AUDIE’S BELLYRHYTHM

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AUDIE has been a Professional Performer and Instructor of Belly Dance since 1996 and is also a Certified Fitness Instructor and Shiatsu Practitioner. She has studied, taught and performed extensively in the New Jersey/New York area. As a knowledgeable and Instructor, she is skilled in breaking down techniques for students’ understanding. Audie’s study of RaqSharki, Persian, Baladi and various Folkloric and North African tribal dances are evident in her dazzling performances.
AUDIE has performed Belly Dance at many notable events including at Rakkasah East in NJ, East Coast Classic in Virginia, Dangerous Curves in Michigan, Steam Punk Festival in New Jersey, New York Renaissance Festival. AUDIE has also performed Belly Dance at many restaurants and cafes including, Trend Café and Mediterranea in Montclair, New Jersey; Zen Safari Cafe in Poconos Pennsylvania; Marrakesh in Parsippany New Jersey, Wicked Faire, Princeton, NJ and many more.
**Class Schedule Fall / Winter 2016: 
 Egyptian Belly Dance Class:  Fun, Fitness and Aspiring Professional
Learn techniques of Cabaret and Folkloric Egyptian Dance, Cultural music, fun routines, costuming, cultural history and more. This beautiful sensuous dance is very effective as a low impact exercise. Students of all levels are welcome.
Level One:  Mondays 730-8:30PM
Level Two: Wednesdays 7:30-8:30PM
Location: Verona Yoga & Wellness Center 546 Bloomfield Ave, Verona, NJ
Price: $12 for drop-ins, Class Cards 4 classes $40, 8 Classes $70. Purchase online or in person. Major credit cards accepted.  Purchase classes here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/audies-egyptian-belly-dance-class-tickets-26883703882

Audie is available for Events, Conferences, Parties, workshops and Classes.  Please feel free to contact her at BellyRhythm@hotmail.com, 973-280-6386, FaceBook: Audie OS.

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Shimmy & Shop Dec. 3rd 12-6PM 73See Gallery 73 Pine St. Montclair, NJ

Shimmy & Shop Schedule of Events

** Vendor shopping 12-6**

Shimmy & Shop Sample Classes and Performances

12:30 Luisa Fuentes Sings Show Tunes

12:45 Rio aerobic exercise class with Marilyn

1:15 Dance Performances by The Daughters of HetHaru, Audie and Gypsy Curves

1:45 Zumba with Pheon

2:30 Dance Performances by Black Bear at Oasis and Sakara Amyra

3:00 Belly Dance with Audie

3:30 Dance Performances by The Gerudo Vagrantis  and Sa’ida

4:00 ClubDanceFit Class with Peace Moore

4:45 TheGataNegra sings Anime Hip Hop

5:00 Dance Party

 

* Introducing Audie’s Dance Troupe: The Daughters of HetHaru *

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHyMgq58eHI&list=PLexs60dDfGSMt_2W-1SYCzGzP2PynWHUb&feature=mh_lolz

To YouTube or Not to YouTube

I’ve been debating for a while now whether or not to post my performance videos on the infamous YouTube channel.  Don’t get me wrong I really like YouTube.  I enjoy how easy it is to share information, discover music, art and ideas that may not be in the mainstream.  As a marketing tool it seems to be essential –right?  How else could one reach so many people as easily and inexpensively?

 

But then of course, there is the dark side of this media.  Viewers can hijack your post for their own political or commercial gain and rude comments have always annoyed me.  Sure you can grow from constructive criticism but too often the comments are just mean.  The anonymity of the web can bring out the worst in people.

 

Then of course one has to remember there really isn’t anything “private” on social or web-based media. Anything posted is there for all the world-wide-web to see.  So prudence is always required.  On these public forums millions of viewers are suddenly able to scrutinize and assess your performance.  This fact alone can give stage freight to even the most seasoned performer. 

 

So I weighed the pros and cons of going public with my videos.  Since I needed to submit examples of my work for a teaching position at a conference, and was looking to promote myself as a performer, the pros outweighed the cons. I nervously selected a few of my best and most recent clips and posted them on my YouTube channel.  I made it viewable to the public but turned off the comments option.  It reminded me of my first dance performance.  I was so scared, it seemed like the routine would never end.

 

Well it’s been two weeks and nothing horrible has happen.  I received neither nasty emails nor requests that I should never dance again. Yeah! Hopefully I’m on my way to increasing my audience and add some professional polish to my profile.  At the moment this seems to have been a good decision.

 

Are you on Youtube?  What has your experience been?

 

BTW if you’d like to check out my vids just click here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHyMgq58eHI&list=PLexs60dDfGSMt_2W-1SYCzGzP2PynWHUb&index=1

 

Do Dancers Need to Cross Train?

