what's up

It's been awhile since I've written much of substance. But I've been dancing lots of substance so we'll call it a win.

Things that have happened:

  • This Ain't Egypt (The Dark Side Studio's student recital--video posted below)
  • Attended and completed Rachel Brice's 8 Elements Phase I: Initiation
    • I loved 8 Elements. I loved loved loved it. 
  • Registered for the October 8 Elements Phase II: Cultivation Class
  • Went to two excellent Fireside chats, one about costuming and one about makeup. Honestly, if you dance and are in Toronto, you shouldn't be missing these. All kinds of people with different experiences, strengths, opinions and styles are coming out, and it's such a great networking opportunity if you can get there.
  • Hung out with some out of town beauties, including girl-crushes Monique and Laura of Cabaret Serpentine  and my home-girls Lori and Diana of the Neighbourhood Strays and WLDC.
  • Taught a Lyrical Bellydance Workshop (that went awesomely and will definitely be happening again in the future)
  • Getting ready for Infusion Gala with Rachel Brice on June 2nd. Buy your tickets. Why haven't you bought your tickets.
  • Getting some calendar items and visits in order for later this year, whoo!
Truthfully (and excitingly), it's been a lot of the last one. I'm in a lot of rehearsals for the show right now, and it's going well. Things are starting to come together and I'm getting really, really excited. I feel really challenged and excited. I'm dancing, I'm learning, I'm creating. I'm making costuming. 

I don't have an awful lot of time for self reflection about my dance right now, because I'm too damn busy dancing all the time, and I can't help but think that's exactly what I need to be doing right now. I sometime over-intellectualize things. Understatement.

One more thing.

I made a conscious decision over the winter that I wanted to approach every dance experience with positivity and an open mind. Part of over-intellectualizing and forming opinions and ideas (and this is the bad part of something that is otherwise mostly good) is that it means you can close your mind. Realizing that I can just take everything in stride instead of getting up on a high horse all the time is a huge relief and it's made me a happier person. I feel like I'm improving as a student and as a teacher as direct result, and I think it will help me become a more fearless and generous performer. And definitely a better friend. I feel like everything I was thinking along these lines has been cemented and reiterated lately, especially at Initiation.

So maybe that's why I've been able to get down to business lately and just dance. It would make sense.

And to cap it off, here's a video of Audra and I performing to 3055 by Olafur Arnalds at the aforementioned This Ain't Egypt show in March.



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