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19.11.13 - "I wanted to be a gladiator and a strong amazon" - LEI THE NIGHT
18.11.13 - Performing - Teaching - Designing - Managing, Interview with JENNIFER
16.11.13 - "It never gets boring" - Interview mit MARTA PERECZES (Hungary)
15.11.13 - "I work hard to be where I am" - Interview with STEVEN EGGERS (USA)
13.11.13 - The peacock from Hong Kong - Interview with FOXYCATALICE
11.11.13 - The MA*SHUQA METHOD - Ma*Shuqa explains her workshops
08.11.13 - "Shine like an Oriental Star" - Interview with SARA (Slo)
06.11.13 - "The freedom to be creative and unique" - Interview with ESMII
04.11.13 - "I can be any character I can imagine" - Interview with LEI THE NIGHT
current festival news:
One of the most important Oriental Festivals world wide and not surprisingly the biggest in Europe – the Oriental Festival of Europe – again opens ist gates, this year for the 21st time in a row. Opposite to the trend this festival had a growing audience, more people attended than in the year before. Traditionally the festival starts with the contest day “Bellydancer Of the World” (November 23rd), the highlight is the show and gala weekend (November 30th and December 1st) and in between you have workshops, workshops, workshops (until December 2nd inclusive, all in all awesome 60 of them. And you don’t want to miss the massive Bazaar on three floors, don’t you. See ya there
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November 4th 2013

Lei the Night comes from Morocco, but lives in Paris, France. After causing a double sensation last year with a “Waacking” performance (check that out at “You Tube”) and a folklore piece from her homeland (together with Esmii) there was no doubt with the promoters to invite this artist to next year’s show. Next year has come and here she is. Below she tells us, who she is, about all the things she does, and what she will show us in Germany

"I CAN BE ANY CHARACTER I CAN IMAGINE"
Interview with Lei the Night
by Marcel Bieger

Tell us about your live, what do you do for a living and how did dance find you? I did some High studies and got a diploma of engineer. But dance has always been part of my life, I started at 8 with modern jazz classes, which lasted 10 years, and every year during summer holidays I went to Morocco to see my family there for at least one month. Every summer there were lots of weddings and parties, I learnt traditional East Moroccan dances there, with my family and local dancers, singers during special celebrations or at home with my cousins or my grandmother's sister.

What other dance styles did you study? During my modern jazz classes our teacher brought each year some teachers from other styles to create an eclectic big end of year show: African dance, hip hop, salsa, Chinese dance, French cancan, vogueing, cabaret, Charleston, belly dance, contemporary dance. So since my childhood I always danced different styles and all of these dances were a big inspiration to create my own style. I also love world dances like Indian dances and gypsy.

Do you see yourself as a member of a Maghrebi dance community or as part of something else? I won't say that there is a real Maghrebi dance community. In Morocco for example traditional dances are more danced by men, especially in my area in East. Because they are war dances from traditional old times. Women dance and sing on their side during celebrations and weddings. So I would say that more than a dance community, I feel more involved in my global cultural roots from Maghreb that include all cultural aspects and traditional dances are part of them.

Please describe your special dance style, why is it your favorite? My special dance style is a very personal fusion of belly dance and “Waacking” that I’m practicing for years. I really love the two styles that have in common to be very glamorous dances. I discovered the “Waacking” through the “locking” which is a funky 70's hip hop style. “Waacking” is very powerful through arm movements but also very sensitive through poses and feelings, the emotions shown on the face. And mixing that style with belly dance makes me use all the power of my body. Also I feel free with this fusion to be any character I can imagine: a James Bond girl, a robot, a star, a disco girl, a bird, a young bride, that are only some examples of performances I created and that this fusion inspired to me.

Please enlighten us about your career have you been abroad to countries other than Germany? I'm teaching for three years “Waacking” in Paris and I give some workshops in “Waacking” or fusion in France and abroad. I was part of hip hop groups and then “Waacking” groups. I'm part of the vogueing community in Paris, too. I love “battles”. So I did few in locking (hip hop style), and after some big knees injuries I concentrated more on “Waacking” and belly dance. As there were no “Waacking” battles in France, let's say 5 years ago, I entered to hip hop all styles battles and I travelled abroad for big events and take classes: Japan, USA, Spain, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, UK, Denmark, Belgium, and Portugal. That's how I could meet great dancers and became known as a “Waacking” dancer. In parallel I developed my own fusion that I called "belly'waacking". And I had great opportunities like being programmed at "Bellyfusion" festival in Paris, I also won the Fantasia fusion category in London in 2011, I had lots of performances, and had the great honour to win Solo Fusion and Duet folkloric/ traditional categories at Bellydancer of the World 2012.

