Susan's Blog

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Ode on a Grecian Earn

O vision in lycra and white
Not to loose and not too tight
Your bits of gold placed oh so right
You make me enjoy a winter night.

I am suddenly just in the best of moods. No surprise, probably. This just happens to me, it is the way I’m engineered. I totally understand the chemistry now. I also understand that I am really looking forward to the next few weeks, so it is a very real boost. Anyway, I’m just going to enjoy it while it lasts.

So, with Ned’s agreement, I bought myself something I have not bought in a very very long time: this new cossie. This is because I am getting more and more comfortable with the idea of dancing for others (friends and family, that is), and I need to have a costume that I am comfortable wearing.

Last night I danced for about 40 minutes, and experimented with some new stuff, new things to try for tempo change. Instead of doing all traveling steps (mostly the classic Egyptian hip-lift), I tried simply choo-chooing a bit and also maya-ing down slowly and then reverse mayas quickly upward. The sudden tempo change and reverse movement is very interesting, and it is all while standing in one place, but incorporates a level change (0n the vertical plane), which has been a goal of mine. Another thing I have been practicing is the hip bump where you wrap one hand across your face, and wrap the other across your hip and as you bump outwards you make it look like your hand forced the bump. Very cute. And also, my hand movements are getting to be more artful, with the right amount of tension in the palms.

So I feel very accomplished and excited about the growth. A new costume is the reward. All my other costumes are too much like wearing a bikini. That’s fine, but sometimes you just want more coverage. This is an Egyptian-style dress, and it is simple and very Cleopatra-like; also kind of Grecian. I will get a regal purple silk veil and gold cuffs and headband to go with it. It’s time to look like a queen, rather than a princess. I think I’ve earned it.

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