Back in the saddle!

Haven’t danced, or haven’t danced as much as you wished because of the pandemic, and are looking for ways to ease yourself back in, in a way that is also kind to your needs and body? I’ve got two possible options for you:

  • Sofia, from Tessera and the former FCBD troupe, is running a September Step Up your Stamina challenge. It’s running on her Social Media platforms, on Instagram  https://www.instagram.com/sofiadances/and YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEWRmxOuoqTcFz053AOgjnA
    She’s done a wonderful job of organising this month long practice as SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely, more on that at a later date) while offering dancers of all levels potential points for improvement
  • Sahira is running a Zill Challenge, with a support group on Facebook, and daily videos in your inbox. It’s also only just started, and you can take part by singing into the group here https://www.facebook.com/groups/zillicious
    Again, SMART goals set up in a progressive fashion, and with accountability within the group if desired

If you’re still not certain about restarting, or need an even slower pace, remember you can download the guides and do them at your own pace. I am only going to attempt Sofia’s during September as I also have other dancing going on, and one of *my* objectives is to not self-sabotage by taking on too much. I’m still downloading all the videos from Sahira and will attempt them during October. I’ve also just become aware that registration for Sahira’s has closed on her website, but not sure the status on the Facebook group.

Saroyan German Silver Zills

Quick Update and Inspiration: Tessera at ATS® Reunion 2020

It’s been a while, and there’s so much that has happened in this year and a half. We’ve had a change in name, a much needed and ongoing discussion on cultural appreciation vs appropriation, pandemic stopping a lot of us from attending live classes and workshops, changes in terminology… way too much to write about right now. My thoughts on all of the above will be coming, I promise!

But I’ll never restart the blog if I don’t restart with *something*. So I’m leaving you with a repost of this set from Tessera Dance, with lovely dancing, great modern costuming, and some killer dialect. It was schedule to release soon after lockdown started for most of us, and it really got lost, deserves more love.

Inspiration: Tessera Dance at ATS® Reunion 2020

Tessera Dance is always fantastic for innovative dialect that remains true to the aesthetics of FCBD® Style. Or, in other words, I really enjoyed watching this set, the formation changes for the trio were brilliant, and the costume was inspired for a modern take that still showcases the moves.

The skirts are Bessies (tulip skirts with high waist, link opens in new tab) and the tops are Careless Whispers from Matadore Designs (link opens in new tab). I’m going to try making something for myself akin to the Matadore top, but toned down to use in class, so I’ll report on results when that happens.

Enjoy!

Inspiration: DeAnna at Tribal Migrations

DeAnna Padrón Freeman is a wonderful dancer, and one of the few Advanced Instructors for FCBD®Style. This is a solo she performed at Tribal Migrations in February 2020.

She also runs a great blog full of information for dancers, and runs online classes if you can’t visit her at the Datura Studios. You can view/join her blog at https://www.pranabellydanceandyoga.com/blog

Inspiration: Kristine, Philippa, Lacey & Jessie at ATSReunion 2020

It’s been a while since I’ve posted one of these. There’s been quite a few wonderful sets coming out of ATSReunion, so I thought it would be nice to showcase my favourites.

Enjoy! Do you have a favourite ATS® set? Tell me in the comments!

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