Instant Mirror Reflections of Belly Dancing Movements

Mirrors are intimating to new students, but the importance of practice feedback from belly dancing moves is critical and many of us will mount mirrors in our living quarters as a necessity to aid practice and rehearsal sessions. In the beginning we use mirrors which we can find in the bathroom, bedroom, or with luck…

Mirrors are intimating to new students, but the importance of practice feedback from belly dancing moves is critical and many of us will mount mirrors in our living quarters as a necessity to aid practice and rehearsal sessions.

In the beginning we use mirrors which we can find in the bathroom, bedroom, or with luck in the living room. Along with the lack of mirrors is space to move our arms and do traveling floor patterns.

Beginning Mirror Attempts:

1. Small mirrors on the walls do help with facial expressions.

2. Medium-sized mirrors help with smaller shoulder and chest movements.

3. Portable full-length mirrors help with seeing the entire body but little help for arm movements.

One mirror which I found most helpful was the removal of a dresser mirror leaned at an angle against a stable wall. This mirror allowed complete head to toe and arm widths to be seen. Traveling movements were difficult to see.

Types of Mirrors:

Mirror surfaces are available in glass, acrylic, and polyester and priced from free to very expensive. The various applications are useful for both temporary and permanent installation.

Caution: Renters need to check with their landlords for permanent applications and homeowners need to think carefully the advantages and disadvantages of glue adhesives. Some can destroy walls when mirrors are removed.

Applications:

1. Mounted onto walls

2. Installed in portable frames,

3. Portable construction and moved about on rollers,

4. Foldable varieties

Suppliers Include:

1. Mirror retailers specializing in home gyms, fitness, or dance applications.

2. Retailers selling their display stock when going out of business

3. Home owners selling or giving away large mirrors because they do not know how to dispose of them safely

4. Swap meets, flea markets, garage and yard sales

Home Practice Space:

The second most important item for students is their practice space. And this can be at a premium in a home or an apartment.

1. Moving furniture against a wall to open up floor space is common. Some students will purchase 12 x 12 square mirrors which can be mounted on the wall. These mirrors provide the reflection you need and will also add to the room décor when not in use.

2. You may consider adding a small dance studio to your house or converting a bedroom, attic, closet, office space, or basement into a studio space

3. Convert a section of the garage as your private dancing arena.

Students who are able to solve mirror and space problems will improve and benefit their practice and rehearsal sessions. Practicing with these corrections will be more pleasurable and beneficial.

Belly Dancing Or Not

Belly dancing for many women is fun, fun, and more fun. The American female thoroughly loves the dance movements and the exotic music of the Middle East. But when she mentions that she will be taking classes, often times it is not well received by family and friends. Why? Malicious stories, false stereotypes, and misinformation…

Belly dancing for many women is fun, fun, and more fun. The American female thoroughly loves the dance movements and the exotic music of the Middle East. But when she mentions that she will be taking classes, often times it is not well received by family and friends.

Why?

Malicious stories, false stereotypes, and misinformation about this dance discourages potential students. Being a belly dancer is America does not automatically mean being a stripper or a prostitute. (Unfortunately, these viewpoints do exist in Middle Eastern countries.) American women enjoy dancing and this art form offers enjoyable freestyle physical movements to music.

The challenge of accomplishing muscle control and certain athletic maneuvers is an attractive feature. Belly dancing is not for everyone as it is considered a difficult and complex dance. For this reason, the fault of heart does not pursue it or take part in it.

Dance enthusiasts who do love the challenges of this art form and have the commitment, discipline, and patience to accomplish and succeed in learning this ancient dance has become addicted to its rewards. Thousands of women worldwide practice this dance for either personal satisfaction or for a professional career.

Why does a man climb a mountain? Why do women want to belly dance? Because they are attracted to it, are compelled to pursue it, and enjoy doing it.

The interests by American women awakened the dance history of the Middle East. In the earlier years these women copied the dances of the Middle East and as they learned the reasons for this dance they started to develop their own techniques in both cabaret and tribal styles.

During the last fifteen years women who have had a tribal interest have designed their idea of ​​folkloric dancing, now known as ATS or American Tribal Style. Folkloric reiter to how a culture expresses itself. Cabaret and oriental refer to self-expression originating from the individual.

Throughout the years there is more influence in the Middle East than the American style than the reverse. Much of the costuming in the Middle East has also originated from the western world. The same is happening as this dance moves through other countries.

It is important to note that this dance is designed by women, for women, and by women. This art form will change its many styles as women advance their creativity and imagination. There is no comparison between the ancient originals and today's styles.

Most students learn cabaret first, then tribal. Attending performances help students to identify the different styles and as they advance they are welcome to learn how to do others.

The Traditional Dance Forms of India

India is a land of rich culture and heritage. And what better feature of the country could depict this than the Indian dance forms. The traditional dances of India have different styles. This is so because the dance forms belong to varied parts of the country – they originated there and then developed with all…

India is a land of rich culture and heritage. And what better feature of the country could depict this than the Indian dance forms. The traditional dances of India have different styles. This is so because the dance forms belong to varied parts of the country – they originated there and then developed with all the cultural elements.

There are a great many folk dances that belong to separate regions of the country and are primarily performed by the local people of that particular region only. The Indian film dances also hold a significant spot in the culture of the country.

Origin of Indian Dance Forms

The dance forms of India have their origin since the ancient Vedic period wherein people used to indulge in singing and dancing for entertainment and recreational purposes. The Vedas hold an elaborate statement of performing arts. The Hindu text Natya Shastra includes all the earliest compilations of the ancient dance forms.

From these ancient dance forms have been derived the classic dances of India. Let's get an insight into the popular dances of the country.

Bharatanatyam
Origin in 1000 BC, the Bharatanatyam dance belongs to Tamil Nadu in South India. This is mostly performed on Carnatic music. Earlier, the dance was performed only in Hindu temples and at other religious places. Bharatanatyam used to be a solo dance form performed only by women and depict religious ideas and spiritual themes. During the British era, this dance form was suppressed and ridiculed. However, it went on to become one of the most famous traditional dances of India.

Kathakali
This is the most stylized dance form (basically a dance drama) that belongs to Kerala. Kathakali is a 17th-century dance form which is performed like a story-play and has very colorful and elaborate costumes, makeup, as well as face masks. Unlike other Indian dance forms, Kathakali is performed mainly by men. It was also traditionally performed in temples and religious chambers. The dance movements are incorporated from the ancient athletic traditions and martial arts of South India.

Kathak
This dance form belongs to North India, and the name 'Kathak' has been taken from the Sanskrit work 'katha' which means 'story'. Here, Kathak is 'the one who tells the story'. It majorly consists of passionate and childhood stories of Lord Krishna. Kathak has three different forms which belong to, and are also named after three North Indian cities – Lucknow, Banaras and Jaipur. Ghungroo (small bells) is the main element and involves rhythmic body movements with facial expressions.

Kuchipudi
Kuchipudi is a dance form of Andhra Pradesh. Like other major classical Indian dances, Kuchipudi also has its roots and developed as a religious performing art. According to history, this dance was originally performed by Brahmin males, but now both men and women perform this dance. This is a pure dance form that includes expressions and sign languages.

Odissi
This dance belongs to Odisha, the coastal state of Eastern India. Odissi is a dance-drama style performing art, practiced traditionally by women to express spiritual themes and religious ideas. The dance is accompanied by musicians, wherein they narrate mythical stories, and the dancers perform wearing thematic costumes with rhythmic movements, facial expressions and gestures.

Manipuri
As the name suggests, this dance form is from the North-Eastern Indian state of Manipur. This dance form takes its inspiration from the Raslila of Radha-Krishna and depicts such love-inspired dances. Manipuri is performed in a group and has a very unique and special costume called Kumil, which is a beautifully decorated skirt in the shape of a barrel. This is a very graceful dance which majorly involves movements of the upper body.

Mohiniyattam
This dance form of Kerala takes its name from the seductress avatar of the Hindu God Vishnu, Mohini, who lured the evil demons to help good hope over the bad. Mohiniyattam is a Lasya style dance which is feminine in nature and enterprises exhaust body movements. This is a slow dance solo performance by women.

So, these were the famous traditional dances of India and a little history about their origins. Other than these, there are other tribal and folk dances too that mark the significance of Indian culture.

The Green Man, Venus and Their Place in Modern Life

Tannhäuser and Venus – Still Showstoppers The recently finished Tannhäuser revival at the Deutsche Oper, Berlin, broke all daftness records, but is the production we will remember. Was it the 40 hospital beds on stage for the exhausted returning pilgrims, or the 20 suits of armour that were raised and lowered randomly, through the 3…

Tannhäuser and Venus – Still Showstoppers

The recently finished Tannhäuser revival at the Deutsche Oper, Berlin, broke all daftness records, but is the production we will remember. Was it the 40 hospital beds on stage for the exhausted returning pilgrims, or the 20 suits of armour that were raised and lowered randomly, through the 3 hours – sometimes replaced with a set of devils? Silly theater can be so powerful!

During the overture, Tannhäuser, (played by a stunt man) is lowered the 50 feet or so from the top of the stage, waving arms and legs. He takes several minutes to descend into a sea of ​​female flesh, albeit with artificial breasts. I absorb, there can not be a female chorus, so well endowed, with not a wobble in sight. I wondered what the women would do with Tannhäuser's full suit of armour once he was beneath the sea of ​​limbs. I was not disappointed. During the crescendo of brass, bits of armour were thrown up from the depths and then appeared the real, exhausted Tannhäuser, ready for his domestic with Venus.

Why is Venus important to us in 2017, or why was it important in 12th century Christian Germany, or 19th century Paris? Why is she a key figure in Wagner's opera, Tannhäuser? I believe it is because she is a good vehicle for the artist to express creativity and challenge popular ideas. That is the role of the artist.

Pagans helped us to Chrstianity

We can understand why Wagner uses Venus as a dramatic vehicle, but why. Chad's Church in Harpswell have William Harrington, (rector, died 1350), resting on a superb Green Man? The Cathedral in Würzburg has a Green Man overlooking God. Nicosia churches have multiple Green Men. The 13th century minstrels were fascinated by Venus.

Is there a connection? Is there an explanation?

Waldemar Januszczak has an offering I'd like to test. In his fascinating BBC4 program on the Dark Ages, he pointed out that early murals of Christ made him a woman, or at least very boyish face. Only later, with the Mary culture well established in Christianity, do Jesus depictions move toward the heroic Jupiter-face. Waldemar explains thus. Early Christianity had an image problem – how to appeal to the 50% of the population, who were women. To get around this, artists often went for an androgynous Jesus. The later, post Mary-Cult version of Jesus with Jupiter's face, was designed to bring the pagans on board, without detaching them from their old religion.

Once one starts looking, Waldemar's argument stands up in many scenarios.

St. George's female side is beautifully furnished in any number of early 15th century sculptures by Bernd Notke. The Katherine Church in Lübeck has plaster copies. One of them can not be a mistake. George is more feminine than the princess waiting to be saved from the dragon. Is the female George another example of the boyish Jesus?

It did not happen in a day.

During early Christianity, there were still pockets of pagan sympathy, and belief in gods such as Venus was a staging post between pagan and full Christian. Venus helped keep new Christians in their old comfort zone. Minstrels and poets used her to express sides of their characters, that were no longer acceptable as medieval Christian dinner talk. Was an androgynous St. George a useful comforter for both genders? Why did Venus reappear so many years after her demise as a Roman goddess?

The theory is, that the middle ages were not as Christian as our history lessons have us believe. For example, the Slav King Jaczo, directed over the area we now call Berlin Brandenburg. He crossed to Christianity in 1154. That was when, with his horse sinking exhausted into the Havel, he did a few try-out prayers to various deities. Things improved after summoning Christ and his horse was helped to the bank of the river. He decided to become a follower, but did he give up his three-headed pagan god Triglav, immediately? Probably not. We all need islands of safety within our vision, before we can take the leap.

Wagner and Venus

Time to apply Waldemar's theory to Wagner's Tannäuser. Wagner merged two medieval sagas for his opera. That apart, he remained (nearly) faithful to the original yarns.