What will you show us on stage in Germany? That's a secret!! You all know how much I can be crazy on stage, but for sure it will be fusion.

What will you teach in your workshops? I will teach two workshops, one of each style with which I won last year. First is a fusion of belly dance and “Waacking”, vogueing and hip hop arms techniques. Lot of dancers are scared when they see the complexity of arm movements. But belly dancer beginners in this fusion are often better off than other styles dancers because they have a really good body posture that allows them to work their arms much easier. Also we will have fun on lots of different styles of music because this fusion can be danced on any song you want: classical belly dance music or the most popular electro music.

The second workshop is totally the opposite of previous one: traditional dances from East Morocco. These dances are not very well known in the belly dance community because there is no real teacher. You have to feel it. And furthermore that's originally a male dance that uses a lot of shoulders and feet slaps to feel the floor, as last decades when they danced to mark their territory after war. Now it's more a wedding dance but still danced by men on one side, and women on the other side. There are different styles called reggada, aarfa, aalaoui, hidouss that I will explain during the workshop.


Workshops with Lei the Night: http://www.leyla-jouvana.de/..../workshops...

Esmii and Lei as "Bnet Reggada"_
November 4th 2013

Two sand storms blew across the stage last year when Lei the Night and Esmii performed as a duo at Leyla Jouvana and Roland’s contest “Bellydancer of the world”. Later Esmii showed in her solo how much wildness, rhythm and lust for life is embedded in the sub-Saharan tribal dances. African dances are indeed the favourite of the French artist and this she wants to impart with the students in her workshops but this is another story (watch out for more about the workshops).

"THE FREEDOM TO BE CREATIVE AND UNIQUE"

Interview with Esmii

by Marcel Bieger
Tell us about your live, what do you do for a living and how did dance find you? My name is Esmii and I am from Toulouse in the southern region of France. I am an experimental dancer; I experiment with dances from different parts of the world. I’m currently learning Afro-contemporary and pan-African dances in an African school of dance in Paris. I am as well a dance teacher; I teach Hip-Hop and fusion dances. I still continue to showcase my talent on different stages every now and then. I actually started dancing in oriental cabarets and after that, I started attending marriage ceremonies, Bar-Mitzvahs, Hennés till I started getting offers from organizers of events - oriental, contemporary and fusion dance shows.

What other dance styles did you study? I learnt Hip-Hop and like I said earlier on, I am currently in Paris trying to build another base with Afro-contemporary and traditional dances from the sub-Saharan Africa.

Do you see yourself as a member of a Maghrebi dance community or as part of something else? Yes, but not 100% because I was hugely influenced by other dance genres so I’d say I am an Experimental or fusion dancer.

Please describe your special dance style, why is it your favorite? My style is Afro-Oriental with a contemporary and modern touch. Afro is actually my favorite because it is a style of dance that enables me to pour out my energy without reserve. The oriental was like the starting point but now I just like to mix all I’ve learned in the contemporary because I feel like it affords me the freedom to be creative and unique.

Please enlighten us about your career have you been abroad to countries other than Germany? My career started in my city, Toulouse later I moved to Paris to learn more and also find more opportunities to share what I have with the world. Other than Germany, I have also been on dance trips to countries like Tunisia, the USA, Spain and New Caledonia and I hope to travel more with my dance.
What will you show us on stage in Germany? For this year’s festival, I intend to perform something I created all by myself that will be like the 2nd part of what I presented last year and I hope that the people will like it.

What will you teach in your workshops? In my first workshop I will be teaching the traditional oriental and it will be a fusion of Egypt and Maghreb.
The second one will be Afro-oriental.


Workshops with Esmii: http://www.leyla-jouvana.de/.../workshops...

November 15th 2013

The male guest star at this year’s festival of Leyla Jouvana and Roland is one of Americas leading Tribal Fusion dancers.
He has been to Germany in 2009 already, but then was best known amongst insiders. Today his workshops are sought at world wide, and they are defined on basics and tools, just like he is seeing things, as he says. Why not check them out,
see you there.

"I WORK HARD TO BE WHERE I AM"
Interview with
Steven Eggers (USA)
by Marcel Bieger

How did your dance art develop in the past years, is it still mainly dark Tribal Fusion or have you fixed other elements into it? I think my style has changed somewhat. I wouldn't call it dark anymore. I still like dancing to the underground / dub / "weird" electronic music. That is usually the music I use when I'm dancing to a slow piece.

