Moving on…

It’s been awhile since I posted as just myself. I am in the midst of clearing out my desk at my job of 13 years and am preparing to move on to a new stage of my life, working with friends of mine who happen to be exceptional designers. I am excited to begin, feeling nostalgic of my time here, and full of joy for what lies ahead.

1377003_10151637707782105_1950850622_nI am trying to create a new mindset for this new beginning and ran across these 10 rules of advice from painter Richard Diebenkorn. I love everyone of them and think they are appropriate to everyone, not just designers or dancers!

Notes to myself on beginning a painting

  1. attempt what is not certain. Certainty may or may not come later. It may then be a valuable delusion.
  2. The pretty, initial position which falls short of completeness is not to be valued — except as a stimulus for further moves.
  3. Do search. But in order to find other than what is searched for.
  4. Use and respond to the initial fresh qualities but consider them absolutely expendable.
  5. Dont “discover” a subject — of any kind.
  6. Somehow don’t be bored — but if you must, use it in action. Use its destructive potential.
  7. Mistakes can’t be erased but they move you from your present position.
  8. Keep thinking about Polyanna.
  9. Tolerate chaos.
  10. Be careful only in a perverse way.

An Interview with Amartia of Maryland!

19 days till the Pittsburgh Bellydance Festival! And for those of you with questions about competitions…

Pittsburgh Bellydance Festival

A very short but extremely relevant interview with Professional Bellydancer Amartia of Maryland regarding her love of competitions…

1381749_204100426429582_1741555768_n“ Why do you compete?”

My cheeky response is: for the sparkly crown for the glory! But in all seriousness, I compete for the challenge. A competition is an arena that allows you to get critiques from people who don’t know you. They don’t know your teacher, your friends or your history. You are there to show them your best and go from there. It forces you to work for months for a performance that only lasts 5minutes, sometimes 10. Competing is that kick in the butt that gives me a goal to work towards; Especially knowing that it’s in front of other dancers. Dancers who know their stuff!

At the very least if you don’t place or win then you have great photos and video from your performance and that’s always…

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