I feel pretty on top of things today! Which probably means I’ve forgotten to do something. I’m all set for my new classes tonight – Strength and Tech (working on lockdowns, piston hips, myas and hip rolls), Solo development (starting choreography) and boylesque (basic moves). All the music is ready to go. Just have to print out the handouts.

Besides the stuff I usually bring to class, must remember to bring boom box, cords, receipt book, rental contract and release forms.


Stage Managing

March 8, 2010

I am on the board of the Regina Association of Middle Eastern Dance, and last night we had our first meeting for this year’s annual show committee. I volunteered to be the stage manager for this year’s show. It means I will be too busy backstage to dance, but I get lots of opportunities to dance at other shows so that doesn’t bother me. I’m interested in learning this stuff and I think it will be good for me since I’m starting to put on my own shows. I’m a bit nervous as I’ve never done any kind of stage management before, but excited at the same time. I hope I haven’t bitten off more than I can chew.

Shiver and Shimmy

March 4, 2010

On February 27 I danced in a show called Shiver and Shimmy. It was the first show put on by Raks Azhar, a local group. and their teacher Azura. For a first show it went extremely smoothly – no music mishaps, excellent stage manager and the MC checked beforehand to make sure she knew how to pronounce everybody’s name. I didn’t see much of it (I snuck into the audience to watch my students perform, but other than that I was backstage when I wasn’t dancing).

 For my solo I performed an Oriental routine. This is the first traditional Oriental piece that I have choreographed myself. I usually go for modern and fusion styles when I choreograph, but I wanted to challenge myself. I wish I had had a gold veil, but the blue looked ok I think. I love working with silk veils – they move and catch the light so beautifully. This piece was around 5 minutes and had a veil segment and a drum solo, with a traditional entrance and exit.

After the show my husband and I went out for a beer and some food – I ordered a baked brie. Usually I love to have pasta after a show, but the thought of gooey melted cheese was too good to pass up. The beer tasted delicious, too. I love going out for food after a performance.

Back in the swing of things

September 22, 2009




Most of my dance classes start this week, with the exception of my Saturday intro bellydance class, which started two weeks ago. I’m thrilled to be teaching again – I really missed it over the summer. I’m teaching five classes this semester – two intro bellydance classes, dance combo, intro burlesque and continuing burlesque. This is more than I’ve ever taught before and I’m a bit nervous about keeping everyone’s names straight. 


I’m also starting Flamenco again tonight (as a student). Flamenco is by far the hardest form of dance I’ve ever been involved in. It doesn’t come naturally to me like bellydance and burlesque do. I like the challenge, even though I get frustrated sometimes.


Unfortunately, my dog ate the strap off one of my Flamenco shoes, so I’ll have to devise something until I can get to the shoemaker for repair. I’m thinking an elastic loop that goes around the arch of my foot could possibly work.


September 18, 2009

Last night at my bellydance troupe’s regular practice, we had  a guest instructor from Winnipeg come in and teach us a zill choreography. Shayera is a beautiful dancer, and I had completely forgotten she was coming in, so it was a real treat. 

Zills are finger cymbals that are used in bellydancing. They are played in patterns / rhythms that complement the dance and the music. I don’t use zills much, so it was nice to have the refresher. Zills are attached to the thumbs and middle fingers (some people use the index fingers) with snug elastic, and once you’ve worn them for awhile your fingers turn purple and go numb. We had to stop several times and rub the feeling back into our hands.

The choreography was four minutes long, and not complicated, but we only had two hours to learn it all. It made for a fast-paced and fun evening. Thanks, Shayera!