Friday, April 22, 2011

Relearning How to Walk with Awalim

On Saturday, April 30th, Awalim will be conducting the first in a series of three workshops at Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance.  From 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., you can learn how to walk.

But wait, you might say... I learned how to walk when I was still in diapers!

And you probably spent your very first belly dance class just walking around the room, so you know how to walk as a belly dancer, too -- right?  But how many movements can you do with one foot completely off the floor?  Not so easy, right?

Well, I don't want to toot the horns of my own teachers too much on my blog, but hey --  it's my blog.  One of the most valuable things I've learned through my studies with Awalim is how to walk -- or, more specifically, how to travel in a way that gives freedom to your feet, legs, and hips.  I was surprised to learn how "chained" I was -- relying on the floor to drive a lot of my movement.  But if you're not chained to the floor, it's so much easier to use the rest of your body to layer other movements on top of your traveling steps.  Simple concept, but you have to learn it and drill it with someone who knows how to do it right (and it takes a lot of work).  That's where Awalim and this workshop come in.  You should sign up.  Here's how they describe it:

Students will be challenged with new concepts of posture and body mechanics to execute belly dance movements with more ease while traveling. You’d be surprised as to what you couldn’t do before after examining these concepts:
  • The mechanics of your feet and walking
  • Chained and unchained movement
  • Weighted and unweighted movement
  • Detaching hip movement from legs
  • Differences in body types
  • Which muscle groups create what movement
P.S.  As you may have guessed by now, the secret to this has a lot to do with your thigh muscles.  Expect your quads to be sore on May Day!

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