Posts tagged tribal
Posts tagged tribal
Squeeeee!!! The video from my latter performance on October 19th is in!! Yaaay! *bounces around the room* This was the spooky improv. piece I made this stuff for, and even though I know the performance was not exactly perfect, I’m still really happy with how it turned out. ^_^
It -felt- good, which was one nice thing. Even though I was nervous about traversing the stage (as it was my first time seeing it/being there), and even though I knew I was blanking on a few key aspects of movement I’d wanted to include in the piece (thank you nerves), the nerves were still not HALF as bad as they normally are, and I was -really- getting into and having fun w/the character, playing off the energy of the audience, and that was a big part of what I think did it. :) Plus some of the techniques I’ve been working on that I learned in Alia’s 90-Day Dance Party Challenge made a big difference, too. She’s got some great techniques for improv. and stage fright that really can help a great deal. ^_^ And looking back on it now via this video, I’m actually okay with what I see, which is a HUGE step for me. :):) Normally I HATE watching myself dance, end up criticizing the HELL out of myself while I do, and in every other performance before this (singing or dancing- which, yes, includes the one I’d done just prior to this one, that very same day) I obsess endlessly over what went wrong, all the mistakes I made, etc. But in this case, not much of that was there, for which I am INSANELY grateful. ^_^
Part of it might be learning to look beyond the fluff when I look at myself, I think, and I know that’s a big hurdle for many of us, big or small. But part of it too, is remembering how much fun it was, what a great response I got from the crowd, the positive experience I had back stage and allll through the night that night, recollecting all the support I had from friends and family that day, and how many sweet people came up to me afterward, to tell me how much they loved my piece. ^_^ All that.. that made a huuuuge difference. But a lot of it came from inside, too. Learning to channel a bit of that nervous energy, remembering the love of the music and really getting into character those things helped a ton, too. *beams*
I think from now on I’m gonna work with character a lot more in my pieces. The all come from me in one way or another, but being able to channel that energy really does seem to not only help the piece develop, but also help w/stage fright and other issues. :) Oh! And speaking of! The character btw, for those who don’t know, was an evil river fae. The scary, grab-you-down-and-eat-you kind from the oooooold, cautionary folktales told back in the days looong before Disney made faerie-tales anything but scary. ;) And for those who might know of her, this character was loosely adapted from the stories of Jenny Greenteeth, and made into a US, bayou-dwelling version. ;D.
As for the outfit, all it is is a green skirt I already had, a thriftstore dress that I cut up and made into a top and slitted overskirt combo, various layers of Creepy Cloth (in green- I loved how they looked like lichen! :D), a tummy cover, a weird mossy bit of trim I bought at a fabric store, annnnd all the accessories I made for this piece. :) (Which included two necklaces, two bracelets, a pair of earrings, and the belt.) It’s hard to see here, but the accessories featured everything from teeth and fingers to eyeballs, mice, fish and bones. ^_^
Anyway, enough of me prattling on. I hope you enjoy my work, ‘cause I had a blast! ^_^
Hey all! Guess what..? I just found out that ShimmyMob is holding a contest for its next event choreographer! (And those who submit entries are -not- required to participate in this coming year’s event, or to have participated in events past to be eligible to win! Squee!! XD) So to all my choreo goddesses out there, go take a peek!
..How -wonderful- would it be if someone non-traditional in body type, size or dis/ability (or a dancer who was truly empathetic of n’ friendly w/such folks) were to win this contest??? *beams*
C’mon beautiful divas, FLY to this, fly! Fly!! XD
I’m sorry.. I can’t help it! *inserts silly, Hallow-Oz-related gif here*
Playing with my new Ink Joy pens while on the road today w/family, kinda trying to dream up new imagery for the plus-size bellydancer’s convention coming up, annnnnd this happned. :) Not my best work perhaps, but I still like it, and mehopes you do, too. :):)
I know there are some people who, for one reason or another, object to men bellydancing. But to me, whether you’re male, female, green, purple or wombat, dances like this are just -beautiful,- period. Illan is a -gorgeous- dancer, no matter which way you cut it. He’s passionate, dramatic, with a stunning library of movements to giv ehis work variety, uniqueness and this incredible flow.. and he just does it all so well… And then you add in the lighting and the costuming and the music and it’s just.. breathtaking art. So.. how could you not be okay w/that..??
Festival BellyFusions 2011 - Paris - Illan Riviere (by BellyFusions Festival)
One of the finest dancers in the Fusion world. Blown away EVERYTIME.
