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Friday, May 14, 2010

Fanning the FLAMEnco...

I'm posting this photo because...well, just because. That's a good enough reason right?  

© theDUSKzone 2010

Also because I forgot to state the 7 things mentioned in the previous [Award] post.  So...

1. It is my dream, wish, hope and intention to become a Flamenco teacher, after I complete my Flamenco Diplomas.  So I'll be old then.  There are a lot of cursos... and yes I am wearing leg warmers and fugly sockettes.  It was cold today okay? (heading in to Winter here)

2. Indians have this belief  of  Ayurvedic 'agni'... our inner fire... this is what keeps us vital, vibrant, alive and full of life.  We need to keep this fire stoked.  This is the point of the title of this post.  Flamenco fuels this fire. 
As do all the other things I do -Bikram Yoga, Polenastics, Aerial, Taiko, Boxing, shopping....kidding!  Sort of.'s not just the physical activity though...but I'll leave that to another post.

3. Even though I appear gregarious and by no means am I a wallflower nor shy (pffttt)... I am surprisingly reserved.  At first. 

4. I am fructose intolerant.  That's right.  I am allergic to fruit.  sob.

5. I cannot say Scottish without saying it in a Scawttish accent.  See?

6. Even though I used to be a jazz singer, I suck at Karaoke.

7. When I grow up I want to be Modesty Blaise.



Fashion Butter said...

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This pic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Leah said...

Oh Dusk, that's the move that made me want to do flamenco. You executed it so perfectly. You are fabulous!!!

What? You can't eat fruits? That's so sad.

And another interesting fact about you... I didn't know that you used to be a jazz singer. You never fail to surprise me my dear.

PS... I am great in karaoke. That's a Filipino thing I guess. I've never seen a Filipino who's not good at karaoke. :-)

Dusk said...

Leah love... I have never seen a Filipino who couldn't sing!!! It's in your blood!!

Hiya like it huh? :)

meggasus said...

What an awesome hobby! I wish I was a dancer...I'm lovin the leg warmers! hehe

Leia said...

You - are - amazing! Everything about you just OOZES fabulousness!

Tuesday said...

Yes indeed a Flamenco teacher profession suits you well I guess :) Plus you are very creative, lively (the way I see it) and stylist... very very stylist!

So goodluck on your new adventure my dear, keep us posted!

bollywoodstylediaries said...

jazz singer??wow!! agree with Leah that u never fail to surprise us:-)

Taj Acosta said...

We must be destined to be blog bff's because I too dance flamenco and lllloooove it! xoxo

bollywoodstylediaries said...

do you ever sleep?? man, you are always up whenever I post!! u have some energy..can u bottle it and send some my way:-)

Vinda Sonata said...

that's a gorgeous photography, dusk. interesting facts about you, too.
and you used to be a jazz singer? wow!

Faridah said...

Wowie, you're a singer! I want to hear you. It was great to read this things about you. I have a habit of putting on the ole Scawwwttishh accent too. This photo is pretty!

Tanvi said...

Wow! I feel I am in the company of all these fabulous people. ... Dusk - AWESOME picture!!! I am gonna go learn flamenco soon now ;) and Leah - You are a super woman, I think!

Barry said...

Namaste Dusk, thanks for your comment to me about faith moving mountains. It made me stop and think, which is never a bad thing. :)

I absolutely LOVE that skirt, it's ultra-feminine! It's great that you're so heavily involved in Flamenco, it's a tremendously pasionate form of dance. My wife and I saw a performance which I reviewed in my November 13th post on my "Life In Quotations" blog.

BTW, my extended family is Indian (Hindu). One of them is a fairly prominent figure in the religious community and I had an amazing conversation a while ago with him about reincarnation. It's a fascinating culture!

The Goddess of Boho said...

Wow, i had no idea dance helps fills you with the power of agni.
You have inspired me woman :D
I love how you say, when i grow up :)

P.S. I don't have to mention how fabulous the picture is :)

SabinePsynopsis said...

Amazing picture! You sure do have the fire, Dusk! I've got someone in my family with fructose intolerance - it's no joke. I really feel for you. Modesty Blaise? Hear, hear...

jso style said...

As if you were less interesting that these interesting facts about your art and talent makes us a bigger fan of you :)
love the picture btw.


amazing it

Katie said...

