Here is the list of My teachers that have made an influence in my practice (I will be adding periodically to this list):
1st teacher ever * Mirah Ammal
Level 1 Fall 2010 – Aalim School of Dance
Performance Classes, Summer 2011 – Aalim School of Dance
Level 1 Fall 2010 – The Cassandra School
Level 1 Winter, Spring, Summer 2011 – The Cassandra School
Upper Body Therapeutics Workshop Winter 2010
Drills, Musicality Workshop Spring 2011
Burlesque Bellydance (1 drop in), Summer 2011
Level 1 Funkstyle Belly Dance, Summer 2011
Layers, & Combos Workshop, Summer 2011
Burlesque Fusion Workshop, Summer 2011
Monthly ATS, Workshops 2012
Kami Liddle / Zoe Jakes Workshop ($120 – 30 people)
Ariellah Weekend Workshop Intensive ($???)
Sharon Kihara 4 day Workshop Intensive ($450)
4 days – 20 hours
Sofia Tribal’s Third Annual Tribal Renaissance
SF Mecca Immersion
The Tribal Massive
Las Vegas, NV
The Massive Spectacular Showcase
Las Vegas Belly Dance Intensive & Festival
Las Vegas, NV
North American Bellydance Convention
I took a workshop/Ballet workshop with Stephanie F, and I could not grasp what was happening during the workshop for the life of me…
BUT then I started dancing in the kitchen and using my head following my hands, using my eyes…
And somehow I realized its all about energy.
It isn’t really dancing, its something else that I actually cannot describe…
(I’m not dancing actually, I’m inside of the emotions of the song)
And with energy comes my facial expressions.
Improv for me at least is allllll about throwing, passing, and transferring energy through my body as well as into the audience.
It’s about not showing the song, but truly feeling and being INSIDE of the song….
There is this really special moment when I was improving (I video record), and I transferred most of the energy in my hand, cradled it, molded it on my way down and through it into the audience…
I can visualize the energy, and the energy is the song…in my head its literally a ball that goes everywhere and can take over my whole body. I can let a little of it out, split it in half (some in my hands/some in my chest)..ext
I see Zoe and Ariellah, in my dancing for sure. Mainly Ariellah though.
I am soooo excited!!!!
BUT, you cannot be tired/Please Rest, and NEED a song that you truly understand, and can feel. Massive Attack has the perfect song for passing energy. It almost makes me want to perform at the Hafla next month… But I dunno yet…
Learning learning learning… So excited!!!
As my teacher said and I must remember you will not remember everything in the workshop. If you can learn and pull at least 3 new things then it was a success”
This is what I shall keep in mind..
“Fake til you make it”
Try a move before asking how to do it, you’ll be surprised with what you will find
So then it becomes…
What are my purposes for taking this class? I am a beginner and this is for an intermidiate level..
My teachers will stand next to me as students, you got me?
1. Remember what my teachers have told me about workshops
2. I’m doing this to take a peak into her mind, see how she thinks, and organizes her art, so that I am aware especially from such a legend
3. To collect for my future and understand tribal better, I’m not going to understand everything but I am making metal notes for my future self.
4. Just watch her in the flesh, period. Something to look up to.
5. I wanna say, “even though I didn’t know what the hell I was doing, it was fun! I tried my best!it feels great to be in that moment period”
Mainly 2 of all things
But I’m fighting for my present self…
Breathe, this is for my future, I cannot help that she was in MN @ my 8month mark.
I just don’t want to be overwhelmed.
Breathe, Future self, have fun!
What I’ve Learned today: