Itâ€™s mid-October, and the dance studio buzzes with pre-show jabber: of sections that still challenge us in our now-memorized routines, of costume and prop woes. Iâ€™m spending more time there, renting the smaller rehearsal studio for practice sessions with fellow dancers. Classes have shifted focus to the fine-tuning and cleaning-up of routines, and much like in a writing workshop, we engage in somewhat nerve-wracking feedback sessions. Half the class splits up and sits along the mirror to watch while the other half performs, and vice versa. Afterward, the â€śaudienceâ€ť goes down the line and shares observations on what the dancers did well and what could be betterâ€”from technique to timing to expression. Sometimes weâ€™re given a partner to focus on for individual notes. ( Read more )
posted on October 25th, 2011 by Vanessa Blakesleeaudience bellydance self the shimmying writer writing
WALLY, a novella by Don Peteroy
Release Date: 10/9/12
Pre-order by 10/8 and receive a free copy of the October issue of Playboy, in which Don's prize-winning story, "The Circuit Builders," appears.
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