...and I do mean right after the New Year, as in the second of January, 2016, will be Arabesque's first studio hafla of the year in the Cairo By Night series. I will be dancing a solo in that evening. Here is the Facebook link to the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/957894097590
Solos are enjoyable, but the most fun a tribal improv dancer can possibly have is to dance with her troupe, and that is also coming right up. We will be performing as Dance as a Second Language at Oak Park's charming Buzz Cafe on January 9 and January 23, trading sets with guitarist/singers Buzz and Patrick. We did this in December and found it to be a very comfortable and enjoyable fit for the musicians and for us, a variety show with good flow and pacing. There is no cover, but tips are always welcome. Have an excellent coffee or a bowl of soup, maybe some dessert; the Buzz is a neighborhood coffee house with all kinds of local art on display. It's family friendly, with a casual, relaxed atmosphere.
January 3 sees classes start up again at Arabesque. I not only teach American Tribal Style® there, I also take a class in isolation work from the impressive Kamrah. This class is great for any kind of bellydancer, since we are all always working on range and precision in those isolations. I've been taking that class for over a year, and have found it very valuable in making my own dance stronger. I will also be taking a flamenco class from Wendy Clinard in Chicago as the year gets underway; I took a sample class from her and was excited to find it so challenging and enjoyable. I love being a lowly beginner; it has a delight all its own to be at the start of something new and not at all familiar.
I hope you all have a lovely and peaceful holiday season. See you in 2016! I'll be at Arabesque, the Greater LaGrange Y, and Triton College; see my Take a Class page for details and feel free to contact me via e-mail or through facebook.