Only one performance this month, and I'm feeling like a slacker without BD 30/30 breathing down my neck. Better check to see if I can still do that zipper move...
For now, I'm scrounging for workshop cash, new costuming ideas, promotional ideas, and three levels of lesson plans.
My hot topics:
1) practicing slow moves to fast music so there is less hesitation in the muscle memory, I've picked Spanish language songs to emphasize the timing. Speed it up to know how to slow it down.
I figured this out during a duet's (straight-up slow choreo) practice, when the song changed to some (seemingly) inappropriate indie pop tune. The duet's flow became very natural while the movement wasn't rushed, either. They looked at me with open-mouthed grins, in a "hey, check *that* out" kind of way.
Some kind of 'click' occurred. Maybe it was because the lyrics supported the movements, maybe it was because they could actually understand the lyrics. Then a fast instrumental, proper tribal belly dance song followed. Same wonderful gooey effect, they found the sultry layers beneath the drums. Blessed by the alphabetical iTunes list.
2) Student performances - how often to do it? We raise the bar after each performance, in troupe, class, or solo. But it has to stay FUN and the focus can't be 'the next hafla'. I just don't believe in living that way. So I'm figuring out how to work on the next thing without calling it A Thing.
Right now I'm going to focus on combinations, transitions and feeling 8 counts (or not, for slow moves). I'd prefer to emphasize efficient improvisation, rather than drilling repetitively for performance...
We'll see how the month goes. Feeling vs thinking is a very abstract concept to teach.