Yesterday, Dance held Taster Sessions for Healthy Living Week – Bollywood, Dance Hall, Belly Dancing and Irish. Then, we had Latin & Ballroom and Dance Flavas. I may have done all of them…:P I hadn’t really appreciated how much this would seem a bad idea next day. 5 hours of pretty much solid dancing really takes its toll! Oh well, I’d better try and keep moving as I have two hours of Irish tonight!!
The sessions were good though. Bollywood required a lot of coordination…precise hands, quick changes in hand movements and positions, moving at the same time…this all equals a bit of a muddle initially! I did get there though…and really enjoyed it! Probably because there were elements of Belly Dancing in it, and I like the music 😛 Dance Hall was something I had never heard of before…turns out to be a mix of Hip Hop, Reggae and ‘booty-shaking’! 😛 I can’t say it really suits my dance style…I could do the movements (more or less) but don’t think I really have the ‘attitude’ for it! It’s a really good workout though…and possibly the reason I am so achy today! The Dance Flavas class later on was a continuation of this taster session. Belly Dancing was my turn to teach 😛 Amazingly enough, this was the best populated taster session! Not necessarily a good thing. But everyone picked it up really well, and the dance looked good. It would have helped if I could remember my own choreography though 😛 I think there might be a few new people joining the class on Monday night, which would be great!! And lastly, Irish. All of four of us Not great, but we had fun learning the light jig. I like Irish anyway though, so probably biased!
Latin & Ballroom was fairly good. The Cha Cha is coming on really well, and I think people are enjoying it 🙂 It certainly looked pretty good by the end of the class! Quickstep is taking a bit longer, but it is the advanced class, and I know I certainly find Ballroom harder than Latin anyway! I’m sure we’ll get there 🙂 By the time I’d done Flavas after this, I was fairly tired. I also hadn’t properly eaten since 1pm (it was now 7pm) and body rolls on an empty stomach is not good I was so relieved to get home, especially as I got caught in a hail shower! Although, actually, I wasn’t really bothered about getting wet…was quite refreshing, and there is something about a rain shower that makes me contemplative. I was in a very good mood yesterday evening 🙂 Once I’d sat down, though, I didn’t want to get up again 😛 Not a good sign!
I did write a poem when I got back…but I think I’ll leave that for another post, as there is already a lot of text here. I will just share some pictures though 😛 I tend to collect inspirational and pretty pictures when procrastinating from work! These are just some of the vast collection on my laptop 😛
This ballet picture, although added to, represents a certain freedom that dance allows. This is how I feel when I dance…even though I still can’t do pointe work 😦 I can’t explain exactly what about this photo really speaks to me…but I find it so inspirational.
Tribal Belly Dance. Need I say more? 😛 Dancers like Rachel Brice and Sharon Kihara are amazing! I love the style of dancing, the flexibility and control it requires, and of course the costumes. I am even more in love with it after the workshop I did over Summer!! Hopefully I’ll get another chance to try it soon, and also I am aiming to try and teach a tribal inspired piece next semester.
This again invokes freedom and happiness. The fact it is by the sea makes it even more beautiful. I love the look of ballet like this…just wish I could make it look so lovely. I think that’s probably one of the reasons I took Ballet back up this year…I just can’t let it go after dancing for so many years!!
‘There are short-cuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them.’ ~Vicki Baum