Venus lived in the Venusberg, somewhere in what is now Thuringia. Tannhäuser told Venus that he wanted to leave her, because he missed the sky and birdsong. The Venusberg was subterranean, in a mountain, rather than on it, and hidden from mortals. Hold that thought. The protruding bone, which supports female pubic hair is called the mons veneris in anatomy – Latin for Mount of Venus. In the saga, men who entered the Venusberg, accepted perdition.

Let's assume Venus and Tannhäuser were in a vast cavern, waited on as much voluptuous flesh as a man could want to gaze upon and sample. You can have too much of a good thing – apparently. Tannhäuser, after an hour of operational wailing, shouting and accusations, leaves Venus, and returns to the Wartburg. This medieval castle is on a mountain in Thuringia, and is where the rest of the operative action takes place. The hall can still be visited. In the Wartburg, he rediscovers his love for Elizabeth, the symbol of Christian female purity. She is waiting to be taken and dominated by an honourable knight. Tannhäuser, a knight and minstrel, had been her dream man, before he went sampling without portfolio in the Venusberg.

Tannhäuser gets embroiled in a singing contest on the theme of true love. Elizabeth's hand is the prize for the winner. Tannhäuser's friend Wolfram, dutifully sings of pure love – no lust. Tannhäuser blows a gasket and tells them that a bit of lusting after flesh hurt no one. Elizabeth is enthusiastic about the idea. Tannhäuser gets carried away and admits to a sojourn in the Venusberg. He is turned out the castle and told to join pilgrims under to Rome to see if such a sin can ever be forgiven.

Elizabeth's Libido, in his Dreams

Nowadays the same soprano sings Venus and Elizabeth, in the same costume and make-up. We have to ask – was the Venusberg a figment of Tannhäuser's erotic fantasy? Did he fantasize about Elizabeth's female libido? Is Elizabeth ready to show the lustful part of her femininity? Was this a match made in the Venusberg, rather than in heaven? We never find out. Tannhäuser leaves the distraught Elizabeth to wonder what might have been. She agrees that her husband must be presentable and accepts he must go to Rome. She prays for the Pope's forgiveness.

Stunning Redemption

Tannhäuser returns from Rome and relates Pope Urban IV's words. He is as likely to be forgiven such a heinous sin, as Urban's staff is, to sprout leaves. Elizabeth sinks exhausted to the floor. Wolfram covers her with a shroud. Tannhäuser wants to return to the Venusberg, Elizabeth rises from under the shroud. Now she is Venus and tries to seduce him. Wolfram holds Tannhäuser back, and advances him approaching Venus. Tannhäuser dies, as pilgrims enter to declare the staff has sprouted leaves – Tannhäuser is forgiven and can join Elizabeth in heaven.

Accepting Sex Drive

In 19th century Europe, many men believed, if women possessed sex drive, they were whores. No one asked the question, was Tannhäuser without guilt, when Venus and he engaged in so-called, sins of the flesh. Did the staff sprout, because there was no sin to be forgiven? In the medieval version of the saga, Tannhäuser does return to the Venusberg, and the staff still sprouts. Were those poets and minstrels trying to tell us, lustful sex is not a sin? Is this why we still love those ancient stories?

We know what Wagner thought. He celebrated female sex-drive on stage, most notably in Tristan and Isolde, although he did let the love pot take the blame for Isolde's wanton behavior. No one is fooled, nowdays. We know Tristan and Isolde have the hots for each other, long before the love potion is administered.

Why did Wagner go for the soft ending in his version of Tannhäuser? These operas divided society. The Paris premier of Tannhäuser, (1861) was a disaster and wrecked by the audience's protests, because the dance was in the wrong place and disturbed dining habits. Perhaps, with such an audience, the medieval ending was unthinkable. The lovers had to go to heaven, not the Venusberg!

Jean Shinoda Bolen, in her Jungian analysis of the role of Goddeses in our lives, defines Venus as the woman with serious sex-drive. I left my copy of Bolen's 'Goddesses in Everywoman,' in a prominent place in my house. No visitor has managed to pass the book without stopping and having a peek. We all need a bit of pagan!

Venus goes other places

The Tannhäuser story has inspired many works of art, literature and the occasional film (Blade Runner). Aubrey Beardsley added to the genre in the 1890s, with his thin volume, The Story Of Venus And Tannhäuser . It was not printed in full until the 1960s, because no one had the courage. Beardsley died before completion. He describes Tannhäuser's entry into the Venusberg and the high jinks thereafter. It is pure smut and great fun. Another reason we need Venus – to remind us that life is to be enjoyed and you never know what you might like until you have tried it.

I could not resist Venus and Tannhäuser either. The lovers, in my novel Goddesses, role play Beardsley's ideas. The complete novel should be a published this year, providing my courage does not desert me.

Goddesses set us Free

Gods and Goddesses, are there to let us let our hair down. They allow us to act out a bit of our character, which otherwise, would not find an outlet. They appeal to the non-Christian part of us today, as they did for the early Christians 1000 years ago. Waldemar is right. They let us off the hook, but in so doing, keep us on the hook. Let off steam sometimes, is the message. A little bit of what you like, does you good.

Bolen defines women as character types, by using goddesses. If that sounds trite, read her book.

What about the Green Man?

We all love a mystery and the Green Man remains one. We have no idea of ​​his symbolic meaning in pre-Christian society. Why was he so popular with gothic-church builders? Most mysterious, is his enduring popularity as a garden ornament. What position in our character does he personify? We do not know, but we all like to be a bit mysterious. That is a character trait, too.

5 Effective Tips to Create Event Stage Design

It may appear simpler to set up a platform for presenters and speakers than that of an extravagant performance stage. But the success of the event and the people delivering the speeches depend on a number of meticulous details like that of lighting, accessibility and the size together with the right choices of lecterns and…

It may appear simpler to set up a platform for presenters and speakers than that of an extravagant performance stage. But the success of the event and the people delivering the speeches depend on a number of meticulous details like that of lighting, accessibility and the size together with the right choices of lecterns and microphones.

This goes without saying that it calls for ample efforts on the part of the event managers to arrange everything that is needed to achieve perfection with the event. Here are some tips that will help you create the maximum impact on the audience.

