Belly Dancer Tribute 12/26/11: Angelika Nemeth (Irvine, CA)

angelikasupine3When I watch Angelika Nemeth perform, 2 words come to mind:  POWER and INTENT!  Angelika is not afraid to use her power and show how powerful a dancer she is.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not talking about someone not being feminine, which she is, but when you look at her performance, her strength and power stand out.  In particular I love one of her performances on the Dancing Live to Raja video.  She was doing a shimmy and did something very simple, but yet it was very powerful.  In the middle of the shimmy, she jumped and turned to face the other direction.  Simple, yet the way she did it was very powerful.  Intent – when you watch Angelika dance, she intends to do the movement!!!  I know that sounds simple, but yet it is very effective.  I have a saying in my classes about being a “stick dancer” or someone who simply does a movement without any personality, feeling or connection to the dance or the movement.  You can see intent or lack of in any performer, whether it’s a singer, dancer, actor, etc.  And I myself will admit that with some shows, I PHONE IT IN!  I’m there physically, and committed to do the show, by I’m not there in my mind, because I’m either dead tired, sick or had a bad day at work.  Well the show must go on, regardless.  Some times I can get away with phoning in a performance it and sometimes not.  It’s really hard to “phone in” a show with Live Music.  I used to sponsor large workshops with a guest instructor and bands like Raja Zahr  & John Bilezikjian, Brothers of the Baladi, Jazayer, Trans Arabian Sound Band, Sirocco, Oasis Band, etc.  As a workshop sponsor, I probably should not have committed to dance in my own shows, because I knew I would be too tired and too busy.  But hey, those bands were so great that I could not resist.  I tried to phone in the shows with Raja and Brothers of  the Baladi.  I think the musicians sensed it because Raja made me respond to him and Michael Beach from Brothers of the Baladi was drumming onstage next to me while I was dancing.  When you watch Angelika perform, she has “Intent” and passion in her movements.  She is all like, I MEANT to do this shimmy.  I’m not playing with the shimmy, I’m going to do it the best I can and so good that the audience feels like a part of that shimmy.  Intent!  She draws the audience in with power, intent, passion and feelings.  Check her out at: 

http://www.angelikanemeth.com/angelikabio.html

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Belly Dance Tribute 12/22/11: Jazayer (Mimi, Vince & Devi-Ja Delgado)

Belly Dance Tribute 12/22/11: Jazayer (Mimi, Vince & Devi-Ja Delgado)
The paths we cross in our BeJazayerlly Dance journey are always intertwined.  Today I just so happened to be searching for a particular song on Amazon to download as an MP3 file.  I knew I had this song by Jazayer on an LP Album, but I wasn’t sure if I had it on a cassette tape that I could convert to MP3.  At any rate, I ended up listening to some music that I loved by Jazayer, again.  I have always loved their music and created many choreographies to their music.  It was an honor to bring them to my hometown to perform LIVE music for my belly dance show in 1994 (with guest musician Susu Pampanin).  I had previously choreographed dances to some of their music that I had on LP and Cassette.  It was a real honor to dance with them performing the music live in my show to that song “Rhythms” and Vince jamming the drum solo from Jazayer: Hijaz City, Bayyat State.  I pulled out that old VHS today.  It was a fond memory of meeting them in person and reliving that show again.  Actually bittersweet with the passing of Mimi and Devi.  Vince keep playing that great music that you do and we love and I know that Mimi & Devi are still playing sweet music with you from Heaven.
http://www.gildedserpent.com/articles14/devijanews.htm

http://www.maqam.com/Artist-MIMI-SPENCER-W18.html
http://www.maryellendonald.com/MimiSpencer.htm
http://vincedelgado.com/

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