Inspiration: Ter’zim & Students at the First ATS UK Residential

Me, wearing an ATS costume

All dolled up!

By this time a week ago, I was getting ready for my first ever proper ATS performance at the ATS Residential. It was a bit scary, but something I’d been looking forwards to do, coming a bit more than one year after I started learning ATS. I know I performed to He’neya in the summer with my friend, but that was a choreography so not *quite* the thrill of improvising on the spot, as this was.

You can get a better view of the costume on the photo on the left. I wore an off-the-shoulder stretch velvet choli which I made myself, a necklace that was cleaned-up and re-worked to have all new stones, one of my gemstone bindis -with a garnet-, the stripey pantaloons from Belladonna’s Bouduoir that I spoke about earlier, and a big fluffy red skirt that I mentioned reshaping for my hips ages ago. My cover-up is a lovely piece of Egyptian Assuit that I got some time ago, intending on using it for costuming, and that, when it arrived, I couldn’t face cutting. It’s very lovely and soft!

In the video you can see my teacher and her usual dance partner doing the drum solo; the students (J and me) did the slow song. The whole experience was very enjoyable, and I should be posting a review of the Residential and other things that came out of it pretty soon. In the meantime, enjoy!

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Avatar vikinghorns
    Feb 01, 2014 @ 08:44:24

    Hi, I loved the video of you dancing, you were all great – I saw it a few days ago on FB and didn’t realise that it was you 🙂 Your skirt is lovely.

    I don’t do ATS although we do some tribal fusion. I am friends with Tribal Unity Deana, Maxine Akula Ratnavali and Christine Akula Tribal, so I see all their posts on FB. Actually I was dancing at a new bellydance club in Rochford Essex last night with Maxine, we sloshed through the rain to get there!

    Louisa x

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    • Arien Arien
      Feb 02, 2014 @ 10:51:57

      Thank you! It was a great experience, I was very happy with the result, and while it doesn’t *quite* show in the video because of the low light, I was complimented about my big smile… considering the one point my teacher kept nagging about (and with good reason) was that I was having trouble smiling and looking at the imaginary public during rehearsal, I think it paid off. Although my camels look a bit drunk… need to work on them as for some reason I got them in muscle memory as leaning, not straight! grr!

      I took two workshops with Deana, I met them all at the Residential for the first time, although I didn’t really talk to either Christine or Maxine. I loved Deana’s teaching, and would happily take more workshops with her.

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  2. Avatar sparkfiberarts
    Sep 23, 2014 @ 02:47:57

    Arien, what is the music that you and the other student are dancing to here? I love it and I especially love the ATS solo you do to it as well.

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    • Arien Arien
      Sep 23, 2014 @ 09:38:08

      Thank you! The music is called Canon Strike, by Radio Laria… my teacher chose it for this duet, and I picked it up for the solo later as I didn’t have much time and I’d grown very familiar with the music, so I figured it would be less stressful.

      You can download the track from here
      https://radiolaria.bandcamp.com/track/canon-strike

      And I’ve been itching to see if we could somehow do dueling duets using the canoning aspect in the music reflected in the dance.

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