Tuesday, November 30, 2010

image by sonia ochoa

Look at this work!! My goodness
samantha emanuel

samantha emanuel
I just really like this photograph

Love her persistence with speed. and plus i like her music choices.


I had a dream, that I was in general mills, where they have temporary kiosk, and they had belly dancers every day at a certain time... I got up and danced, it was a great feeling.... 1 woman came up to me telling me how good i was, and my mom got to see me and compliments me on a move... For some reason I could shimmy perfectly. I wore a very long black workout hoodie! (the one I bought from target but longer) All improv, and I danced with 2 women, and then they stopped and I danced by myself majority of the time.... and this dream shows me that I want to preform, even if i did only do a total of 3 moves hehe. :)

Unfortunately I'm not sure if i'll be taking Winter session belly dance classes, because this winter has been pretty nasty, and its going to be really hard tryin' to get out to Minneapolis every week in crazy snow. I had to miss today, but I worked out my ass off!!!! One dancers 1hr routine, 5 min cardio, and like 5 mins of this hip hop cardio video. I SLAMMED the sheets almost immediately afterwards, hence me dream...

I'm really really tryin'....

Saturday, November 27, 2010

I've had to watch this video at least a hundred-million times, so I need to archive it. :)
I love the first song choice in this video. Lovely....

What this shows me, is to take your time.... We as an audience will wait, like I learned in acting... We will stay in the present with you.

I'm going to start posting my favorite costume designs, as inspiration! :) I've always Loved that first design picture *Rachel Brice*.

I'm posting this, because its so weird to me, but it works some how... Its almost provocative in a way... But again it works somehow..

Friday, November 26, 2010

to ground tribal fusion

I am a bit hesitant to put this up... but its to ground what I love about tribal fusion belly dancing... its to grasp a full understanding of this is the style I chose. And I'm grounded.

All fast hips.
(P.S. I love the song they dance to... I like this music a bit more than some...
*crosses fingers-I hope I have some Egyptian blood in me somewhere....* hehe)

American Tribal.
more "earthy" with the costumes, Think "Ethnic Sting" music.
Arms are higher, more still straight.

American Cabaret.
Very glitzy!

The movements are like American Tribal, but the costume and music is different, and there seems to be more repeated movements. Faster, music... Of course, Greek music.

.... I'll add more later.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Intriguing performance of the night....

She had me...
but i stopped at 3:06 :( sorry

But what I love about this performance, is that every move has a reason & purpose for being there.... Improv or Choreographed, Its something to keep in mind.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


all i can say right now... is that i am so happy to be starting my practice.
I went to lifetime, I'm getting a personal plan from a personal trainer, because i want my body better fit for dance.

I'm just really excited about my practice... I can't wait to see what I create.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

best hands, mardi love.

she has the best hands. also shows that subtly can be very beautiful in a performance.
plus i love this song.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Rachel Brice.

It was only a matter of time I was going to post this...
This is the first tribal fusion video I had ever seen, and I was hooked immediately... I've just recently came back to this video watching it a lot lately...

So beautiful... And so on point!
I love how she walks away in the middle of the performance and its like the music catches her again, It has to be my favorite part along with what immediately follows that.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

My first Workshop w/ D. Rubin

What I've Learned today:

I'm TIRED. Haha. I took the Dance Therapeutics for Upper body & Healthy Backbends.
I took it because, its one part of my body but I need more work on...
What I've learned.... We described what we loved about our favorite dancers, and that we can be all those adjectives as well. That felt really good.
And she asked us why we love dancing, what our goals are, what makes us unique, ext... It was really really nice to have that. starting out.
*I can be just as inspiring as my favorite dancers are to me.

*Yoga Practice, Yoga Practice, Yoga Practice. That was 3/4's of the class. Getting that flexibility and relaxation in the body. *Left hand behind your back, roll left shoulder in circles. Left hand behind your back (lower back, all the way up to the upper back), press hard on neck muscle where its tight, move head side to side (left, right, left). You should feel a stretch in the muscle. Should circles while doing this.

*Healthy back bends involve a tight/stable lower abs, and keep your chin forward so your head is stable as well. The flexibility in the bend is should be within the chest to mid-abs. You get out of a back bend by moving your head forward first, then the rest of the body will follow. On your knees, breathe in shoulders back/extend head/neck, breathe out shoulders forward... each time move back a little bit. -- Afterwards go into child's pose.

*Snake arms, I was on the right track by extending the shoulder and pulling in the shoulders.

Interesting insight: Crazy things they didn't think they could do during a performance that they didn't prepare their bodies for on stage.

*During your practice, you must drill, drill, drill, everyday to keep up with it. If someone doesn't do shimmies every wk she looses it. Its body memory. She said some of the most inspiring dancers, also friends, work their asses off (100 shimmies, ext). Remember that. Continue to drill. Put on some music and drill.

Quote of the Day: "Use your Yoga practice while dancing!"