Thursday, October 25, 2012

The other side...

I'm writing a new blog

Would love it if you followed along

Monday, March 21, 2011

It's been a long long time

I stopped writing in this blog because I no longer wanted the deep association of bellydance + regular outside life. I was tired of the straight up bullshit that goes on in the "professional" dance world and found it exhausting and pathetic.

I still dance and teach and have moments of true LOVE for the artform and my students (of course; they are the best part!) but didn't want to just be the bellydancer.

Regardless, I've always been a dancer and always will be one. Despite my lack of training or sepcialization in middle eastern dance, I will never be able to sit still and will always have a very good reason to dance (as in, you don't need a damn reason).

I have an upcoming performance on March 28th for the studio's Spring recital. I'm NOT dancing to a middle eastern piece of music and I'm making my own costume. Weird? TOTALLY. I haven't felt emotionally connected to any music lately; nothing really makes me want to dance and perform something on a stage and then be proud of it. But, Sufjan Stevens does...I picked a piece of his music and at makes my heart feel like it's singing. I titled my performance 'contemporary improvisation' as that felt safe and acceptable instead of calling it fusion or soemthing that carries too many implications.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

As with everything in the creative process you come to a point where a little situation assessment is needed.

How much do you love what you're doing? How much longer do you want to do it? Is there a gain involved? What are the sacrifices? What are the rewards and benefits?

Is what I'm doing right now making me happy and providing what I need? Or is it preventing me from moving forward? Am I out to conquer or create?

I'm chewing these huge thoughts with my mouth open.

Although the level 2 class I taught last night was awesome. Ebb and flow.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Well Hello!

It's been months - summer is on it's way out and I'm back to teaching tomorrow.

Why the absence? Dance has taken a backseat in my life. While I'll refrain from pouring my little heart out on the internet I will say that I was ill and at times physically unable to dance. Shit happens right?

I did make it to Hadia's Pro Course in Montreal and it was quite fun. My favorite aspect of the course is always getting to work with the orchestra; it's very special to work with excellent, talented musicians so closely. Usually we are lucky to have a keyboardist and a live drummer so this is always a treat. The musicians explain their instruments and then play us samples. The entire orchestra will then play an array of classic songs while we get to try out different moves and basically practice with a live orchestra.

We also performed with them in a Sunday night gala. I had very limited practice time and my song choice was a difficult one for me for more then one reason. Here it is in all it's glory (but the fist minute is missing)

My favorite moments are at
:26 - I love little hip drops!
1:13 - I caught the accents!
1:30 - Body linnneeesssss
3:00 - We didn't rehearse, I had no diea where my ending would be or when they would end...somehow this weird "Am I done" moment turned out to be a really really cute and perfect recovery.
3:44 - Adishakti thank you so much for smiling at me <3

Overall I danced with so much hesitancy which isn't normal for me. I was tentative and at times gross and sloppy but we're our worst critics, always.

Montreal was a beautiful experience for me this year - a rebirth of dance/person/love and so much more. I can't wait to go back but for other reason than dance.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Raks Mimi keeps on Raking

Saturday marked the studio's year end hafla. I decided to dance Raks Mimi again as it was the freshet thing in my mind from Kelly's wedding at the end of May. Luckily it was caught on tape for your viewing pleasure

Friday, June 25, 2010

Website updates and Habibi!

Woohoo! I had my web dudes change the background on my website. I like the new photo so much more. We also added more photos to the gallery.

In other news, I'm still not feeling well but my favorite HABIBI, Hala Jamal will be here for the weekend. We are dancing at a local Hafla on Saturday and guess what? I have NO IDEA what I'm going to dance to. Here's to winging it yet again. Being sick has left me totally exhausted and essentially wasted. Teaching for the last 3 weeks has been so hard as I get sick just from shimmying.

Summer classes start July 7 and 8 so I'm hoping to feel better by then. Fingers crossed.


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Weirdest phone call ever

Anya: Hello
Male caller with thick accent who sounds like he is barking when he speaks: When is your show?
Anya: Are you looking to see me dance in a restaurant?
Male: Yes, when is your show?
Anya: I don't have have anything definite booked right now that is open to the public, just private shows. You can call Restaurant X and ask them when they might have a show.
Male: But I want to see you dance, are you dancing at Capital Ex
Anya: No, I won't be there
Male: What about in August
Anya: I'll be away for half of August and possibly dancing in Montreal
Male: What about September
and so on...

So bizarre - he was calling from Calgary.

I wanted to write more about the Toronto adventure and crazy habibi/homegrrls meet-ups but have been ill for over 2 weeks. I also need to tell you all about the MAC blush I got...another time I suppose.