  • Ensure the Audio Is Loud and Clear – Quality sound is of utmost significance in case of any event. It helps to convey the right messages to the audience. This helps to enhance the overall optimistic audience experience. Ensure that there is an effective sound distribution across the venue. It is essential to place at least one speaker in every corner of the room. 4 speakers are required for a 200 capacity event.
  • Use Appropriate Lighting – Lighting must be properly placed for every individual who will be standing on the stage at various heights. Although it may seem surprising but stage lighting is often the most underestimated and forgotten thing. But it plays a pivotal role not only during the event but also for the videography and the photos. You should use the console to control the lighting of the entire room. You also should not go for just one profile light for the speaker. Many people move around the stage while delivering the speech. Under such circumstances, near the general house lights, minimum 2 lights are required.
  • Choose the Correct Height – Take into account the comfort and the line of sight of the audience when choosing the right elevation of the stage. For any presentation for about 200 listed audiences, 1 and a half feet off the ground is considered perfect. The total clear view that you have available at the venue is to be considered. The height of the stage can rise up to 5 feet depending on the total size of the audience.
  • Always Brand the Lectern – A lectern is always thought to be the most basic staging needs for the presentations. But you should see to it that the lighter is branded as all avenues and hotels have variant lekterns that can turn out to be an eye-sore in the center-stage if it is not branded. The branding must not have much information . It should just have the central color theme with the logo and the stage is set.
  • Select Microphones Based on Speakers – You should check with the speakers about how they are comfortable while giving the speech. There are speakers who like to move around for effective communication on stage and those who remain static on the leartern. The best thing is to be prepared for all situations. Be prepared with lapel mics, lectern mics as well as cordless mics for the audiences to start the question answer session. You should also make sure that your event crew is ready after each presentation for passing on the mics to whoever requires it.

The above are some of the things that you must keep in mind while organizing the event stage. These are recommended by the best event agency which practices and follows these key tips. This way either the speakers, nor the audience will face any problem.

Puppeteers and Puppets

We are exposed to puppets as children in schools, library programs, museums, toys, dolls, movies, and television. We have all been exposed to puppets from early childhood and continue to be entertained by them as adults. Early television viewing presented children to: The Punch and Judy Show by Rod Burnett Kukla, Fran, and Ollie Shari…

We are exposed to puppets as children in schools, library programs, museums, toys, dolls, movies, and television. We have all been exposed to puppets from early childhood and continue to be entertained by them as adults.

Early television viewing presented children to:

  1. The Punch and Judy Show by Rod Burnett
  2. Kukla, Fran, and Ollie
  3. Shari Lewis with Lamb Chop
  4. Howdy Doody created by Buffalo Bob Smith

What is a puppet? It is an object made from wood, paper, cloth, saw dust, straw, cotton, and other materials which can be shaped to represent a person, an animal, or an object.

The puppeteer brings it to life using his fingers, hands, strings, or rods. A puppet is often times referred to as a doll especially when movements are operated by mechanical or electronic gadgets.

Full Body or Full-Costume Puppet:

Sesame Street characters introduced the full body puppet. One of the most popular characters is Big Bird.

A full body puppet is operated by a human being who is covered completely by a character costume. After the actor is in full costume the character may range in height from six feet or taller. These puppets are always bigger and taller than human beings.

The costume is operated by the actor with his own body which allows more movement freedoms for the character. The actor may also work hand and rod devices and wear a wireless microphone for his voice. This same actor or another operator away from the character may work some controls with a remote device.

Puppeteers:

Do you enjoy performing? Do you have a desire to be an actor? Puppetry is theater and is an art form present in every media outlet.

Most puppeteers are shy. They prefer to be hidden behind the scenes operating with confidence telling a story, while the puppets are exposed and receive attention from the public. Puppeteers have excellent eye and hand coordination abilities as well as timing.

This craft may be learned with on-the-job-training as an apprentice, online courses, local workshops, and more formal training at universities.

What do you need to learn?

  1. Acting
  2. Arts and crafts skills for making props, and other support items
  3. Writing skills for scripts, story telling, advertising, and marketing
  4. Business knowledge
  5. Flexibility to work in television, movies, festivals and events, theater, parties
  6. Mastering the art of ventriloquism and handling different types of puppets
  7. Hours of practice to maintain eye and hand coordination and timing
  8. Puppet construction, operation, storage, and repair maintenance

The craft of puppetry can satisfy creativity and imagination for designing, constructing, and managing man-made replicas of people, animals, or objects to perform amusing feats for entertainment.

Performing Puppets

Do you remember playing with hand puppets when you were a child? Did your parents purchase a puppet or did your mother show you how to make one? A puppet can be created on a stick, or one finger of your hand. A sock pocket can be created with a single sock which has been…

Do you remember playing with hand puppets when you were a child? Did your parents purchase a puppet or did your mother show you how to make one?

A puppet can be created on a stick, or one finger of your hand. A sock pocket can be created with a single sock which has been left behind by a runaway partner. Or fingers can be folded into a slightly closed fist, draw a set of lips and eyes and it is puppet ready. Add a voice to your character supported by a script to tell a story and the show is now live.

These three simple methods of making puppets have experienced and entertained children and adults for many decades. Puppets are fun as they challenge our creativity, imagination, and arts and crafts skills.

What is a puppet?

It is an object made from wood, paper, cloth, saw dust, straw, cotton, and other materials which can be shaped to represent a person, an animal, or an object. The puppeteer brings a puppet to life by moving its flexible parts his or her hand, strings, rods, or mechanical and electronic methods.

