Thursday, April 8, 2010

my little world of belly dance

Belly dancing is a rollicking good time. It's as much of a mental workout as it is a belly workout! I dabbled in ballet, jazz, and modern for years (I loooove to dance - wheeee!), but I always like to try new things. Another graduate student in my department has been belly dancing and teaching for years; her stage name is Bastet, and she is amazing. Well, hello opportunity! I have been taking classes from Bastet for about two years now, and I've been lucky enough to perform with her and other talented dancers in the area.

I really enjoy how Bastet fuses other styles with belly dance technique. It suits my love of dabbling. It tickles my brain. I also love to see what other dancers bring to the table. The same choreography looks a little different on everybody, and I think that's a good thing. Last October, Bastet organized Mile High Riot!, which was a steampunk circus show that included dance, acrobatics, and magic acts. Soooo much fun. Maybe the Riot will return this summer.... we shall see!

At some point in the future, I would like to try African dance. I tried a class once and really got into it. It just feels so natural and liberating. And, now that I've had a taste of the "circus", I want to learn how to do aerial silk acrobatics, à la Cirque du Soleil. Awwwe yeeeeah. How cool is that? A circus school (yes, there are such awesome things!!) is about an hour away from me. As soon as I find a personal sponsor (I can dream, right?), I'm all over it!

Bastet and Mile High Riot! can be found here: http://www.bastetfusion.com/
And the photography? The talented Justin Dodd is responsible for that: http://jdoddphoto.com/home.html ...and there's more on his Flickr sites: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dodder/ and http://www.flickr.com/photos/jdodd_photography/

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