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    Wink My girls are so cute!

    Now tell me they're not just the cutest little ol' thangs you ever did see!
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    Not sure who moderates this thread, but sorry, I double posted, in my excitement that this dance that's been on hold for nearly a year is finally finished...

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    Great choreography and team work by your girls.

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    The double post is all fixed Thanks for sharing the clip, very nice.

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    two wishes. My computer was fast enough to play that properly and that I could hear the music -had to mute for the night-

    Beautiful dance and adorable girls. I'll watch it again tomorrow with music :P (If there is any that is)

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    thanks for the kind words, dancers-

    And there is music, but seems it doesn't always play on every system. FYI it's the "Ballet Music" from Verdi's Aida.

    This has been a little pet project of mine, put on hold last year when the two dancers at that time got very pregnant. I thought maybe it was a curse, but we managed to finish it this time without any sudden dietary shifts. Both dancers are in their early 30's, too, and one is married, which makes me nervous...

    I've seen a version of Aida wherein the dance segment was a rather generic ballet divertissement. I have always thought that some measure of belly dance movement suited the theme better. I also had the dancers do some improvisational movement in the middle portion, based on some hieroglyphics I brought in. If some of the movements look birdlike, it's cause many Egyptian words contain hieroglyphics in the form of birds. The cheesy "hieroglyphic arms" were just to be cute, and hopefully weren't overdone.

    I'm looking for another dancer, who is as sweet and fun and reliable and hardworking as these two. I seem to have better luck with more mature dancers, so maybe I won't engage anyone under 30 anymore. I know a choreographer in San Francisco, Cheryl Chaddick, who swears by that policy.
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    hey some of us younger dancers are good too. I'm reliable and hard working at 19 (I have to be else I'd loose my job. once word got out I'd never work in this industry again). -mock pouts-

    I can hear the music now. I'm not sure whether I like the mesh of ballet music and oriental dance but it is a nice dance and oh so very cute

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    I really liked that Rico! Very graceful, and the hieroglyphic arms were cute!

    What styles would you say you've fused together there? I'm pretty dense beyond the belly dance world but it's something I want to find out more about... It looked quite balletic to my very uneducated eye (forgive me if I'm waaay off!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eshta View Post
    I really liked that Rico! Very graceful, and the hieroglyphic arms were cute!

    What styles would you say you've fused together there? I'm pretty dense beyond the belly dance world but it's something I want to find out more about... It looked quite balletic to my very uneducated eye (forgive me if I'm waaay off!)
    Thanks Eshta. I guess if I had to be pinned down I would say it's a fusion of belly dance and lyrical (which is itself a fusion of ballet, jazz dance, and these days, modern dance).

    That probably makes it "clear as mud??!!"

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    Roll  Eyes For dancers, ageing is a two-edged sword

    Quote Originally Posted by Jayms_fallen_angel View Post
    hey some of us younger dancers are good too. I'm reliable and hard working at 19 (I have to be else I'd loose my job. once word got out I'd never work in this industry again). -mock pouts-

    I can hear the music now. I'm not sure whether I like the mesh of ballet music and oriental dance but it is a nice dance and oh so very cute
    Hey Jfa- It's not that dancers your age can't be good, or actually great. But I do find, in general, that more mature dancers are more reliable, more focused, and have more "life experience" to draw upon in creating nuanced performance. But kudos for you that you are hard working and reliable- that will take you farther than sheer talent will.

    Most important of all to me as a choreographer here- in LaLa/Hollywood, dancers in their late 20's and up are less likely to blow off rehearsal because they have a call from their agent to go audition for a Nike commercial (or Nissan, or McDonalds', or whatever). They are less likely to get those calls, because once you get a couple of lines or wrinkles on your face that you can't hide, your commercial career is going down the tubes in this town! As a dance agent here once told me, the window for commercial/music video job ops is something like 18-29...and that's for the guys!

    To address your final comment (and thanks), I really don't think of the Verdi music as "ballet music," in the modern sense- 19th C. usage of the term probably in general meant pointe shoes and tutus, true, but I've never felt that a pure balletic choreography fit the story of Aida. I've seen one such treatment, on video, and felt that behind the elaborate set and costumes, it was pretty much a generic ballet divertissement.

    In some other cultures, ballet often has a more universal meaning of just "dance." This is why I felt comfortable taking the name "Hollywood Ballet," although I was roundly attacked on a ballet forum, with comments suggesting that fusion had no place in any dance enterprise bearing the word ballet; that without plans for a Nutcracker we couldn't possibly call ourselves "ballet," etc.

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