Nine Types of Puppets:

  1. Finger – Simple painting on one finger which very young children enjoy.
  2. Sock Barr Tillstrom introduced puppets Kukla, Fran, and Ollie … Then Shari Lewis with Lamb Chop.
  3. Marionette (operated with strings) Ronnie Burkett and his marionettes, and Howdy Doody created by Buffalo Bob Smith.
  4. Ventriloquist: Edgar Bergen and character Charlie McCarthy. World famous today is Jeff Dunham with his latest dummy called Achmed the Terrorist.
  5. Body Puppet: The famous and popular play, The Lion King by Julie Taymor, is a great example of people being in the characters and operating the mechanisms to activate the puppets into action.
  6. Mechanical puppets: The use of small or miniature machines to operate individual parts of the puppet or doll.
  7. Pull string puppet: Dolls and puppets which work by pulling a string. The most popular version of a pull string is baby dolls which speak when the string is dropped. Words like “I love you” are spoken or it could be an animal making sounds or speaking. Pulling strings Moves the mouth, arms, and head.
  8. Rod puppet: A singular rod holds the head or body of the puppet upright or rods may be attached to hands or arms to create movement. The Muppet Show introduced Kermit the frog and Miss Piggy. Sesame Street introduced Cookie Monster.
  9. Shadow puppet: These are shadows of puppets which are created by shining a light onto a clear screen. Children have all experienced shadow puppets. Place your hands in front of a light source and see the shadow images cast against the wall. I bet you never knew these are puppet images.

Most puppet operators are shy individuals, but behind a mask, they are very confident and make excellent entertainers. The mask in this instance is the puppet which is the target for attention and exposure from the audience.

Belly Dancing Develops A Positive Body Image

Belly dancing provides many benefits for mental, psychological, and physical health. Young girls and women are always concerned about their image and will copy or imitate the latest fashion wardrobe or behaviors, exhaust themselves with physical exercises to create the perfect body, and pursue many false avenues until they discover that their positive image is…

Belly dancing provides many benefits for mental, psychological, and physical health. Young girls and women are always concerned about their image and will copy or imitate the latest fashion wardrobe or behaviors, exhaust themselves with physical exercises to create the perfect body, and pursue many false avenues until they discover that their positive image is within self. That acknowledgment encourages confidence and self-assurance with our being.

Belly Dancing Benefits:

Women are torturing themselves trying to get a slender waistline, flat abdomen, slender and shapely legs, curvy hips, and ample breasts. Women will attempt many different types of exercises looking for a magical solution and if not satisfied will seek the services of a plastic surgeon.

  • Belly dancing is an artistic adventure which can be taken to discover, develop, and maintain a positive body image. Every female is a unique being and should not be trying to mold her body into a beauty standard established by others by their definition of the perfect body.
  • This form of dance and its exercises will help a woman to gain her confidence, self-worth, and self-esteem. The exercises and dance movements will help to rearrange her body to her liking and the costume will help to camouflage or enhance sure body parts.

Dancers focus on their dance and discipline their bodies for physical interpretation and communication initiated by the music. The change of mental focus from external to inner is the magic which creates a positive attitude, respect, and appreciation for her body as it is.

The performing belly dancer illustrations on stage:

  1. A woman's beauty and femininity
  2. Emotional changes of smiling, happiness, and fun
  3. The athletic abilities of muscle control of difficult and intricate movements
  4. Interprets and communicates the lyrics or the rhythm of the music with her acting skills
  5. The audience admires the dancer's physical and personality beauty and appreciates her choreographed dance which may represent a particular culture or style.
  6. The performance is sensual for both the performer and the audience to experience their senses of pleasure.

Belly dancers are available in all body types; slim, medium, and heavy. This dance offers a variety of styles which will allow a woman to enjoy her body's contribution. Each woman delights in her belly dance accomplishes.

Costumes:

Costumes different depending on the style of dance. The costume will reinforce and enhance the performer's body image as well as represent the culture of origin. A dancer is concerned with her dance abilities as it must reflect the chosen style. She is extremely pleased with a successful performance.

If her dancing efforts are correct and her body produces the necessary movements then the experience is beautiful, fulfilling, and spiritual. This combination of beauty, body abilities, and self-awareness makes a woman feel confident and comfortable with her being and sensuality.

Unique Ideas for a Theatre Rental

A theater rental does not have to be reserved only for staging a play. Renting one can be a fun and unique way to commemorate a special event, host a speech or cater to a large group. Guests will love the unusual setting and the thought that went into making an occasion memorable. And, of…

A theater rental does not have to be reserved only for staging a play. Renting one can be a fun and unique way to commemorate a special event, host a speech or cater to a large group. Guests will love the unusual setting and the thought that went into making an occasion memorable. And, of course, the host will have the enjoyment that comes from a well-organized event with minimal fuss. These are four ideas for hosting an event at a local theater.

1. Weddings

A theater can be a dramatic, one-of-a-kind location for a wedding ceremony. Guests can sit comfortably in the audience seats while the bride and groom exchange their vows on stage. This is a perfect setting for drama buffs, movie lovers, or anyone who wants a unique setting without resorting to the outdoors. Old spaces are especially well suited for this, as many have interesting architectural details that will be lovely in photos. Décor can be minimal. Consider designing invitations to resemblance old playbills. For a fun favor for guests, serve popcorn in old-fashioned containers marked with the bride and groom's names and the date of the wedding.

2. Birthday Parties

Consider a theater rental for a fun, memorable birthday party. Many locations allow the use of their facilities for birthdays, and some even include the food, balloons, and décor. This venue is perfect for a large group, and it is the ideal time to get all the kids together to see the newest animated release, teen-friendly action flick, or age-appropriate comedy. Parents may just need to ask for permission to bring in a cake and candles. Bonus: someone else gets to clean up after the party!

3. Photo Shoots

A theater can be a great location for a photo shoot. Engagement photos, maternity shoots, wedding photos, and social media promotions can all be staged among the seats, in front of movie posters, or along any interesting details that might be found in the building. The opportunities for creating an original layout are almost endless. By renting the facility, the photography team can be sure that there will be no onlookers or crowds disrupting the shots. Of course, the photographer should secure all necessary permissions from management ahead of time.

4. Private Showing

Who would not love a private showing of their favorite movie? Anyone can rent a theater to host a viewing for a small group. This is a great opportunity for independent filmmakers to show off their work, or for a group of super fans to get together regularly to re-watch their favorite heroes battle on screen. The rental fees are usually lower than people expect, especially for daytime or after-hours showings. Many facilities welcome the opportunity for additional revenue and offer special discounts for large groups. The organizer of the event should consult with management to determine whether or not a projector and screen will be provided.

No matter the reason for considering a theater rental, it's a great way to create an unforgetable occasion.

