Speaking of balance... we are now offering a special workshop class at Arabesque Dance and Fitness in Chicago, and it's a balance exploration vis-a-vis American Tribal Style Bellydance. In this case, 'balance' does not mean staying upright; it means dancing with something balanced on your head! This is not only great fun, but also a direct road to being a better bellydancer overall. Learning balance work does deep, good things for a dancer's isolation work. There's nothing like trying to stay level and still to concentrate movement in the places it's wanted, and not in the places where it isn't. It looks terribly daunting, but it's not actually that hard, once you take in the principles and skill set.
We're doing this on Sundays at 1:15, in place of the former Level One class. If you have some ATS experience and want in, talk to me! We will balance swords, baskets, and whatever you want to try. We will adapt steps to accommodate the skills, and explore working troupe formations while doing balance work. There are a few really great costume flourishes that compliment ATS balance work, and an attitude that makes it stand out from other bellydance sword/basket performance.
And in other news, we will be at Oak Park's Buzz Cafe tomorrow, Saturday the 19th. Come out and enjoy our sets, which are alternated with music from Buzz and Patrick, a singer/guitarist duo we enjoy very much. No cover, but we love tips, and do enjoy a tasty bowl of soup or a cup of coffee. It's a coffeehouse, and they do it right. See you there!