Growing up, I lived with both a sister who danced Ballet and a mother who costumed her recitals. Somewhere along the way, I got the message that to dance professionally was to live daily with an injured body, horrible food restrictions, and non stop criticism from a hardened Prima Ballerina on the way out of her career. Because of this misconception, I did not start dancing seriously until 17 years old. I would go to weekly classes of Ballet, Jazz, and theater but never considered professional dance an option… I was simply fascinated. Continue reading
The Studio…what the HELL was I thinking?
One thing…great dance. To bring together a diverse group of people who share a similar gentle wisdom and love for community through practice and life long dedication. Granted, I may have started out thinking that Belly Dance would sell like hotcakes in the little and misunderstood town of Louisville, KY but what I overall gained from the experience of building and running 4 different studios in 4 years was well worth the pains of it. Continue reading
La Meri was a dancer’s dancer who appeared as an international touring soloist for much of the the early and mid 1900′s. Her forte became performing different ethnic dances as they are taught by their country’s most beloved dancers including ethnic, folk, and classical dances from India, Japan, and Spain. Continue reading
What is Bollywood?
Bollywood is the informal term popularly used for the Hindi Language film industry based in Mumbai, India. This includes the music, dance, and dazzling stagecraft used in telling epic stories of love, lost, and fantastic adventures. Bollywood is the largest film producer in India and blends realism with fantasy to deliver stars such as Aishwarya Rai to lead the pop culture of the Indian community around the world. Continue reading
What is Bellydance?
Known as Raqs Sharqi in Egypt, Danse Oryantal in Turkey, and American Tribal Style in San Francisco, this diverse art comes from many backgrounds and the simple question “what is bellydance” takes on a whole new mission. My mission. To explore the heritage, enrich the artform, and enchant those who seek into the discipline of a lifetime. Continue reading
The Delsarte Sytem of Expression
Much of my teachings use a modern day application of the Delsarte Technique, developd by Francois Delsarte born in Solesme, France in 1811. His singing voice was damaged by improper guidence from his teachers and he found solace in developing a system to safely teach artists of all genres to discover the power of human expression. He “succeeded in discovering and formulating the laws of aesthetic science.” The precision of his work became a mathematics and was used by many of the great dancers of the 1900s including Ruth St. Denis, Martha Graham, and La Meri. Today I use it as a tool to develop choreography, improvisation, character development, and as a regular fixture in my own daily practice. Continue reading
Dancing the Body Electric:
A concept dreamed up by a poet misplaced. A visionary of the East born to the west. I enjoy an unusual blend…Irish Balladss, Um Kalthoum, Deftones, Black Violin, and Mozart. In my mind music and dance have never been categorized and reference. It’s not new, old, complex, simple, rock or classical. Music can be old yet reach a new person, a song can be simple yet inspire very complex emotions. And I love music today that can take a classical orchestral piece, layer it with a heavy beat and create a cross of time and genre. The way I hear music is more general…do I like it or not? At first, this attitude had my solo dancing come out in general frenzy with in inability to focus intention or attention or differentiate musical qualities for the audience. Slowly, I became aware of my body and how to truly dance the body electric. Continue reading