Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Rockin' Bellies!

Lately, I have been into producing shows as much as I have been into performing at them. My last creation, “Rock-A-Belly” went down at the internationally famous Café du Nord, in San Francisco.
Belly dance and rock music? Can the two really be combined without looking silly?
After “Rock-A-Belly”, the answer is a definite ‘yes’!
It’s easier to belly dance to rock music than you’d think. Everything is in an eight count, and the guitar solos are really just rock and roll versions of a taxeem. And the drums! Great way to get your shimmy on. And frankly, let’s admit it, there’s a reason so many strippers grind and get down to rock music; rock is sexy and fun and makes you want to dance! There’s a wild abandon that comes with rock music, which is so unlike the strict traditionalism that can come with classic styles of belly dance music.
I certainly let loose with wild abandon at the show. We opened with a belly dance set (sans bands), and all four dancers- Rasa Vitalia, Leah, Alodiah, and myself- had the crowd entranced by our own, unique styles. Yes, belly dance is diverse! It’s not all coin belts and sequins and bad Middle Eastern pop music. Especially in San Francisco.
I had only booked three bands for the night, but we somehow ended up with five. Deeva opened, but shared their set with Art in Heaven. Castles and Spain rocked the middle set. Ironically, there were no belly dancers in their set, and yet they were the only band that night who had a history of including belly dancers at their shows.
Our headliner was Electric Sister. Really sweet guys. So respectful to Alodiah and I during the rehearsals we went to. No sleaziness whatsoever. Until they got onstage. I knew they sometimes described their music as “LA stripper metal”, but I didn’t quite put two and two together. And really, it’s quite the challenge to belly dance to that kind of music, with the band guys acting like sleazy rock stars, while trying to maintain some sense of class.
Don’t get me wrong. I love, love, love sleazy rock and roll. And Electric Sister are great at what they do. It’s just a challenge to belly dance with them and not look like a stripper. Just one eight count of sloppy technique and I knew I’d be doomed!
Thank god, Alodiah and I had spent hours rehearsing our choreography. We could put those moves to any kind of music- rock, Middle Eastern, or otherwise- and we’d still look like professional belly dancers. Which was what I was going for: to show that belly dance is classy all on its own, regardless of what kind of music you put it to.
The night ended with a great surprise. One of my favorite bands, Triple Cobra, showed up to play a secret set after Electric Sister. Triple Cobra has a bit of a cult following, and their glam rock, make-up, and sparkles fit right in with the belly dance theme. Despite the differences between belly dance and rock culture, I’m glad to say that we can at least all get away with wearing sparkles on our faces.

21 comments:

于庭 said...

成熟,就是有能力適應生活中的模糊。.................................................................

JasonBirk佳琪 said...

當一個人內心能容納兩樣相互衝突的東西,這個人便開始變得有價值了。............................................................

JasonBirk佳琪 said...

唯有學習不已的老師,才能認真的教,唯有燃燒自己,才能點亮他人的燈............................................................

婷珊 said...

什麼樣的學習計畫並不重要,重要的是你是什麼樣的人。............................................................

怡潔怡潔 said...

光這幾句話就價值連城了,讀著讀著小弟的眼眶就濕了...............................................................

吳玉婷 said...

There is no key to happiness, only a ladder..................................................................

怡如怡如 said...

i consder your artical is so nice!............................................................

淑福淑福淑福 said...

道歉是人類一定必要的禮節..................................................

錢靜怡錢靜怡錢靜怡 said...

No garden without its weeds.............................................................

林聖瑤 said...

Necessity is the mother of invention..................................................................

莉璇藍 said...

愛情不是慈善事業,不能隨便施捨。.................................................................

李v吳俊其彥柏 said...

人們不缺少力量,他們缺少意志。..................................................

家唐銘 said...

一個人的價值,應該看他貢獻了什麼,而不是他取得了什麼....................................................

仁張張張恬仁張張張恬 said...

No pains, no gains..................................................................

偉曹琬 said...

良言一句三冬暖,惡語傷人六月寒。......................................................................

瑞陳彥 said...

路過留言支持~~~............................................................

于庭吳 said...

永遠支持你呀!!HO!!HO!!HO!!HO!!~~............................................................

said...

培養健全孩子最好的方法是父母先成為健全的人。......................................................................

佳張張張張燕張張張張張 said...

好的部落格就要和好朋友分享--感謝分享..................................................

石JaquelynS_Whitesi白 said...

Learning makes life sweet.......................................................................

Rasa said...

Yes, this show ROCKED and you were awesome! Please take me with you when you go traveling one day!
Love, Rasa
RasaVitalia@yahoo.com

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