Belly Dance Drum Solos: Concepts for Dancers and Drummers is an intermediate/advanced level instructional DVD put out by dhavir productions. It also happens to be very, very good. It is rich in material, innovative in its pedagogy, and will give the intermediate or advanced student tons to work with. But let’s get one little thing out of the … Continue reading Review of Belly Dance Drum Solos with Mariyah and Faisal Zedan
Dear readers, I thought I’d share a little something with you. I just got word that my entry to IAMED’s 2013 essay contest won second place. Woo hoo! I’m especially delighted by the generous prize of four DVDs, which I have been having a lot of fun choosing. The prompt asked us to describe our … Continue reading IAMED essay contest for the near-win!
My dear readers, I’ve been a busy dancer. I had an incredibly intense week about a month ago — lots of work, lots of kid, lots of dancing in the evenings, either in class or with a video or doing improv, and then on top of that, a super Saturday of workshops with Cihangir Gümüstürkmen. … Continue reading Veil and Drum Solo Workshops with Aisa Lafour, and other dance notes
Another recent highlight was, as you might have guessed by the headline, performing at a friend’s wedding. Now, this wasn’t a big formal thing, nor was it a real gig. The couple wanted their friends to put on little skits and the like, and I knew this was just my chance to pull out the … Continue reading In which the writer performs at a wedding (sort of)
I recently started working with Carmine Guida’s Baby Beginner Doumbek Workshop, a super basic and gentle introduction to the doumbek. As I wrote in the earlier post, I don’t think it makes sense to try and learn all these rhythms in a day: for beginners as rhythmically-challenged as myself, that’s a hopeless proposition! Cross training … Continue reading Doumbek follies continue: it’s time to take off the wedding ring