Yes - why not? I prefer to improvise and this would be my preferred option. It is especialy easy if you know the music. I have seen many dancers not only improvise on stage - but do it to an unknown band playing something the dancer may or may not know. (Or worse a diiferent version of something they do know)I know this might sound a bit weird but I was wondering if it is possible to perform on stage with a piece of music you know but improvising the dance as you go along? Has anyone done this?
It is probably a lot more common than you think it is.I know this might sound a bit weird but I was wondering if it is possible to perform on stage with a piece of music you know but improvising the dance as you go along? Has anyone done this?
Yes, certainly. Its how many, many dancers perform - including me. Now show me a dancer who improvises to a song s/he's never heard before - THAT is real skill! No, I can't do that! :lol:I know this might sound a bit weird but I was wondering if it is possible to perform on stage with a piece of music you know but improvising the dance as you go along? Has anyone done this?
Hi, I used to choreographed every song I was supposed to dance, but sometimes I dont have enough time and now I am starting to improvise more and more, and find it very interesting, pleaseant and enjoy every minute of the dance while performing....but I do listen to the music many times before.
This question made me chuckle. Have we really strayed so far from the improvisational roots of this dance that there are now people asking if it's "possible" to improvise as if it was some novel idea? :lol:
Thanks for these tips Kashmir. Will def start being more conscious about these things when I am dancing. Are there any books, dvd's, articles etc. you or anyone could recommend on the above mentioned aspects of improvised dance/ choreographing your own belly dance or is it purely accumulated knowledge from experience of dancing?... however, to make a good job of it, you have to really know belly dance ie you need to know the movement vocab reasonably well - so it is clean and automatic. You also need to know how to interpret Arabic music with your body in a belly dance manner. You need to practice improvising for performance. After all, improvising in itself is just dancing to music. When you are doing it on stage you need to be able to also consider how the piece looks to the audience; how have you used the stage? have you varied your texture? have you got a balance between repetition and novelty?
A choreography can be a good way to teach a belly dance style of interpretation - because the moves by themselves do not create belly dance. Also many students prefer that and it can be less stressful forthem and the teacher.many belly dance classes I have taken focus mainly on learning a choreography or a routine set out by the teacher whereas I like to learn the moves and then take them home and play around with them.
There is no maybe, I am getting old and have been teaching belly dance for more than 15 years, and have always encouraged my students to improvise. I live in Spain but once a year I have to go back to Peru for 3 or 4 months and my students have to prepare a choreography while I am out there. Most of the time I choose the music that I think matches better their skills, but this year I will ask them too choose the music they like, so far they are doing a very good job. So I really encourage belly dancers to improvise and learn to feel and express the song. If it has lyrics PLEASE be sure you know the general idea of the song, I have seen some girls dancing patriotic palestine songs:naghty:, you must avoid that mistake.Good luck girlsDoes it mean I am starting to get old when I say stuff like 'back when I was student...' ? I am always a continuing student of course... but back when I was a student attending regular weekly classes; my teacher made us improvise. It wasn't a choice and it was a central part of class. As a beginning performer all through my dancing life to a professional level... I have always improvised. I have been in situations where, for one reason or another, the band played what they played and sometimes I did not know the music. And that was OK because my teacher made sure I could dance spontaneously and be comfortable doing it. It feels like there is so much focus on combinations and choreography, combinations and choreography these days... It has its place, straight up I am not dissing it. But it shouldn't be optional. To the OP, develop this skill, it will serve you so well and some of THE best dancing comes out when you are in the moment, in the music and spontaneously responding. Viva la improvisation!
Thanks for that Farasha will check it outThere's one DVD I have that addresses improvisation. It's called "Secrets of the Stars, Volume 3" (wish I had the other two volumes ). I just watched it last night, and it's chock full of great info!
This is very true and I still enjoy lessons with choreography and find them inspiring but I would also like to develop my improvisational practice as well. Will check out Fifi Abdou. Any other Middle Eastern Bellydancer's you can think would be particularly good?A choreography can be a good way to teach a belly dance style of interpretation - because the moves by themselves do not create belly dance. Also many students prefer that and it can be less stressful forthem and the teacher.
It is actually belly dancing - rather than doing jazz or creative expression or salsa. Often I see new belly dance students going on stage on their own and either drilling or doing an Isadora Duncan - neither are belly dance - and their teacher should have said something.Also am not sure what is meant by "the rules". Could you explain a little more?
Just for clarity- Taqsim is a musical term.Traditional belly dance is described by scholars as "solo, improvisational, torso-articulated" dance, or s.i.t.a. Improvisation is the very foundation of the dance, choreography came much later. Improvisation, known as taxim or taqasim, is also important in Arabic and Turkish music,