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A while ago a fellow dancer asked me if I thought that we needed other types of exercise to stay in shape besides dance. Absolutely, I said. Personally speaking, exercises that I do outside of the dance studio have really helped my technique, stamina, range and overall body strength.

My cross train of choice is Pilates and yoga. I appreciate the attention to core strength, flexibility and posture. With these types of exercise one uses the body similarly to how we would dance. So it is a perfect fit for me.

I had spent years just dancing, thinking that it was all that I needed, until I wanted to perfect my floor work. The ab work of Pilates really helped without making my body bulky and stiff. My posture also benefits, breaking bad habits I didn’t even know I had. For me it’s also a great way to stretch my mind/body. To see what it can do –and what challenges I could overcome.

There are no end of fitness techniques and programs that pair well with dance. I have a troupe mate that does Zumba. She loves the energy and the cardio benefits. It’s enabled her to perform a six minute drum solo without getting winded. There’s another dancer I know who studies gymnastics and does incredible floor work.

I wonder if cross training is necessary only for older dancers. Perhaps for younger ones just the dance and whatever youth brings is enough. That being said there are fewer older long term/professional dancers than younger ones. Many stop dancing because of other responsibilities but even more stop because of injuries. Cross training in a technique that strengthens the body structurally could probably have extended their career.

I believe we need to keep an open mind when it comes to our practice. Not only artistically but also in how to support the body so that we could have a long and productive dance life.

Is Folkloric Dance Dead?

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Although it’s not technically Belly Dance, Folkloric dances are an important part of the art of Belly Dance. They have rhythmic names like Saidii, Zar, Beladi, Khaleegy, Hagallah, Fellahi and have a soulful, earthy quality. They are the foundations of the dance unfortunately; their existence is often unknown to many of today’s dancers and audiences.

I have a fascinating video of Nagua Fuad from the 80’s. She begins her routine with a classic Raq Sharqi. Then she goes into a Saidii cane segment followed by a Hagallah and several other folkloric dances all with traditional costumes and authentic music. It was a stunning display of her technical skills. At the time it was expected that dancers would exhibit several different techniques in one set.

Leila Haddad, in her last big show in the states (2011?) had a repertoire similar to Nagua’s and included Afghani and Indian dances. This type of show today is the exception rather than the norm. A typical Belly Dancer’s routine today consists of a dramatic veil number, mid tempo instrumental, drum solo, and a finale. A sword dance is included more often than a traditional Saidii cane dance. Even though there are traditional sword dances, the style that is usually done is quite modern (and Western in technique).

Why the change? Several possibilities come to mind. There could be fewer Instructors who know these wonderful dances to teach to new students. Possibly there is little call for then by theatrical/club/restaurant producers. Time restrictions may prevent performers from doing anything other than popular routines. Or, maybe the student dancers themselves aren’t interested in learning, favoring styles with which they are more comfortable.

Whatever the reason, I personally hope the tide will change. I love the authentic earthiness of Folkloric dances and take classes in them every chance I get. These are the origins of what we do today. Yet they have been polished with sparkly costumes and tweaked with ballet techniques to appeal to general audiences. Not a bad thing, but why not remember and enjoy all aspects of this art form. Just like in the Girl Scout song about old and new friends, “…one is silver and the other’s gold”.

-Audie
BellyRhythm.com

BloomFitness: Where Beauty, Strength and Spirit Converge

I would like to introduce my new class:

Bloom Dance-Fitness
As a dance exercise this class focuses on toning, flexibility and cardio. But it’s much more. It is my hope that students will fall in love with their body –enjoy the energy of movement -relish the company of other sister and have a really good time in the process. Bloom Dancefit is not about becoming a size 0, but it about getting and staying healthy in body and mind. Let the spirit of dance move you!

Classes start August 1st. Class Times: Tuesdays 7-8AM, Thursdays 7-8AM, Thursdays 12-1PM
(evening classes not yet scheduled)
Price: $8 per class. Discount Class Cards: $30 good for 4 classes, $50 good for 8 classes.
BloomStudio 330 Glenwood ave Bloomfield, NJ
http://www.BellyRhythm.com, audie@bellyrhythm.com, 973-280-6386

Check out the BloomFitness promo clip at: https://www.facebook.com/BloomStudioBloomfield#!/BloomStudioBloomfield, or at http://www.BellyRhythm.com.

