Inspiration: Orit Maftsir at Rakkas Istanbul

I saw Orit live at Shimmy in the City in 2012, and after seeing her dance I was very disappointed I didn’t take a workshop with her. Although I wasn’t sure I could get through a workshop, tbh. These days I would do it in a blink. I thought she was an excellent dancer, with lovely musicality, and great stage presence, and, dare I say it, I actually preferred her to Dina.

This is a great, fun shabi, and I think it shows her dancing quite while… take a look at those lovely fast precise shimmies, and how she’s engaging with her audience!

Inspiration: Aziza dancing to Luxor Baladna

It’s been a while since I posted anything that wasn’t some for or other of fusion, this came in handy. Song title translates as “Luxor is our home”, and while I’d have gone for a full saidi set with cane, I think Aziza does wonderful dancing here, to what is a great piece of music. Love mazamirs!


Inspiration: Alexis Southhall’s Drum Solo

I took a workshop with Alexis about two years ago. She has flawless technique, and has a charming stage personality. I did enjoy this drum solo because it was a great show of how you can do a drum solo that keeps a lot of the “flavour” of Fusion without loosing any of the flourishes and technical showmanship you would expect from a drum solo.


Inspiration: Orchidaceae Urban Tribal

These ladies graced Infusion Emporium this past October. Piny, the choreographer, will also be teaching at Tribal Remix in May 2015.

I love how tight the whole group works, and how flawless the fusion is between styles, but most of all, I love how *strong* every single one of them looks.

Time for some shameless plugs

Hilde and Charlotte, my Fusion and ATS teachers, have finally made a video advertising their classes. It was filmed at classes over two days, so what you see there is the way classes normally work.

Hilde has also started teaching in London, and if you are looking for classes in the area, or even privates, I can’t recommend her strongly enough.

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