|Pre-performance selfie- false lashes!|
Sunday had one option, a tribal fusion master class with Sara Beaman. That was a no-brainer as I've taken a few classes with Sara, and she has been one of the people cheering this Projekt on (even offering to help me figure out bellydance biomechanics post-surgery, even though I didn't take her up on the offer).
The workshop with Nandana went well, no thanks to some charming North Carolina winter weather including a huge thunder storm. She taught us a slow move with a three variations (the strongarm), a fast duet move that uses a base move that doesn't bother my spine when I don't overdo it (Arabic do-si-do), then a combination series that demonstrated how to string movements that help make the dance style look almost choreographed (Egyptian to double bump to single bump turn, to single bump half turn). During the Arabic do-si-do, I paired up with a troupe mate, but we ended up picking up the movement so quickly that we split up to help other dancers....which helped me realize that pursuing ATS® teacher training if I can financially swing it this summer is a good idea.
After the workshop I spent the afternoon hanging out at my partner's parents' house relaxing and trying to stay reclined until I needed to get my makeup on, hair done, and strapped into my costuming. I was a little nervous as my partner had never seen me perform and it was his first bellydance show. On top of that, I was a little wound up because I was relying on a troupe mate to bring hair flowers as I made a last minute costuming decision but didn't have hair decor that went with my black, red, orange, & white color scheme (see photo above for the hair as it all worked out!).
The show went really well. I danced with four troupe mates to a slow but short piece that garnered a lot of compliments. Thankfully my balance kept me upright despite my usual stubborn habit of leading a move that involves briefly being on the balls of my feet (camel walk....I'll usually "cheat" the move and not go on releve if I'm not leading, but since I'm so short I worry that dancers following me will have trouble catching the cue otherwise). As usual, I overdid it....but I really don't regret it because of all the fun I had dancing....plus I got to see a lot of really fantastic dance of a variety of styles. My partner enjoyed himself as well...so bonus! I hope he realizes that this means he has to come to more of my shows!
|Post-workshop with Sara Beaman|
All in all a productive weekend, even if I am still grumbling about missing the veil workshop. I'm going to sweet talk my troupe & dance collective sisters to pass along their knowledge once I get the right kind of veil for it!
Top photo: the background is a white walled room with a dark brown door behind my head. I'm wearing heavy stage makeup with red, white, and black faux flowers on my head and my hair pulled up. On my upper body I'm wearing a black choli with a red decorated bra along with a pewter coin necklace.
Bottom photo: taken in a dance studio with only sunlight lighting the room with the photo showing us from the hips up. I stand arm in arm with Sara Beaman, who is a bit taller than me with short brown hair & a warm smile. We are both wearing dance practice clothes and my crutch is barely visible in the photo.