Tribal Fusion Belly Dancing
“Life is sometimes hard. Things go wrong, in life and in love and in business and in friendship and in health and in all other ways that life can go wrong. And when things get tough, this is what you should do. Make good art.”
― Neil Gaiman, Make Good Art
Here is a short documentary in which I talk about the people and things that move me to keep on trying to make good art:
So many people have helped me along this journey: kept me inspired and motivated. I call them my inspirators.
I could not fit them all into this mini doc.
But there are two people I would especially like to mention/add to the costuming section of the film:
Kathleen Crowley, genius seamstress, couture designer. She taught me how to sew (as when I started touring I had yet to figure out how to sew a button) Kathleen has shared her skills with so many of us and also made beautiful costumes that I still wear to this day.
Mardi Love. Her work is Devine… Unique. Mardi Love is responsible for the Tribal Fusion costuming aesthetic you now see all over the world. An endless source of inspiration and my main influence. Everything she touches takes your breath away.
This documentary is dedicated to Kathleen and Mardi.
If you have enjoyed watching this mini doc please make a donation to your charity of choice.
New! Weekly ‘Tribal Fusion Technique and Sequences’ class in Exeter.
For the first time you will be able to join Samantha on a weekly basis on home turf! Finally! Brand new class at a brand new studio.
Tribal Fusion Belly Dance Tuesdays 7:30pm to 9pm
Dance and fitness meet for this ALL LEVEL class.
Combining elements of contemporary, ballet, flamenco, Indian, hip hop and traditional belly dance, fused and performed to an eclectic mix of music from all over the world, everything from classical to electronic!
Improve posture, rhythm, co ordination and confidence. Build strength and flexibility.
Each class features Yoga/Pilates inspired warm up, technique practice and dance sequences.
Samantha is a professional instructor with 10 years full time international performance and teaching experience. This is the first time she will be teaching a regular class, at Exeter’s new dance studio Dan Sci.
Single class £10
Runs from Jan 28th 2014 to April 8th 2014 Please note, NO CLASS on March 18th!!!
Ongoing classes. Drop in £10.
Bring a friend: First class free for your friend!
Please bring a Yoga or Pilates mat for the warm up/cool down and drinking water.
“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
“Combos and drills are really sophisticated and unexpected (haven’t seen anything like it on other DVDs that usually follow the same pattern with movements) and this makes practice exciting” Katia Sirruf. St Petersburg Russia
“Challenge and joy. Technique, drill and flow, beautifully shot with very clever animations to help visualizing movement. Very inspirational” Esska Kick. Switzerland
“A must have detailed, clear instructional technique breakdown for the absolute beginner as well as a drilling companion for the more advanced dancer to look deeper into their own technique and execution of flawless graceful tribal fusion dance. This DVD is essential for everyone.” Ferret Sagira UK
“Solid, from the ground up, inspirational instruction, for beginners and beyond. Wonderful!” Holly Jorgensen. Minnesota USA
“Open, Thoughtful and Thorough . An Inspirational insight to the art of bellydance, shared with the world by the incredible Samantha.” Stacey McPartlin. Dublin, Ireland
“Thorough, clear & professional” Saharah Piksie. Tel Aviv, Israel
“Easy to follow and as useful to beginners as intermediates” Claire Steinmetz UK
Visit my little SHOP to order your very own copy!
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