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‘’Sam’s Entourage’ and how it got that way The first act in the recent Half the Sky hafla was billed as “’Sam’s Entourage’, a way of saying that it included dancers from her newest to her most experienced. Who was who? The event was put together by Triton’s Tribal Belly Dance Club and Gülbahar; Smoke danced its own number. The ground rules/expectations for the different groups follow. To be in the Club: Be an enrolled Triton student. Sign up, come to meetings and practices. Members of the Triton Tribal Belly Dance Club are not under any obligation to perform. According to data collected in class, students take bellydance for fitness, because they want to learn some new steps, or out of curiosity. All of these are good reasons to take the class and join the Club. Those who get hooked on the dance may want to learn how to do it in performance; this possibility may arise, depending on available performance opportunities. Want to be in the student troupe? Come to class consistently. Practice on your own and with others. Show commitment to improving form, working in formation, presentation skills. Be competent in leading and following. Be comfortable with finger cymbals. Gülbahar is Triton’s student performance troupe. Ask me (Sam) about dancing events with them- I can tell you what you need to work on. What is Smoke? Smoke is Sam’s ATS performance troupe, based at Intuit Dance in Oak Park. Not everyone in Smoke has come up through Triton classes. Some members have worked hard to get there, or have come to me with exceptional talent. They were able to put in the time to dance with the troupe, in synchrony and flow. They are committed to the full canon of fast and slow steps; they are held to a professional standard of conduct and performance. At this level, dancers benefit from taking workshops and classes with additional teachers outside of my classes. ~For Performance~ You will need: Finger cymbals, two and a quarter inch size or larger, and mastery of them Headdress or ‘’hair garden’ elements Makeup (not ‘’street’, but stage/performance) Dance shoes Pantaloons Tiered, full-circle skirt Hip scarf or tassel belt (no Egyptian coin scarves for performance with Smoke- acceptable for Gülbahar Choli, close-fitting Coin bra, tribal style If in doubt about any of these elements, ask. For Smoke, and to a lesser extent Gulbahar, a costume silhouette including some particular items will be specified for each event.
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