Page 3 of 4 FirstFirst 1234 LastLast
Results 21 to 30 of 34
  1. #21
    Junior Member antares's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Netherlands
    Posts
    16
    Post Thanks / Like

    Post

    Quote Originally Posted by Shanazel View Post
    No secret, just long, thoughtful, careful hours of practice. A few of my hardest tasks as a teacher: 1)convincing my students to SLOW DOWN and
    2) convincing them to be precise in practicing new movements, and 3) convincing them they will not commit a movement to body memory by practicing it half a dozen times or so.

    HOWEVER... you can try adding sour cream if you think that will help.
    I have noticed that a lot of students have problems with dancing slowly (when music calls for it) Last week i began attending a three year long bellydance teacher's course/bellydance perfectioning course (in order to be able to make a beautiful performance as professional bellydancer and/or teach bellydance) Sorry for my English but i hope you understand what kind of course i mean. Students are suppossed to have a solid base, thus.
    On the first day, our teacher had us make all kind of isolations, movements, etc. She wanted of course to evaluate our skill degree since we came from all different schools and see where we had difficulties so that she could correct them. The fact is that she had to correct a lot of students from dancing "snaky" movements WAY too fast. Some of them she had to correct almost constantly. I'm happy to say she did not have to correct me in fact, i loooove slow sultry movements and one of my dreams is to dance a very beautiful taxim PROPERLY.
    Everybody is, of course, free of having her own opinion. But i hate it seen hyperkinetic bellydancers, since it looks so ugly and hectic. Of course, there are exceptions, when music is very fast, etc. And also when you dance a very dynamic drum solo. But not too fast please ....... Let your public (and yourself) have a break from time to time. There is nothing like changing the pace of your performance from time to time (when it fits in the music, of course)
    Anyway, i really understand that having to correct your students so often is a bit annoying for you as teachers.

  2. #22
    Moderator Shanazel's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Rocky Mountains USA
    Posts
    15,289
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Anyway, i really understand that having to correct your students so often is a bit annoying for you as teachers.
    Nah, it's just part of the job. Sooner or later I get 'em to the point where all I have to do is look at an erring dancer over the top of my glasses and frown a bit. Wish I could raise one eyebrow as well...

  3. #23
    V.I.P. Mya's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Trinidad
    Posts
    1,062
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Shanazel View Post
    Nah, it's just part of the job.
    So true - and i'm yet to find a feeling as satisfying as when a student realises her own mistake and fixes it without me even having time to think about correcting her.

  4. #24
    Member PriscillaAdum's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Posts
    293
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    You mean you can't? How can one hope to ever be a good bellydance instructor if one can't shimmy with one's eyebrows??

    Regards
    Priscilla



    Quote Originally Posted by Shanazel View Post
    Wish I could raise one eyebrow as well...

  5. #25
    Moderator Shanazel's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Rocky Mountains USA
    Posts
    15,289
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    My tawdry little secret is out. I cannot shimmy my eyebrows. Do you think I should resign and devote my life to good works to atone for all these years of dancing a lie?

  6. #26
    Member PriscillaAdum's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Posts
    293
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Nahhh. Just buy a video on eyebrow shimmies. There's probably 1001 different types, I think. After you watch it a couple of times...you'll be ready to teach them in your next class!



    Quote Originally Posted by Shanazel View Post
    My tawdry little secret is out. I cannot shimmy my eyebrows. Do you think I should resign and devote my life to good works to atone for all these years of dancing a lie?

  7. #27
    Moderator Shanazel's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Rocky Mountains USA
    Posts
    15,289
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Good idea. I can already shimmy my eyeballs, but somehow it just doesn't look exotic or alluring, and it sort of gives me a headache.

  8. #28
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Brooklyn, New York
    Posts
    653
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default slow and controlled

    What about the Persian lip quiver? Or would that signify a teacher who had lost control and was about to throw in the towel?

    Seriously, very good advice about slowing down and practice. I recently read that a metronome is good for practicing shimmy. You move it up (faster) only one click at a time, and keep going at that tempo until it's on automatic. Somewhere I read (Bhuz maybe) students ask for a shortcut but this is the short cut--much faster than praying for a miracle.

    And whoever said that flexible people need to learn how to put limits on it and use muscular control to avoid sliding out to the maximum--very true too. I have not only really wide hips but extreme side-to side hip flexibility, so much so that either side-to-side shimmy or maya say can be done to an absurd degree and I have to use control to keep it more centered.

    I also really agree about precision and control being the opposite of mushy. No matter how fast you should be able to identify what the dancer is doing, otherwise it is imprecise and mushy.

    Cathy

  9. #29
    Moderator Shanazel's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Rocky Mountains USA
    Posts
    15,289
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    What about the Persian lip quiver? Or would that signify a teacher who had lost control and was about to throw in the towel?

  10. #30
    V.I.P. Jane's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    In the mountains of Montana
    Posts
    2,220
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by AngelaJP View Post
    I just got this Mystic Belly Dance dvd by Neena and Veena twins (this is the best of the videos I have of them, I don't like the others that much) and the movements are really very slow I think I got a little bit impatient and bored, hahaha!
    I bought two N&V DVDs for $6 US. They have a Egyptian style dancer named Louchia, in the bonus section I think, who I think is a beautiful dancer.

Page 3 of 4 FirstFirst 1234 LastLast

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
  •