Did anybody else go to the show they just had in Ms. Salimpour’s honor..? I can’t believe it happened already! I thought they were -just- putting it together, ‘cause I’d swear the Kickstarter only just got done. o.o STARS I wish I could have gone! O.O ..How ‘bout you..? Did you go..? I bet that show was UNREAL! ♥♥
"Jamila Salimpour is the originator of tribal belly dance in America, and has been influential in belly dance for over 50 years. She is also the first one to solidify a format of terminology in belly dance still used today. Her format is taught and applied to dancers’ movements worldwide.
From being a member of Ringling Brothers Circus in 1942, Jamila implemented that format in creating Bal Anat. As a belly dancer, Jamila Salimpour worked with many dancers including Algerian water glass dancers, Tunisian pot dancers, Male Tray dancers, magicians, and presented many varieties of entertainment. The Sword dance, Mask dance, and Snake dance were seen for the first time in Bal Anat. The resulting show became a show featuring tribal dances from North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean.
The show inspired a whole generation of American Belly Dancers, giving way to the rise in popularity of the Tribal Belly Dance genre.”
Look at what my grandma gave me! ^_^ They’re coasters made out of tiny shells, about a hand-length’s wide, and I’m gonna try n’ use ‘em for belt medallions! :D (You know, those large circular doodads on belts that often mark where the hips move, visually. Some people put ‘em close together near the closure, and others keep ‘em out toward the hips, so you can see their movement better from a distance. But they’re almost always on the front— as if they were in back, they’d look like bum-markers. *lol*)
I’m thinkin’ I wanna get some of those beautifully embroidered beaded medallions they sell for Fusion belt-making parts in various places, and afix one to the center of each of these. ^_^ (I -was- thinking of just putting a rhinestone in the middle of the central star of each, but I fear they’d still look like pot-holders that way. ;)) So I’m thinkin’ that I could either a; whip stitch those medallions on, and then do the same to attach these to a beautiful beige-y sash thing I have, or, I could hot-glue my li’l heart out. :) Which do you recommend..?
Either way, I’m so excited! *beams* I think they’ll go nicely w/the shell bra top I have from Left Coast Trading. ^_^ -Ooooh, or maybe I could make them into big ol’ clips! That way I could put ‘em onto whatever belt or skirt I choose… Or even put a few strands of chains n’ things between ‘em! :D Ohhh.. the ideas!! *bounce bounce* Hmm.. what do you think..?
"Dree-ee-ee-ee-eeeam… Dream dream dream dream, dree-ee-ee-ee-eem…" -ing of the classic, epic drop-shouldered choli. I was drawing cold-shoulder tops when I was about six, so I’d be up for almost all of my wardrobe looking like this. :) Now if only I could afford the -bellydance- epicness that is this. I’d get one in black, blue.. and red velvet— and maybe ivory/beige, too! :D
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YE-E-E-ES!! I’ll take “another fierce male bellydancer” for a thousand please, Alex!” XD *cheers*
Joshua Youngs - Male Belly Dancer performs at Gay Pride 2012, Jun 9th (by Justin Teal)
For our next Geek Friday post, we’ve got a lovely pair of dancers rocking zills AND skills at.. a renaissance festival! :D Their costumes are lovely, their zilling skills are quite nice (my GAW it’s hard to learn how to zill well -and- dance at the same time!!), and the music is pretty darned grand, too. ^_^ You GO ladies!! ♥♥
Me..? I freaking LOVE ren. faires (specifically the Maryland Renaissance Festival, which is the one I’ve been attending for years upon years). ^_^ And while I may have missed a year or two now n’ then since I started going as a kid (solely from distance & lack of transport- I swear!!), I’m pretty sure you could confidently call me a total ren-rat- like many of the geek crowd I know. ^_^ (..I mean, there’s ren. garb, pirates, faeries, period-fanatics, SCAdians.. princesses.. dashing gents and regal ladies.. elves.. AND BELLYDANCERS! :D So.. I mean.. who wouldn’t love a good ren. faire?? :D) Plus if that ain’t geeky enough, I -know- I’ve seen a Klingon at a faire or two. ;)
I’ve dreamt for long years of performing at one of these, and someday, I aim to do it. I wanna sing, I wanna dance.. and I wanna do it as more than a dancer at a Wolgemut concert, or in the crowd at a Pyrates Royale show. ^_^ ..How ‘bout you? Are you a ren-rat too..?
Question: Has anyone ever heard of using audible cues for ATS or ITS..? I know this might be hard to manage, given music & environmental noise in a venue, but I think it’d be GREAT to learn either dance form, and then find a way to translate it to a means of audio cuing, so I could teach it to the blind n’ visually impaired. ^_^
Hmm.. maybe since ATS dancers are so often vocal in their performances w/yips, one could use things like varying yips, those lovely low “eeeeys!” (like I learned form the incredible Mavi as I listened to her chearing people on at Tribal Cafes in DC ^_^), trills n’ the like, etc..? Or perhaps a stomp or two..? ..Thoughts..?