Posts tagged sword dance
Posts tagged sword dance
Day 42. (Hooraaay1 I have The Answer! Now.. who’s got The Question..? ;D)
Note to self: When acquiring a new place in Portland OR to live, must remember to make sure there’s a cat-proof dancing space. *lol* Between one being an attention whore and the other in lust w/anything wavely (i.e. everything flowy like veils, tassels & skirts *lol*), dancing w/2 adorable kitties nearby can be hazardous- for me AND my dance stuff! I had Skye plop down right next to my left foot while I had a SWORD on my head n’ refuse to move- even though I was gently rolling him over and over w/my foot so he’d get out of the way, and then Ouna, bless her li’l pea-pickin’ heart, grabbed my veil juuust toward the end of my last song. (And I know she fought her instinct of wanting to snatch it from the get-go, so I’m proud of her for not giving in until my dance session was almost over. *lol*)
As for the DANCING on the other hand, today was prop day at the WaterHouse! :D I brought out Inana (my sword) and one of my first ol’ veils, and basically gave myself an improv-style refresher course on various prop techniques. :) With both the veil and the sword, I was a bit worried I’d lost a good bit of my movement vocabulary at first, as they both felt awkward and gawkish, floopsy and wobbly. But after a little reacclimation, both felt a LOT better over time, and we all kinda fell into the swing of things n’ ended up a relatively stable, mutual cooperation. :) (Hoooraaay for symbiosis. ;D)
Tonight I was also reminded of how much nicer silk veils flow- even synth-silk- as opposed to the cheaper, slightly cotton-y starter ones I first bought years ago- and used to night (as it was just the first thing I grabbed). I thought it’d be fine, but I discovered that after working w/my newer veils, the silk (and pseudo-silk) ones just mooove so much better.. fly so much more fluidly and easily.. and get caught on things so much less! (Plus, they’re not as staticky.. you know..?) I have to admit, I always thought that people were just being kinda hoity-toity when they talked about how fancier materials in their props moved better, performed better, etc. But after this semi-direct comparison, I can hereby say that even as a po’ girl, the fancy stuff really does sometimes move and work better. ..Whether I like it (or like to admit it) or not. ;))
It was nice reacclimating myself to my veil and sword tonight, forcing myself to remember bits of info from classes & workshops I haven’t taken in years, or really had the chance to practice much in a formal setting since. While yes, I’d still like to get Belladonna’s DVDs to refresh my sword skills and remind myself of the finer points of certian techniques, and yes, I still want to snag a few veil DVDs as well, I think I remembered more than I was fearing I’d lost. Plus it was especially nice to get reacquainted w/my sword. After one song that was kinda iffish I just decided to keep going instead of putting her down like I’d originally planned, and I think it paid off. I just kept her on my head and danced with her there, feeling her balance and letting the music move me, the two of us remembering what it was like to dance together, and I think that did a great lot of good. :) It let us get used to each other again, you know..? I was reminded of my sword posture, my head angle, how to move and how not to move w/my sword just sitting there atop my head, and it felt great. :) By about half way through the 2nd song w/her and through to the 3rd, I think we’d gotten our groove back, I’d remembered more moves, and we’d become more reattuned to one another- so I could concentrate more on the emotion and the improv than “oh crap, do I remember how to do this move..? What was that motion again..?” You know..? And by the end of the 3rd song, I didn’t wanna take her off. ^_^
So overall, tonight was a pretty good experience. :) I danced to some really fun music which made getting reacquainted w/my props definitely more engaging & fun. N’ though it took a little futzing and fidgeting at first, it’s nice to know not that all my technique was lost. ^_^ Also, that one point in my back still gives a good hard twinge now & then, but I think it’s something about leaning over and how I hold my abs when I do certain things (like bending to the side, leans & such), so I’ve been trying hard to not only eke out what causes it, but to bloody make it STOP. *lol*
Here’s to reviving old, good knowledge, and putting away icky, old pain! -And here’s to starting great new practices n’ cultivating new skills & intentions, too! Hellllooooo Spring! We need your rejuvenating, reviving, & recuperative powers! ^_^
Songs for Tonight:
Warmup: Jermaine Dupri - Gotta Getcha (ft. Missy Elliott)
My fellow bellydancers; what are your favorite songs to sword dance to? What are your favorite sword moves? Do you like performing w/one kind of sword or another? And as I hear many people talk about wearing turbans for sword work, do you prefer turban or no turban?
Dancing the Dark
I heard this first in a truck commercial- and immediately spazzed out so hard by its beat and Johnny’s singing w/that beat that I HAD to track it down. ^_^ I mean.. how can you not move to something SO extremely visceral? *beams* My hips automatically start doing Mayas to this. ^_^
And after hearing “O Death” on another TV ad (or.. maybe was it Supernatural..?) it became another tune I positively -had- to know. Over time it’s grown more & more in my mind as a song I need to dance to, and now that they’ve both come to me in quick succession like this.. (only just tonight, in formulating this post) I’m thinking maybe I could even dance them together. ^_^
They both SCREAM of mood, and could be bone-chillingly beautiful. Either propless, with candles, or even a sword- don’t you think? :) (And oddly enough, they both also happen to be rather Southern & folksy in origin, not to mention relatively biblical-sounding. ..Conditions which seem to have grouped them together unconsciously in my brain- ‘cause this post -was- just gonna be about “O Death.” One minute I start hunting for URLS for one video, n’ the next there’s “Hunt You,” shooting right up to the forefront of my pinky-grey & squiggly matter along with it. ;))
So what do you think of music like this for bellydancing..?
And what are some of your favorite dark, non-traditional songs to dance to?
I enjoy tradition Arabic music too, but I know only a portion of what I’m sure is out there. So for now, I’m going on my own loves- which spans quite a spectrum of tune-age! :)
How about you?