Seize the day to dance: A heartfelt reminder & memorial to Elisheva

A memorial and heartfelt reminder to take face your fears and to follow your dreams.

Some of you may know that a well-known belly dancer has recently passed. Elisheva of Bellyqueen will not be gracing the stage in this world any more.

I am pretty shocked because it was only a year and a few days ago that I was dancing in the Perth show of Journey along the Silk road with her. Thus my recent Facebook feed has been full of those memory reminders from a year ago featuring her and the other women that made it such a memorable experience and I have been happily reminiscing.

After the silk road perth

Such a fun person to be around! I wish my hand was steadier for this selfie but she had me giggling!

To then see Kaeshi, Irina, Maki and Nathalie posting memorials just seems bizarre! How can it be that one so vibrant is no longer with us any more?

I learnt so much by participating in that show but I particularly learnt a lot from Ellie. She drilled me in her sword dance and I took a fantastic workshop on choreography theory. Several concepts from which I have been incorporating into my own pieces and dance. Only last Friday I was thinking of her while participating in a Biodanza class. I was again playing with the feeling of leading from different parts of the body – being aware more consciously of where the energy starts – in my own improvisation.

Journey along the silk road after party

Journey along the silk road after party, Elisheva and I at the back.

To be honest, I was not even familiar with Elisheva’s work before the show, but sometimes someone crosses your path for a brief time (in this case 2 weeks) and makes a profound impact. She was a great teacher and a very friendly and caring woman who danced with great feeling.

Signing up and sending in audition videos for the show was utterly terrifying for me. I had to face some deep-seated beliefs.

Some of you may know that I have had to face many auto-immune issues, and at one point was so ill I couldn’t walk more than a block (and that was with assistance). When you have been that ill and ill for a prolonged period of time; even when you work so hard on your health and make great gains; it is hard to think of yourself as truly vital. I was so scared I would not physically be able to keep up, that my body would revert to all the issues of the past, that I would become an object of pity and waste everyone’s time.

I was also scared that I would not be able to keep up with the last-minute choreography changes that are often common in such productions. Learning choreography has always been a challenge for me and again, even though I made great gains and learnt so many way to improve on it (hence the ebooklet I wrote). I was still fearful I wouldn’t adjust in time.

Fear and anxiety are crazy things, they can make simple tasks difficult and difficult ones seem insurmountable. Yet I really wanted to try out, so I faced all those fears and went ahead. If I hadn’t gone ahead, I would not have met Elisheva and the opportunity to learn from her in person would have passed for this life time.dance on this earth

So I am sharing this story to express my grief that one so young has died, but I am also sharing this so that anyone that is standing before a big opportunity in hesitation and needs a bit of a nudge of encouragement to go ahead, does so.

This is the hint, the sign you were wanting

– if there is something you have always wanted to do but haven’t, take the plunge!

 

 

In memory of Elisheva ❤

Outsourcing non-dance dance tasks using fiverr : a review

Have you ever had a show coming up and you really wanted to dance to a certain song but were not sure of how to edit the music to your liking? Maybe it was too long or maybe you wanted the ending to sound different to allow for a different stage transition.

Like most dancers I have learnt basic sound editing as a necessity but as I don’t do it frequently, I am nowhere near being a master and sometimes I wish I had done a better job of it.

The thing is, many of us are having to juggle many other tasks apart from just dancing. Some of us have other careers and or families to look after too and others just have so much dance related work that it is hard to keep up the creative stuff and handle the admin as well.

I had been meaning to try out fiverr for a while and I finally gave it a go.

It is not really only $5 for Australians or other nationalities as it is $5 US dollars which means you are likely to pay more. Each gig (fiver terminology for task) I paid for cost just over $7AUD.

 

I tried a funny promotional video first. I ordered it late one night and it was finished by the time I woke up!! The person I hired was ‘muzammilusman’.

There are many silly and simple options available if you are wanting to promote a show or class but probably more useful to dancers, whether they are professional or hobbyist are the music editing options.

I had a song shortened in the middle. It took one day to be done and came back to me with 2 options. One was a straight, well timed part removed and the other was the same with an extra beat added to make sound even better. I was impressed because I am not able to do the job as well as he did and it was fast. One less thing for me to organise before a performance. I would definitely consider using this ‘gig’ again if I was in a hurry or wanting something more complicated. The person I hired for this was ‘tashows’.fiverr-logo-new

Other options that could be useful include having  the background of photos removed and other video and photo editing. I am sure most people reading this have otherwise lovely pictures of themselves dancing that are marred by weird backgrounds or bits of video footage they haven’t gotten around to doing something with. If time is an issue then site like fiverr could be the solution!

So when I decided to review this I had no idea they had a referral program but I just logged in to check the names of the people I had hired and discovered that any one I refer (thats you!) can get a free gig if you click via this link (apparently I will only benefit if you buy 2 or more gigs but I am happy if you take advantage of the offer and just use the freebie). If you click the link and don’t get the free gig offer then please comment below and let me know so I can take the link down!

Have you outsourced any dance related tasks before? What company did you use? Please comment below.

 

 

Belly Dance: the Next Generation. You won’t believe how good they are!

Up and coming child belly dance stars

Well here are a few girls that started very young, they are amazing and worth the few minutes of your time.

I hope they inspire younger dancers !

The first is a very graceful child- I don’t know her age but from her proportions I would say under 5.

 

This dancer looks to be around 10 or so and is so professional on stage. I like her costume too, no big splits or faux bras, they keep it classy and elegant.

 

The last little dancer is not a belly dancer but a polynesian dancer. As I dance polynesian fusion too I thought I would include her as she is super adorable!

If your kids or students enjoyed these, here is another post featuring talented junior dancers.

This is my first try at embedding videos from facebook – I hope it has worked!

What did you think of these beautiful belly dance babies? Please comment below.

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