But now I also have been dancing many drum solos and more upbeat traditional music. I have also recently choreographed and danced an Indian/ Thai fusion piece. 

You have quite a big name in the tribal fusion community. How is it being a male dancer in a mainly female pop art style? It is not as bad as it use to be 13 years ago. Nowadays there are many male dancers in the scene. Nonetheless I work hard to be where I am at and I don't really think to much about male vs. female. I just try to be the best dancer and teacher I can be.

You have been to Germany some years ago, why do you come back or what took you so long (whatever suits you more)
I was in Germany in 2009. I'm coming back now because of Leyla Jouvana. I did teach workshops in her studio when I came last time. I saw her again in 2011, when she came to Mexico and at that time we talked and she invited me to come teach and perform this year, 2013. I haven't been back sooner only because the opportunity hasn't presented itself.

Please comment on your workshops and give us some more details. I'm very excited to be teaching workshops again in Germany. My workshops are more about learning a process and proper technique. My isolation and drill class will show students how I see and break down all movements in the body. I then show how to reconstruct the movements and show different ways to manipulate them to create drills. 

The layering class is similar but I teach the process of how to create a layer and with one layer we can actually learn and use at least 10 different versions of that layer. I really focus on teaching tools to students so they can apply the same processes and techniques to practice and teach themselves afterwards.

Please share your future plans with us. My future plans are to just keep doing what I'm doing. I'm hoping to start online classes in my website. I’ll be continuing travelling and teaching. I will be going to Japan next year and teaching again at Tribal Fest. I also teach classes and workshops in Mexico where I live now. 

Thank you,
Steven

Workshops with Steven Eggers: http://www.leyla-jouvana.de/workshops...festival-engl
Saturday, Nov 30th, 1:40 - 3:40 pm, Isolation Drills & Combos
Sunday, Dec.1st, 9:15 – 11:15 am, Layering „101" & Shimmies

Steven's performance at Tribal Fest 2013 on YouTube-
photo (title) © TheDancersEye.com-

November 16th 2013

Since several years studio „Mahasti“, established in the Hungarian capital of Budapest, sends its best dancers to the „Bellydancer Of the World Contest“, a significant sign for the importance of this competition. For the first time Marta Pereczes will be among the “Mahastians”, and we may be curious about her rightly. Because being chosen for this contest by Mahasti is an honour in itself. See you there.

"IT NEVER GETS BORING"
Interview with dancer
Marta Pereczes from studio “Mahasti”
by Marcel Bieger

When and why did you start belly dancing? I started belly dancing in 2003 because I love Middle Eastern music and its rhythms and the elegance of the belly dance.
What other styles did you study? What are your favourites? I tried several dances such as standard and Latin dances long, long time ago. I love Hungarian folk dances too. I love flamenco, tribal belly dance, and contemporary dances, too although some of them I've never tried.

Studio "Mahasti" is famous for the many prizes its members have won. Which prizes did you win? I won prizes in group formations with the Daughters Of the Moonlight. The most memorable was when I was pregnant and we danced our "Angyalokkal tancolok" (“Dancing With Angels”) choreography. And my other favourite is the "Liberate my Soul" choreography, which was the winner in 2011 at Mahasti's  International Competition. I love Mahasti's choreographies because there everybody has an important role. That's why they are difficult to dance and rehearse, but they are always very interesting and outrageous. You can watch them several times without being bored with them.
Title photo "Marta" © Péter Tóth, "Mahasti" (right) © Károly Tihanyi-

Have you been to Germany before, in which other countries have you performed, already? I've been to Germany only as a tourist, when I was a student. I performed only in Hungary.

What will we see from you on stage? Two group formations. One of them is a very spectacular show choreography with veil fan. And a modern foxy drum solo
November, 18th 2013

That artists from all continents participate at Leyla Jouvana’s contest is common knowledge, after all the title of a “Bellydancer Of the World” is all this contest is about. But how much this event is a world wide affair Jennifer from US state Florida tells us (see below). The competition is the highlight of her career so far. Also she shares with us how a young and modern female American from todays thinks and lives.

PERFORMING –TEACHING – DESIGNING - MANAGING
Interview with Jennifer from Florida
by Marcel Bieger

Have you ever been to Germany before? I am very excited to compete and take workshops in Duisburg, Germany for “Bellydancer Of the World”. This will be my very first time in Germany and I am quite excited. Although I was born and raised in New York, I have been living in Florida for the last 13 years and have become all too acclimated to the warmth,
so it will be fun visiting the cold again and immersing myself in this wonderful culture and festival.

