Gilded Serpent presents...
Adry competing at the dance contest in Benicia, CA , this
October 2004 . More photos from that event coming soon!
The Universal Language:
Dancing Makes Us Beautiful
Thoughts of depression, mood swings, sadness, physical pain... I could go on
and on about the symptoms I had a few years ago. Doctors said
I was all right. The family calmed me and supported me, saying
that I was going to be OK, "It is 'just' depression." Sadly,
depression is a very serious illness nowadays; more and more people
are touched by it, and most of them do not know that there is
an explanation and there is cure. I was never a believer in pill-taking
and did not run to grab medication to cure my depression. Taking
pills only helps so much and then one becomes dependent.
After a long time living with my depression, I found something that
is better than any kind of pill or therapy.
It helped me just as it helped others, who were touched by it through me. A
simple little word, which not only gives great strength mentally
and physically, gives self-esteem and relaxation of body, mind
and soul, but gives pleasure and entertianment too. This little
word is: dancing. It is true that I have danced folk dances in
my teenager years. I was an athlete, runner, soccer player and
tried many more sports and activities, but I had a totally diffrerent
view of physical activity than now -after getting married, having
two children, leaving my homeland. I even see life differently
since I found the magic, healing touch, and beauty of Belly dancing
-or what I like to call it: Dances of the East, Eastern Dances.
My name is Adry Svraka and I was born in Baja, Hungary. I am living in Hayward,
California with my family now, and am a professional artist of
UniTancz. This dance not only helped me through depression and
weight problems, but gave me great self-confidence. I never thought
that I would have the courage and strength to dance in front of
audiences at any kind of event, not to mention, doing this as
a vocation. Besides my family, this activity gives me my greatest
happiness. When I dance, it is my little world; I feel lost in
it and enjoy the music and the movements. Everything becomes beautiful
and wonderful. It sounds magical and simply unbelievable just
reading it here, but believe me, it is like that when you dance.
It is all this and more! Dancing can be done and can be taught
in many forms: one form would be dance fitness. Belly dancing
definitely works the entire body, muscles, joints and -like any
other physical activity- demands warm-up and cool-down. Even these
can be done with dance movements, making them more fun and enjoyable.
It is never a good idea to over-do any kind of physical activity,
I not only dance and teach Belly dancing, but founded UniTancz, which means:
united dances of the world. Taking many movements from different
parts of the world, combining them together into a unique performance
and teaching it; such as African, Brazilian, Turkish, Greek, Egyptian,
Hungarian, American, Mexican, Spanish, Indian, and more movements
are found in UniTancz.
As the dance movements vary, so does the music I choose to use for dancing
and teaching. I choose music from the greatest variety originating
all over the world, from Hungarian Gypsy to Spanish Flamenco,
and many others. I wear my costumes, matching them with the
music, and this is the other great part of this dance: the variety
of costumes and jewelry we can wear!
All in all, this dance form can have many faces, but it is always a good thing
to know origins of dance styles. To want to learn dancing is another
great feature enhanced by UniTancz . We also get to learn about
our wonderful world, that we know so little about. To add to the
excitement, I started doing something that is a little -but not
entirely- new. I teach "BellyButtons", which is belly dance
fitness, combining belly dance and aerobic movements to popular
music from the Middle and Near East, Africa, etc... to get a great
work-out. Unitancz makes us feel wonderful and in shape; age and
size absolutely do not matter. (Furthermore, I did not even mention
losing weight, yet!).
Most people, when thinking about physical activity, still imagine the monotoned,
one-way exercise, when there is so much more to it. We need variety
and some fun in our lives, in order to be whole and live life
to the fullest. I recommend belly dance, UniTancz, and dance fitness
to all who would like to try something new and to those who are
tired of the old exercise routine and want to feel alive. Belly
dance is for everyone, any gender, any size and any age; everyone
is entitled to enjoy life as they want and with something in which
they find: themselves!
Unfortunately, when people hear the words "Belly dance", many of them still
think about striptease or some other kind of activity that includes
taking clothes off and is related to sex. I would like to bring
to the attention of those, who think this way and do not know
more about Belly dance, that this is not even close to the truth.
If we look deeper -just a little deeper- and are willing to learn,
we will be very surprised about the beauty and spirituality of
the dance. I truly and honestly support everyone who dances and
tries something new; we should always be ourselves!
Dance is beautiful and dancing is good, not only for ourselves, but for those
who watch us dance. Dance makes us beautiful and brings out things
from underneath our surface that we may have never known about
ourselves before. We can tell everything with dancing; dance is
a universal language.
I close with my Motto:
"Life is not a Race, Do Take it Slower,
Feel the Music Before the Dance is Over."
If you would like to find out more about dances, UniTancz, dancers, classes,
instructional videos, and more, please visit www.AdrySvraka.com
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for other possible viewpoints!
A Cure for Depression? by Carolyn J. Pedrotti L.C.S.W.
experiences have given me new insight into women's needs for a
creative outlet in their lives.
Dancing Inside Out
state of Oriental Dance in America, as it is most often seen today
in festivals and restaurants, is at a crossroads of change from
which there will be no way to return.
Mystery Dancer #1: Iklas
Gilded Serpent is looking for clues to the story behind this lovely
dancer! If you have any information, please contact us!
Sunday Afternoon at the Desert Dance
Festival '04, Page 2 Photos by Monica
Sunday Afternoon at the Desert Dance Festival
'04 Report by Nisima Photos & Captions by Monica Page
I was a very popular girl all day as vendors called out to me
to visit and talk. After all, I was a bona-fide Actual Audience
Belly dancing in cyberspace
– The LiveJournal Belly dancing Community by Lilly
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comment on it.