Dancer Tribute 3/30/12: Debbie Allen (Houston, TX) original Tweet 10/10/11, Who is your favorite triple threat performer?

Debbie1Dancer Tribute 3/30/12: Debbie Allen (Houston, TX original Tweet 10/10/11

I have a saying that describes my performing motto:  JUST DO WHAT DEBBIE DOES!!!

You can’t go wrong if you follow the path of Debbie Allen!

Dancer
Choreographer
Singer
Broadway Star
Actress
Director
Debbie2Producer
Dance Studio Director
Emmy Winner
Academy Awards Choreographer

What can’t Debbie do?

There is no performing road block that Debbie can’t tackle with her magnificent talent, determination and strength.

Debbie3She opened so many doors of dance, that NO ONE, I mean NO ONE will be able to conquer the Dance World like Debbie did.  In fact, like Katherine Dunham before her, Debbie also integrated and KICKED DOWN the glass ceiling when it came to directing and producing.

If I could come back reincarnated as any performer, it would be Debbie Allen.

There are not many performers that I admire that have so many works that I admire.  I loved her performances in Broadway shows like Purlie, West Side Story and Sweet Charity.  I loved her acting in TV shows like FAMEAll of Us, The Cosby Show, A Different World, Quantum Leap, In The House and SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE!  And I love it when I see Debbie’s name as a director for shows like Girlfriends, Hellcats and The Parkers!

Debbie4Debbie has so many incredible performances that it would be hard to pinpoint my favorite, but I can try to narrow it down to my TOP 3:

  • 1.  Choreographer for 1983 65th Oscar Awards Live to “A Whole New World” from the movie Aladdin.  The Belly Twins (Veena & Neena) and Atlantis did a great job of performing in that telecast.
  • 2.  The Debbie Allen special.  I have a copy of this somewhere on a VHS, but I remember Debbie Allen “Belly Dancing” in a yellow costume.
  • 3.  Debbie Allen as Joanna Chapman in Quantum Leap episode of  “Private Dancer.”  http://www.tv.com/shows/quantum-leap/private-dancer-60523/

I can sing my praise of Debbie Allen all day and all night, but let me close by saying:  DO WHAT DEBBIE DOES and you will never go wrong in Dance!  Debbie thank you for inspiring me and so many other dancers, you are a NATIONAL DANCE TREASURE!

 

Debbie5http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Debbie_Allen
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000739/bio
http://www.museum.tv/eotvsection.php?entrycode=allendebbie
http://www.debbieallendanceacademy.com/
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/freetodance/biographies/allen.html
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Debbie6I will be posting some of my original Dancer Tributes in WordPress, only the early ones that were in Twitter only, not WordPress.  Back when I first starting posting the dancer tributes on Twitter I only had 2 subscribers.  Now that I have more, I realized that a lot of people missed my early dancer tributes.  But as I am reposting those, I will also keep adding new content for topics like Dance Choreography, new Dancer tributes, etc.

Now is your time to Join the Conversation! Comments, questions, concerns, controversy, rebuttals, tributes, blog suggestions, guest bloggers, etc., are all welcome!

Who is your favorite triple threat performer?

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Belly Dancer Tribute 2/9/12: BellyTwins (Veena & Neena Bidasha) original Tweet 10/1/11, What is your favorite dance by the BellyTwins-Veena & Neena?

Bellytwin1Belly Dancer Tribute 2/9/12: BellyTwins (Veena & Neena Bidasha) original Tweet 10/1/11.

I was watching TV one day and saw an ad for a Belly Dance video by the BellyTwins.  I hadn’t heard of them, but the video tape looked good, so I went ahead and ordered it.

Later on, I found out how Twin-Licious the Belly Twins were with their TV appearances on the Oscar Awards 1993 (with Atlantis), their appearances on shows such as Steve Harvey, The Wayans Brothers or All of Us.  I love the BellyTwins, but it would have been nice to see different dancers sometimes.  And I know that is hard because not all belly dancers are also actresses and SAG members, so the talent pool for booking belly dancers on a show is pretty slim.  That’s prolly why we see only a small group belly dancers again and again on TV shows, like the BellyTwins or Mesmera.  I love them, but on an African-American show it would have shown great diversity in talent to book an African American belly dancer.  And the are plenty out there, I would nominate Lotus Niraja, Alicia Dhanifu, Nakish, heck — anybody to show on African American shows that there are African American Belly dancers in the US.

We all know about the fabulous DVDS by the BellyTwins, such as:

  1. Basic Moves
  2. Beyond Basic
  3. Mystic Dance
  4. Slim Down
  5. Arms & Abs
  6. Hips, Buns & Thighs
  7. Fat Burning

Their amazing work work as Belly Dance Superstars on their DVDs and live shows.  Not to mention their awesome book, The Way of the Belly.  I actually checked out the book from the library, read it and returned it back to the library.  Later on I found out that the book came with a DVD, which I completely overlooked, so I went ahead and purchased a copy for myself.

But my favorite performance by the BellyTwins is when Veena Bidasha provided her voice on Jungle Book the movie part 2.  To me, that was such a major role and I am so proud that a Belly Dancer was able to play the voice of the mother in that movie.  I know they have also acted in lots of movies and TV shows, but Jungle Book is one of my personal favorite movies.

I was a kid when the original Jungle Book movie came out and I really loved all of the songs like “I Want to Be Like You” (the original not the new version).  I sung those songs so many times as a kid that now I know all the lyrics by heart.  When Jungle Book part 1 was released on Video, I purchased a copy.  My grandson always loved watching that movie when he was young.  So when it was released on DVD, I got that version, as well as Jungle Book, part 2.  A great family movie to watch with the kids.

It is such an honor that Veena could participate in such a grand production.  The Belly Twins are Belly-Fabulous.  I can’t wait to see what they do next.

 

 

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http://www.bluemoontalent.com/belly-twins.html
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I will be posting some of my original Dancer Tributes in WordPress, only the early ones that were in Twitter only, not WordPress.  Back when I first starting posting the dancer tributes on Twitter I only had 2 subscribers.  Now that I have more, I realized that a lot of people missed my early dancer tributes.  But as I am reposting those, I will also keep adding new content for topics like Dance Choreography, new Dancer tributes, etc.

Now is your time to Join the Conversation!  Comments, questions, concerns, controversy, rebuttals, tributes, etc., are all welcome!

What is your favorite dance by the BellyTwins-Veena & Neena?