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New Video!!!! A Misummer’s Masquerade Ball

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I am so, so happy to share my performance from last night with you. I enjoyed the event so much, there were so many beautiful, talented dancers there! I got a lot of pictures which I will post tomorrow, but for now, please let me share with you my first major performance in two years.

This marked my return to the performing Belly Dance scene in a big way and I am so happy that it was at this event. Big thanks go to Tamra Henna for producing the show and being the hostess with the mostest, Magdelena Fusaro for her emceeing and running of my iPad (plus the motivational talk! she is super sweet and man! can she dance) the fabulous audience and fellow amazing dancers I got to share the stage with and my dear Amber for making sure I didn’t have lipstick on my teeth and my dance sister Cassandra for videoing me!

Smiles and shimmies! 🙂 E

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Performance Spotlight! Illan Riviere

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Ok, so this is more of a backstage spotlight, but I love Illan and I love backstage videos! A fellow dancer sent this to me on Facebook a few weeks ago, and I just adored it. I love getting to see how other dancers prepare before a performance and Illan is just too cute!

And for the performance, here is one of his performances from Sibtribal. Sari as a veil. Wow! He is an amazing performer and dancer.

Smiles and shimmies! 🙂 E

Tallgrass Hafla

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Even though I am still so, so saddened I couldn’t attend and perform at this wonderful event I am so thrilled that the entire hafla has made it’s way onto Youtube!!!! So I made a little playlist of the show and thought I would share! Enjoy the loveliness, there is some amazing dancing in this show!!
Unfortunately, I do not have a set list of who is performing in eeach video, but there is some great talent! Wish I could have been there, but I will make up for it at the next one!

Smiles and Shimmies! 🙂 E

Let’s Talk About Style, Baby! “Muwashahat…Muwasha What?!”

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I came across the style of Muwashahat quite by chance only a few months ago. It’s rare that I find a form of dance in the bellydance spectrum I haven’t at least heard of before,so I was immediately intrigued and set out to do some research. There isn’t much as this is a tiny branch of dance, as well as a relatively new one.

Stylistically speaking this can best be described as the Arabic form of ballet. It’s bellydance roots can definitely be seen, but it is a very flowing, graceful style and utilizes a lot of arm and leg movement with very little torso.

According to both Karim Nagi and Mohammed Shahin, considered by many to be experts in the form it was developed in 1979 by Mahmoud Reda. Muwashahat strays from moves such as shimmies and head tosses in favor of “Light, flowing moves, graceful weight shifts, and restrained undulations.”- Thalia in an article reviewing a Muwashahat workshop with Karim and Mohammed.

The musical genre of Muwashahat originated in Muslim Spain during the tenth century. Muwashah was a poetic form that included music and vocalization. The poetry appears to convey ecstatic devotion and love to either a person or a religion. Today, the classical form of the Muwashahat remains popular in Morrocco, Tunis and Algiers as well as in Syria, and Lebanaon.

Muwahashahat Raqisah is a suite of dances choreographed by Mahmoud Reda and presented by Farida Fahmy and a group of dancers from the Reda troupe in a made for TV (Egyptian) production by Ali Reda. There was no point of reference for choreographing Muwashahat, but Reda adhered to the aesthetic, temperaments and cultural norms of the Middle East, specifically the Egyptians.

This is one of the few instances where a Middle Eastern dance show has been this significantly staged, especially to the point of creating a new style. While Fat Chance Bellydance, Suhaila’s Dance Company and The Bellydance Superstars have all created and staged new shows and new aesthetics have been born in some instances, none have created a new genre in the way Muwashahat Raqisah did. Unfortunately it is not a widely known style.

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An example of the costumes of Muwashahat. The aesthetic pulls strongly from that of Andalusian dance.

An video clip of Muwashahat.

Further reading can be found on Farida Fahmy’s website at http://www.faridafahmy.com/ as well as the entire review by Thalia at http://egyptianacademy.com/jml2/karim-nagi and there is an instructional DVD by Mohammed Shahin called Shoubeki Loubeki that can be purchased at http://www.mohamedshahin.net/cd_dvd.htmlSmiles and Shimmies! 🙂 E

Performance Spotlight! Cyndi Cyreigna Elliott at Tribal Solstice 2013

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So, I love Cyndi’s performance style so much! She is the director of Irie Tribal, makes beautiful costuming and is (from what I’ve heard!) a fabulous teacher! I was depressed not to get to meet her at the Tulsa Drillhaus as she led it, but will be attending her workshops in Baton Rouge, LA in September.

A couple of really nifty things about Cyndi’s performing aesthetic, though she is an ATS dancer through and through she performs a lot of solos. ATS is not a solo dance form, primarily, but Cyndi has really managed to bring the ATS solo to something that is dynamic and fun to watch. As lovely as she is when performing with Irie, I just adore her solos.

My biggest point about her (fabulous technique) is; check out that ending! Man, does she stick that stop after all those spins. Amazing! And that Cyndi smile just shows how much she adores dancing. and now, without further ado, I give you her performance this past weekend at Tribal Solstice 2013.

Feast your eyes! Smiles and shimmies! 🙂 E

Performance Spotlight!! Mira Betz at Split Tribal Fest 2012.

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I first found Mira Betz while watching the performance DVD Tribal Revolution from Hollywood Music. She performed a “Cabaribal” piece to Bound by Dan Cantrell. I was absolutely mesmerized. She was controlled and fluid and told a story with her dancing in a way I hadn’t seen before. I watched that performance so many times.

At the time I was unable to dance. It was right after a massive car wreck shortly before I turned 19. I spent most of my time propped up in bed not doing much of anything. But through a wonderful massage therapist and bellydance I was able to dance again. I completely attribute my return to normal life to these two things. And in my tentative dancing days during my recovery I held Mira’s style in my head and heart.

This performance of hers embodies so many things about her performance style and technical ability that I love. She is powerful, yet graceful and usually brings an element of humour to her dance.

Enjoy!

Smiles and a head roll! 🙂 E