Saturday, February 11, 2006
Sword Practice and Other Dance Doings
Will I be able to dance with a sword on my head by June? Yes.
Will I be able to do it by March? Ummmmm, I'm going to say no.
"Awwwww", somebody at the bellydance meeting last night said, "I was looking forward to seeing that". I'm going to leave the sword dancing in March up to my friend Linda who you can see in this photo in the harem pants and floaty sleeves. She does a wicked sword dance.
I'm the one practicing in my living room. I can now walk with it, shimmy in place with it, and do level changes with it (meaning I can move from a standing position to kneeling and then lie down on the floor and stand up again without the sword falling off). I like this sword much better than the one I sold.
So, besides the June dance show at the Abbey with Bronwyn's dancers, it now seems that I'm going to be in a small performance at a seniors complex in March with Linda's dancers. We're the themed after-dinner entertainment. :)
A couple of years ago I danced at the same place for a lady's 102nd birthday party. I hope I get bellydancers at my party when I get to be that age. Better yet, if I got up and danced with them.
The oldest bellydancer I ever met was a lady in her late seventies. She wore long beledi dresses instead of midriff-revealing costumes, but she was a still an artistic and graceful dancer. She was a professional gymnast in her younger days. Maybe that paid off.
Anyway, this week at the dance meetings for Linda's group, we concentrated on organizing our music and costuming. I'll be dancing four times:
* a freestyle entrance piece to introduce the six dancers as a group before we spin out from our line and venture among the tables
* then later I will dance solo to my old favourite, Baila Me, by the Gipsy Kings
* later I have a duet to a gypsy/fusion piece with a dancer named Kelly who is teaching me a very fun and saucy choreography
* and then a finale piece with the whole group to swirling Kurdish music
Okay, we have two and a half weeks to pull it together!