Rockin’ the Casbah Notes: Soloists/Coreen

Coreen started her bellydance life as a gym rat who wanted a new ab workout (her words, lol!)So (several years ago) she and a friend signed up for their first dance classes as brand new beginners. They thought it would be fun…a bit of a lark. I remember the two of them in those early days! They were the life of the party and kept everyone laughing. And Coreen, well, Coreen was just hooked on the dance. She soaked it up like a sponge. And because she didn’t come with any previous dance background before joining my classes, I have especially enjoyed watching her grow as a dancer and am proud to be her dance teacher. 

So if you read the last post, you’ll know that I had purchased the chart for Sway but no longer had a dancer for it. I thought the song would be something that would suit Coreen, but I knew she had already picked out a piece. However, after thinking about it for a day or so, I decided to send it to her anyway, on the off-chance that her music wasn’t set in stone yet. Here I had this great piece of music and the unique opportunity for someone to dance with live music. It is such a fabulous thing to dance with live backup. Exihilerating! So I approached her and she loved the idea….the music spoke to her, and she even had the perfect dress for it! All right!

What I love about each of the four who performed a solo in the show is the way each ones personality shone through in her dancing. You can have all the technique in the world, but that secret ingredient that makes you popular with the audience is combining it with the ability to take a risk and let the audience see into your heart. Coreen’s personality shines through in her flirtatiousness and belief in her own feminine strength & power.


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