Thursday, August 11, 2011

Gina Bruno - Tribal Fusion Bellydance

Suhaila Salimpour's student (Level 5, highest). Her vibrations are insane!
I love what Suhaila's doing with her format.

"Q: Which part does Suhaila's format change you the most?
Gina Bruno: The key differentiation of the Suhaila format is a keen attention to technique and body awareness. You don't do something because that's the only "move" you know, or can only do it at a certain speed or timing. You do something because you choose to, because the music calls for it, and you have complete body knowledge and awareness of what you're doing. A structured format makes movements/choreography easier to teach to others. If you know what you're doing, you can explain it to someone else. Suhaila will never say..."follow along and do what I do." She'll break it down muscle by muscle. It's like yoga or Pilates; attention to detail and muscular systems to understand and impart knowledge of movement. This is a groundbreaking next step to bring structure and technique to bellydance.

Q: What is the most less sense part to you in Suhaila's format?
Gina Bruno: Dancers must remember that Suhaila isn't trying to create "mini Suhaila's" - she is raising the bar for technique and knowledge of the dance. What's most important is that dancers take her technique and build from there to develop their own style, their own expression, their own creation. This format will help you learn the alphabet, syntax, and language...but you are ultimately the author of your own poetry. It must be an expression of you. The higher levels of the format begin to explore creativity, acting techniques, journaling, and integration of technique and artistic expression."

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