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Dance fun for everyone

At our Spring Hafla in Fredericksburg I gave a mini-lesson in the fan veil combinations. There wasn’t a lot of room but we all enjoyed a bit of follow-the-leader fun together. It’s a plus that the combos are so easy to pick up – that is, they’re easy to do if you’re big enough to actually use them! Are children’s fan veils a thing? Because kids sure do love playing with floating fabric.

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Big and little dancers playing follow-the-leader with me

We’re enjoying the Fan Veil “game” a lot – more to come in the next shows as well!

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Our itty bitty demo playlist

Yes, it’s been a rough start to 2016 with a serious knee injury followed by the flu. I’m dancing again, gingerly because my knee isn’t quite right, but it’ll do. Coming up this weekend is the first public performance of the year! Tribal Odyssey is gentle enough that I feel confident enough to dance, and I’m looking forward to it.

Saturday in Fredericksburg I’m doing a 50-minute interactive presentation on bellydance for a local women’s event, along with some of my dancers. So at the end of this mini-class we’ll do a short dance demo featuring some TOBD.
We’ll use “Love Signs” for slow moves, arms, and Fan Veils; followed by “Come Dance with Me” for fast combinations with finger cymbals, ending with audience participation.
That gives us an exciting and diverse 10-minute demo that includes getting the class participants dancing too!

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Fan Veils, with finger cymbal pouches at the ready!

Check out these tunes – they’re so different, but catchy and interesting:

  1. DJ Dimi’s Love Signs
  2. Shirley Horn/Sugardaddy remix Come Dance with Me

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tribal – now with fan veils!

Tribal Fan Veils are EASY! Who knew?

It’s funny that it took over a year for me to try it – maybe two years – after Pixie Fae’s original suggestion. I thought it would be difficult to create group improv for fan veils, so kept putting it off when she’d periodically bring it up.

Well, one day this past September I invited her over, and came up with about 8 combinations right off the bat! I shared them at our performance group rehearsals, and also in class – the┬ástudents all love seeing all the beautiful fan veils in the mirror – it’s such a treat.

So after a couple of months now of using them in class and rehearsals, it’s all coming together. I’ve got about ten short combinations of 8 counts each, and when we dance them together it helps get all the details sorted out for turns, traveling, changing leaders, different formations, etc. It’s really fun!

My performing group PRISM Dancers felt so confident that we performed them in October, at an outside festival in Fredericksburg. In fact, Fairy Fest may have been part of my inspiration for finally tackling these combos. Fan Veils just seemed perfect for a Fairy Festival! But there was no lead-changing that day, it was too soon, and in the wind we could only face one direction. Yes, it was a challenge, but we kept the wind at our backs, and it worked!

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tribal improv with fan veils

Dancingly yours,

Anthea Kawakib

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