Gilded Serpent presents...
Troupe member, Moire in Ireland
takes Rhythm Diatribes Workshops to Europe
New Musical Inroads in France
While in France,
we made a quick trip to visit with Dimitri Dupont
in the city of Nancy. Dimitri teaches darbuka in
one of the seven cultural centers that have been established
throughout the city. The Center was featured an art exhibit
hall, an auditorium for concerts, and in rooms where a variety
of music, dance, and art classes are taught. The city of Nancy
is located in Lorraine; it is a university town, and at one
time was under the rule of King Stanislas of Poland.
Place Stanislas, in the center of town, with
its newly re-gilded iron works, looks like a miniature Paris.
are held there especially in the summertime. Definitely, Nancy
is worth visiting just for itself, a great city.
In Ballydehob, Ireland,
we taught the first of our two Rhythm Diatribe Workshops hosted
by the Akasha West Cork Bellydance Company. Dee
Cotter, whom we met at the French Music Festival in
St. Chartier, directs Akasha. Dee's dancing resume includes
studies of Bharat Natyam dance in India and Tribal Dance with
Marius Griffin in Cork, Ireland.
lived and studied Tribal Dance with Teresa
in Santa Cruz and moved to Ireland 15 years ago.
arriving in Ireland, Marius realized the only way she was going
to have people with whom she might dance was to teach them.
As her students progressed,
several of them moved away and began teaching on their own,
establishing a Belly dance community throughout Ireland.
Helm Workshop was held at An Sanctoir, a beautiful yurt shaped
community center that is constantly holding workshops and programs,
and which has a separate kindergarten building for the children.
30 people of varying ages attended. Most percussionists
were playing djembes, so Mark
had his workshop participants hold them horizontally, in darbuka
taught a couple of songs for all to sing and also taught a choreography
to the song "Amel" (that she wrote) and which is on "Itneen
- Tribal Dance/ Tribal Dance." She included cymbals patterns
befitting the various rhythms of Amel.
The second Rhythm
Diatribe Workshop was held in Cork, at the studio where Marius
regularly teaches. Some people were able to attend both
workshops, so we taught a new song in the Turkish Kaba Roman
great to have such willing singers!
Cresswell, who, along with Devorah,
will be hosting the workshops in Spain, came to Ireland and filled
Ling Shien with Spanish dancing terminology for tribal steps.
expects to have a lot of people bringing him beer as Cerveza
represents the majority of his knowledge of Spanish.
We leave shortly
for Cork, hope to spend time in a pub where there are traditional
Irish music sessions 6 nights a week. If we are able to
make the plane, our next episode will be coming to you from Spain!
Diatribes 2005 Tour Report
- April 6-13,
14-20, Spain-report received and will be posted soon!
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Initiating Dance Dialogue:
Current Trends, The Panel Discussion at Carnivals of Stars Festival,
from video by Andrea, Panel members included: Heather as moderator,
Monica Berini, Shira, Barbara Bolan, Amina Goodyear, Debbie Lammam.
Carnival of Stars Holiday
Dance Festival and Comic Book Convention Photos by GS Staff
new festival held on Nov 14, '04 produced by Ghawazee.com's at
Centennial Hall, in Hayward, California, which included a panel
discussion, raffle, costume contest, and famous comic artists,
along with the usual dancing and vendors.
Bargaining for Injeers by Kayla
Bargaining is not just about the money, although that is a qualifier.
Bargaining is a medium in which two strangers can have a conversation.
Turks love to bargain, and it may be how they get to know you...
Power Failure Halts Troupes &
Finals Categories, The Belly Dancer of the Universe Competition,
Part 1, Sunday Evening, held February 19-20, 2005, in Long Beach,
California report by Amy Bonham, photos by GS staff
Street outside the Grand Willow Street Center was a raging river
on Saturday morning and the rain continued through the weekend
with intermittent dry spells.
Auditioning for the Belly Dance
Super Stars: Two Personal Experiences
Cattle Call by Layla Katrina - "I knew I was not
what they were looking for."
My Experience with the BDSS Audition in Paris by Dazzel - "He
wanted me to believe that his troupe was too good for me."
The Rhythm and Reason Series
1- Cymbals, Beyond Basics by
Mary Ellen Donald
rhythm has a distinct arrangement of accents. If you are sure
of where these accents come, you can bring a unique flavor to
each section of your routine.
The London Belly Beat!
have nothing against tribal or fusion styles and seem to enjoy
all belly dance.