, but it's not quite right.

I look around me at class and I try to guage which people in the room are at about my level (does everyone do this, or am I just immensely vain or something?) On Thursdays I see more people who know less than I do about the background of the dance, the ways that moves can be combined etc, but who's bodies just seem to obey their minds commands so much better than mine does. On Sundays I see a lot of people who know much more than me, but who are quite a bit older or don't practice so often and their bodies are losing the ability to move than mine has. So where on the improver/intemediate/advanced scale do they fall? Is it in your knowledge and understanding of the dance, in your ability to move to perfection, or in a combination of both?

Either way, after this weekend I think I'm better than I thought I was, but not nearly as good as I'd like to be!
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And now it's nearly time for... [Oct. 9th, 2007|08:32 pm]
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I can't believe it's the middle of October already!

On Friday I shall be heading off to Saltaire for another series of workshops and performances which hopefully will be just as exciting, informative and fun as those in March.

I'm booked in on 4 workshops - "A sense of Timing", "Hypnotic Hips & Shimmies", "Romany Gypsy" and "Yoga for Bellydance". They're all sold out, so I'm glad I booked them early! There are a few other workshops that I'd like to do too (Notably "Fly with Isis Wings" with Candi, "Practice = Perfect" with Tine Valois and "1001 Steps & Drops" with Seetha. However, I'm hoping that if enough of the Sheffield crowd sulk and pout and flutter our eyelashes then maybe Candi will run her Wings workshop again for us closer to home. Also, Practice = Perfect is on at the same time as Romany Gypsy, and I can't do both at once!)

Last time I was exhausted by lunch time on the Sunday, so I was very restrained and didn't book the last workshop of the day. I can rest and have a last browse of the stalls before I go home instead!

I missed class on Sunday last week as I was exhausted and feeling rather fragile with a nasty cold. I'm hoping the last stubborn vestiges of this evil infection will have cleared my system by this weekend...
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Haggela Gypsy... [Sep. 9th, 2007|05:25 pm]
Today was the first class of term from Candi. I have to admit to over-indulging a little at Cis' mezza party last night, so I was a little fragile when I first got up this morning, but then so was Cis!

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Back to class [Sep. 6th, 2007|11:08 pm]
Over the summer there have been no classes on Sundays, and although there have been classes on Thursdays, mostly they have been fairly light-hearted affairs with only a few people present. We've played with props quite a bit, it's nice to have the opportunity to play with Isis wings, as there just isn't space in my house!

Today was the first 'proper' class of the new term, and Cis really made us work! We covered haggala, camels and arm-work. I was pleased to discover that my practice to Ariellah's dvd is starting to pay off, and I made it thorough the whole arm workout without flagging. I also made an attempt to layer my camel over a shimmy, which allegedly was sucessful, although I'm certain that was more luck than ablity!

The BADA classes start up again this Sunday, so I'll be back to my regular 2 classes a week. This will be good, as I feel like I've become very lazy over the summer, and there's only 5 weeks to JoY, so I need to get back into shape!
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Shopping! [Aug. 19th, 2007|11:52 am]
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Winging their graceful way to me right now are 2 new bellydance CDs and 2 new DVDs.

Me and my credit card spent a while browsing Aladdins Cave yesterday. It's not a pass-time that I make a habit of because it can get very expensive! Especially as I've already ordered myself a bunch of yoga goodies this month too, but I don't have any more bellydance activities planned until JOY in October, so this can be my mid-summer splurge!

I've ordered One Thousand and One Nights, which I've been after for a while, and Sawdust, which has just come out. I've also ordered BellyQueen and Showtime!, just because they looked like they might be interesting.

I've also started following my Ariellah DVD (Bellydance and Yoga Conditioning), although I'm finding it hard. I think that's rather the point though, drilling is only effective if you find it difficult at first! On Friday I followed the full yoga 'warm up' then completed the first upper-body isolation drills. By then I was exhausted (still recovering from evil infection), but I think that if I follow the yoga workout and just that first section of drills maybe 3 or 4 times a week for a month, I should have great arms and chest isolations by the end of it! Then I can start adding in the first set of hip isolation drills too. Today I shall follow the same section and make a real effort to do the same every other day.
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