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“…what could be more wonderful than dancing every…

“…what could be more wonderful than dancing every day?”

I often miss living amongst raqs sharqi dancers, as I think the art form is moving and beautiful. 



Wow, the isolations are spot-on. How does a body get that fluid?


I am always amazed by the physicality of this piece. Her costuming was amazing - at the time, no one had done much like it before. Her technicality is flawless, at least imo (keep in mind, she’s dancing tribal fusion, not cabaret, so there will be differences in correct technique). The skill level is so far beyond what I’ve seen in any other bellydancer, except for in inspired moments. But she just keeps pumping it out - consistently. How does she do it? I’m guessing unfailing practice, passion, and natural brilliance as well. 

Usually in dancers you see one or two of those qualities. In her, they ALL show up in EVERY show. Intense.

I often wonder what it would be like to be so talented - and yes, in that assessment, I include the intensely hard work she must do to get there. So many people think of great dancers in safely distant terms (we wouldn’t want to be truly challenged to the core, would we?)  ”Oh, what must it be like to be so great?” *gusty siiiiiiiiiiiiighhhhhhhhhh* But do they practice? Maybe once a week? We can all achieve our own greatness, but we have to be not only talented naturally (find what you’re truly good at - or at least LOVE, ladies), but passionate and willing to put in the hours. Not sporadically, but every day. And really, what could be more wonderful than dancing every day? 

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2 thoughts on ““…what could be more wonderful than dancing every…”

  1. Missy says:

    I had to good fortune to take a workshop with Rachel a few years ago, and the woman is AMAZING. She worked us hard for three days, and made it look so easy.

    The best thing about Raqs is that you CAN dance every day, because you don’t even need to leave home to sneak some dance time in. It’s such a mood lifter!

  2. Digital Coyote says:

    Kami Liddle got her start where I take classes now and I was fortunate enough to take a workshop with her this past summer. It was humbling, so much so that I cried and wanted to quit afterward, but I’m still here. As for Rachel Brice, I couldn’t take my eyes off her during the tour with Serpent Rouge last year. I don’t know if I could ever dance like that, but the joy power of omis (and mayas, even if they are kinda busted) should never be discounted.

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