Thursday, April 28, 2011

dance is apart of me...

sorry. ;)

I'm just utterly in love with dance....

just been thinking about this... what makes a good dancer?

What makes a good dancer? I've been thinking about it for awhile now...

because i'm watching dancers that are experienced, w/ years behind their back, and I draw a question mark ?
They call themselves tribal fusion but their arms were terrible and above all i was bored... Its like i could see the "1, 2, and 3, 1 2 and 3"
I kind of felt sick to my stomache... I mean their muscles are there... but i just wonder how they get like that, i mean they study with legions... and i'm like "eh... it did not transfer..." :-/

I've found this conversation to be very interesting:

http://middleeastmusic.tribe.net/thread/97ec04e9-2112-4fb5-beeb-aa49234dfab7


There are quotes that really resonated with me:

"I like a dancer that likes to improv with me. A dancer that isn't afraid to take risks and pushes me and demands the same from me. A dancer that doesn't have to be told that what we are doing is conversation and keeps the conversation interesting. This requires a very secure dancer because the limelight is on the dancer and the musician is just the frame for the dancer's picture. It is a completely symbiotic relationship where the dancer gets all of the attention from the audience, but the dancer realizes that it is a partnership and will share the applause with the musician. It is all about the dance though to the audience, and the musician MUST accept that fact.
A good dancer is playful, experimental, generous and skilled. So is a good musician. They make each other look good and get the "fire in the belly" when they work together. It is how this art form is meant to be. Recorded music is a poor (although often expedient) substitute. " -Jeffrey, from What makes a good dancer - asking musicians





"Here is my personal checklist:
1) Do you enjoy dancing?
2) Do people enjoy watching you?

That's it, that's the list.

To complicate it a bit more... If you enjoy dancing, and your joy is revealed while you dance, that is very compelling. I have seen dozens of very talented, very skilled dancers that simply bore the pants off of the audience. So technical that no one can follow them. So precise as to be machine like. So focused as to be alone on the stage. *yawns*

But, if you can connect with the audience, make it simple and fun to follow watch you, and applaud, and gasp, and cheer, then that is dancing. Some of that is stage presence. But most of that is the hard, hard work of getting past your own ego and DANCING.

I love it when a dancer, or dancers, are inclusive of the musicians in a live performance. " -Charles, from What makes a good dancer - asking musicians

Saturday, April 23, 2011

assessment

so i had a video i did about a little over a month ago next to rachel brice's videos, just to compare where i need to be...

critique to myself:

1. its a matter of understanding more tribal/ats/cabaret arm movements...
2. you need more levels, don't just leave them at armpit height, they can go above head, opposite directions, ext. ext.
3. I know i'm not at the level of layering effectively yet, so i wont even touch on that...
4. Muscle, muscle, muscle in those arms to keep them lifted higher in a song, thats what makes you kind of in the range of you know who...
5. Going to more classes...
6. as far as brice's fingers, each finger can have a life of its own, one doesn't have to be a leader...

collecting where i am...

SARA
http://contrapposto.deviantart.com/

so right now i feel like the little sister that wants to do everything her big sister is doing.. Very inpatient, and young (in the not-so-good way)... I love going to my tribal fusion classes every sunday, i'm still inspired by other belly dancers...

but next session, I really need to hop on board RIGHT AWAY with my 'traditional' belly dance classes... No waiting. No excuses period.


They're in their 3rd week and i still haven't hopped on board... Tomorrow saturday i'm signing up for the sessions. this will be my 3rd time taking level 1, i'm so proud of myself for sticking it all the way through and not believing "shit i got this shit lets go level 2" I guess its hard because, its like I feel in my mind saying, "i know this, i already know this", thats what taken me so long to start my session again (although my night job/sleep was a factor too but thats no excuse)... but i'm serious about this form of dance, And I can't rush through, I will not let myself rush through... but I want know level 1 like the palm of my hand.

god all i can say is i feel small,


"Long ways to go....."

I want to perform so badly...
I want to start creating my costume...
I want to start creating my ren fest costume...
I want to start producing my film.....


I suppose i didn't realize this but, I guess they are like the big sisters I never had... (I went through that period of time where I really wanted a big sister when I was little) heh. ^.^

Friday, April 22, 2011

Ab Work: Kimberly and Kathy Duet @ Brixton Hafla



I think this is the first time I've gotten jealous... But goddamn look at that ab work.....

Friday, April 15, 2011

a few things that inspired me today

i love this performance by Kamala Chaand ... they've really opened my eyes to how beautiful ATS is.... how strong it is, its very proud... even my husband loved it.
I'm just like damn, i've got sooooo much to learn....




samantha e.
<3 frozen in an ice sculpture

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Time to rest...



I saw this video, and it kicked me right in face....
And for some reason when she said she's been a professional dancer since 2006, full-time...

I was like "Wow..." Now, I'm saying:
I'm just going to live... Stop those thoughts, What will be, will.

It's time to rest.... I'm just going to live but always keep one eye half-open...
Hopefully never to wake up again.

This video made me think, that could be me some day... As long as I love what I do, and I'm happy where I am.... that's all that matters.