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

Time to restart this

Today I got a WordPress update notification, and when I came here to do it, realised it’s been over a year since my last post. Ooops.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I’ve stopped dancing, quite the contrary. It’s that I’ve been so busy dancing that I had little time to write about it. I’d be in class or in a great workshop and I would think “I need to write about this”. And then I would get home and relax and leave it for later.

So, what I’ve been up to? I’ve kept on both my ATS and Tribal Fusion classes topped up with selected Oriental workshops, took part in the Masmoudi Student Troupe with several public performances, attended Tribal Remix where I took the intensive with Jill Parker, and Infusion Emporium where I took two of Heather Stant’s classes. I also sadly got Achilles tendonitis again (more on that, and what I am doing about it, later), and have done a few extra costume items that I will hopefully write about.

Plans for this year are mostly focusing on the Masmoudi anniversary project, although I have a couple of choreographies that are bouncing around and I need to finish. I’ve signed up for the Tribal Remix intensive with Rachel Brice and Mardi Love in September, and will finally take that intensive with Violet Scrap and Hilde.

Working within the Masmoudi student troupe was great, hugely beneficial to my dancing, but also very rewarding personally, as all the ladies are great. So much so, that when the Masmoudi tenth anniversary project opened up for this year, I signed up immediately. We will be parading in Brighton for the Kemptown Carnival, and performing at the Tribal Remix Student Showcase in September this year. And in the meantime, I’ll leave you with our performance last year at Tribal Remix in Brighton.

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.

Enjoy!

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.

Inspiration: Violet Scrap at the Tribal Remix Teachers Showcase 2014

Violet Scrap at Tribal RemixI had to miss Violet Scrap’s workshops, one because I wanted a break in between the other two workshops I was taking that day, and the other because I would be performing. After seeing this performance during the showcase, I regretted not doing it even more.

I have to say, I was a bit weirded out when the music started, but I went with it, and found myself enjoying it more and more as it went on, and by the end I was totally spellbound… She has such a strong stage presence, the musicality was SUPERB, and I loved the whole deranged mechanical doll vibe that the piece had, even her gaze was so intense that it reminded me in bits of the Robot Maria dance in Metropolis… Her expression throughout was *that* good, it projected all the way back, and looking at her, I could see nearly every nuance of the music showing *somewhere* on her body, and if anything, the lighting in the video does hide a bit of it.

Do yourself a favour and watch at full size in HD, even if you prefer less experimental dancing or music.

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