I'm so tired! Wait, didn't I just say
that? Um, I'm so tired, but in a completely different way!
I went to Guelph this weekend for a two day bellydance workshop with the fabulous Hadia from Calgary. Excellent fun. I got up very early (aka the time that I have to get up during the week to get to work, which should never be seen on the weekend) in order to get to the bus, but luckily I checked my email before heading out, because there was an email from someone offering me a ride. Bonus.
There's nothing like being in a room full of bellydancers to give you energy. I was standing around talking to the few people that I knew (only 4 of us made it out from Toronto, and I knew some of the Kitchener crowd as well), and I realized that all of us were shimmying without even realizing it. And there were a lot of people at the workshop, which is great for the organizer, but did make it a little hard to see. Plus, there were at least four bellydancing librarians. We're taking over the world!
The first day of the workshop was both good and bad. Hadia worked for a long time on warmups and flexibility, plus breaking down some movements, and I'd love to have her warmup on tape, because I felt great afterward. Then she started teaching us an Oriental choreography, which got frustrating, because there were a lot of beginning students at the workshop and we moved very slowly (and that was when I realized that I can no longer think of myself as a beginner). I understand that it's hard to learn something that quickly - I was totally stymied my first choreography workshop - but you just do the best you can, and go home with the notes and go over it again. As it was, we barely even made it through a third of the choreography.
After the workshop I went to Kitchener with my lovely friend Dhar, and we hung out and ate pizza and played with her kitties, and then we went back to Guelph to see the show with Hadia and some of the local dance companies. It was a good show, too, although they really could have used a tech run, because there were crazy problems with the lighting - lights going off while people were dancing, lights not going on while the orchestra was trying to set up.
And then, because there obviously wasn't enough dancing happening on the weekend, Dhar and her hubby and another friend and I went to a club in Kitchener (Abstract, for cagewench
) where I was quite possibly the only person there not wearing black, and we danced for two hours straight to music that I had never heard before, other than one Pearl Jam song that I think I have on a CD somewhere. So much fun, at least until we realized, at 2 in the morning, that we had to be in Guelph by 9 the next day, ready to dance all day.
Remember when I said that we'd only made it through part of the choreography? The three of us that were staying in Kitchener arranged to have a private lesson with Hadia before the workshop the next morning so that we could learn the rest of the choreography, and that was very useful, although still annoying that we had to pay extra just to get a complete choreography out of the deal.
Then there was more workshop - this time we did a drum solo, plus some work with zills, and a little Turkish Rom. The Turkish Rom was seriously fun and I'd love to do more some time. Two annoying things: at our lunch break on Sunday I tried to go buy a bottle of water, which was unbelievably complicated. Why are there no corner stores in Guelph? And then, at the end of the workshop Hadia asked those of us that had taken the private with her to dance for the rest of the participants, so that they could see what the rest of the dance looked like. After we danced, this one woman got very huffy and asked why we were chosen to dance, and we explained to her that we'd paid for an extra lesson, and she got all irritated that she hadn't been told that extra lessons were available, but hello, no one told us, we just asked. Gah.
And then we got a little lost trying to get out of Guelph, and ended up on some backroads county highway that went very slowly.
Anyway, upshot is I had a fantastic weekend, but now I'm sleep-deprived and have a seriously sore neck and shoulders. gmajor
, how do you feel about very last minute massage appointments? :)