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    Default Isis Wings- technique and inspiration

    For the troupe, I totally need to up my Isis-wings performance. The others have other props and I am the only one with wings in this particular dance.

    The thing is, I am not very good at it and I need some inspiration.
    What are your favourite videos or tricks and tips?

    I am really tired of the usual stuff: prancing around and waving and fluttering up and down, and I wasn't even a big fan of wings to start with. Unfortunately we are even dancing to Ice Queen, which kind of makes it even more important to do it really well, as it has been totally overused by now.

    There was an amazing wings video somewhere but I can't remember where I saw it and who was in it.

    If any of you guys could share some cool performances or tricks for cleaner technique or showstopping moves I would be very greatful.

    I should point out that this is a show piece and not an emotional dance

    Thanks in advance
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    I'd use the wings to frame your fabulous bd moves.

    Wings are a prop, they are only a prop, and they can be overused in performance, often making actual dance take a back seat or not appear at all.

    If you make it all about the dance and use the wings as an accent, I think (from the sound of it) you will feel happier & more confident about using them.

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    Good advice, thanks! As it is a troupe choreography it is somewhat limited what I can change, but we ARE developing it to make it better and more advanced. We were also discussing making the whole thing more dancey and less parading and posing.
    I'll certainly experiment with the framing.

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    This dancer has a nice calmness and I think she follows the music well. It wasn't stressful to watch.


    Maya Said is one of the Isis performers I have seen that is dancing the most. I quite like this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darshiva View Post
    Wings are a prop, they are only a prop, and they can be overused in performance, often making actual dance take a back seat or not appear at all.
    This is a fair point. I think some people use them because they look impressive, especially to people who haven't seen them before, but then they rely on the wings to carry the performance without really doing any dancing.

    I agree with Darshiva, make them the backdrop to your beautiful dancing Please post a video of your performance when you've done it, would love to see how it ends up! xx
    Last edited by Corylus; 05-18-2010 at 12:59 PM.

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    Yes I agree, but since the base choreography is set I was also really looking for some actual moves that look nice and work with the wings. Any good videos you have seen would be greatly appreciated.

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    I believe in short entrance with Isis wings and dance tiny bit with them, then drop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gisela View Post
    Yes I agree, but since the base choreography is set I was also really looking for some actual moves that look nice and work with the wings. Any good videos you have seen would be greatly appreciated.
    Ah ok, sorry. I quite like some of Amar Gamal's dance with wings that she does on Belly Dance Super Stars at the Folies Bergere. That's the only one I can think of without trawling youtube. All the other clips that I like usually involve the dancer dropping the wings not long into the dance.

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    When watching "Isis Wings" I always think about what Isis goddess represents. She is the matron of motherhood, nature and magic. As you rightly noted, she wouldn't prance around the stage waving her wings. What many belly-dancers miss with "Isis Wings" is to be graceful. It's more about how you move and how you present yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amulya View Post
    I believe in short entrance with Isis wings and dance tiny bit with them, then drop.
    I'm not a fan of Isis wings, but if use them you must, entering, dancing a bit, then discarding them the same way you'd do a veil seems reasonable. Are they hard to dispose of gracefully?

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