Crossing boundaries, pt. 1

One of my biggest motivations in life is pushing into new territory. I love to learn new things, to push past physical limitations, and even to challenge my own perceptions. This is not always easy, but it is important for me and I find it intrinsically rewarding. I don’t need another reason beyond doing or […]

Sorting through the blocks

I feel blocked lately. It’s not that I haven’t had ideas. I’ve just had a hard time taking those ideas to fruition.  I’ve had choreographies that I’m working on come to an abrupt halt. I’ve got a couple of blog posts that I’ve started and just don’t seem to be going anywhere. I’ve got an […]

Retreating into technique

I’ve not posted much of late. I’ve even grown derelict in posting images on my Instagram account. I’m still doing something dance-related (more-or-less) every day. But what I’m doing is simply my personal technique practice. Repeated photos of the same DVDs or class or studio seem… less than compelling shall we say. While I am […]

Perfection

I am a recovering perfectionist. A few years back, when I worked in the clothing department of a major retail chain, I was one of the slowest zoners. (Zoning is what they called picking things up and making it look good for the store to open the next day.) But my section always looked good. […]

Daily Drills #16

“Zuki Zuki” by Mahala Raï Banda – glutes & arms “Sertab” by Buda – smooth & locked “Take Your Whiskey Home” by Van Halen – twists; focus on keeping the hips level using the opposite oblique, then adding the mid glute “She’s Long Gone” by the Black Keys – downbeat: pelvic 4 ct. (B, L, […]

Loving dance

The lines at the beginning of the first story in The History of (my) Dance are: I love to dance. I always have. Dancing makes me happy in a way that nothing else does…. I dance all the time. I do have a day job. But most of my vacation, weekends, and evenings (along with […]

Dance Everyday: an Invitation

I recently gave myself a challenge: do something dance-related everyday. That can mean many things: Attending class Reading a book to affect stagecraft Watching videos for inspiration Performing Working out with performance enhancement in mind Costuming The list is endless. But mindfully engage in an activity related to my dance. And document it. I chose to […]

The Great Shimmy Debate

In my studies of various styles of bellydance, I’ve come across 3 basic ways to drive a shimmy: Obliques Glutes Knees/thighs Each of these has its own look; and advantages and disadvantages. Characteristics The oblique shimmy tends to have a softer look to it. It’s produced by lengthening and shortening the internal obliques in opposition. Given […]

Daily Drills #15

“Te Veo” by Palenke Soultribe – glutes & arms “Spider Cider” by Man Man – smooth & locked “Gelin Havasi” from Sulukule: Rom Music of Istanbul – undulations; focus on rolling all the way through the low belly “I’m a Believer” by the Monkees – downbeat: chest slides dbR; upbeat: IHS CCW dbL About drills […]

Daily practice or Jumping back on the wagon

Sometimes your daily practice gets sidelined. Perhaps you’ve been sick. Maybe you’ve done a different practice, such as attended a dance intensive workshop. Perhaps you’ve created and performed a show about the history of your dance. Any of these would be a good reason for temporarily letting go of your regular daily practice. In my […]