Here’s a clip from the hafla I organised for us all in January…
Gosh, I wore so many hats that night; front of house, souk assistant, host, compere, DJ & a performer, haha, love it. Was so chilled too!
Looking forward to lots of parties over the spring and summer months..
✥ On Saturday Silvia & friends enjoyed their “I heart Bellydance” party!
✥ There are a couple of haflas happening very soon: Phoenix Hafla For Walk The Walk is this coming Saturday 26th March. Our friend Neimah’s been working very hard for a while now to put this together & raise some funds. The Biggar Hafla is a week on Friday. it’s the Biggar areas 5th annual hafla also for charity, not stated which, and it’s organised by Kate Deacon. I believe performance spaces are still available for this one. (Details for both are in our Bellydance Calendar) If I work my socks off now I should manage along to join the fun.. If anyone would like to go to either let me know, we could go together…
✥ We’ll have our group girly night out to the Bellydance Superstars show!
✥ and I’ll be having a special party in the summer and you’re all invited!
More on all of this later… stay tuned to your computermabobs.
I mentioned this over on Twitter a while ago, episode 3′s now up!
You can watch Episodes 1, 2 and 3 on their site here
It’s a good watch & demonstrates a variety of the different skills required of a top bellydancer today. I guess if you were to ask Joe Public what skills they think a Bellydancer of today requires the answer you’d get would be “well, they should be able to dance!” and that would, very likely, be that. Yeah, fine enough answer but today there’s so much more required than that.. Someone can be a beautiful performer & a mince teacher or vice versa, they can be technically skilled at each of these things but lack the creativity to set it alight or they may have all of these attributes and yet lack the charisma to really connect with people. This series, as well as being a competition and a pr stunt for Cheeky Girls DVD’s, might get you thinking of Bellydancers as a multi dimensional character or as I like to think if them as “multi faceted jewels”
As the Project Belly Dance series unfolds the group dynamic moves away from “women in competition with one another” and more towards one of “women working together to be the best they can be individually” I like this. I LOVE this in fact. For me that should remain the very essence of this dance. I believe competition is healthy if you are competing with yourself, to be the strongest you can be, in your mind and body.
…what are your thoughts?
As for their DVD’s, some are worth adding to your collection, Amazon’s a good place to check as you’ll be able to read some reviews before you buy, though people look for different things in a DVD so stay open minded. If you fancy refreshing your library at some point remember you’re welcome to do a trade at the start of class.
I guess improvised dancing, of any style, is the power of thinking without thinking – in it’s most basic form you allow yourself to be physically moved by the music. With practice improvised dancing can also combine the art of feeling without thinking – you allow yourself to be emotionally moved by the music or use the music as a vehicle for your already charged emotions, you let yourself go and surrender to the moment, to what feels right and to what tells the story. If your movements stay true to your physical and emotional connections to the piece, you look naturally confident and your moves look as the music intended. This evokes emotion in the viewer. As they look on they see human feeling, the human “heart” and all it has to offer.
Amr Diab is 49 today I believe and pretty damn hot, lets be honest! Is he ageing backwards? I dunno! Here he is with his 2009 hit Wayyah..
The reported ‘best selling Arabic recording artist of all time’ entered into the world of song at the age of 6, performing for a large audience, then growing up he embraced this passion and developed his talent. He has almost single handedly pioneered a new genre of music now known as “Mediterranean Sound” which creatively fuses Egyptian and western rhythms. The appeal of his music is global. The tunes are positively infectious and when combined with his distinctive vocals are charged with emotion.
I love dancing around to Amr Diab’s music, be that at a get together, in the kitchen or at the bus stop!
This was part of the promotions of the International Raqs Congress activities : http://www.raqscongress.com The You Tube video does claim to be the worlds first bellydance flash mob though I actually thought this would have happened before now, what with the booming popularity of the dance so maybe take that with a pinch of salt I’d say.
A lovely piece with lots of variety and intrigue. Watch as the market goers grow suspicious, their eyes widen and then as they start to crowd round to enjoy the unexpected treat! Read more »
Whilst on a recent, somewhat panicked, trip to Hilary’s Bazaar for something urgently needed for a gig!!, Miranda pointed out Hilary’s new music CD, ‘Desert Groove, Middle Eastern Rhythms’ – £9.95 Read more »