Choreographing A Piece Of Bellydance Music
(The original version of the following article has been translated into French for those of you who are native speakers. Go to www.irida.fr/choregraphier.htm to check it out.)
To choreograph a piece of Bellydance music, you'll need two things:
For each section of music (say, about 10 seconds at a time):
Some tips on what to look out for when listening to Bellydance music:
Further tips are:
Keep in mind:
To master your choreography:
Choreographing a piece of Bellydance music and learning the choreography to perfection is a long process, no doubt about it. But don’t be daunted, because the more you choreograph different pieces of music the easier it gets and the quicker the process becomes. And it gets more and more fun too!
Another note about choosing music: a Bellydance student once wrote to me requesting that I name some pieces of music that a beginner may want to start with. Initially it sounded like a good idea, but after carefully considering it, I came to the conclusion that by doing this I'd be doing budding choreographers a great disservice. That's because the most important factor in picking a piece of Bellydance music to choreograph is really, really liking that piece of music, and that's something I could never choose for anyone else.
Anyway, I hope the above was helpful, and happy choreographing!
SAY NO TO PUPPY MILLS! SAY NO TO ANIMALS IN PETSHOPS! SAY NO TO BREEDERS!
Adopt a homeless animal instead - they all deserve a second chance
It's estimated that 130,000 dogs and 60,000 cats are killed every year in Australia because there are not enough homes for them all. And the global numbers amount to millions upon millions every single year.
Puppy mills are a major contributor to the terrible problem of overpopulation. Puppy mills are essentially 'dog factories' where dogs are forced to churn out litter after litter, with no thought for the welfare of the dogs and all thought for profit. The dogs live in appallingly dirty, cramped conditions all their lives, and when they no longer serve their purpose they're killed, dumped or sold to vivisection laboratories.
Petshops fit into the picture because puppy mills are generally where petshops get their animals from. Furthermore, having animals in shop windows encourages impulse purchases, and adding an animal to your family should be a conscious, careful decision - NOT one to be made while shoe shopping.
Breeders contribute enormously to the tragic statistics above too. And it doesn't matter whether they're professional breeders or backyard breeders, and whether they breed for profit or not, because while there are homeless animals sitting on death row in shelters, any and all animal breeding is utterly irresponsible.
Now, here's where you come in. You can either be part of the problem or part of the solution. You can either buy animals from puppy mills, petshops or breeders and be part of the problem. Or you can adopt from a shelter or rescue organisation and be part of the solution.
If I haven't convinced you, visit your local shelter to see the homeless animals. Let their innocent faces convince you that adopting is the only responsible choice to make.
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