May 16th, 2006

Dancing in B&W

Niaz? Nyaz? Niyaz?

Hands of Kali rocked Moonday last night.  The ONLY thing sexier than gothic/tribal belly dancing is gothic/tribal sword dancing!  Good lord that was hot!

I also fell in lust with one of the songs they danced to and simply must coreograph a pole routine to it.  When I asked about it, it sounded like, "Minora by Niaz."  Can anyone clue me in to the correct spelling of Niaz so I can find the CD online and purchase it?


socks and cat

Here's how the disability works

Knowing how much I'm into performance art, folks keep suggesting I see Cirque De Soleil.  Stop already.  Part of my disability is not being able to remember things.   I've seen Cirque, at least once.  Possibly twice.  I have no memory of the show at all.  I very much wanted to see Dead Can Dance when they were in Seattle.  But what's the point of paying $100 to see a show you will have no memory of within a few weeks?  Same goes for concerts like Depeche Mode.  Same goes for pretty much everything.  

Basically if I go to a show or performance of any kind, I get to enjoy it while I see it.  But I'm only able to retain memories attached to emotional experiences.  So unless the show causes me some pain or some blissed out joy, it will be virtually erased from my memory within weeks.  I don't remember most places I've been, most parties I've been to, I don't even have any memory of just about every date I've ever been on.  If some one reminds me that I went, like: "Hey remember when we went to Cirque De Soleil together?" or "Hey remember that time we went to that party?" that will jar the memory of the fact that we went.  It will not bring back the memory of the actual event.

Welcome to being disabled.  I do not get to enjoy the things in life you folks do.  I very desperately want to see Cirque De Soleil and go to concerts and enjoy fairs and events.  But what's the point of paying $40 to $70 for a show I will have absolutely no memory of within a few weeks? 

socks and cat

shoe hand out

Two of my students purchased poles.  One got it on eBay and the other purchased her pole from me.  Needless to say, the one that's been practicing at home on her pole is kicking ass.  

One of my students is having a bit of shoe crisis.  The first time her platform heels prevented her from learning a spin, I asked her if I could try one on to see what the problem was.  The minute I stepped out of my own 6 inch heels and into hers, I felt my feet at different heights.  "This is a 7 inch heel," I told her.

"No," she said.  "They're 6 inches."

I showed her my feet, one with the 6 inch heel and one with her 7 inch heel so she could see the difference.  With surprise she responded, "The girl at the store told me they were 6 inches."  Clearly the girl at the store was wrong, and this poor girl's first ever pair of heels were higher than they need to be.   These shoes continue to cause her problems because they don't have a strap across the heel to hold them on.  So they actually fly off as she spins around the pole.  I'm sure a more experienced dancer can spin without the shoes flying off.  But this is not the case with new students.

I've decided that for the next session I'm going to create an entire shoe hand out.  Basically an 8x10 form showing what 6 inch heels look like and explaining (with illustrations) how chunkier heels are easier to walk in than pointy ones and how shoes need straps on the back so they don't fly off during a spin.  It will also include a map to the store that is offering my students a 20% discount on shoes.