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Hipnotic- I made it!

Thankfully, I had no electricity emergencies today, and I was able to get to Hipnotic, which was fun, as it always is.

I had two student groups performing, and both did brilliantly (it was me that had a slight moment of fluffyheadedness in the Beginners' Scheherazade choreo, the students were fine). I was also doing a solo, to Kent Hebbak w Battalt, which is a new one for me to dance to, even though I've used it once or twice in teaching.

So me and my students were obviously Brilliant. How about everyone else? I haven't got a programme to refer to, so this is down to me remembering stuff, probably not in any order (other than order of impressedness). There were quite a few less familiar faces. No Raqs Scientology student troupes, no tribal from Nirzari/Usha Oseye as was/whatever they're calling themselves these days. It's always good to see different people.

There was a nice solo from one of the Shamooza girls. There was a *lovely* Sa'aidi solo from Jolene of the Just Dandys. I particularly love it when you see someone with blue hair, and facial piercings and tattoos doing lovely Egyptian, rather than the Tribal Fusion that you might assume would be more her bag!

The Just Dandys- up from Portsmouth way???- did a couple of nice group pieces, which were fun to watch (although if I never hear Jai Ho ever again, I wouldn't feel too badly about that) and there was an ATS/ITS trio- the Tribal Divas, I think.

There was Persia, who did a duet with (presumably) one of her students, as well as a solo. It was DULL!!!! Dull, dull, dull... Because a) she dances everything at the same funereal pace, and b) she hasn't got much in the way of technique and c) no stage presence.

There was Brutal Bellydance (go on, just guess how much I'm likely to have liked them, just from the name), who were the only ones doing any sort of fusion. Their first piece was skirtwork. Their second- I dunno, all I remember about it was that they seemed to be phoning it in. You'd have thought that if you're using thrash metal for the music, the dancing would have some energy to it, but nah... It was strangely passionless.

There was Shamooza. I don't know what Tracey/they were thinking when they agreed to come and dance, because both their group numbers (without Tracey) consisted of three women doing unconnected baladi noodling. There was no attempt to make their improv join up at any point, or have any kind of, yanno, structure. The only thing that made them look like they were actually dancing together was the fact that they were wearing identical costumes. Tracey herself did a lovely bit of Sirt el Hob (channelling Eman from the JoY workshop we both went to!). Unfortunately, I don't know that she's all that good with Baladi. And she needs to work out how to manage staging her group, if she wants to get away without bothering to choreograph for them, because frankly this was just taking the p***.

I loved Covert Bling's Russian Roulette final piece! You know it's truly improvised, when they've got no idea what music is going to come out of the speaker!


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May. 13th, 2013 01:23 am (UTC)
"I particularly love it when you see someone with blue hair, and facial piercings and tattoos doing lovely Egyptian, rather than the Tribal Fusion that you might assume would be more her bag!"

I wish more people shared this feeling! In some ways my dance life would have been so much easier if I had gone the TF route.
May. 13th, 2013 12:28 pm (UTC)
May. 13th, 2013 06:35 am (UTC)
Glad it went well, I am annoyed I was too ill to be there.

Jolene (blue hair and facial piercings) had Tracey Jones down this weekend teaching a Baladi workshop and I think she's been working with her a bit.
May. 13th, 2013 02:15 pm (UTC)
Jolene is WAAAAY better at Baladi than Tracey is, I'm afaid.
May. 13th, 2013 02:19 pm (UTC)
In which case it's either been a really good, or a really pointless investment.
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