|Posted by Tessa Thompson on July 1, 2013 at 12:15 PM|
When I was 15 I saw my first Belly Dance performance and I was immediately hooked on the beauty and passion that those women brought to the stage. At this time I was living in Flagstaff, Arizona where the arts and dance were heavily embraced so I knew that Belly Dance could be my little addition to the artistic beauty of Flagstaff. Soon after the performance I had seen, I began learning from the beautiful Holly Luky (whom later turned into one of the biggest life inspirations to me). Holly’s teaching is what made me fall in love with Belly Dance; with everything she taught she brought beauty, confidence, and passion. I soon found out that what I loved most about Belly Dance wasn't the costumes or the movements but how it made me feel! Belly Dance brought me a confidence that I had never had and it allowed me to embrace my body and learn to love my body!
My favorite Belly Dance moves have always been the slow and mushy moves! I've always loved a good Maya or Taxeem and almost nothing can beat a well performed Omi! Slow and slinky movements have always grabbed hold of me and transfixed me.
To say that I find inspiration for Belly Dance in a specific thing or a few things would be the understatement of a lifetime! I find inspiration for my dance, teaching, and costuming in everything from movies and music to the people and places I see every day. My biggest inspirations though include Rachel Brice (I will forever love her!) and anything eclectic and our of the ordinary. When it comes to costuming I enjoy finding inspiration through subcultures in society and my favorite component of costuming would be the little embellishments that add flare to my costume! I hand make almost all of my costumes so I enjoy intricate bead work and making little additions to everything. I enjoy costuming the most when I can fuse two styles of Belly Dance into one outfit; most commonly I enjoy fusing Cabaret Belly Dance with Tribal Fusion not only into most of my costumes but also in my dance.
I never have a time in my dance life when I don’t have a goal so they are ever growing and changing. My goal in dance has always been to better myself in every way I can. There is a quote that I always remember when it comes to my goals in dance - "I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself." ~ Mikhail Baryshnikov. My goal in dance is to always be surpassing what I can do right now. Currently for myself and my dance I am focusing on Yoga to strengthen myself for more dance ability and also to bring for flexibility into my dance. Next December my husband will be finishing up his service in the Air Force and we will be moving to Seattle, Washington so my long term goals would be to find a dance community within a troupe in Seattle where I can continue to dance and maybe start teaching again once we settle down. But as always my biggest goals are reserved for my troupe, The Valhalla Vixens; we have a lot ahead of us this summer and we all have many troupe specific goals to reach. But to be honest, it always seems that there are so many goals and such little time!
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