My Companion

One of my favorite belly dance videos is Aziza of Montreal’s Practice Companion. As she states in the intro, the video was produced at the request of her many students and workshop participants. It follows a format of a typical Aziza class, with her at the head of the room facing her students leading them…

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Wonder Woman

During the Essence Of Belly Dance workshop one of Mira Betz’s key focus points revolved around our body image, brain chemistry and being on stage. How primitive flight or fight responses can hinder a performance, the interaction between our brain and our body, and how we can use this to our advantage. Her opening remarks to the class reminded me of Aziza’s “if it doesn’t feel like this it doesn’t look like this” mantra. Where Aziza was focused on the muscles and posture of the dancer (because lets face it, it is far easier to slouch than sit up straight, and if it doesn’t feel like you are sitting up straight then you look like you are slouching), Mira was going moving toward the mind body connection of “when you look like this, you will feel like this.”

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