Gilded Serpent presents...
Jillina shimmies at the BDSS show at Herbst Theatre on January
30, 2005. Photo by Monica
Berini. Photo below with drummer Issam.
More photos coming from this show soon!
With A SuperStar
Jillina's Drum Solo
Workshop in Vancouver
As if seeing
the Belly Dance SuperStars wasn't enough, those of us living near
Vancouver were treated the next morning to a workshop with one
of the SuperStars herself, Jillina.
as choreographer and artistic director to the Belly Dance SuperStars
and the Desert Roses. Her extensive knowledge of dances
in different areas is obvious, and her love of teaching and dancing
was a delight to experience. The workshop was held on a
soundstage - a space that was overly warm and lacking mirrors,
but with lots of room for dancing. The small number of dancers
(about 35 or 40 of us) made it easy for everyone to have lots
of opportunities to be up close and have personal contact with
switched the rows front to back and inside to outside frequently,
and had one half of us perform for the other half, then switch.
Everyone benefited from her attention.
was the SuperStar's drummer Issam. What
a treat to have a live drummer! And one of such high caliber,
with such personality was extra special. After warming up,
we spent time going over rhythms. Jillina thanked him at
the end of the workshop for joining her and us, and explained
that he is a good drummer and likes to make you look good as a
dancer. Saidi, Baladi, Maksoom, Malfoof, and Rasba were
covered. Each rhythm was introduced with a cultural/historical
background, we were tod where it fit into a choreography (particularly
a drum solo) and given a breakdown of the rhythm. Issam
played the basic rhythm, then added some embellishments to give
us a taste of how we may hear them. Jillina then showed
us a combination for each rhythm. After we repeated the
steps enough to have them figured out, she encouraged us to add
our own personal touches. Her cries of 'Aiewa!' and 'ehpah'
as we danced certainly had the effect of encouragement that she
was intending. It added to the relaxed atmosphere and reassured
us that she was there for us.
Next up was
a breakdown of technique needed for the choreography. We
learned some new shimmies! Egyptian shimmy, hip shimmy,
tension shimmy, African shimmy, a really tricky belly shimmy that
is going to take me a while to get a hold on, Choo-choo shimmy,
and bouncing shimmy were all covered.
to posture was emphasized, and I learned that the lower back
tension I am left with at the end of a 2 hour workout can
be avoided by tucking my pelvis a little more.
we began the choreography of the drum solo. This was the
nimra (the act) that she performed the night before, during
the show (did I mention how fabulous the show was? If you
have a chance - go!), though I think it was a shortened version.
After walking us through the first combination, Jillina assured
us that this was the trickiest part and the rest would be a breeze.
The dance was, indeed, easy to learn. It was complex, but
short enough that we had time to go through the whole thing, repeating
sections, then repeating it from the top, and dancing the whole
piece through numerous times. There is an improvised section
part way though. Jillina cued us on what shimmies to add
and work with, but after the first couple of times she just watched
us and let us add our own flavour. A little intimidating
for some of us, I think, but she was so good at creating a non-threatening
atmosphere that we all had fun.
For a 3½ hour
workshop, Jillina did a fabulous job. She effectively taught
us the dance, focused on the technique we needed, walked though
the class to give individual focus to dancers,. She was encouraging
with her cries of 'Aiewa!', was very personable, had good eye
contact, included Isaam (not that he would have stood for being
left out!) and was tons of fun! If you have the opportunity
to dance with this amazing, educated, experienced, beautiful,
and did I mention fun? woman, do not hesitate to do it.
It is worth every penny and every minute!
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Unity through Belly dance
If you are reading this publication, then you too have fallen
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Taking Good Care of our Stars
by Miles Copeland
of all, as we now need them consistently; we have to free them
from financial worries by giving them job security including such
things as health insurance.
An American Belly
Dancer: The Significance of Jillina, Review by Arabia, Photos
by Carl Sermon workshop sponsored by Amina Goodyear, at Dance
Mission, San Francisco, California, January 25, 2004
seems quite evident that it wasn't Jillina's motivation to become
the Superstar title which now precedes her -- that she is, in
fact, just doing what she loves, being who she truly is, working
hard at it -- and the rest sort of fell into her hands.
DVD or All Jillina, All the Time Video reviewed by Yasmela/
In fact, the production quality is exemplary.
Rakkasah West Festival
2005 Photos- Saturday & Sunday Page 2 photos by GS Staff
Belly Dancer of the Year 2005 Page
1 Duos, Trios & Troupes photos by Monica
May 28, 2005, San Ramon, California.
Rakkasah West Festival
2005 Photos- Saturday Page 1 photos by GS Staff and Friends