Would you care to share with us what you will perform there? At the Bellydancer Of the World Competition I will be performing 3 pieces and I will be participating in three categories: oriental, oriental fusion, and folkloric. I plan to perform the moving El Toba for Oriental, an epic and dark piece utilizing double veil called “Smoking Camel on a Camel” for the Oriental Fusion category and a cheeky and fun modern Kawleya piece to Al3ab for the Folkloric category.

What are your thoughts about participating at the contest? I am extremely excited to show the fruit of my labours and represent the United States. Participating in Belly Dancer of the World is such a big deal, and I have really worked hard to try and show my absolute best for the competition and represent Florida to my best ability. I never thought I would be going to this prestigious competition, but I will there in less than a week, and just couldn’t be any more excited and happy to visit Germany (which I have heard nothing but great things about), compete in my biggest competition yet, and on top of that take workshops from amazing master instructors and meet new belly dance friends in this adventure. Honestly I feel very blessed, and cannot wait to see what the future has in store in two week.

Tell us more about yourself. I am a multi-award winning professional belly dancer and costume designer based in Orlando, FL. When I began bellydance I never thought in a million years that what I had first thought to be a fun way to get in shape and meet friends, would turn into my career.

I am quite a nerd and love technology and online marketing. I obtained my bachelors in Arts and a minor in business and pursued an extra program certificate in web development upon graduation and soon began working for an online marketing firm which has been a wonderful skill to meld into my business.
I devote my time a) performing for events b) teaching private classes and workshops across the nation c) designing one of a kind rhinestone costumes and lastly d) my Business management program which is where I teach fellow small business owners and belly dancers how to set up their business, market themselves, and push them to take the steps to achieve their individual goals for their business.

I truly love what I do, and being able to travel around the world doing so has been a blessing.
I hope to continue to work in the day as an online marketer and a belly dancer in the evening and leave my thumbprint in the belly dance world. It is amazing, how technology has allowed us to connect and learn from each other around the world, and continuing to meet other passionate professionals is definitely something I will continue to do for as long as possible.

Homepage Jennifer: www.bellydancebyjennifer.com
Photo © Denise J. Marino-
Photo Title © R.A.W. Art Photography-

November 8th 2013

In the year 2009 at the Leyla Jouvana and Roland’s contest „Bellydancer Of the World“ appeared a at that time not yet well known dancer from Slovenia, Nika Mlakar, and at her side was another Slovenian dancer, Sara (where does this Central European country find all these talents?). She became runner up “Bellydancer Of the World” then and today she will be sitting in with the jury of this most prestigious competition herself. Sara sends us her warmest greetings und tells us about her life and her goals. See you there.

“SHINE LIKE AN ORIENTAL STAR”
Interview with
Sara
by Marcel Bieger

What are your feelings about sitting in the jury yourself after dancing as a contest participant before a similar jury just a few years ago? I’m very honoured and glad of being a part of the jury this year after being a contest participant
a few years ago. As this festival's competition was my first competition in oriental dance and I made 2nd place, I have very special memories related with it. After judging at several festivals already and being a contestant myself, I do believe it is going to be a difficult job to judge all this great competitors, coming from all over the world. I’m very excited!

Would you send some greetings to this year's contestants and wish them good luck? For all this year's competitors I would like to send all the best of luck at the competition, trust yourself and your abilities, spread the energy all over the stage, shine like the oriental star that you are and you will win.

Will we see you in the near future in Germany again? As the Arabic people say: Insha Allah! I hope to be very soon to Germany again.

What are your future plans in generalI still have some bigger plans and goals to achieve in oriental dance, at the moment I'm preparing for our Slovenian Nawar festival of oriental dance and some workshops abroad, after we will see what the life will bring to us. Besides the dance career there are also some changes happening in my personal life, so I will also concentrate on getting more known as a teacher and a dancer in USA.

Best regards and see you soon in Duisburg!
Sara

Workshops with Sara: http://www.leyla-jouvana.de/...workshops...engl
Sa., 23.11., 11:30h - 13:30h, Modern Raqs Sharqi and Tarab
So., 24.11., 14:15h - 16:15h, Egyptian Shaabi
-Sara - (Photos © Matjash Fartek)

November 11th 2013

Ma*Shuqa dances for about 40 years, has been to Germany more than once, has even worked in Cologne for some months and is married to Carl Sermon, the renowned American photographer. With three workshops Ma*Shuqa wants to introduce her format, the “Ma*Shuqa Method” to us, which will give you insights into all facets and sides of belly dancing and has more than just a bag of tricks and dodges in store. But read for yourself, what she has to say. See you there.

