|Don't be fooled by the apparent poise .....|
Before I go any further, let me tell you about the inspiration for this blog. It was something that happened to me at a workshop at the Tribal Gathering last weekend ... and yes, it would happen to me and yes, I think it actually may well be my biggest tribal mishap to date! I asked all the Sakura girls for their top three embarrassing dance incidents, thinking they would join me in my tale of woe, but guess what? I am the biggest numpty in Sakura!!! Luckily Jo, my partner in Namaste Tribal came up with a few equally cringe-worthy moments to share so I am not alone. So here are our top three horrific dance mishaps (well, less than three from some disgracefully poised people!) :
3. Coming in at number three is something that happened to me as a baby tribal dancer. It was only my second performance and we were dancing a choreo to Colleena, a lovely track from Mizna. Anyway, having done a pivot bump we were just about to embark on a choo-choo across the floor when suddenly I realised my left foot was tangled in the right hem of my pantaloons whilst my right was tangled in the left hem (no, please don't ask how!). For a minute I couldn't move at all and was desperately straining in each direction whilst the rest of the class were remorselessly bearing down on me. I only got free by doing a manic little foot stomp (akin to a toddler tantrum!). I left that dance floor pretty quickly I can tell you!
|Sooo graceful .........|
1. Here it is. The big Number One. Fresh and hot of the press - from last Sunday to be exact! I was at the rather fabulous Tribal gathering in York, doing an Angela Noble workshop on Tribal Arms and Hands. Those of you who know Angela will know how graceful and elegant she is, and so can imagine the flavour of the workshop; it was beautiful. Until little old me stepped in that is! We had all sunk to the floor in a puja and it was time to get up again (well, rise gracefully). So far so good. But of course SOMEONE (guess who!) had managed to step on her skirt (no pantaloons this time!). I tually started to stand pretty gracefully until my skirt tightened as it stretched out. In a desperate attempt not to lose it I shifted my weight, my foot slid ...... and horror of horrors I did a not -so-graceful topple onto the floor with a loud THUD!!! Being a Woman of Mishap this didn't really phase me; I wasn't hurt and would have burst into raucous laughter, but none of my Sakura or Namaste girls were with me and - well, you don't like to giggle on your own do you? So I picked myself up. dusted myself down and carried right on being graceful - as you do!
Now, all of my top three mishaps ( and don't be misled into thinking they're the only ones - oh no!) involved feet. The other Sakura ladies have mustered up a couple with another common thread ....
SARAH'S TOP MISHAP! (Yes, just the one!)
1. Although this could count as more than one, since she's done it more than once with various costume parts. See Rozie Hadley's fantastic cartoon here for a clue . Yep, it's the old 'Tassels Down The Toilet' trick. Just what you need right before a performance to make you feel gorgeous!!!!!
|Lots to dangle there Sarah!|
2. It's tassels again! Not down the toilet this time (although I bet she's done that too!) but this time trapped in the car door and flapping wildly in torrential rain all the way to a hafla! And yes, they were substantially lighter (and soggier!) at the bottom by the time she got there!
1. Now this happened to Jan several years ago. I don't think it would phase her now but she was horrified at the time! There she was, a baby dancer, hopping around quite happily in a workshop at Gothla, thinking how well she was doing when it suddenly dawned on her. Her partner was none other than the beautiful dancer who had left Jan awestruck during the previous night's performance! Suddenly poor old Jan wasn't quite so confident!
JO'S TOP THREE MISHAPS (Yay, lots of mishaps!)
3. Jo dances with 400 Roses, a Folk/Tribal fusion group who do a lot of outdoor performances. One day last year she felt particularly beautiful after a day spent dancing out in the blazing sunshine, bedecked in frills, flounces and flowers. And a fishnet top. Did she feel quite so beautiful when she got out of her costume to find the fishnet patterned sunburn that lingered for weeks and weeks? I think not!
2. Jo's strappy choli felt really really good - she felt it made her dance more elegantly with all its ties and shoulder-revealing qualities. Until she got of the dance floor to find she'd had her arm through the wrong hole all the way through her dance!
|Good job it wasn't your sword you dropped!|
AND FINALLY - A JOINT MISHAP! (Just to prove how Sarah manages to avoid any undignified fracas!!)
|Medha - who's poised and who isn't?!|
So just think on, next time you see that poised, elegant tribal dancer! Check their tassels for soggy bits and watch those feet!!!
Until next time, happy - and mishap free - dancing!
Thanks to Ian Woodward and Rozie Hadley for images in this post.