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Lorna workshops

The long dance weekend continued on Saturday with two workshops with Lorna. The first one was "Make It Masri", followed by "Wild Sa'aidi".

It has to be aid that Lorna's approach to teaching workshops is very analytical and she plans for adaptation and adjustment. She has far more material available at her fingertips than she will ever need for the brief two hours of workshop time. I can wholeheartedly recommend her as a teacher.

The Make It Masri was about how crucial it is to start from the Music (and again it is borne upon me, how you can't really do bellydance unless the music is right). And about how you don't need to throw in every single item of technique you've ever learned, but rather that you show that you are appreciating the music and the dance, even if that means you are sticking to one technique for a while, *especially* if you are *luxuriating* in that one technique for a while. People will appreciate that.

And as for the Sa'aidi, well, I wish I could have enjoyed it more, but I was in grave danger of being thwacked by a novice who has no concept of spacial awareness. Given that it was a Stick workshop, I was at greater risk than just being bumped into. There was a distinct possibility of having my eye out. I didn't mind sitting out, I got good notes, but she was a Public Menace. She honestly did not look at anybody else in the room with her when she was dancing.

This workshop was all about how Sa'aidi is developping, now that dancers are using the Spirit of Sa'aidi, and taking it beyond the range of the Reda style, and adapting the style, especially with the rise of modern Sha'abi music. Very interesting, and for all the now-ness of the Sha'abi influence, a lot of what Lorna was saying resonated with some of the earliest stickwork I learned from the Hilal teachers. Which is interesting.


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Aug. 13th, 2012 11:31 pm (UTC)
The Saidi stuff sounds super cool--hope she makes it to the US sometime! I've always preferred an earthy, stronger saidi to the lighter Reda style, definitely more Fifi than anybody else, and it sounds like this would be right up my alley.

Clueless people with sticks, ugh. it's not just how close they are to you, but do you trust them to keep ahold of that thing and not send it flying...
Aug. 14th, 2012 12:19 am (UTC)
This sounds cool and I wish I knew more. What sort of things were you taught re sticks in Hilal style?
Aug. 14th, 2012 01:11 am (UTC)
I am going to be Very Meen and say that you've actually made me quite interested in what Lorna is teaching and doing right now. Which is an acheivement. ;o)

*scuttles off meenly*
Aug. 14th, 2012 07:00 am (UTC)
I do find it slight funny or ironic or something how analytical she has become considering that used to be one of her problems with me - being too analytical and not feeeeeling enough. But I've found her new teaching style very helpful and enjoyable - and recently I have to admit I've found myself clock watching during rather a lot of standard technique workshops from other people, but hers really hold my attention.
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