The MA*SHUQA METHOD
Ma*Shuqa explains her workshops
Ma*Shuqa Methodª 25 Improv Combos for Show Stopping Performance Styling Workshop

Combos for Improvisation - secrets to “on the spot” dance choreography Instantaneous improvisational composition developing your own combinations and movement styling to music.  Ma*Shuqa Method format offers: 7 Options and 3 Keys, 10 Step Styles, 25 Improve Combos for creating improvisational dance in performance, and 10 Sample Combinations.  I have a special method and structure that teachers and performs alike will appreciate specially designed to stimulate creativity and develop powerful performances with unique stylistic signatures. Dance Styling is that special quality which defines each performers unique body and movement styling – the grandeur, elegance, shaping and the timing of movement = panache.  A dancers grace and flair, variety and unique approach to mirroring the music – a performer with musicality.  In essence, dancers who perform to exactly the same music – will and should look uniquely different as a result of their individual manner of moving.  My workshop notes give teachers and professionals the format to make choreographies and to individualize performances.  For example, we will review and experiment with 10 Sample Combinations/Movements, 10 Step Styles + my 7 Options for dance choreography to create dynamically unique dance performance.

Wednesday, November 27th 2013, 16:15 – 18:15 h - Ma Shuqa’s - Method Combos & Improvisation
Ma*Shuqa Methodª Tarab and Taqasim: Maqams, Musicality, and Movement Workshop

How to achieve Tarab (the Arabic word for the emotional connection to the music) when dancing. This workshop includes: structure of Maqams, elements of musicality, and stylistic elements of Middle Eastern music. This workshop covers musicality of Taqsims and dance movement: sweet movement, sustaining movement, overlaying shimmies on undulations, restraining movement, call and answer, and stomach rolls and undulations.  I refer the reader to articles I researched and wrote that are available at my website
www.MaShuqa.com on this subject.  This workshop provides dancers with the keys to understanding the structure of the music by listening for patterns:  rhythmic changes, tempo, phrasing, emotional feeling to match the musicality and dynamics in the music.  Especially if you are not a musician, this workshop gives you insight into the composition and musicality in Arabic music.

Friday, November 29th 2013, 12:30 – 14:30 h - Ma Shuqa – Musicality & Tarab & Takseem.


Ma*Shuqa Methodª Velvety Veil and Spectacular Spins with Elegance of Style Workshop
Workshop provides instruction on principles of spinning and veil technique. Workshop includes: 8 dynamic and velvety movement transitions, 4 grand and 3 spectacular veil entrances, 8 spectacular spins.  Bring rectangle schleier/veil and a circular veil.  This will be a very active workshop to give dancers a plethora of beautiful veil performance options.  I will share the secrets to spinning, to lofting veils, and special movements for grand entrances – that take veil dancing beyond the entrance of the dance.

Sunday, November 24th 2013, 19:00 – 21:00 h - Ma*Shuqa - Velvety Veil & Spins.

November 13th 2013

The Chinese dance star FoxyCatAlice lives in Hong Kong and will visit us in a few days’ time. She will participate at the 21st Oriental Festival Europe from Leyla Jouvana & Roland. The lively energy package has been digging in the rich treasures of Chinese traditional dances and created her own brand of Tribal Fusion. “Peackock Moves”, she calls it and she will perform for us her most popular peacock piece, for which she was celebrated at this year’s Tribal Fest in Sebastopol. Below she will tell us a little bit about herself and Tribal Fusion. See you there.

THE PEACOCK FROM HONG KONG
Interview with FoxyCatAlice
by Marcel Bieger

How did Tribal Fusion find you and what made you stick to it? Firstly, i have to thank You tube, I can't stop myself from watching the videos of Rachel Brice, I'm crazy for her dance.
Secondly, I have to thank Moria Chappell, she taught me a lot in Tribal Fusion, she is my first teacher in this style. In my view, Tribal Fusion dancers are very beautiful, marvellous and special, and I'm proud that I can be one of them.

What will you perform at the shows in Germany? I'm going to perform the Peacock Fusion this time, but probably not in my peacock dress.

