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Hipnotic thoughts

It was great to see Hipnotic good & busy.

I liked Aradia's baladi a lot. I liked Badr al Banat (what's that supposed to mean?) doing Khusara Khusara- they had a lot of nice group transitions, good formation work. I liked Spiral Ivy doing sword work- it was well done.

Other acts brought out my judginess. If you choose to dance to Shakira, I *will* judge you. If you do a load of swishy skirt dancing, I *will* judge you. If you go to the loo *just* before your one and only performance, so that you hold up the whole running order, I *will* judge you.

I think Mirage did well with our Mashkalni, which was Party Central. I think we all were smiley and happy with it, and it's nice to see something a bit different, which I think we were.

My own solo was a bit of an experience. I was due to start on stage, because the version of Mawoud I was using has a big whooshy intro. I walked out and stood in readiness, and waited for my music to start. And it signally failed to do so... It turns out the mp3 file just wasn't playing on either of the ipods available. misspotsitt thought she might have that version of Mawoud on her ipod but couldn't lay her hands on it. So it became a case of "ok, whatevs, gimme something to dance to..." and I ended up playing ellariaal's game of improv. I ended up dancing to something I have never heard before in my life, and trying to make it look interesting. It was quite hard, as the music was very samey- I kept waiting for a chorus or a middle 8 or something that sounded different, but there was none, it just kept on being all 4x4 all the way through... Oh well, everybody knew I wasn't dancing to my music, and that I was winging it, and they were very supportive!

It was an object lesson to my students - *this* is why I teach them to improvise!


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Dec. 1st, 2014 02:24 am (UTC)

OMG. Well done you. I might have just melted into a puddle.
Dec. 1st, 2014 10:11 pm (UTC)
It's ok, I always improvise when I'm soloing, so it wasn't that much of an ordeal! And everyone knew that it was an Emma Challenge improv, so their expectations weren't for perfection. And actually, it showcased my versatility and professionalism, so it didn't do me any harm!
Dec. 1st, 2014 08:57 pm (UTC)
Blimey what an occurance! Good job for getting through it- one for the memoirs!
Dec. 1st, 2014 10:17 pm (UTC)
Piece of cake!
Dec. 2nd, 2014 05:34 pm (UTC)
HAD to drop you a line about this. For last night's improv exercise, my teacher put on the music... lots of little oud things going on, clearly an intro. The music is going to start, I'm ready to dance... AND IT'S AN ME ENSEMBLE VERSION OF THE MAIN THEME FROM SWAN LAKE.

Laughing so hard you can't dance is not a good way to improv!
Dec. 2nd, 2014 06:15 pm (UTC)
No. Just no. There is no way on God's sweet Earth that you can dance that one seriously.
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