Dec. 6th, 2009 08:17 pm
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The Bellydance Mania website is up!!

Am I crazy to book this instant? It'll go on my credit card, plenty of time to find the money after that LOL

p.s. congrats to [personal profile] evil_spice you kept that one quiet!!
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The ticket price is more than I paid for congress

I will still have to pay extra for masterclass

Yet I have nothing but warm fuzzies and excitement about the event whilst I was blah about the congress at best (and pretty fecked off at times during)

I think its a reflection of the organisers and how they come across and how they treat people, whether you feel like they are doing it for love or glory.
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I didn't say goodbye to anyone really because Moyra and I left as soon as it was clear there was no more Randa dancing, to get out of the car park (and therefore home) before it went insane. So tired today.

No energy for big post but wow, an ahem *interesting* weekend.

Randa is awesome. I felt like I was keeping up better than before in her workshops, but I guess having done some of the choreos before in Nottingham is cheating. I didn't really do any other workshops that I had a brain capable of taking in as Randa melted my brain for the day, although Yasmina's Om Koulthoum once was nice and chilled out. I was embarrasing in Khaled's on Sunday evening. Just a zombie incapable of doing anything :-s.

Otherwise, eye-opening on many, many, levels. I have seen some shocking behaviour from people that should know better, and some people lived up exactly to my bad expectations of them. The food was shite. Friday was the best day because we went to the pub for lunch and the chippie for dinner. Sadly we were too lazy to leave the complex the rest of the weekend.

In a more positive eye opening way, although I felt like I was being lazy watching both competitions instead of doing workshops, I think it was actually quite educational. I think most people had picked the top 2 picks for the pro competition, but the amateaur one was . . .interesting, not what I expected. Obviously I know I can't be totally objective regarding Caroline as I've known her for years and seen how much she had upped her game for this comp, but aside from that, hmmm I guess the judges had a completely different set of priorities. Anyway, it took the mystique away from competitions, UK ones at least. I should give one a shot, and not worry obessivly about 100% perfect technique, rather I think my style is distinct enough from what I saw to stand out on its own merits.

But to finish the shit sandwich, Randa was awesome. I have an actual physical reaction when her music starts playing, like having an exam and falling in love all in one, the racing heart, the sweaty palms etc. I teared up at one point, I need to find that song and play it obessivly as it has such Randa vibes for me.

The rest of the shows were mainly good, with some WTF moments. I think they really should have swapped friday and sunday shows tho, its really unfair to both participants and Randa that a lot of people couldn't stay for the Sunday show. Dissing of Randa by the organisational powers seemed to be a theme of the weekend tho. I hope she knows we still love her.

Khaled was also awesome (of course), Yasmina was really on form last night, really relaxed and full of joy. She is always good but last night she was also awesome and the dealing with the cane issue (it broke in a very awkward way) just made her even more awesome. Really impressed with Anasma, really different (Rachel who? LOL). The highlight for me was the slo mo fighting part, hilarious. N would have liked that I think.

Um . . Fifi of course. Something you have to experience once in your life!

Congrats to Khalida! She really shined on stage, looked really in her element.

Best get on with some work!


Feb. 20th, 2009 10:17 am
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Booking for all 3 workshops and show posted this morning. Premier Inn booked (cheapest and I always feel more reassured when I have an online booking Ref rather than just a phone confirmation). Didn't book dancers tea as it was rubbish last time, plus it looks like this time the hotels are actually in a small town centre so hopefully food will be easier to find.

I will enter the competition (or at least put myself forward for it) but need time to prepare all the gubbins that goes with it and write a bio etc so will send that later (want to get my workshops booked asap, no chance I'm missing out!).
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I love Randa so much. I’m not one for emotion – it’s not that I don’t have them but I’m not one to talk about them or analyse them. The only ones I am comfortable expressing publically are negative ones like anger. But I have to try and explain how Randa makes me feel. Everything she does validates the choices I make with my dancing. The fact that she exists, that oriental dance can be done at that level and so perfectly makes the world a better place to be in. But at the same time there is sadness that she is the only one at that level that no one else can even come close. And I am never, ever going to get to see her more than about once a year. I’m not sure I can bear that. I think I am really sort of in love with her in a dance admiration way.

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