How is the Tribal Fusion situation in Hong Kong? Only few people dance Tribal Fusion in Hong Kong, because many dancers get it all wrong with Tribal. Like they think that Tribal is a terrible dance style, and they wear costumes only in black .... hum, although it is not like that, actually.  That's why I always invite tribal dancers from abroad to teach in Hong Kong, like April Rose and Moria Chappell

FoxyCatAlice's Video "peacock" on YouTube ...-
Are there fusions made of Tribal and traditional Chinese dances? Yes, I did it with Peacock dance, Now, i'm the only one to make it!

Would you send some greetings to the audience at Duisburg, Germany? I wish you all like my peacock moves and welcome to Hong Kong

Love,
FoxyCatAlic
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............................................................................................................................................................. photo (title) © Clint Marien

November 19th 2013

Below Lei the Night explains with photos, what she is planning for her workshops. The idea flashed us immediately and together with Lei we made it come true. The outcome is so brilliant that this won’t be the last time we are doing this. And Lei has some really “weird” ideas, but better let her tell you. We see you there, won’t we.

“I WANTED TO BE A GLADIATOR AND A STRONG AMAZON”
Lei the Night in her workshops
Picture 1 (right): Here we are on stage with my friend Esmii on my roots style dance: reggada and aarfa from Morocco which is like aalaoui that we find in Algeria too. These dances are traditional dances from East Morocco, originally danced by men after war. They used their shoulders and feet to mark their territory. They wear white jellabas with traditional accessories.
The music is very powerful with counted rhythms that we will work during the workshop step by step. Men usually dance, play instruments and sing also. The more we are, the more powerful is our dance. Now hopefully as there are no wars anymore people dance these dances during weddings and family parties or local festivals, men on one side, women on the other side. On our show we decided to dance more like men and then at the end dance more like women to show the difference. We will study the two styles too.
These dances are my roots and are unfortunately not very well know in dance community. Come to enjoy together and feel like a wedding or party in Morocco!! Feel free to bring a jellaba, caftan, long shirt and scarf. This is a very exclusive workshop not to miss as there are not a lot of people teaching this style and furthermore not a lot of women!
Picture 2 (left): I was on “Oriental Festival Europe” gala show stage with a fabulous costume made by Jacqueline Bouskhela for Attalya Collection, who is a great costume maker from Paris for bellydancers, salsa dancers and other dance styles. My inspiration for this show came first from a music as it often happens. When I heard the music I felt like a robot, but like in a no mans land, also with bellydance and rhythms inside of me. So I imagined a mix of everything for my costume: I wanted to be a gladiator but feeling like a strong amazon so I imagined dancing with Madonna's style breast, and pants are bellydance style mixed with warrior style too, weapon pocket etc.

So the combination of strong music, strong costume and strong fusion with belly dance and different arms techniques (vogueing, whaacking and hip hop styles) made me create something totally unique I had no choice to believe in because
I looked too crazy on backstage. If I believe on my character and my fusion I can show like in this picture that I'm in danger and I am using a weapon against enemies. I found inspiration in real life that is sometimes so hard but you sometimes have to fight to evolve, that is the story I wanted to share. This is also whaacking spirit: you can be whoever you want, you just have to feel it from inside your body to show it and share it to other people. Whaacking is first a 70's funky club dance style but also really inspired from Hollywood 50's movie stars, so it's very emotional, glamour. Pioneers in waacking who are a real inspiration are: Archie Burnett, Ana Sanchez, Tyrone Proctor, Cleveland Mose Jr, Toni Basil, Dallace Zeigler, Viktor Manoel, Shabadoo and some original waackers (Arthur, Tinker, etc) who danced for Diana Ross and other artists.
Picture 3 (right): Here I'm using twist of arms combined with twist of hips. I have some flex abilities with my arms but no need to be so flexible if you want to use your arms. You just need to be clean in your angles and lines. We will work on that, too starting with very simple lines and angles combined with belly dance moves, this is more vogueing inspired (new way and old way styles that are mainly using geometric poses)  All is about isolation.
Picture 4 (left): In this fusion I will teach hand moves are very important, too and we will work on it to use all the power we can. Breath also is very important for different reasons: bring back some energy, make a break during the choreography or use it to play it on stage. Isolations from body versus hands and arms are very important.

Workshops with Lei The Night:
http://www.leyla-jouvana.de/index.php/...workshops...engl

Fr., November 22nd, 20:00 - 22:00 h, BD Arms, Waacking, Voguing & Hip Hop Fusion
Sat., November 23rd, 09:15 - 11:15 h, Traditional East Morocco Dances

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