Thursday, 31 March 2011

Video of the Week - JoY Special!

We're running this week's 'Video of the Week' a couple of days early, as we want to catch the Jewel of Yorkshire bellydance festival before it starts this Friday!

This week the spotlight is on much loved JoY regulars and friends 400 Roses, who were founded by our teacher Chris :

"400 Roses is a group of dancers from the North of England who were brought together in late 2005  by local teacher Chris Ogden, with the aim of combining UK style folk dance with tribal bellydance - itself a fusion of North African, Gypsy, Indian and Flamenco. 400 Roses is the only troupe of its kind and perform at dance and folk events.

400 Roses use traditional and contemporary folk tunes, medieval influenced music and also bespoke fusion pieces created by local Arabic drummer Stephen Wood (aka Woody). "

This video is from an outdoor performance at Knaresborough last May, and includes live music from the Roses' musicians, the Thorns. They are dancing to a traditional tune, Princess Royal :

There were quite a lot of videos we could have chosen here, all for different reasons - including several on the JoY stage. However eventually we chose this one because you can see clearly the tribal moves and the way in which they are blended  and adapted to create that English 'folky' feel. The live music is a key contributor too, and this dance really gives the 'feel' of a summer afternoon in an English village! If you search 400 Roses videos on You Tube you'll also see some excellent examples of much more complex formations which clearly reflect their folk/Morris dance connections too.

However of course there is another reason for us choosing this video above the others - the judicious use of zils! Yes!

The Roses go down a storm wherever they perform, and we're sure that this weekend at JoY will be no exception - have a good 'un , ladies!

If you want to find out more about 400 Roses then check out their Facebook page and website.

We're off now to get ready for JoY!!

Until next time, happy dancing!

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