9 people of which only a few know each other, and 4 dance teachers from 3 different dance styles…. When Khalida and I started thinking about the Dance Intensive project, we didn’t even dare to dream of the magic this mix would create!
I feel honoured and proud to have contributed to this wonderful event. Of course, there was the organizational stress (in Khalida’s words… as always!), and there were the traditional nerves on the first day, but soon enough everything settled and we could… just… dance!
Which was great, since this was the motto of the intensive 🙂
Most of all, we wanted to create a relaxed atmosphere to focus on dance – and not just bellydance. We were delighted when ballet instructor Constanze agreed to teach with us again after the previous editions – and I spent a good part of the preparatory weeks looking forward to her amazing classes. Popping master Obelixx completed the line up for even more cross-training and added thinking outside of the box!
Also “as always”, I truly enjoyed brainstorming with Khalida to figure out the day planning, to develop our lesson plans and the teaching strategies. Some ideas were crazy but negotiable, others were instantly dismissed, and others just clicked. Not only do I love working with her – I am very grateful for the past 5 years in which I have gotten to know her as a generous person, an amazing dancer and a wonderful friend.
As the 4 days of the Intensive progressed, it was heart warming to see the group spirit grow between the dancers. Breaks between the classes were spent chatting and laughing, lounging about and sharing snacks. Good vibes.
This was amplified on Saturday, at the extremely informal hafla/party night, where the dancers could perform for each other if they wanted to. I loved that one dancer performed for the very first time… another performed a choreography experiment in progress… all in a very supportive atmosphere, it was so cool!
Proudly presenting the party program!
When I returned home on Sunday evening, after the very cool workshop by Obelixx and the extensive goodbyes, I felt so very inspired – and still. These were an intense 4 days filled with bellydance technique drills, musicality and expression exercises, ventures into new dance styles (and not one of the dancers sat down during the classes!)
Dance really is what it’s all about. The glitter and glam are fun, but in the end it all comes back to… dance. We’re born as dancers and that is what connects us, regardless of style, age or nationality.
Practice technique, dance with your heart – that’s when the magic happens ❤
Check out the official post on the QooKay website,
as well as the official QKDI photo album on Facebook.
Also, read Khalida’s blog post about QKDI!