The first one is from one of our very favourite troupes at the moment - Gypsy Heart of Portland, Oregon (and yes, there may well be more videos of these beautiful ladies coming up over future weeks, because we just love them!). Directed by Carol Vance of Gypsy Caravan, they describe themselves thus :
'Bringing the spontaneous and improvisational core of Tribal Bellydance to each performance, this Troupe will take you on a dance journey as old as time and as new as this moment.'
This time we have chosen a duet as our featured performance - it's something that, as a duo ourselves now, we identify really strongly with. We love to sit and 'ooh' and 'aaah' over it ... and yes, to use it as inspiration for our own Sakura performances! It's from 2012 so has been floating our boat for more than a year now, and we still adore it just as much as the first time we saw it ...
There is just so much about this that we love and we are constantly finding more in it! But for us the key thing that comes across is the sheer JOY in the dance that is shared by these ladies. Those smiles are real, not just pasted on for performance! The little glances at one another, teasing looks at the audience - everything is 100% genuine! Add to that the wonderfully flowing, relaxed Gypsy Caravan style, the style that sinks into your body, bones and very soul, and you have our perfect experience. We love you Gypsy Heart!
You can catch up with Gypsy Heart on their Facebook group - GypsyHeart Tribal Bellydance '- or via their website, www.gypsyhearttribal.com
Until next time, happy dancing!