Hello lovely dancers!
Mondays are far too dreary, don’t you agree? We could all use a little inspiration, a little pick me up, a little kick in the tushies to get our week started right. So I am instituting “Mm Mm Mondays”, a new weekly installment which will be a video for us to watch and get our creative juices flowing. A chance to say “Hell yeah!” or “Woah!” or “ZOMG!”, and be moved to go a little further, make a little extra effort in our week ahead. Sometimes it will be bellydance, sometimes other dance styles, and maybe sometimes not even dance at all but still containing images, sounds, and ideas I find inspirational and think you might, too. You with me? Let’s do this!
What better place to start than at the beginning? I actually had another video lined up to kick off Mm Mm Monday, but then yesterday Suhaila Salimpour posted the latest in a line of archive footage and it seemed a perfect fit for the first installment.
Here is Jamila Salimpour’s Bal Anat filmed in a studio in the early 1970s! It is a full 30 minutes long, so you may want to get it loaded and queued up, and set aside some time in your day to watch it all the way through. I share this not as necessarily an example of amazing dancing or staging, but as a snippet of history that is important to see and know. And I love looking at all the costuming and thinking of what it was like before the days of the internet to acquire jewelry and textiles such as those. In short: HARD!