Buy Event Tickets With An Online Ticket Broker

People are usually enthusiastic about particular events of their choice. One always wants to attend a concert of his favorite pop star or wants to attend the semi-finals and finals of cricket series or other sports events. Everybody is fascinated to attend such events. People long for a concert for a long time, but often…

People are usually enthusiastic about particular events of their choice. One always wants to attend a concert of his favorite pop star or wants to attend the semi-finals and finals of cricket series or other sports events. Everybody is fascinated to attend such events.

People long for a concert for a long time, but often do not get tickets on time. Most of the times concerts are sold out as soon as the booking opens.

Similarly many sports events are sold out very quickly because of high demand. There is no guarantee that you will get the ticket if you are waiting for sometime before buying it.

Many times the tickets are available but in black so fans would have to fork out excessive amounts of money. The process of buying tickets is so time consuming and the demand is so high that one is not even sure whether he / she will get it or not. And besides that, those tickets which usually cost 10 dollars may cost up to 100 dollars when one of them just before an event starts.

To get rid of all these problems these days online ticket brokers are available. These online brokers sell through the web based brokering services. The price of each ticket depends on demand and availability. If demand is more than available it is obvious that these tickets will cost a lot. These online brokers buy from a licensed dealer and then sell them at prices determined by their company.

Online brokers work on demand basis. If any event is too famous then they will charge more price for that particular ticket. The advantage is that one need not stand in a queue for longer duration to get the ticket. One just needs to book it online.

Buying tickets online has many advantages:

It saves time: You can buy tickets from online brokers at anytime and you do not need to take time off from your hectic schedule.

It saves hassle: You might have seen people standing in lines outside ticket counters and even staying up overnight to buy tickets to music concerts. All this may sound adventurous but it is no fun standing in line. Buying from online brokers save you all the hassle.

Beside this, one is not bound by the geographical barrier. Tickets can be easily purchased from anywhere around the world. Online buying saves lots of time and energy. There is no need to get the contact number of hundreds of brokers. You can just open your computer and book within few minutes.

Safe transactions: The online ticket brokers sell tickets through websites which are fully safe. These sites follow full security protocols so your credit card details are safe and secure.

Belly Dancing Is Considered Sexy and Sexual

Belly dancing is considered both sexy and sensual depending on the observer's point of view. A woman in a bikini swim suit may be seen as sexy, but not sensual. A beautiful woman walking graciously may be seen as sensual, but not sexy. Confused? Many people confuse these two words. Sexy Versus Sensual: Sexy usually…

Belly dancing is considered both sexy and sensual depending on the observer's point of view. A woman in a bikini swim suit may be seen as sexy, but not sensual. A beautiful woman walking graciously may be seen as sensual, but not sexy. Confused? Many people confuse these two words.

Sexy Versus Sensual:

  1. Sexy usually refer to whatever may be appealing to another. It shows basic sexual instincts and interests to be heightened or excited.
  2. However, sensuality has more to do with physical, mental, and emotional sensations of our five senses without including sex.

It can be confusing at times. Much has to do with how a person is defining the difference between sex and sensuality.

Examples:

There is a movement called pelvic tucks. Both male and female dancers perform this movement by making small tilting back pelvic movements to the beat of the music. This is not a sexy movement but a sensual movement as it is being performed without anyone thinking or suggesting sex.

Male dancers are cautioned to never do this move in a forward manner as it would be too suggestive and sexually threatening. A female may occasionally reverse this move to a position position but it is restricted and it does not cause anyone to think sex.

Dress Rehearsals:

The costume and the choreography are rehearsed and monitored before appearing before an audience. The teacher or the choreographer may change or modify a movement if inappropriate.

The bedroom:

An individual may decide to incorporate belly dancing movements mixed with sexual suggestions for their mate in the privacy of their bedroom. This type of dancing is definitely sexy with the intent of building romantic gestures and ending with sexual intimate. No true dance artist of belly dancing would perform in this manner in a public performance.

The Public Performance:

The sensual movements require focused control and the dancer is so focused on her moves she is not thinking sex, but rather creating sensual actions with her body. The goal of the performance is beauty and fantasy combined with the art of flirting.

The choice of music for the dancer will determine if she will perform movements to the song lyrics or to choose an instrumental selection to dance assorted rhythms.

Think about this for a moment:

The dancer's choreography includes a story line of a young girl living on a farm and she describes her chores with dance movements. For the audience to think that the dancer is being sexy would be cause for laughing considering the story line.

A dancer is performing with a live band and she and the drummer are having a contest interpreting the rhythms. She is using her body and hips to interpret the beats and the drummer is pound his drum or drums with his fingertips trying to outdo the dancer. They and the audience are caught in the excitement of the percussion rhythms and having fun watching this duel.

How can a person think this is sex when the dancer is using her techniques, skills, and talents to creatively interpret the rhythms and the drummer is beating away on the skin of the drum? Neither of these performers is thinking sex. They are both preoccupied with the contest of wits.

7 Rules to Follow at the Theatre

There's nothing quite like attending a live performance at a theater, but every seasoned member knows that there are rules and etiquette guidelines that must be followed during the show. For those attending their very first play, it's best to get a firm understanding of the expected behavior before the night of the event. Here…

There's nothing quite like attending a live performance at a theater, but every seasoned member knows that there are rules and etiquette guidelines that must be followed during the show. For those attending their very first play, it's best to get a firm understanding of the expected behavior before the night of the event. Here are the basic rules to follow.

Arrive Early

It's best to arrive at least 30 minutes before the time stamped on the ticket. Most events start seating patrons half an hour before show time and stop sitting once the show starts. If someone is late, ushers may require that they wait in the lobby until a break or admission. Avoid missing the first part of the performance by getting to the early early.

Silence Cell Phones

Most theatergoers prefer a quiet atmosphere. Ringing cell phones or smart watches sending out notifications can be distracting. Once the lights dim, make sure all technology is either turned off or set to silent mode. At admission, attendees can check messages and respond to phone calls, but if they're in their seats, it's best to stay quiet and pay attention to the show.

Avoid Distracting Behavior

When the actors are onstage, it's important to be quiet and respectful of their performance. Avoid whispering or talking to friends, and save any snacks for interruption. While the actors may not be able to see everything that's coming in the crowd, other audience members sitting can become distracted by constant movement or hushed conversations.

