Level One:Undulations Unit, Class 1
Today, we learned the hip bump and basic Egyptian (use your glutes to catch the move and protect your hip joints), the chest lift and drop (use your back muscles to lift, rather than your breath, and your upper abs for the drop, rather than your pectorals), the Egyptian shimmy (remember, NEVER lock out your knees, and focus on keeping time with the music) and the tuck-step, using the psoas to pull the hips back while dropping the tailbone and opening the lower back.
This week, a little bit from my site about the very early history of bellydance. What is now recognized as bellydance is generally considered to have started in the supper clubs and music halls in the 1920s, but it did not spring up from nowhere, it had centuries of entrainment traditions that laid the foundation, and in some ways were more similar to vintage styling than the modern bellydance generas are.
Here's some clips about how bellydance is the music made visible. Because the music tells you what to do, you never have to worry about making your dance interesting, you just pick a song that is interesting, and let the composer do the work for you ^_~
This is Randa Kamel dancing shaabi style. She is popular at international workshops. Interpreting the music can mean pantomiming the lyrics, especially if the melody is repetitive and there aren't many rhythm changes.....
.... or it can mean just dancing, and holding the feeling of the song in your face and manner. (this song is about going crazy over a lost love).
Or, you can just make your own music ^_~