On the Hunt for Music

Summer is the time of year when I’m on the hunt for new music. It’s the time when I go through the entirety of my music collection looking for just the right piece that inspires me to create choreography. I also spend hours on iTunes and other online music sites looking for inspiration. I need at least two songs, one for Br’Issah and the other for my Beginner’s class. The criteria I use to select these two songs are very different from each other.

For the beginners the song must be short, around three minutes, be Middle Eastern, have a regular pattern that repeats, and isn’t too fast. This allows me to create a simple choreography using combinations taught in class.

Finding music for Br’Issah is way more challenging as the criteria isn’t as definite. The main criteria is that the song should be around five minutes long. After that I basically find at least a couple songs that tickle my fancy and can stand to listen to hundreds of times. I look for music that moves me, has some variety or layers, and is generally instrumental. I then present them to my two troupe members with a description of my choreography concept for each song. They then let me know which song/concept they prefer, and I start the choreography process. But sometimes neither song/concept appeals in which case I go back to the drawing board to find new songs and repeat the process until we all agree on something that moves us all.

And there you have a quick overview of my choreography music selection process.

There are no classes this week. Fundamentals resumes on Tue, Jul 24, 2018. I need at least four students signed up so please register online to avoid the disappointment of cancelled classes.

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Fundamentals Summer Session Starts This Week

Belly Dance Fundamentals summer classes are starting on Tuesdays at 7:30 pm from July 10 – Aug 28, 2018 (no class Jul 17) at the YWCA Studio. Register online to avoid the disappointment of cancelled classes – minimum 4 students.

Join me as we work with some layered travelling foot patterns and chest isolations. If you’d like to work on something specific, please let me know as I’m open to suggestions.

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No Fundamentals Tonight, Summer Schedule, Show Review

Fundamentals class cancelled tonight. It would have been our last Sunday class before moving to the summer schedule. Enjoy a couple weeks off drilling to recharge.

I’m just finalizing details on a venue for summer classes and am looking to start again the second week of July. I’ll post an update as soon as I have everything firmed up.

The Arabian Fantasy Belly Dance Show at the Shu-Box theater went well last night. There was a really good turnout and the show seemed to run fairly smoothly. I really like this new venue as it seems quite intimate despite having a large stage and seating just over a hundred people. The dressing rooms are professional and there was even a lounge area. Having the audience on three sides was slightly disorienting at times though. I felt like Br’Issah had a good performance overall but I somehow always find something that can be improved.

Show season is now over and it’s back to training and creating. Need to build strength, refine movements, and start on the search for new music to create next year’s choreographies. Join me!

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Fundamentals Class, TV Spotlight, and Show

Fundamentals class is at 5:15 pm on Sun, Jun 17 at the YWCA Studio. Please sign up using the calendar if you’re attending.

The last belly dance show of the season is happening next Saturday! Be sure to tune-in to CTV Morning Live on Mon, Jun 18 from 6-9 am. I’ll be performing with Br’Issah as part of a segment promoting RAMED’s Arabian Fantasy Showcase happening on Sat, Jun 23 at 7:30 pm at the Shu-Box Theatre.

Message me if you’d like tickets to the show. Adults $20 or $10 for children 12 & under. All the details can be found on the RAMED website.

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Belly Dance Fundamentals and Show News

Three more weeks for Belly Dance Fundamentals (formerly Belly Dance Drills) on Sunday evenings. We move to our summer schedule starting in July.

Join us as we strengthen our bodies and refine the movements at the heart of belly dance. There is no choreography, just purposeful practice. Be prepared to sweat and challenge yourself.

We will continue to work on down hips and chest isolations both stationery and moving.

Register online now.

Br’Issah will be performing at An Arabian Fantasy Showcase 2018 presented by RAMED on June 23 at the Shu-Box Theatre in Riddell Centre at the University of Regina.

Tickets are $20; $10 for children 12 & under.

Please contact me if you’d like tickets.


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