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August 18, 2010

Under the (Beladi) Influence

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I love beladi music. I love the way my ears are seduced by the first strains of accordion, then my hips are playfully poked by the scattered drum beats. I am willfully led down the garden path by the growing steadiness and energy till I am whirled like a dust devil in the final bars and released. Ahhhh. Beladi music sucks me in body, mind and soul like no other kind of Middle Eastern music
Bellydance, Bellydance Music, The Sparkly Life: Mahin's Musings

August 11, 2010

Practicality vs Artistic Integrity

Mahin Sciacca Comments are off
I am sitting down at my computer to work on a big performance later this season. It will include 3 smaller ensembles within a larger group and several pieces of music, some live musicians (well, I hope they’re still alive when I’m done rehearsing them!) and  other craziness that I won’t elaborate on.  The event producer gave me the one critical piece of information I needed to start – my time slot is 10 minutes.
Bellydance, The Business of Bellydance, The Sparkly Life: Mahin's Musings
Beginner Bellydancer's Feet
When you’ve been doing something for a long time, it’s difficult to remember what it was like to be a newbie. Once time has woven the once-unfamiliar into the fabric of your being it’s hard to recall when it wasn’t part of you – or the struggle to get there. It is usually (hopefully) those that have been down that road who are teaching the newcomers. As instructors, we regularly stand before an eager group
Bellydance, Teaching Bellydance, The Sparkly Life: Mahin's Musings
I have a crazy dance partner.  I could describe her for you, but I think you’ll get a better sense of our relationship from the tale of a choreography in the making… We had a drum solo from the prior season, but she was tired of it and was itching for a new one. She’s like that – once it’s done, she’s often done with it. I’m thinking, it’s finally super-smooth and polished let’s get some
Bellydance, The Sparkly Life: Mahin's Musings
SGH Episode #4 In this episode: Interview with Morgiana on her nearly 40 years teaching and performing bellydance, review of Middle Earth Ensemble’s CD “Passage”, a report from the International Bellydance Conference of Canada in Toronto, and upcoming event news. Show Links Middle Earth Ensemble http://www.middleearthband.net Fat Chance Bellydance Intensive www.plazadeanaya.com Cool Summer Workshops in Flagstaff Fall Festival of Music & Dance www.levantalsonora.com Completely Classics One with the Music www.shes-got-hips.com/Events.html Arab-American Festival http://arabamericanfestival.com/index.php Mahin on
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