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
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000739/
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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 2/1/12: Suhaila Salimpour (Albany, CA) original Tweet 9/27/11, Can you name a “PERFECT” dancer?

Suhaila3Belly Dancer Tribute 2/112: Suhaila Salimpour (Albany, CA) original Tweet 9/27/11

Suhaila Salimpour, Jamila Salimpour and Isabella are Belly Dance Royalty in the United States!!!

Jamila is the First Lady, Suhaila is the Lady in Waiting and Isabella is the Princess of Belly Dance.

The first time I took a workshop from Suhaila was in St. Louis when she was still a teenager.  It was so funny how she was so young, yet so commanding and able to order all the “older” dancers around . . . TEE HEE!

That part of it cracked me up, but boy can Suhaila crack a whip in  dance workshop!  I used to try be one of the last few standing because her workshops were so physically demanding.  I tried to attend as many of her workshops as I could back in St. Louis.

So glad I did.  I have a tribute to Suhaila on page 198 of my book:  As close to perfection – that’s Suhaila, in my humble opinion.

I can’t stand dancers who think they know it all, they are above it all, they are so great that they have stopped learning because they already know everything, right?  I hope to NEVER stop learning, I hope to ALWAYS keep growing and keep studying dance, whether it’s someone I have only seen on a video or some of my precious favorite dancers, like Suhaila Salimpour.

I don’t think any dancer knows everything.  I don’t believe it is possible to be a PERFECT dancer, meaning you know how to perform every style there is, you know every finger cymbal pattern, and you are at the top of the game.  Some dancers come very close, like Suhaila, Morocco, Aisha Ali, Nagwa Fouad, and others that you have in your heart that are near perfect (in your eyes).  The trick is, sometimes dancers perform their FAVORITE style.  And some dancers are known for CERTAIN styles.  There are some dancers who you will never see doing floorwork.  There are some dancers who would not perform cane dance.  And there are those only want to do Egyptian cabaret style, so when you see them dance, you mostly see their preferred or favorite style.

Name one dancer that you have seen perform every style, including Tribal, floor work, Greek Cabaret, Turkish Cabaret, Gypsy, Spanish, Sword, cane, etc.?  That list is pretty short.  At the top of the Leaderboard of course is the magnificent “Aunt Rocky” Morocco of New York.  Aunt Rocky is a “walking” encyclopedia of dance!  I don’t think there is anything about dance that she does not know.  I’m sure I can ask her about any style, any country, any shimmy, any step and she would be the Authority on that subject, whether it’s what style of dance did Haggala come from, or what type of dance movements are used in Tunisian dance?  She knows, not calling her a know-it-all, but she is the expert!  Aunt Rocky you are perfection!!!

Even when I think the Queen of Belly Dance Nagwa Fouad.  She does Egyptian cabaret, some floor, cane of course, but I have not seen her do Tribal Dance or anything close to Greek or Turkish cabaret.  I could be wrong, and if so I stand corrected though.

But wait, what makes Suhaila so special?  Suhaila has built an EMPIRE in dance!  Looking at how popular her workshops are, being an actress on the TV show Fame, her line of videos and her earnings potential are off the roof!  She is one of the few dancers in the country that can appear on a TV show, based on the fame of being a belly dancer.

Suhaila — thanks for showing me how to squeeze my buns Suhaila and for the all great workshops I have attended with you and seeing your performances throughout the years.

 

http://www.suhailainternational.com/
http://www.suhailainternational.com/salimpour-legacy
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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, criticisms, questions, concerns, tributes are all welcome!

What is your favorite dance by Suhaila Salimpour?  Can you name a PERFECT dancer?