Saturday, June 1st Transcendence Tribal will be performing at WINE4WATER in Baltimore. This fundraising event is near and dear to our hearts as several of our troupe members volunteered to build and re-build the Stadium Playground in the Waverly neighborhood of Baltimore. We'll be featuring lots of fun and dynamic American Tribal Style® bellydance, and the members of Kallisti Tribal will be featuring a sword choreography.
Gypsy Fusion's Dance Your Heart Out Hafla
Saturday, June 1st
4pm - 6pm
Anne Arundel Community College, Humanities Theater
$15, all proceeds benefit the American Humane Association
Do you want to practice yoga at home but maybe don't know how to get started? Sick of doing the same DVDs all the time? Need some inspiration?
Do It Yourself Yoga Workshop
Saturday, May 18th, 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Awaken Wellness, Columbia, MD
$30 advanced registration Register Online
$35 at the door
Doing yoga on your own can enhance your well being and advance your progress in your regular classes. Learn how to make time and space and use your inspiration to create a meaningful at-home practice. This workshop is designed to help students successfully create and maintain a home practice that will address their individual goals and become a meaningful part of their life. There will be lots of tips about structuring a home practice, how to stay dedicated in spite of distractions and busy-ness, and an introduction to free-form yoga practice.
Things have been quiet here on the OmChantress blog because I've mostly been keeping my head down and focusing on my own work. Last weekend I was in Ocean City at Art of the Belly. I performed with Transcendence Tribal and Verve Tribal (video coming soon). While I was there I took some belly dance workshops with Jill Parker and for the first time in a long while I was able to see some clear benefits to my regular practice.
As part of my preparation for the next phase of 8 Elements dance intensive with Rachel Brice, I have been tirelessly drilling fundamental hipwork. A basic standing shimmy, hips on the up and on the down, 3/4 shimmy on the up and the down, plus at least additional one isolation with a simple foot pattern. Now if you're not a belly dancer, that probably means nothing to you, but the point is, it's the very basics. Simple. Easy. It takes fifteen minutes. Every day. I had gotten to the point recently where I was starting to wonder: is this doing anything for me? But I kept at it because I trust my teacher to tell me what's good for me. When I was at the workshops this weekend, I had to speed up my hipwork, add variations, and learn more complex combinations and I was able to learn way faster than I ever had before. It was remarkable! I have always felt like a "slow learner" when it comes to new movements, but I was totally on it this weekend! What a great feeling. I have finally gotten to a point where I have a vocabulary of fundamental movements so engrained in my body and brain that they come automatically. I don't have to think about that stuff, and so when I'm learning something new, I can just focus on what's new and build on the foundation I've already established through practice.
Many people, even at the beginning, get hung up on "advancing" to the next thing, and I'm certainly guilty of this myself in many, many ways. I'm sharing this experience with you so that you have an example of why the fundamentals are important, not just in dance, but in yoga too. I'm not trying to hold anyone back from advancing, whatever that might mean, to you. I'm just suggesting that you also keep up your practice of the basics. If you continue to revisit basic movement patterns, even for only fifteen minutes at a time, you will be able to engrain healthy, effective habits that will build the foundation of a more advanced practice. If this seems boring to you, give what you are doing even more attention. Get super interested in the details of what you are experiencing. Where are you feeling the work? How is your breathing? Your energy level? Does it feel any different than yesterday? If you can stay curious about your practice, it will never get boring. Same with meditation. The more you do it, it will come with greater ease, even if on a day-to-day basis it may feel like you're not making any progress. You are. Stick with it.
A new monthly event that showcases fusion and experimental styles of belly dance as well as American Tribal style.
Saturday, February 9th
Doors open at 8pm
$10, plus American cuisine from the menu
Loafers Bar and Grill
6518 Baltimore National Pike
Catonsville, MD 21228
This month features:
and Alyssum Pohl
The show will be from 9pm-11pm but the restaurant remains open until 2am so come party with us and experience live performances from some of the area's finest.