Sunday, May 26, 2013

What Have I Been Up to This Past Week?


Aye...yes, I'm super tired! I had a very eventful week that had been in the plans for almost a year. For those of you that don't know, I love to belly dance. My wonderful instructor and friend Anoush BellyDance had worked very hard to create a very special weekend workshop for the dance ladies here in the OC area of California. Who did she bring? Well, Ahmed Hussien, a master dancer from Egypt!

Vonnie with Ahmed: We are glistening lol


I first got the chance to experience Ahmed two years ago in San Diego. Anoush and the Taheima Dancers (the troupe I belong to) immediately fell in love with him. He was energetic and full of joy. Though he made us "suffeeeerrr!" we had a ton of fun.

So, we had a weekend workshop that consisted of eight grueling hours of dripping, sweat dancing, an hour semi-private with Ahmed, a last minute two hour class, and a performance. In total, I danced about twelve hours this past week.

 The Workshop:
 




Anoush's An Epic Egyptian Fantasy Show:

 Anoush
 
                                                    Luna                                                      Jaana

                               Khaliya                                                         Vonnie

Overall, I have not danced so much, sweated like a waterfall, cried with pain and laughter at the same time, and danced to live music for the first time before in my life. It was a wonderful experience that I hope that will repeat soon. Now, I must soak my aching muscles, get my hips re-adjusted, and get back to reading...and oh yeah, get some sleep :)

6 comments:

  1. Awesome post Vonnie! I love all the pictures of your dance workshop. Looks like so much fun... but hard work!

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    1. Yup, it's hard work but I love it!

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  2. That looks like you had the best time! I'm so happy that you got to participate in something that you clearly love so much. I'll have to look into a class in my area, it looks like a great, fun workout too :)

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    1. You should! Belly dance burns about 1000-1200 calories per hour.

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  3. Wonderful!! You need to chat with my friend Chris Kelly who is on the FB Bibliophile group. She's a belly dancer too from Reno, NV! I wish I could start doing this! Looks like fun!

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