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tonight's dance class was smaller, so I had an unobstructed view of the mirror for pretty much most of it.  this, combined with a workshop I took on Sunday forcussing on arms and expression (mostly slower moves) has sparked a realization that I actually remember having had before - back when I was taking dance and yoga hardcore in the '90s.  at some point, I realized that I really prefer the ooey-gooey slinky slow stuff to the faster and more rhythmic moves. 

when I was first dancing, this was Just Too Bad, because you pretty much had to do it all.  now however there is this new category (for the most part it seems to be a subset of tribal - happily for me) which mostly focuses on the slow gooey moves.  and that makes me a happy little bellydancer.

I just personally feel the slow stuff more - and as well, I'm really not all that keen on seeing my fat jiggling in the mirror (even though I well know that jiggly fat is part of the whole point of shimmy, and that in antiquity I'd have been one hot mama, what with all this jiggly fat and my pretty, um, eyes.)  nevertheless, I do not like it in the *here and now* and I've honestly always felt that the best thing about shimmy is when we all get to dance in a circle in the studio.  if I never have to do another drum solo as long as I live, I truly will not mind!  just give me some sensuous slow music, maybe a nice persian rug to cushion my knees in case I'm inspired to do floorwork, and I'm a happy girl.  floor actually seems to be making a bit of a resurgence, and hooray for that!

well, I could ramble on, but I think I want to do a little cooking before turning in tonight so I'd best get on it.

thanks for reading.  and also, I want to thank everyone for the truly kind comments I received over the past week (has it really been only a week?!)  your kind words and well wishes were much appreciated.  I may be adjusting, but it is gonna be a long-ass time before I get over this one... if evar.  it's mostly internalized now, at least.  I guess some kinds of pain you get used to, even if it never really stops hurting.

Current Location: home
I'm feeling: okay keepin' on keepin' on
I'm hearing: Feist

5 smooches or Gimme Some Love!
clynne From: clynne Date: April 24th, 2008 07:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Hey, so... I was in GCI-production-head when you mentioned Jeff's passing, but I wanted to say, I'm really sorry for your loss. But I'm so thrilled by your description of his energy-being final goodbye. My grandma and grandpa v both came to me in very similar ways when they passed.

Anyway, I'm sorry for your loss, and hope you are doing well.
djmermaid From: djmermaid Date: April 24th, 2008 09:22 am (UTC) (Link)
thank you, I really appreciate it.. both your kind words and the validation around the ooga-booga energy/soul stuff. I have experienced this sort of thing multiple times. at the same time, some of my friends are devout believers in Science - so they dismiss this kind of stuff out of hand - and it's hard for me to manage the disconnect we have in that area sometimes.

anyway, I have had many similar encounters, to the point where it seems to me that there is a qualitative difference between these meetings in the dreamtime and the usual sort of garden-variety dreams. would love to talk with you about this sometime, actually.

again, thanks for your comment.
cymbeline From: cymbeline Date: April 24th, 2008 05:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Um hi! I guess you could say I'm stalking you now. Finally found you on tribe and followed a post over here. LJ is where i post lots of my dance blathering too and its really nice to read someone elses.

Last nights class was wonderful, I liked the smaller group and it was fun to learn from Sandi and have some opportunity to play with improv. I also prefer the slower movements. My upper back is grouchy with me today after all the stuff we did.
djmermaid From: djmermaid Date: April 24th, 2008 08:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
hi! would love to read your dance blather. ;-)

one of my favorite aspects of tribal is that we get to actually dance together, so I always love it when we do that in class.
cymbeline From: cymbeline Date: April 24th, 2008 08:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Got you added on my friends list. :D
5 smooches or Gimme Some Love!