Tribal Revelations…with a side of fries

We were forced to miss out on last year’s TR, because…life.  I didn’t realize how much I would miss it until I wasn’t able to go.  Not only that, but a large chunk of last year, and into the earlier part of this year, I was battling some persistent depression.  Which helps nothing.  Ever.

But, I am not going to write about depression today.

There are some interesting developments happening to us as individuals.  I’m moving at a slower pace (as is my nature), but bits at a time, I’m coming back to my Goddesshood.  Kat, on the other hand, is excelling at the speed of a supernova.

So…while creating new things…all these weird movements started happening.  We were digging on it, but wondered whether or not we were on the right track as far as where we were heading in the ever-evolving nature of our style.

And then Michelle Sorensen happened.  When the pupil is ready, as the saying goes…and it was validation after validation after validation.  Her teaching style, HERSELF, everything about that day resonated within us.  We LOVE her.  And it’s not like once we took the workshops, the love fest was over…she’s been there ever since, even in the smallest of ways.  I could go on and on and never say enough about how wonderful she is.

So, that was in May.

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We crammed—in my basement of all places, because the studio moved—to get a new piece finished in time for Tribal Revolution.  Michelle’s influence helped us immensely in the creation process (thank you!), and we got it done with time to spare for running through—not much time, but still.

There were some nail-biting moments once we were in Wheeling, namely whether or not we would finish our costumes in time (we did, with some minor malfunctions…) and we were able to run through the piece several times before taking the stage at the Saturday night show.

This piece was different from the beginning…aside from starting out like we always do (center stage, side by side…my favorite place to be with my bestie).

That said, the reception was different as well, although none of it was bad feedback.  The thing is, like a dear friend of ours said, “I preferred your other piece, but it’s not fair to say you can only do one style of thing.”  Right you are.

We’ve done the creepy, and for a good while, we did the sad.  But the sad is just not where we are right now…we are in a time of transition, and a time of empowerment.  I anticipate our future numbers will follow in that vein of being powerful and strong, with a laser-like focus on executing our movements with the care and precision they deserve.  Too long we rested on our laurels and sank and reached and melted to music…we can still melt, but we want to show that there’s so much more to us than that.

I hope you will all stick with us as we trek this path.

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The stand-out experience at this TR was with Miss Kami Liddle.  Kat and I both agreed that it has always been that way whenever we’ve had the opportunity to study with her–she always teaches a subject that we’re needing at that particular moment.  She’s an excellent teacher, and this year the workshop focused on moving the whole body.  It was liberating…and exactly what I have been craving as a dancer for some time now.  I gave zero fucks if I looked silly, because we were all moving together, and we were only thinking about our own bodies…no one was looking at us.  Well, Kami probably was, but she’s the teacher, so…

I think that’s all I have for the moment…thank you to Ruby Beh for getting the freedom ball rolling, Michelle for…I can’t even <3…, and Kami for bringing it all home!

xoxoxo –

Domh-Domh

Brief reflections (a post by Domh)

Always learning.

As I try to reclaim the parts of my brain that melted and dribbled onto the floor, I note every ache and twinge from the strenuousness of the weekend.

I am so grateful for the family I’ve acquired through belly dance.  When you host someone that you know you like, but then actually get to spend quality time talking with them and really getting to know them?  I am awed by my people.

Normally I cringe when I know company is coming, as I am notoriously private about the inner sanctum that is my home…but I absolutely adore and look forward to having my dance peeps in my cave.  They fill the walls with laughter, impropriety, and conversation that really makes you stop and give serious thought to things you hadn’t even considered before.

Putting together a group choreography long-distance?  Any  other group, I would have said, “No way!”…but us?  Psssshhh!!!  We rocked the eff out of that!

I can safely speak for Kat and myself when I say, from the bottom of our leafy hearts, THANK YOU.  Thank you to our “Fambly” for making the northern journey and supporting us.  We adore and cherish each and every one of you.

~Domh-Domh

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Contact Domh for your tickets via raksincendia@gmail.com

This showcase is the first of its kind in Traverse City…we’re bringing dancers from all over the state of Michigan to dance for YOU!

March 9, 2013 @ The Children’s House on Long Lake Rd (Google maps are awesome for directions!)

Doors Open 7:30pm – Show starts at 8:00pm

$15 in advance or $18 at the door

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Happy New Year

Good day, lovelies–

We just wanted to wish everyone a safe (but fun!) and happy New Year’s.

2012 was great…thanks to all of you guys that brought love and enrichment to it.  We very much look forward to the big things coming in 2013 and sharing it with everyone in our ever-expanding dance family!

🙂

Big love and hugs all around,

Domh & Kat

Turn that frown upside down, Sunshine!

It would appear that a common misconception in the Tribal world is that you’re not allowed to smile when you dance…although, trailblazing goddess that she is, Rachel Brice shows time and again that laughing in the midst of a performance is completely okay and, in my opinion, awesome!  Of course, if you’re performing a serious piece, as Kat and I frequently do, it might be a little off to grin like a fool when you’re supposed to be a drowned Indian bride…but then again, that might freak people out, which is always fun!  😉

…I digress…again…

So often I will find myself as an audience member and a dancer will come out in a great costume, cool music and well-executed movements…except for one thing:  never once do they give any indication in their faces that they are actually enjoying themselves.  A fact which baffles me, because belly dance is the greatest thing ever!  An unemotional face can RUIN an entire piece…

You gotta love what you’re doing out there.  If you don’t, everyone can see it plainly  written on your mug.  😦

So, remember…it’s okay to laugh and smile during your performance (if the theme caters to it, that is–if it doesn’t, still express the emotions of the music and the piece…not looking sad when you should can be a bad thing, too!).  The audience will be more engaged with you if the love and passion you feel for your craft is shining out from your eyes as you power through that spectacular choreography…

Show me dem sweeeet emoshunz 😉

Love,

Domh