The other news is really exciting- we are now offering two levels of American Tribal Style at Arabesque Dance and Fitness in the city. This allows my newer dancers to get the deep formation they need, the posture, orientation, step development, all the tools from which the rest of it is made, without my attention inevitably being divided between them and keeping my 'old hands' satisfied. The old hands are getting the advanced class they've been wanting, finally! It will follow the original 1:15 class time, starting at 2:30. We're very likely to continue buying into an extra hour of practice time immediately following that, so that we can continue to develop not only upcoming show pieces, like the one for the August Glint, but also work on new steps as a group. This is some real progress. As my old hands know, there's always something that needs work, and often something else that pops up needing work once the first thing has been tamed into submission.
ATS is, by its nature, very deep. You have the core formation as a bellydancer (never ending), the step vocabulary (so large!), how to transition step to step with grace and clarity (challenging), leading and following skills (not at all the same), making good beginnings and endings, finding the right places for transitioning leadership cleanly, and bringing the music through to the audience with your dance, aka 'musicality'. Oh, and zils. We zil, period. And... all of this is done as improv, on the fly! That's more than enough for two levels of class.
What we are aiming for: the queen compliment of all time, "That was IMPROV?! NO WAY!"