Just a forewarning, this can possibly get a bit heated but I don’t mind discourse on this topic at all.

So I remember when I went to TRAMP last year (man I can’t believe it’s only been a year!!!) that Jill was giving us a more in depth approach to how we danced. One thing stuck with me: she said that she gets bored with how Tribal Fusion is going nowadays because she sees them more as tricks and not as dancing. Everyone is doing the same things just put together differently in each choreo.

Which comes to my point of this whole post: why do you dance?

When I first started, I remember that I always, ALWAYS wanted to impress people. Thank God for Amy because I don’t think I would have grown EVER if I had never met her. Now I find myself at a weird tension because I still want to impress but at the same time I’m dancing to music that I love and really moves me. I’m still trying to break away from that ingrained “must impress people” thought cycle while I even practice! If I don’t impress myself then I’m not a great dancer.

While it’s ok to show off skill during your dance, remember that this is literally moving visual art. Would you look at a painting if all it had were a bunch of lines to show how straight the artist can draw? Would you want to look at a plain cube to show how well they can do perspective? No one looks at the art JUST for the skill. They also look for a hidden meaning, a hidden message, a hidden something behind it all. Because when you break down a choreo to see the issue, lesson, or message and find nothing… was it really even art?

(Please keep the conversation civil.)

dancebellydance:

Maani Photography

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gs-23:

Some Gal from a long time ago, dancin’ or somethin’.

dancebellydance:

Ayre Briar - Michael Baxter 

dancebellydance:

Michael Baxter

dancebellydance:

Maani Photography

  1. Camera: Nikon D80
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devishakti:

I miss belly dancing… I used to to Tribal Belly dancing, from videos from the girl above, her name is Rachel Brice.  She does Tribal Belly dance which is a fusion of yoga, belly dancing, hip hop, and contortions.  (You will see at the end…)

I want to get back to it, its calling, my soul!  I miss belly dancing… tribal belly dancing :3 sexy… and it made me feel amazing.  It gives you crazy strong abs too.  INSANE abs.  I love it.  I miss it.  Sadly I cannot do it until I am 110% >.< like many things I want to do, like Arial Yoga, and back to uni, sigh.  soon soon all in due time.  Good things come to those who wait? lol well I’m waiting ;P at least until I can safely start to be this wiggly again hehe

dancebellydance:

Michael Baxter 2010

fayfeghali:

One of my favorite Belly Dance Hip Hop Fusion belly dancers, Crystal Silmi. Im trying to learn this at the moment. Hopefully in the summer, I’ll have time to do so. Also like the song a lot.  

Have you heard of Edenia? She’s a great hip hop fusionist!