Some apologies are due to my lovely, talented and hard working dance teacher, upon whom this is based, pretty much word for word. Her inventiveness to describe audio cues in accurate, yet bizarre ways, is seemingly limitless. To be fair, our current track does sound sort of the same all the way through.
A problem with dancing to music from around the world is that we loose the convenience of knowing the language, so rather than being able to say "When she sings 'I love you', start doing jewels" you have to try and describe the sounds (even if you know the transcribed meaning of the words, it's hard to pinpoint that within the music) This usually goes hand in hand with unfamiliar tempos, instruments, or very complex and layered music.
So we continue to "undulate all through the eeeeeEEEEEeeeeeeeeaaiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiEEEEEEEE part"
For those who don't know, the little dragon monster is Stitch, from the Disney film Lilo and Stich. A small, hyperactive, destructive alien befriends a Hawaiian girl, and part of the animation awesomely captures the dance styles with such grace. Um, well, mainly grace, there may be a part with more falling over and disaster which i was certainly feeling when we started this routine!
It's hard, but a great routine though! Looks slow and gentle but with some killer turns and spins, can't wait for next week's session.
Our first session of Hawaiian dance this week for the theatre show, and needless to say some of us found it deceptively hard! Used after years of figure eight and shimmy moves to having our knees and bums do one thing, we were now trying to unlearn all that and apply something new.
Baba Karam is a traditionally male dance, very masculine with plenty of play fighting, eyeing up of women, drink swilling and the likes. It's now been 'stolen' by women, who take the moves and slightly mock the men with their own dance, and generally have a laugh with it. Our token bloke was a bit confused by it all...
It may seem odd to find these on a website devoted to museums, galleries and heritage, but as well as visiting sites such as those, my spare time is taken up with dance . The Nottingham Dance Collective encompasses all dance from traditional Egyptian to modern street dance. For Around the World in 80 Days, I was asked to record some of those odd little moments that cropped up in the show.