Page 4 of 4 FirstFirst 1234
Results 31 to 37 of 37
  1. #31
    Member bomu samba's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    London
    Posts
    84
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    That's great news! Thanks Dashiva - I'll be getting this later this month

  2. #32
    V.I.P. Jane's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    In the mountains of Montana
    Posts
    2,220
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    There were some things in the course I'd already thought deeply about; it was reassuring that other dancers are thinking these same things. A couple of things really struck me while I was reading and doing the workbook. I feel very defensive about Egyptian style dance and I never realized how strongly I felt about it and how I relate to it before. I am hyper focused on dancing like an authentic Egyptian to the exclusion of anything else. Another thing that stood out was how self critical I am. In the part where we have to "pick a specific moment or combination you're proud of." I drew a blank. I keep thinking about how I'm not good enough, blah blah blah, and how much better I should be, and why I can't be this that or the other thing. I focus way too much on the negative when I think of myself dancing. I think these are just basic parts of my personality. Narrowly focused and self critical in all parts of my life. No idea how to combat these traits or if I should try. They can be useful, but are they holding me back in some ways? I don't know.

  3. #33
    V.I.P. Aziyade's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Cornfields of Evansville Indiana.
    Posts
    2,743
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Darshiva View Post
    Yes it is a good tool for a newbie. There's a lot to work with in here, and the advice given applies to all levels from a continuing beginner up.
    Yes, actually I think it would interesting to work through it at this stage, and then maybe revisit it in a year or two, to see if or what opinions and feelings you had have changed.

    That's my plan -- I think I'll go through it probably once a year.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jane View Post
    There were some things in the course I'd already thought deeply about; it was reassuring that other dancers are thinking these same things. A couple of things really struck me while I was reading and doing the workbook. I feel very defensive about Egyptian style dance and I never realized how strongly I felt about it and how I relate to it before. I am hyper focused on dancing like an authentic Egyptian to the exclusion of anything else.
    I hear you -- in my mind it's not so much "privileged" as "the ONLY option!" (But that's of my own choosing and mostly cause I'm just crazier over Egyptian music than Turkish.)

    Another thing that stood out was how self critical I am. In the part where we have to "pick a specific moment or combination you're proud of." I drew a blank. I keep thinking about how I'm not good enough, blah blah blah, and how much better I should be, and why I can't be this that or the other thing. I focus way too much on the negative when I think of myself dancing. I think these are just basic parts of my personality. Narrowly focused and self critical in all parts of my life. No idea how to combat these traits or if I should try. They can be useful, but are they holding me back in some ways? I don't know.
    I think once you're aware of your ... shall we call it reverse prejudice? ... then at least you can take that into consideration when "judging" yourself. I know that attitude holds me back. I have refused to allow myself to dance to Um Kalsoum until I'm "good enough" for it. At ten years plus, I'm still waiting to be good enough. :/

    I had a similar reaction with that exercise because there was only ONE moment that I could look back on with pride, and that was when I felt like I fulfilled the quintessential Egyptianness of the music. The rest of my memories and personal video analysis and assessments are all hyper-critical about being too Suhaila, or whatever. I think just REALIZING how I feel about that made a big difference in NOW being able to look at my performances and say "these don't suck, they're just American."


    A big aha moment for me was that although I ADORE Egyptian style, I really do love old-skool American belly dance -- and that "Radio Bastet" kind of music. AND I love finger cymbals and what Suhaila calls Folkloric Fusion. So what I decided was that, in order to be true to myself as an artist, I have to be okay with dancing both styles - American and Egyptian. Which doubled my practice time, but ah well
    Last edited by Shanazel; 01-23-2013 at 06:44 PM. Reason: merge

  4. #34
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Posts
    7
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    WOW.

    When you put something out there, you hope people will like it, and find it useful.

    But I am thrilled at how much thought and effort you ladies have put into PSS, and I'm so happy to hear about your progress.

    Great work!

  5. #35
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Posts
    1
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Has anyone ever done this course as a group? Several of my students sounded interested in it and I was curious if we could each individually purchase and listen to the workshop. Then use the our answers in the workbook for discussion? Any thoughts?

  6. #36
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Posts
    7
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Bella237 View Post
    Has anyone ever done this course as a group? Several of my students sounded interested in it and I was curious if we could each individually purchase and listen to the workshop. Then use the our answers in the workbook for discussion? Any thoughts?
    That's a neat idea. As long as everyone buys their own copy, you definitely have my blessing. Let me know how it goes.

  7. #37
    V.I.P. Aziyade's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Cornfields of Evansville Indiana.
    Posts
    2,743
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    My dance partner also bought it and so we've been talking about it together, and of course we've each discussed it here.

    It is about PERSONAL style, though -- so the focus is really about YOU, probing into the kinds of movement YOU like, and what YOU respond to emotionally. It would be interesting to see if that could also translate to your troupe -- TRY IT and let us know!!

    But it's always fascinating to see what other people have to say about a product, or how they themselves use it. I think a group discussion would be really interesting!

Page 4 of 4 FirstFirst 1234

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •