Welcome to Navelgazing!
This is my Belly dance blog..I'll be recounting my struggles and successes and lots of other things in between. Pour yourself a cup of coffee, I hope you'll stay awhile.
See you soon.
I noticed a number of little girls on my bellydance travels recently, aged around 8-12 I’d say but very clearly pre-pubescent, in skimpy sparkly practice wear and more makeup than I could get away with at 14.
I was recently at a high-profile international festival where I witnessed something truly bizarre: a whole roomful of women, dressed up in their very best classwear and jewellery, standing still in the studio, videoing the combination the instructor was trying to teach.read more...
Made a couple of changes to the set list for the 3rd night and feel it worked better as a whole. I was more in the zone, less nervous and enjoying myself. I charged around less too! I had a few tables really appreciate me that night and a couple of tips, not bad especially as it wasn’t a very busy night. One of them was a young Egyptian woman who really liked my ‘Ala Rimsh Ayouna’, which feels good as feedback. A few people didn’t look up from their hummus but you can’t win them all…I find it doesn’t matter much to me anymore, they will have their reasons and it’s not related to my dancing.
Saturday lunchtime, I’m sat in a local ‘caff’ and have ordered a full fry-up- I’m starving! Last few days my stomach and sleeping have been a bit out of whack, possibly due to nerves about performing. I’ve done 2 nights there so far and going back tonight. I’ll have to find a way of expending less energy…started late on Thursday as the hen party hadn’t arrived yet. I feel it went pretty well, some of them were up and dancing, a few more reserved. I liked that one did that thing of twirling circles over my head to ward off the evil eye- pity she did it with a flatbread rather than cash!
There were video cameras and photos galore! A few technical hiccups with the music, not my fault, I had provided back-ups and different formats and leads etc none of which was compatible, so someone pulled music off YouTube. I had no idea what was going to happen next and had only a wing and a prayer…it still worked though.
Fri 5th July
06:00: It's too early for this...
08:45: Sat on the bus to Newcastle, waiting for the off, excited, it feels like a little adventure! Got my coffee and all's well with the world..
13:47 (somewhere north of Leeds): Yeah, a bit bored now actually..
18:30: Finally here and waiting for the off tomorrow morning, a glass of wine in hand. I feel happy that the whole diploma feels now acheivable, I know it will still be hard work but I feel I can, whereas last year I remember Stine saying 'I think you're making this a lot harder than it actually is'. Looking back I see she was right. Perhaps I'll go on to do the Performance Diploma too, as long as it's accredited by then, it's only an extra 2 modules after all..
Sun 7th July (somewhere past York, southwards) 20:30 The rest of the weekend passed in such a blur! I had the best intentions but I was so busy and such a lot to take in! The anatomy I found really interesting and was trying to write the details down fast enough- thank god we were later presented with notes! The Health and Safety was interesting- what would I do in certain situations? It's funny to try and remember what you've seen your own teachers doing and why they do it which may not have really registered before. Technique breakdown also interesting and a little maddening but an interesting challenge to try and cast your mind back to when you first started learning and the difficulties you faced and to try and break them down. All the classes were interesting-posture too especially, I found myself looking at people on the platform waiting for the train! Lesson planning unnerved me a little at first, memories of the CELTA surfaced but I feel I'm at home teaching dance much more than I ever was with grammar points. I can see from the assignments that they dovetail into each other- you have to present a warm-up on the 2nd weekend but you need to teach your lesson plan before submitting it, which must be handed in on the 2nd Aug, so you must already have prepared a warm-up: SNEAKY!! Need to start asking non-dancer friends to be guinea pigs...Anna wrote back "Wow- Amy's going to be a teacher!!!" which gave me a real glow..
So I went to have my interview with the restaurant owner today for a dancing job. Took quite a while to get there but still doable I guess, he seemed a nice guy and offered £50 with no haggling, which for London seems about the going rate for a restaurant.. although he's insisting on a 20min set, I mentioned 10-15 is usually about the attention span of your regular but he insisted. No matter, I'm fit enough anyway.
We had a chat about what he wants and it's obvious his idea of a good dancer is one that has lots of energy and that's understandable given the kind of work it is- both Friday and Saturday nights. It was good I didn't really have to sell myself too much, I made sure I looked professional and that was half the battle- he's already convinced I'm a good dancer. The atmosphere there felt pretty good- I can see myself there. I am a little nervous, it's quite a big commitment and I don't want my dance training to suffer as I'm too tired from late nights etc. I'm excited though- paid work and a great load of experience! Start the 21st!