Tribal Fusion Belly Dancing
“If you’ve ever taken a workshop with Sam, you’ll know that she’s thorough, original, and fun. Her long awaited 2 disk DVD is all of that, and more. Using insightful, meaningful and memorable ideas, verbal breakdown, and even unique on-screen animation, Sam has produced a DVD that is helpful, challenging and a winner all the way around.”
Audra @ The Dark Side Studio. Toronto. Read the full review HERE
“It’s phenomenal as far as content, explanation, and choreography is concerned! Thank you so much for making such a beautiful study guide as well as sharing the movements/combos that are particular to your unique style of dance. I’m so impressed and grateful: everything’s lovely about it, including the doggie.
Enjoy it I will! And on daily basis.” Mila Gee. New York. USA
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Just back from a wonderful week long intensive in Taiwan. Good times! Now turning my thoughts to the month ahead, catching up on sewing, jogging, Yoga, practice, keeping warm and building a house!
So.. What’s on this month?
This is on this month:
I will be a guest performer alongside The Gaslight Troubadours and headliners, Dizraeli and the Small Gods at the beautiful art deco Electric Palace in Bridport on the 21st of November.
AND I will be teaching with the extremely talented artist/dancer/creator Olivia Kissel in Bristol on the 30th of November!
The Gaslight Troubadours debut album Clockwork Curiosities is out this week.
They describe it thus: “Imagine yourself rummaging through boxes of dusty Victorian stage props in the attic of a haunted mansion whilst the wind whistles through gnarled window frames, and something ungodly howls in a nearby forest. The distant sounds of a gramophone reverberates up the staircase, combining with the eerie tap, tap, tapping on a window pane nearby. It could well sound like that, or maybe not…”
I am looking forward to putting some Victorian-esque costumed dance movement strangeness to their tunes on stage, after which I will be joining Dizraeli and the crew for a piece or two, expect much merriment, terror bunny style. You will know Dizraeli’s musical talent if you have been practicing to my new instructional DVD, so I am honoured to be joining them live in Bridport.
The Electric Palace is a stunning venue. “Originally built as a cinema in 1926, the jewel of Bridport’s crown, decorated proudly with beautiful murals hand painted in the 1930s by local artist George Biles and outlined with the stylish deco terrazzo flooring. The original murals, old fashioned ticket booth and ice-cream style lights all still decorate the Palace, making it as one of the prettiest buildings in Bridport and a much loved entertainments venue.” www.electricpalace.org.uk
Olivia and I will be sharing our skills together as part of Tribal Vitalogy in Bristol. All the way from the USA, Olivia is a huge inspiration and not to be missed. We will be teaching and performing. Workshop booking info can be found here: www.pearlboheme.co.uk
My DVD, Tribal Fusion Belly Dance. A practice Companion is shipping all over the world. I just received an email from a dancer in Bogota. Her parcel has arrived and she is excited to begin her practice. This is amazing! Thank you all and I look forward to hearing your feedback. If you are yet to order your copy visit www.vagabondprincess.com and please read the FAQ before you order. Thank you!
Stay warm peeps!
In my dreams, I catch a choreography by it’s tail, look after it for a while and then let it go..!
This tip is all about avoiding distraction.. You could say my posting this is a distraction in itself.. And you would be correct. I should be doing push ups right now.. But when I want to share a practice tip, I have to do so.
So.. How to practice at all when there is so much INTERNET out there?!
Luckily, I found the following methods very helpful in keeping time wasting to a minimum. As you know, I am building a house and a full time self employed dance teacher/performer. Admin seems to take forever and distractions abound with the INTERNET. Here is what I currently use to get work done in the studio.
1. Switch off internet connection/wifi when you clock in for your practice. If that isn’t possible for reasons technical (or will power based) download FREEDOM. It’s amazing. It disables the signal for the amount of time you desire. Sad but true, I need this app in my life to get a good long practice in, distraction free. Try it, you might like it too.
Note: This only works if you leave your smart phone at home!!
2. Download RESCUE TIME. This is also amazing. All time at your computer is recorded and sent to you as a weekly digest. You cannot kid yourself you were on FB for 5 minutes today as it records your productivity and lets you know how many hours were spent where with lots of lovely colourful graphs and charts. Wonderful.
And with that I am going to enable me some FREEDOM right now. See you on the other side.
Let me know how it goes for you!
Love and Fluff
On my travels, teaching and performing, many friends and students question/discuss diet and cross training for dance.
My focus is safety and longevity in my chosen profession, so I would like to share with you some books and articles you might find interesting, thought provoking and helpful to you: wherever you’re at with your health, fitness and diet right now.
As you may know from earlier posts I run, a little, only about 45 minutes a day, with the hound around the valley. I do not consider myself a runner but I do like to try! I also like to read about runners as I find their sheer will to run FAR extremely inspiring.
Eat and Run by Scott Jurek is an incredible read, in hearing what drives him to run insane distances and also in discovering what fuels his practice, as Scott is Vegan. The book includes plenty of recipes for energy and all round health. It also features tips on running technique that have totally eliminated my calf strain issues (had been happening ever since I switched to barefoot style shoes over a year ago). Thank you Scott Jurek! Even if you have no intention to run or eat a vegan diet I highly recommend this book to inspire and motivate your dance practice.
Running with the Kenyans by Adharanand Finn is another brilliant read. Devon based writer and runner Adharanand moved himself and his family to Kenya to discover the secrets of the fastest people on earth. He also runs a blog on the Guardian website full of great articles and videos. If you liked Born to Run you will LOVE this book.
On Diet and Health I am currently reading The China Study by T. Colin Campbell PhD Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University, the study examines the links between the consumption of animal products and chronic illnesses, such as coronary heart disease, diabetes, and cancers of the breast, prostate and bowel. As there is rather a lot of cancer in my family on all sides, I am taking a keen interest in the power of diet for myself and my family members, looking at health and lifestyle choices and seeing a lot of room for improvement. Also as a dancer I am keen to research foods for energy rather than relying on the demon caffeine to keep me going. The China Study is a must read.
I also recommend The 80/10/10 Diet by Dr Douglas N. Graham because it makes sense. It is so simple and feels so good when I am able to follow the suggested foods. You only need look up Dr Graham on You Tube to see what 80/10/10 is all about. That’s all I’m gonna say on this one, I think it best you discover for yourself.
Many of you have asked me about the Tabata workout we practice in class from time to time.
Here is an excellent article on that very subject via The Guardian
There are many videos on You Tube if you are looking for ideas on what to do for your own Tabata. Make sure you vary the movements to target different muscle groups. Think of your whole body as your Core (not just your Abdominal Core) in order to strengthen every corner of your body for your dance.
Please consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet/fitness regime. I am not a doctor!!! I’m just a fellow dancer sharing what I am researching and practicing day to day, in order to live healthier and dance LONGER.
This is my JUICE. Kale Lemon and Apples. YUM!
Reflecting on 2012, in one year my dance took me to 19 different countries, 23 different cities, to teach and perform. Patching up my battered suitcase ready for the year ahead, I am utterly and wholeheartedly humbled by your support. Thank you to my wonderful hosts and all you dedicated dancers for making dreams come true.
Goals for 2013: Finding balance and patience within myself, become a better teacher and dancer. Making beautiful work. Making a difference. What about you? Where will your dance take you this year?
Love and Fluff