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: Maraia’s Saidi

I love raqs al asaya, and I love folkloric styles. I know it doesn’t really show much in here, because I talk a lot about fusion and ATS, but that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy or appreciate the more traditional forms. I also love dancing them, although I really, REALLY cannot jump gracefully enough -or at all, really, and I get sprains at the drop of a hat so I avoid it-, and therefore I don’t really do it in public if I can help it, although I’ve done raqs al asaya performances in years past. And no, I couldn’t jump then either.

I found this performance through a fellow dancer. I really liked it, even if the video quality was low. It was fun and charming, the dancer was enjoying herself, and the folkloric vibe was right on the spot. And for those that want to know the name of the song used, don’t go by the comments on YouTube. The song is available on Hossam Ramzy Presents Gypsies of the Nile, and it’s called “La, La, La Omri Manhounik”

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.

Inspiration: TerziMoirai at Tribal Remix 2014

This week, our ATS class started learning (or reviewing) Dueling Duets. What are they? An ATS formation where a standard 4-formation transitions into two duets facing each other. You can see a great example in the video below, from the 2:45 mark onwards. I loved this performance, I was there for it and it was *so* energetic and the connection between the dancers was great.

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