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Belly Dance Tip:
How Long to Hold an Accent

 

By Saqra

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Introduction

Every accent has a natural decay time. If you have a fairly rapid series of accents, you don't have to worry about this. However, if you have a slower series of accents, or a few one-offs here and there, it does matter more.

When an accent is held too long, it looks like you are hanging there, being forced to wait for something, or, perhaps, have forgotten where you left that body part. The execution energy drains out of the accent, and all that is left is you holding a body position.

PHOTO CREDIT: Photo by Michael Baxter, Santa Clara, California.

Saqra

 

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Example

Try this example: We are doing an 8 count simple 3 step turn with a chest pop up. Our accent is on 5. (You with me so far?)

So, it is 1,2,3,4,pop,6,7,8. We'll do one to the right, then one to the left. Let's count the 1,2,3,4, as "Turn, a-round, pose," and the 5,6,7,8 will be our variable for this example.

I see three possibilities:

  1. Turn, a-round, pose, pop, hold it, hold it, hold it; Turn, a-round, pose, pop, hold it, hold it, hold it. Or, play "statues" with the accent.
  2. Turn, a-round, pose, pop, walk, walk, walk; Turn, a-round, pose, pop, walk, walk, walk. This fills the remaining counts
  3. Turn, a-round, pose, pop, gradually relax upper body and arms across remaining three counts; Turn, a-round, pose, pop, gradually relax upper body and arms across remaining three counts. This releases the energy while preparing for the next move.

Try all these variations a few times. What looks best? #3 looks relaxed and in control. #2 might also look relaxed and in control if you naturally let your body relax and prepare for the next move while walking. If you didn't, you probably felt goofy going for a walk while holding the " chest pop" position. #1 looks like you are waiting and counting.

We are not robots. Our chests are not supposed to be getting stuck somewhere while/until something else happens. We are accenting with the accents of the music.

Aaaaaaaaaaand once again, my opinion and your mileage may vary. But try it?

PHOTO CREDIT: Photo by Michael Baxter, Santa Clara, California.

Saqra

 

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About the Author

Saqra (Seattle, Washington, USA) is a powerful dance artist and a master instructor. Her fluidity, grace, and technical skill is highlighted by her friendly demeanor and clear joy of the dance. She did not inherit the diva gene.

Saqra won titles in Belly Dance USA (Oregon), Belly Dancer of the Year (California), Belly Dancer of the Universe (California), Wiggles of the West (Nevada), and many other competitions. She was voted "Best Kept Secret of 2005" and "Instructor of the Year 2008" by readers of Zaghareet Magazine.

Saqra's journey in this dance form began in 1977 and has led her to study with many of the best dancers in the world, including in America, Canada, Turkey and Egypt. Saqra continues to travel and study both in the USA and abroad and prides herself on proper research for anything she teaches. Folklore, fakelore, and stage creativity: all three are valuable, and Saqra clearly presents for each what they actually are. Saqra is constantly expanding her expertise in the traditional ethnic forms of the dance, the modern stage variants, and the continuing evolving fusion techniques, all these areas combined keep her material fresh and current.

Saqra is widely known as an event promoter, musician, music and instructional video producer, and a registered hypnotherapist in the state of Washington. That is enough stuff to start explaining what she has been doing in belly dance since 1977. Visit her at www.saqra.net

PHOTO CREDIT: Photo by Michael Baxter, Santa Clara, California. In the photo, Saqra is holding her Teacher of the Year 2008 Award from Zaghareet Magazine.

Saqra with Award

 

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