I am hardly offended by harsh non constructive criticism. But one hit me. Someone sent me a comment saying that i am cheating with the cane, and am not actually balancing it. They assumed that i am just bluffing. Well its quite easy to bluff in a home video. But not in front of a live audience. My video jerks because of crappy Imovie. It tends to digitize leaving certain frames. I’ll try my best to fix this the next time.
An achievement won’t quite be an achievement if you are fibbing. I don’t have to seek such attention. It affects me because its hardwork. The drum solo is all possible because we belly dancers use body isolations, and the head never moves. That should make sense why the cane doesn’t fall. Its no big secret. Belly dance is all about illusions. And that is what attracted me to this artform.
I’d like to offer so much more. Belly dance is an art that was accumulated all over the years. There are so many auteurs contributing, even till today. So why not us? The future generation has to learn from us.
One thing i am glad is that i pushed myself during my foundation years to master isolations. Ive known other dancers who started along with me, but never had patience and they would go on advancing to the next classes without mastering isolations. They claimed it would naturally come. Yes it would. But the difference between a good and a moderate dancer is your isolations. When your isolations are very good, you can do all sorts of tricks. Like what im doing. Isolation is key. Nothing is impossible. It looks impossible. But really, if you love ur art, it will come. Eventually.
I’ll like to tell you a story of myself. And maybe this will explain why i balance things so well on my head. When i was in kindergarten, we had a competition – called bean bag. Basically you balance this bean bag on your head and run, place it on the other side. You have a total of 5 bean bags on one side. You have to carry them on your head one at a time to the other side. Balance them on your head and run or walk. I used to try it. But failed. I just couldnt. Then my teacher pissed me off and said, “we need to take this kid out of the competition cos she is no good.” I was so hurt. That evening i went to my mom and said what happened. She trained me. And what followed was a sports training montage like they show in hollywood movies. I would balance powder tins, cups, toys, anything i can think of. I had one week to prove myself to my stupid teacher. And then the competition came. Lo and behold, i won no. 1. My teacher was so surprised. I could run/walk with those bean bags. And that was when i achieved my 1st trophy. It was gold. My elder sister is a runner and she has like 30 trophies, so i put my one and only gold one beside hers. Quite honestly ive only 3 trophies up to date. But well, i atleast have 3 lol.
The trick is balancing heavier things on your head or just about anything. If you try u can get there. Or just get someone to piss u off real bad like my teacher or the douche that thinks im tricking with the cane. Seriously….tricking with the cane sounds alot harder than balancing it on the head with the drum solo. Im no magician guys. Just a bellydancer 🙂