Ahh, the great Tamara Karsavina and the ethereal Dame Margot Fonteyn. I've lived with this picture since I was a little girl--it speaks volumes to me. I just had to re-create it with my dancing pal, Jericha. The older generation sharing the knowledge with the up and coming generation. Such a moment of intimacy and bonding in the dance studio.
More class details (time, date, place, price) to come in the next few weeks. Enjoy the change of season!
Hey hey! Here are some videos that better illustrate what Bellyfit is all about. The first is a testimonial from Gillian Cofsky, the master trainer who trained me. Isn't she adorable?? The second is a sample clip from a typical Bellyfit class.
The day is finally here! Gorgeous dancing ladies, I present to you my new class: Tribal Ballet. Classes will be held at Studio1924 in downtown Oakland beginning in March 2013. Please visit my new page for more information. More details to come!
Greetings! November is quite a crazy busy month for me! Let's see...well, first off we have SHADOWDANCE. I am really excited about this show! The venue is the Oakland Metro, which is rad because I have already danced on that stage twice and feel quite comfortable there. I will say this: the piece I am performing is the most personal dance I have ever choreographed. It comes straight from the center of my heart.
November 22nd I have another show at the fabulous Hubba Hubba Revue at The Uptown. I love this gig. Jim and pals are the coolest, most laid back people to work with, ever.
November 28th I am privileged to dance with Ariellah and Nayun of Deshret Dance Company in Berkeley. I will perform a solo along with many other uniquely amazing dancers.
Also, for the month of November, the lovely Frederique is on tour in Europe and she asked me to sub for her. YAY! I am subbing her on-going beginning and advanced ATS belly dance classes at Temescal Arts Center on Thursday nights. The advanced class is currently closed to the public, but the beginning class is open to everybody so come on down! Details here. I recently had a private lesson with Fred, and it was definitely worth it, as always. I am so happy and grateful to be subbing her class.
Last but not least, my new flyers are here! They are super fantastic. In case you are wondering, the woman posing goth-like on the front of the flyer is Ruth St. Denis, a dancing hero of mine. For more gorgeous, awe-inspiring pictures of her, go here. The season is fall and my days are filled with downloading electronic music from obscure British djs, teaching private lessons in the morning, and working at the library in the afternoon. Such is my life. It is good.
p.s. Dancers: if you would like beautiful flyers at a very reasonable price, talk to my friend Mikey. He will hook you up. Check out his website.
I am really digging what Seane is saying in this little viddy. Although my yoga practice differs greatly from hers (when she talks about prayer and devotion that usually refers to bhakti yoga, whereas I tend to walk the intellectual path and would say I practice a version of jnana yoga), I have truly gained a glimmer of wisdom from her words.
The days fly by and I have nothing but dancing on the brain. I must always focus on the dance. Even if other aspects of my life seem to be crumbling, I must always focus on the dance. Finances are stressing me out, but I seem to be attracting new students left and right, so hopefully I will be able to climb out of the debt abyss. All it takes is a slight change of attitude and a general resignation to accept whatever happens. Thank you, O Universe, for these wonderful new students!
I am teaching so much these days that I have left very little room in my weekly schedule for my own dancing time! This is a no-no and must be corrected. I am aware that if I spread my energy too thin, I may have a burnout. Therefore, I have decided that Thursday mornings are all for ME ME ME. I have TONS of new choreography on the brain and need to hash it out and get these moves into my muscle memory because they are just too cute. I’ve been choreographing in my sleep again. Mostly to songs by Tom Waits. I know, right? AWESOME.
Website news: I have rearranged the “about the artist” page and added some new writing. I created an artist’s statement which breaks down my process as a dancer, and I am currently working on an essay about “dark fusion” which should be up and running soon.
Other news: Hubba Hubba Revue performance this month! Two sets and one of them I’m dancing to METAL! January 25th at the Uptown in Oakland: hope to see you there! Next month I am thrilled to be performing in Frederique’s student show (yippee!), and I have been asked by the Pagan Alliance to perform a ritual dance at the annual Pagan Festival this May in Berkeley. I attend the festival every year but this is the first time I will be performing and I am so excited. Also in May, I will be blowing minds with my furious hips at the Tribal Fest afterparty. WOOT!
A very talented photographer and artist painted me and my friend Dusty at the Renaissance Faire this year. I am ridiculously flattered.
Please check out more of her work here. Here is me and Dusty in real life.
And now my friends, I leave you with this gem of wisdom by an author I truly respect. Listen with open ears! Take care, and keep dancing :)
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