ATS® General Skills Day 3

By the end of Day 2 my brain was full to the point of exploding, but we were only halfway done!! Fortunately, Day 3 started with some familiar steps, the head slide and rib rotation (which I know from earlier classes as chest circle). To that we added the beautiful and graceful camel walk step, which to my amusement is nothing like the classical cabaret camel — just to show how nomenclature can really confuse one! Following that we learned about belly rolls and flutters. I had a prior workshop on just those, but this day the light bulb actually went on. It’s NOT the rectus abdominus muscles doing the work; it’s those darned obliques again!!! Once I heard that and really LISTENED to my body as I practiced, it was stupidly obvious, duh.

Then it was time for some fun new fast moves with familiar elements: the Arabic shimmy, just as it sounds with layering an Arabic and a shimmy, LOL;  the waterpot, featuring my old favorite (NOT) the North African step and the fun of a turn. By now we had enough fast moves and enough slow moves that our drills and group practices were starting to get really challenging as we threw the new moves into the old familiar, comfortable Level I steps.

After lunch we gave our bodies a break while our brains absorbed music theory for ATS®. Fortunately I have enough general music background that, combined with Lacy’s previous zills class and the music lectures from TribalCon, I was comfortable with this material. That was a very good thing because my body kept trying to trick me into a nap!! There was still enough new information to keep me awake, though. It was very funny to hear Carolena describing the “Ayoob” rhythm as “Popeye riding his camel across the desert!” (I would add a clip of that here but I can’t find one, alas.)

Intently listening to Carolena’s music theory lecture

Then it was time for more drill and dancing, adding the shoulder shimmy/hip drop combo, arabic orbit and arabic hip twist, and ghawazee shimmy combo to our fast move repertoire before calling it a day. What a full day it was, too!