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Skirt Flare-kick step breakdown

Step Right, step Left, repeat.

Here’s a quick video clip on the “Flare-kick” skirt combination from the Tribal Skirt online course. The full tutorial goes into more detail but this should be enough to get the gist of the 16-count sequence.

Teaching this particular skirt combo is always an adventure. With only two steps in 8 counts, that leaves 6 whole counts where students are going, “huh?!” Of course, ANY combination that includes facing away from the instructor is a challenge in class because students continuously try to “check in” while dancing – which is why I often sit down and watch.¬†At some point you have to cut the cord and see what happens!

So here it is for you to try on your own – can you get it?

Have you ever noticed that sometimes the simplest combos are the trickiest?

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how we arranged our bellydance demo for the bridal store

At our “Bridal Bellydance Party” demo in Fredericksburg Saturday, it was one of those “we’ll figure it out when we get there” situations, where you walk into your venue and decide how to do your show based on the performance space. I’m very fortunate my PRISM Dancers trust me enough to go with the flow and not freak out if everything isn’t planned down to the last detail in advance! Because when you do a wide variety of gigs, you know that’s not always possible…

Anyway this grand opening for Simply Modern Bridal turned out to be in a very elegantly decorated storefront shaped as a very long rectangle. There was a small open space right inside the front doors; and near the fitting rooms was another open space that also had couches, tables, a fitting pedestal, and accent rugs. Filling the store were lovely displays of jewelry, dresses for the entire bridal party, mannequins with gorgeous gowns; plus a couple of tables with a large selection of catered treats for the grand opening celebration! So, performing space was a little tight for a group of dancers – you know how it is!

bellydance group

“fancy class wear” (except for soloist)

We opened our demo with a Veil Dance solo by one of our newer performers, and she did SUPER – had lovely stage presence and adapted her choreography very well to the small space in front. We’d originally planned to Chorus Line behind her, but that wouldn’t have worked in the space so we joined the onlookers.

Next we went into “how to bellydance” mode, as my dancers each invited someone to join them in open dancing, showing them basic moves and steps. My students learn this “homestyle dancing” so they can participate at bellydance haflas and parties, wherever open dancing might happen. This rather seamlessly evolved into us doing Tribal Odyssey duets and trios in various places around the store. I sort of floated around joining in here and there, changing partners, and making sure the onlookers who wanted to dance had someone to dance with.

Two songs of this and we were done (three, counting the Veil soloist). I think going shorter than longer is always a good idea! We were able to give a quick and fun demonstration of bellydancing and show it is for “regular people” of all ages – just great family entertainment!

We’re so greatful to Simply Modern Bridal for inviting us to participate in their grand opening; as well as the VA Wedding Event network for all their hard work!

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more bridal bellydance!

I’m taking my PRISM Dancers to another Bridal event in Fredericksburg next week, to demo our “Bridal Bellydance Party” theme. This time the venue is the grand opening of a new bridal store. Brides and bellydancing is just such a natural combination, isn’t it?

PRISM bellydancers flyer

sweet simmering shimmies!

And once again Tribal Odyssey format gives us an easy way to work different dancers into the performance schedule, without worrying about who knows what choreography. We’ll be doing mixed-level Duets and Trios as well as using the Chorus Line as background for a lovely veil solo by one of the dancers.

This time we’re going with our “fancy class wear” look… so comfy, and inspiring without being intimidating. Thank goodness it’ll be inside too! Anything outdoors in this heat wave would be downright dangerous!

Summer is for shimmy fun~

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