Yesterdays workshop at The Place was a blast. As my first workshop on
the year I had to admit to being stiff (I am moving slowly today :-) ) but the energy in the room was just fantastic.
The focus was breathing. It draws us to our centre and focused minds
are less stressed. When you’re less stressed the inner mind has no space
to self sabotage. Our bodies can move freely.
Testing out the Brain Dance was a new thing. As a follow up on for
warmups it’s a self directed dance task that accepts what the dancer has
to offer and works beautifully with Hilal.
We used the Ayoub rhythmn for the main part of the workshop expertly drummed by Tassos Papadopoulos. Lovely simple body rocks and stops to ground us and working with our breath.
For the last part of the workshop we raised the energy with some Baladi and Saidi drum rhythms. Susie Susie Dancer Carlino
saved the day with a music piece she found on her phone. I got it into
my head that we should end dancing Laylet Masr and she had it on her
phone. Result. It is such a strong metre with a very circular musical structure, gorgeous to dance to with room to improvise within.