Leave the Camera at Home

Although some performances allow the audience to take pictures, most do not. It's a distraction to both the audience and the actors. The house manager keeps a keen eye out for any cameras and may ask would-be photographers to leave.

Applause Is Encourageed

After the end of a scene or song, it's customary for the audience to applaud the performance. However, new theatersgoers may find it difficult to time their applauses appropriatively. For those that are unsure of when to clap, it's best to follow the rest of the audience. Clap when the majority of the theater is clapping, and stop when they stop.

Be Patient at Curtain Call

While it's tempting to rush to the exit as soon as the performance is over, it's best to be a bit patient. Let the actors leave the stage before moving towards the aisle. While it's not strictly forbidden, leaving as soon as the performance is over may be considered disrespectful, especially if the players have not taken their final bow.

Go Over the Rules with Kids

If a child is going to the show, make sure to go over rules and the expected behavior of them before heading to the theater. If they know what to expect ahead of time, it's less likely that they'll act out, forcing a parent to leave in the middle of an act.

Live performances and plays are a wonderful way to experience entertainment. Follow these rules and enjoy a night at the playhouse!

Becoming a Voice Over Artist

Voice over is a business that can be very unfriendly to the fault of heart. If you can not take constructive criticism, if you're impatient, if you hate to lose, if you can not handle rejection, then these hits will not work in your favor when seriously considering becoming a voice over artist. To begin…

Voice over is a business that can be very unfriendly to the fault of heart. If you can not take constructive criticism, if you're impatient, if you hate to lose, if you can not handle rejection, then these hits will not work in your favor when seriously considering becoming a voice over artist. To begin with, the competition is fierce. At the top of the food chain are the union voice actors, then the independent professional self-contractors, and finally all of the amateurs or “wannabes” looking to make a quick buck. The internet is scheduled with the latter, which is unfortunate. Particularly for the experienced talent who strive to maintain a standard. Most professionals have their own websites in order to promote themselves online. There are also the numerous talent pools, many of which charge for membership on their sites. Inclusion into the more recognized “voice banks” is like trying to join an exclusive golf club. Very few are selected for admission. The same goes for the top talent agencies. Unless you can fill a specific “hole” they may have, you will be passed by in a heartbeat. Not to mention that they're first obligation is to cater to those already represented. Discouraging as it may sound, seeking representation can lead to many dead ends. Even if you are unique enough to be accepted by an agency, they will only do so much for you in terms of auditions and getting you work.

Therefore, the road to any success in the voice over industry involves a ton of self-promotion. Firstly you should have your own website, where potential clients can listen to your voice over demos. This also demonstrates that you are legitimate and genuine. Anyone can create a voice over page in social media, or post a video depicting oneself as a voice artist, which are paths of least resistance in terms of cost. Paying for a membership with a well known voice over website could be an additional option. In these cases, one would have to audition for voice over jobs posted by voice seekers, some of which may not be trustworthy or reliable. There's a degree of risk involved since there are no guarantees of securing work. Levels of membership can also pose a problem when it comes to receiving the same quality leads as the highest level. Signing up for a profile is free on a number of voice over sites, but extremely paying a fee is required to audition through them. Self-promotion also includes contacting production companies who have used independent voice talent on their projects. Blogging is another option. Sending emails announcing your services to businesses that advertise is still another option. Networking through social media too. Investing in AdWords could be another way to go, and many are already taking that route. In any event, getting your name out there should be your primary goal.

Be prepared for competition once you've established a degree of online presence. You will be going up against many of the big guns who are repeatedly bought after by the same clients. Fortune may work in your favor though and you'll get a paying gig within a few days, or a few hours of your site being visited and your demos found and heard, or it may take much longer depending on demand and what you bring to the table in terms of talent. Finding new sources of voice over work is difficult, but not impossible thanks to the internet which reaches around the globe. Overseas can be a great source for voice over projects, but be prepared for possible communication gaps, unless you speak a dozen languages. American voice over actors are highly watched after the pond however, so this could be a direction to pursue. The UK, India, China, the Netherlands, and Japan have all used American English speaking voices. Chances are, if you have decent search engine ranking for some of the important voice over search terms, you'll be contacted by overseas voice seekers. Potential projects include independent films, major and small events, wedding videos, animation, radio imaging, documentaries, and corporate websites to list a few. Question now is, how do you compare to the competition? Do you sound believable? You can not sound like you're reading. Sounding like an announcer, except specifically requested, can also be your downfall. Having a deep voice is not always an advantage either. Currently there seems to be a trend of leaning towards more college age voices, but the conversational, natural sound wins out on a consistent basis. The storyteller, “guy next door” approach is without doubt in the highest demand today. It's not as easy as it sounds, and involves the ability to act, or to “pretend” to sound genuine, sincere, and realistic.

We've come a ways now in this discussion, but have still to talk about the actual recording end of it. You can not rely solely on opportunities to record at a professional, multi-million dollar studio that talent agencies send talent to for auditions, even when one has representation. You have to have your own studio at home, or wherever you can afford to assemble and have room for one, no matter what and where the source of business situation. You have to have a microphone, preferably a condenser mic, an amplifier, a compressor, and an interface for starters. Then you'll need editing software installed on your computer, ideally a PC with plenty of ram. You'll need a method of delivering completed audio files, and of course a way to accept payment. Practicing reading while recording yourself, then listening back for objective critique is an ongoing process, even for professionals, and someone other than your mother should provide the feedback to your readings. This is where a vocal instructor could come into play. Microphone technique is an art in itself, and must be incorporated correctly during recording. It must become second nature so it does not distract from interpreting the script. The main focus needs to be on what's being said, keeping in mind who it's said to, and how to say it in a convincing manner. One-on-one is a term often used in the industry. In other words, sounding NATURAL, while avoiding breath pops, and clicking sounds while speaking. Staying hydrated and maintaining breath control are integral to the whole process of recording in front of a microphone.