A Letter from Rawda

I usually don’t like to get into political issues on line. But, I was asked to share this email I’d recieved from a friend living in Egypt with her family. She is 16. Her family (Mother, Father, younger sister, older brother) moved back to Egypt right after the revolution. She writes:

Jul 27
Dear friends,
I am typing to you at about 8 in the morning, CAI time
just yesterday I was at the qua’id Ibrahim mosque rallies against that sisi. All was well until about 3 o’clock in the afternoon. Tear gas canisters came raining down on us, the peaceful protesters, and armed thugs high on drugs came to hit is out and disperse us. And the thugs included the riot police, who were supposed to be serving the people, NOT KILLING THEM. The police were protecting the thugs. As always. There was a thug that was caught, the people on the mosque’s side beat him up. If he was caught and then taken to the police, the police, of course, would not have a trial and simply let him go on with his sins. They would leave him to kill people because he is their henchman. The men on our side had to protect the women, children, and elderly, so they took broken pieces of sidewalk and threw them at the police and thugs. But they were just rocks, nothing compared to the guns, clubs, tear gas canisters, and rubber bullets that they were rampaging about with. There was 5 deaths and 30 or so injured, according to the news. I myself saw many men that were injured. Please be aware that these are people, like you and me, not numbers. Please dont see them as material. These are souls. By sunset, the fighting in he area we ran to to escape the first wave of choking tear gas, the sidewalk by the sea, had the fighting pushed quite far away. We prayed the sunset prayer and broke our fasts. It was a good rest after all that sudden rush of trauma. The sheikh on the mic told the people to go reclaim the area that the thugs were in before, and some people went, including my parents and I, but too many were too reluctant to go there and went slowly. Bam. The thugs and police made a comeback, and even more gas canisters than before were fired at us. My dad tole me and my mom to go escape the tear gas, he went to follow a large group of men. By that time, a gas canister had landed four to six meters away from where we were standing. I gripped mama’s arm and tried to get away quick. Though we wore surgical masks wet with vinegar (vinegar neutralizes the tear gas before it enters your respiratory system) mama and I were overpowered by it. It was worse than being choked. I felt all my muscles try to pull me to the ground, but I had to get my mama away from the tear gas because she has glaucoma. I could not see well, it was all a waving blur, and i tripped on some wood. The only noise mama and i were able to make were shallow gasps and sqeals. I tripped again, and some men help us up. Thank god we were able to make it to the street by the lightrail tracks, and BREAAAATH. Thank god I did not faint. Our apartment would be hard to get to, it was far away and sisi’s supporters would sniff us out because their supportive protest was only one stop away. Me and mama headed out to my cousin’s because they lived within walking distance. My dad called to know where we were, and he told us that he and MANY others were trapped in the Mosque by thugs, but later he managed to get free and came here, to my cousin’s, where I type to you now. I’m sending this message to show the world what is going on in egypt. Through my eyes. Not the liar media that dominates much of people’s minds.
Still, currently, people are stuck in the qua’id Ibrahim mousque of alexandria. People are STILL being killed in rabah al aduayah square by sisi’s goons.PLEASE PRAY FOR MY BROTHER, ZAKARIA, AS HE IS THERE IN THE SQARE HELPING BUILD A WALL OF DEFENSE WITH SANDBAGS. THESE PEOPLE ARE BEING SPAYED WITH LIVE BULLETS AND MORE AND MORE OF THEM ARE BEING KILLED–PLEASE PRAY THAT GOD PROTECTS THEM. PLEASE PRAY AGAINST SISI. PLEASE PRAY FOR THE FAMILIES THAT HAD THEIR LOVED ONES KILLED.PLEASE PRAY AGAINST THE MILLITARY COUP. PLEASE SHARE THIS MESSAGE WITH THOSE YOU THINK ARE INTERESTED— ALL YOUR PRAYERS ARE MUCH NEEDED. GO OUT THERE AND TELL THE WORLD! THE WORLD BEING AWARE IS ESSENTIAL FOR THE SUCCESS OF THE NEW REVOLUTION.
Also, please watch these channels instead of the ones you currently watch for news about Egypt.
AL QUDS CHANNEL
http://wwitv.com/tv_channels/b4886.htm
ALJAZEERA MUBASHER( live) MISR (egypt)
http://www.livestation.com/en/aljazeera-mubasher-misr
It does not matter if you don’t understand what is being said. It just matters that you see what is really going on. I reccomend that you watch at midnight or 4-7 am your time to see what goes on in the daylight.
And in case you dont really know why we are fighting so hard, its really for the freedom to practice or not to practice our religion. Morsy will give us the freedom to do that, so he is easily replacable. Sisi is against those who freely practice our religion, and is using the CORRUPT ARMY TO DESTROY THEM. AND THAT THEM INCLUDES I, MY PARENTS, MY BROTHER, MY LITTLE SISTERS AND THOSE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE IN RABA AL ADUAYA SQUARE AND THE OTHER PROTESTERS ALL OVER EGYPT.
حسبنا الله و نعم الوكيل