UDM poster used with permission. (Photo credit: Toscana Photography. Design/Illustration: Jessica Inouye).
Hello, lovelies. I performed again with my ATS® dance troupe for Sahara Dance’s annual Spring show, Under A Desert Moon (UDM). This is the 13th year that Sahara Dance has put on this wonderful event. We danced in 2 shows, one in the evening at 5:00 pm and one at night, 8:00 pm. Both shows had large audiences who thoroughly enjoyed our performances. It was one of the best shows Sahara Dance has had! It’s so much fun to dance for a lively audience. We belly dancers love the loud cheers and zaghareet! It helps us to bring you the joy that we feel for this dance.
Here’s a short video by Dance Like An Egyptian, on how to zaghareet (pronounced ZAG-ar-eet). It’s a lot easier to explain when you can see and hear it. Also called trilling or ululation. Zaghareet is plural – the singular form is zagharoot.
As we become more of a united group, our costumes are becoming more layered and beautiful. My selfies didn’t turn out too well (hence the vintage filters), but here are a few pics of my costume:
Professional pics courtesy of Stereo Vision Photography:
And now we take to the stage! What I love about ATS® is that it’s mostly (sometimes completely) improvised. I used to be nervous about improvisation, especially to a song that I’ve never heard before. But it’s very important that one can improvise in belly dance. The Egyptian dancers mostly improv in their performances, so it’s worth it to get more comfortable with improv.
Following stage photos courtesy of Stereo Vision Photography via Sahara Dance. Used with permission.
We had a cast party after the show and it was wonderful. I saw dancers and teachers that I hadn’t seen in a couple of years. One teacher in particular remembered me from my first belly dance classes; she told me that it was great to see how much we had grown into our dance. It means so much to me when teachers see how much we improved. Unfortunately, I didn’t take any pictures of the cast party. I was having too much fun and simply forgot.
But, the good news is that there is a video! I had a friend videotape our performance. Unfortunately, his seat was too far away and I forgot to zoom the camera lens for him. Luckily, Sahara Dance Productions© captured our performances on video. You can take a look at it, below my signature.
Love & Shimmies,
Video courtesy of Sahara Dance Productions©.