26 May 2015

Cues & Tattoos Workshop: Energetic Body, Quiet Mind

A few month's ago at Cues and Tattoos, I taught a workshop called Energetic Body Quiet Mind. The focus of this workshop is to dig deep into core steps and, through repetition, be able to flow with a group of dancers. At one point we diverted into another workshop topic, Touch the Music, to identify favorite songs and hear first person why people chose them.

Here's the list of songs that we came up with. I asked everyone for one contemporary song and one belly dance song. The songs in blue are ones that we used in class, most of the others are the contemporary choices, and a few belly dance songs that we didn't get to.


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Please see this recent blog post with a list of my favorite songs.

Suggested Favorites (songs in blue were danced to in the workshop)
“Reich Mir die Hand” by Blutengel
“Aicha” by Cheb Khaled
“Nubian” by Raquy and the Cavemen
“Caravan” by Raquy and the Cavemen
“Misirlou” by Dick Dale
“Sogonie” by Dikanda
“Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin
“Abadou” by Zap Mamma
“Black Magic Woman” by Santana
“Blessings” by Solace
“Video” by India.Arie
“Improvisations for Guitar” from the House of Tomorrow soundtrack
“Tamatant Tilay” by Tinariwen
“Sella Fina” by Helm
“Gold Dust Woman” by Fleetwood Mac
“In My Life” by the Beatles
“La Vie en Rose”
“Claire de Lune”
“Le Chat du Rabbin”
“My December” by Linkin Park
“Nierka” by Dead Can Dance
“Into the Mystic” by Van Morrison
“Frame Drum” by Helm
“Jednou” by Gipsy.cz
“Singin’ in the Bathtub” by Mandy Patinkin
“Zion” by Lauryn Hill
“Hosanni Oo” by Helm
“9 Lives” by Aerosmith
“Bon-syo” by Reuben von Ramsey
“Baburi” by Yuvol Ron
“You Belong to Me” by Annie Lennox
“Sout al Shami”
“Pass the Dutch” by Missy Elliott
Chiftitelli rhythm loop
“Mother” by Danzig
“Nefertari's Dream” by Hossam Ramzy and Phil Thornton
“What I Be” by
“Immortal Egypt” by Hossam Ramzy and Phil Thornton
“Unknown Awareness”
“Beni Beni” by Niyaz
“Paradise” by Sade
“Pictures of You” by the Cure
“Om Gum Ganapatayei Namaha” by Deva Premal
 “Charon’s Crossing” by Beats Antique
“Bashraf nawa’ather Yusuf Bey” by Rose Zahran

We also did a bit of Greek line dancing (expect this in the workshops that you take from me!) I wanted everyone to experience how simple it is to pick up a dance when it's a "community" activity. It doesn't really matter if you get it right, you just have to smile and imitate what the other people are doing. The Greek folk song we danced to was “Samiotisa" (Kalamatianos is the name of the 12 step pattern danced to the 7 beat rhythm!.”

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