Syncopate Day 1

September 4, 2011 , Uncategorized , Tina Kapp
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I really enjoyed teaching the ladies who came for the Bollywood workshop yesterday, we went through some of the choreography for Mahive, a golden oldie love song that I love. It has a little bit of everything, the traditional girly moves, some Bhangra, filmi steps that you want to see from the movie, ‘the hop’ and all that good stuff. Then we had a discussion on what makes a good Bollywood dancer, the important elements of drama and knowing your music and then I performed the whole song for them at the end which they really enjoyed. I was asked to write an article on Bollywood for RakSAfrica magazine which I’m looking forward to doing!

I attended my first ATS workshop with Heather of Tribal Angels  and to be honest, I was disappointed when she started by saying she would only teach us 2 moves. However, I was very pleasantly surprised at how much I gleaned from learning those two moves. I loved seeing the difference between Tribal and Cabaret style posture in Belly Dance and how much it affects the look of your moves. The layering she added to it was also quite complex and took a lot of concentration to put it altogether. I felt like I added some key elements to my skills which is what I’m always looking for in a workshop. I’m a very happy student and I look forward to learning more from her in the future. 🙂

We opened the show later in the day with a fire dance to a Marjanni/Burning on the Dance Floor remix. It was tough as we had to change the song last minute due to injuries and which dancers were available and didn’t have time to practice but everything came together and it was very fun! We had another show at Syncopate later that evening so couldn’t stay for the whole show but the performances we watched were very enjoyable with a lot of variety and of course an amazing array of costumes!! Looking forward to more!

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