True love doesn't come around
any more than fate allows
on a monday in ft. lauderdale."
I just bought:
the new Silver Jews album, Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea.
the new Wolf Parade album, At Mount Zoomer.
and I finally bought Neon Bible by Arcade Fire
I'm totally indie rocking out right now. I love the Silver Jews, listening to them is bringing back all these memories flooding from college, even though this is a totally new album. I think David Berman is a super sexy brilliant poet.
...but I have been SOOOOO sad the past couple of days, I wonder if the nostalgia and the silver jews is fueling that fire. I've been lonely and nihilistic, I need a partner in crime to stir up some trouble with.
to top off this indie rock out, here is a quote by modest mouse about loneliness that I also think about when I am sad about being solo, because near the end, it's how I felt when I was with Eric. You can be lonely even if there are people who love you:
"And I'm lonesome when you're around
And I'm never lonesome when I'm by myself
And I miss you when you're around."
“Cory has been dancing ever since she can remember” is definitely not the way I would begin to describe myself. I didn’t begin to dance in any formal or choreographed way until I was well into my 20s. Hence I am a firm believer that it is never late to start to dance or learn something new – it can revolutionize your life, and that’s what dance (and more recently tribal dance) has done for me. When I did start to dance, it was the beginning of totally transformative and addictive journey with no end in sight.
I started dancing with Carol Cetrone (aka Perpetua), a modern dance performance artist, who taught a fusion of 60s go-go style and tap dancing. After a year of studying with her, she asked me to join her tap-a-go-go troupe, DEATH TAP 2000. I am still a member today, although we are on an extended hiatus due to gentrification and the loss of her studio. This change led me to seek out other dance opportunities. I tried tap with other teachers, as well as Latin dance, and ballroom, but it wasn’t until I started take cabaret-style bellydance with Maryam Faresh, that I found my new focus.
After a year of studying cabaret with Maryam, a friend encouraged me to check out tribal style. Quickly I realized that tribal bellydance was the style I wanted to pursue, so I started taking regular weekly classes with a variety of SoCal teachers including Heather Shoopman, Sherri Wheatley, Superkate & Diana Goodwin. Other dancers I have taken workshops with include: Ariellah. Sabrina Fox, Amy Sigil, Frederique, & Sharon Kihara. In January of this 2008, Heather Shoopman invited me to join her tribal fusion troupe, Se7eN (http://www.myspace.com/se7en_tribal).
Fire dancing is another art form that calls to my sensibilities. Putting wands of fire in your mouth or spinning balls of fire around your head – that’s sensible right? Well call it the Leo in me, but I’ve always been drawn to the element of fire. From Poi, to fans, to wand work, I am continuing to explore the different way to dance and play with fire… slowly and carefully of course.
Finally, my square dancing pitch….
Recently I have fallen in love with square dancing. I know, I know… flashbacks of sweaty palmed, awkward jr. high P.E. classes may be flashing in your head, but I highly encourage you to give square dancing a chance as an adult. It is one of the few forms of social dance where ANYONE can show up without prior knowledge and dance – no experience necessary. It is refreshing to be able to laugh and have fun, dance with folks, and get some exercise all at once. I also love that it is rooted in American folklorica; the history of some of the dances is incredible. I recommend tuning into the world of LA-based old-timey trio Triple Chicken Foot, who have been organizing regular square dances around town. I would also like to give major props to brilliantata caller Susan Michaels, who I hope to learn a call or two from someday.