What about categories of voice over, and should you concentrate on a single genre? The variety of voice over projects is limitless, but all invariably fall under specific categories or “genres”. They are, in a nutshell, commercials, promos, narrative, radio imaging, movie trailers, and animation. Just about any application of voice over will involve one of these concepts. The goal of the voice over artist is to evaluate and decide in which category one's strengths mostly lie, those which one's talents are best suited for maximum impact. In other words, finding your “niche”. Attempting to cover them all could lead to an exercise in futility, so honing your skills to excel in one area might be the better approach to take. This only comes with practice, and more practice, and being critiqued by an objective party. It takes time and patience to eventually succeed, and most success stories do not happen overnight. Rejection is a large part of the business, so be prepared for that. It's all mostly a matter of opinion anyway, so what sounds attendate to some, may sound like the best thing since sliced ​​bread to others. You can not take any of it personal. You need to stick to your guns, and believe in yourself. Believe you have what it takes, and you can achieve whatever you put your mind to. If it's professional voice over, then needless to say it takes a lot of commitment and drive. Should you hang in there long enough to build up a respectable clientele through your pursuits, gaining valuable experience along the way, then the realization of it all having been well worth the time invested will essentially become your primary motivation to be the best at what you do. Again, there are no guarantees of success, but without one gets in the mix, there's no way of knowing for certain.

Interested In Tap Dance? – 3 Things To Look For When Selecting A Tap Dance Syllabus

Tap dancing is not only fun to watch but also very enjoyable to perform. What is more is that this kind of dancing also comes with a number of health benefits to those who engage in it. It has a way of increasing cardiovascular condition, coordination, flexibility and strength. The dance combines lots of feet…

Tap dancing is not only fun to watch but also very enjoyable to perform. What is more is that this kind of dancing also comes with a number of health benefits to those who engage in it. It has a way of increasing cardiovascular condition, coordination, flexibility and strength. The dance combines lots of feet and leg movements which in return improve flexibility around the knees, hips and even ankles. Considering that the dancers need mental and muscle memory to be proficient in the tapping cognitive abilities are also enhanced.

Tap dancers develop a sense of timing and rhythm and have to seefore focus on music as they incorporated steps and combinations. The best thing about this kind of dancing is that that can be done solo without a partner and still be enjoyed to the maximum. If you are interested in learning tap dance on your own or you wish to be an instructor of the same, a tap dance syllabus can help you achieve your goals easily. All you need to do is ensure that you choose the right tap program and a few things can help you start off on the right note.

1. Tap program level

Contrary to what many people think, tap dance is not just for kids. The fact is that the dancing can be customized to suit any age and fitness level. This means that adults and even senior citizens can enjoy the tapping too and reap the benefits. When looking at a program, therefore, it is important that you choose the one that is designed for your age and fitness level or for your category of learners you wish to train. A program designed for teens may not work very well for seniors. Most programs are categorized in age brackets and selecting the most suitable ones is there not as hard.

2. Manual and video

Tap dancing takes skill and without the right guidance it can be hard to learn or teach the right movements. A good program should have a comprehensive guide to all the exercises, rhythms and steps for easy reference. With an instructional video included, it becomes very easy for learners and trainers to get the right combinations during the dance and perfect them professionally.

3. Music

Tap dance is never complete without the right music to accompany the steps and combinations. When looking for a tap program, you want to ensure that it has a number of tracks to accompany the manual and video. The tracks should be complete with the right styles and tempos that are suitable for the age group it is designed for. The last thing you want to do is to end up with a syllabus that leaves all the work of choosing the right music for you because it is something that can be tedious to do, especially if you are a learner or a trainer trying to get familiar with dance strategies.

Why You Should Try LARPing

Live Action Role Playing or LARP as it is often known involves participants playing out a favorite or fictional character in a fantasy setting. Imaginative, inventing and entertaining, LARP is an immersive experience that is being dramatically viewed as free-form amateur dramatics. Those who love live-action role-play describe it as a form of interactive storytelling.…

Live Action Role Playing or LARP as it is often known involves participants playing out a favorite or fictional character in a fantasy setting. Imaginative, inventing and entertaining, LARP is an immersive experience that is being dramatically viewed as free-form amateur dramatics. Those who love live-action role-play describe it as a form of interactive storytelling. In LARP, battle and games are reenacted with a group of LARPERS who dress up and act like specific characters inspired by a game, book, or movie. In case you have designed a completely original look, the costumes and actions in LARP are all expected to be realistic. But, why should you try it? Well, here is a full list of reasons for you …

1. It's a great way to make new friends.

LARP creates an ideal atmosphere to make new connections, especially for those who are introverted or shy. Such organized social affairs remove the pressure of approaching new individuals. Additionally, communicating with someone new who shares a common interest or passion is exciting and a great ice breaker!

You can take on the trains of your chosen character and can wear a mask of sorts. This may help you break out of the shell where otherwise you feel withdrawn.

2. It enhances your creative skills

LARP gives you a great opportunity to develop and create a character. Not only do you get the opportunity to design your LARPing weapon or armor, but you also get to name your character. Problem-solving, designing, and a chance to show off your skills on the battlefield!

Larping styles vary from country to country. The Nordic, Scandinavian countries are known for their artistic approach, with a greater focus on themes and story-telling instead of combat. The US with its competitive culture, approaches it more like a sport.

3. It is extremely active.

Not only is LARP great for friendships and creativity, it can keep you health too. In this you play out the real-life versions of your favorite video and computer games. You're constantly moving around while keeping tabs on your surroundings and protecting yourself from getting hit. Running, jumping, and battling is a great way to stay heart-healthy and shed a few of those extra pounds.

4. It's a great stress relief!

LARPING offers a great chance to get away from your present reality and enter a totally new world. Regardless of whether it is an extremely challenging day at school or work, or you're just searching for something fun and engaging. For most people, this is their holiday – they come into this to get away from the real world. LARPing rules out our major addictions – no internet, no phones and no bad news!

5. It is a great chance to dress like your favorite historical character!

Always dreamt of being a princess, a pirate or a knight in shining armor? Here's your chance!

6. It is Harmless!

You strike your friends or opponents with foam or latex LARP weapons such as axes, swords, clubs, or arrows. So if you get hit, you lose a limb (not literally) but it's all in good fun!

Conclusion:

So whether you want to dress up like your favorite historical or fantasy character or are looking to make new friends, there are plenty of reasons to try LARP.