01 December 2014

Costume Workshop; the classic headdress!

Please join me and learn how to create a Classic Headdress! If you can't make it in person, I will *try* to film it and put it up on PowHow.

30 November 2014

18 Nov 2014: L1 and L2 with playlists

Reminder that Country Dance-Nai by Sirocco is not available on iTunes, and therefore not on this playlist. You can purchase the CD here.

20 November 2014

wait for it..15 Nov 2014: L1 Week 2 and L2 Week 8 w/playlist

The two songs at the end of class, Country Dance-Nai and Country Dance-Arghool, are not available on iTunes, so I couldn't add them to the playlist. They are part of a four-song suite on Sirocco Vol. 1.

17 November 2014

Lyrics to Bounce

Thank you Sofia Salazar-Rubio for researching the lyrics for Bounce from the CD Opium Head by Jeremiah Soto and Solace.

And as you may recall, we made a choreography for Bounce, so that we could "nail" the emphatic parts of the song. Here's the link to that blog post.

Sofia says, "Apparently, the lyrics are a poem by 17th Century Pakistani Sufi poet Bulleh Shah.

Not sure the title of the poem, but here are the lyrics with translation."


Diva Bal Ke Mita Le Hanera Ni
(Light a candle and extinguish the darkness)


Kulli Vichon Ni Yaar Lab Le
(Find your beloved in his dwelling)

O Na Kar Maan Rupaiye Waala Ban Ban Ke Na Bage
(Don't be proud of your wealth, you'll never tire of accumulating it)

Vei Na Kar Maan Rupaiye Waala Ban Ban Ke Na Bage
Khara Khota Tu Parakheya Jaave Pave Sharif De Aage
(You keep inspecting to see what is real and what is fake)

Vei Khara Khota Tu Parakheya Jaave Pave Saraf De Aage

O Bolo Poora Tolo Poora Sat Sirre Tere Lage
(Practice what you preach, weigh the truth, beware that it does not come back to haunt you)

O Bolo Poora Tolo Poora Sat Sirre Tere Lage
Bulleh Shah Tu Kaudi Ho Ja Vatta Mul Na Lage
(Bulleh Shah become worthless so that you cannot be appraised)

Kulli  Vichon Ni Yaar Lab Le
(Find your beloved in his dwelling)


14 November 2014

13 Nov 2014: L3 with playlist

 
This was a great class! We watched a vintage FCBD® video and looked for the "breath and pulse" that the viewers were experiencing. Very sophisticated stuff. We are forming an Old School Challenge: to keep the moves simple, wear a full headdress and classic costume (in the old days the skirt just hung to the floor...no fancy tucks...so as not to draw attention away from the head and torso of the dancer) and really connect with your partner, like a lifeline. We opened the class with Salamat from Charcoal Gypsies and I demonstrated 4..4..4..4}bang!..4..4..4..4}bang!..4..4..4..4}bang!..4..4..4..4}BANG!
We will make a loose choreo for training purposes so dancers can learn the power of simplicity and strategy. Stay tuned!