Category: words of wisdom

Zoe Jakes Solo Bellydance Live at the Vagabond 2012

Recent Zoe Jakes…. Amazing. k.

Listen up, dancers:
Her face is on, just as much as her body is on…
With an amazing dancer, you could just film only her face, and it would still be an amazing performance.
No body needed…
Watch this video you will understand exactly what I mean by this.

So, in conclusion, if a professional videographer (thats not too bellydance-savvy) keeps zooming up on your face, take that as a compliment. I noticed that with a few Rachel brice videos.

P.S. This was amazing live!!! O MY DEAR–#$@^&%*— yeah, I wanted to record the performance so bad but sometimes, you have to just Enjoy the performance. And thats exactly what I did, well worth it too.


Stage Presence By Amira Jamal: Lift, look up and beyond, and smile

Best Article I’ve read yet about stage presence. A Must Read.

Speaking of energy: If you want to think of the audience as giving off energy, think of that collective energy as floating up away from the people into the air. A dancer’s energetic field floats around her and above her. The magic of stage presence is how to get the dancer’s energy out into the audience, and how to engage the energy of the audience. By looking out OVER the audience, rather than directly at the audience, your energetic field will float over and out above the audience to mingle with the energy of the audience. That is how to get a dynamic exciting experience going between the audience and the performer.
As an example, I will dance for a minute or two with the finest technique but no lift, then will do nothing but walk around the room, but with the magic lift. Invariably the consensus is that, for entertainment, they would rather watch a technically “inferior” dancer if that dancer has stage presence. It is a more engaging, dynamic, and fun performance for the audience, than a performance by a dancer who might be technically skilled, but who slouches, doesn’t lift, doesn’t look over and out, etc. (Of course let me issue the disclaimer here that it is ALWAYS good to be a technically skilled dancer!) “

-Stage Presence – Part 1, by Amira Jamal

Lift, look up and beyond, smile (but don’t paste it on – music is so complex your facial expressions must reflect the various strands of the melody), and TAKE YOUR TIME. One other element in your stage presence package: Pacing yourself and not being too busy. If you think of yourself as an artist, and that your dance is a picture (in motion, of course), think of what you would rather look at: a serene painting (not a still life, but something that has organized color, texture, and a recognizable theme) or scribbling done by a young child…

 A dancer who is experiencing the dance as it happens – as the music is converted to movement, is in for a wonderful treat, as is her audience.

-Stage Presence – Part 2, by Amira Jamal

I’ve been imagining movement all a long

 “A photograph should breathe like poetry.

A photograph should create a theater within the mind, it should never remain motionless.

A photograph should be liquid, fluid….

If a photograph does not move, it should sculpt.

If a photograph does not move, a beautiful photograph will be able to transfer into a fluid gesture….”

-Dominique Locke, September 2009