Beautiful picture :)

Silvia Couture said...

just fell upon your blog and i'm loving your style! Esp that red fur jacket down there!

EBoogie said...

just spent like an hour looking up everything I could on Modesty Blaise -- thanks for the intro! and i think you're leading such a cool, adventurous, inspired life :)

Boho Glamour said...

I really appreciate your comments on the jewelry! I put my heart and soul into each piece.

Great blog you have here! I will be back for more :)

Cara Mia ♥

katiecrackernuts said...

Wow, hello. Yes, the worldwide web has a funny way of spinning us back home.
Flamenco - what a fantastic way to fuel that fire.

Romany said...

I love getting to know bloggers! I've had years of singing lessons, and I reckon I'd also suck at karaoke - the nerves would just cancel out any talent I may have thought I had. ;)
That pic is absolutely fabulous. Vibrant, alive...gorgeous.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for getting me involved in Bikram, Dusk. I love it!

That pic is gorgeous, didnt even notice the socks @)

Vintage Obsession said...

there is a movie coming up on flamenco meets bollywood or something like that , i am soo going to watch it for you :)

Dusk said...

Hi lovelies...

@ Leah - re fruit, yes hon, as Sabine says, it's no joke. Fructose is a very bad form of sugar, most people can digest it but we all eat far too much fruit.
I used to devour fruit -bananas, mangos, passionfruit, pineapples, watermelons, grapes- and now just looking at anything makes me pass out!

@ Taj - then you absolutely understand the fire I speak of hon! Flamenco is such a volcanic form of expression. It HAS to come from within and build-up to explode, well, everything does, all forms of dance.

I was a professional jazz singer for about 15 years. I still sing, mainly in the shower (!) but for friends, family, etc.

@ Sonali - as I explained on your blog, I work/write best in the early hours, I go to sleep at 3am and only need 3-5 hours sleep a day.

@ Tanvi - glad the photo inspires you!

@ Sabine and EBoogie - Modesty Blaise is the bomb! Have loved her since I was a child! Still am a big kid!

@ Go/of/Boho - but of course dance builds and stokes agni!
Think of Bharat Natyam and Kathak (I used to dance Kathak) and think about Shiva. Lord of the Dance. Natarajan.

All cultures and races revere (or have originaly done so) dance as an expression of innate spirituality. The Celtics, the Turks, Native Americans, aborigines of all countries, etc, etc.

...what I meant about Flamenco fueling my fire was that it teaches how to control the 'explosion'. It teaches how to build a fire to last at will. Am I making any sense??? You should find a teacher! You are already a dancer so you will completely love this!

My teacher, who is one of Australia's most foremost respected teachers and the only representative of the Allianza Syllabus, says that you only truly become a flamenco dancer when you have lived a life well lived.

This is why older flamenco dancers are more in 'demand'.

@ Faridah - lovely to see you hon! and...ach lassie, ahm glad that ya too cannae seh Scawttish prawperrly unless yer spakin' Scawttish!!

@ Boho Glamour - I love your pieces!

@ Barry - I will be sure to seek out that post. Your writing is incredibly honest and moving. Yes Hinduism is a fascinating philosophy.
Most religions are really, it's the human interpretation and motive that sullies the wisdom.

@ Romany - it's not the nerves so much hon (not for me, not for you either!) it's the lack of key control and the horrible mike settings, too muc treble, etc. Sometimes it's best NOT to know the technicalities! you're a singer, you sing in your own style. Hard to follow the monotone karaoke format. fun though! I don't mind making a fool of myself!

@ Ash - that is you yes my sweet??

@ Sassy - what??? I'd like to see this!! Thing is, my flamenco school regularly performs collaborations with our sister Kathak school.

Here they are;
flamenco and kathak


Thank you again for your lovely comments lovelies!

thesydneygirl said...

I am surprisingly reserved. At first. <-- ME TOO! ahaha

thesydneygirl said...

WOW inner fire??? I LOVE it! would that be our inner being, soul, spirit? The real us which is full of life and we need to find things we enjoy to spark it?

Flamenco teacher? amazing. You are an inspiration!!!


garakami said...

You're an amazing woman. Honestly! I'm so sorry that you're allergic to fruit. How'd you find that out? I thought that was IMPOSSIBLE. But the list of allergies nowadays are becoming plentiful.

I thank you so much for checking out my blog and taking the time to comment. It means a lot to me!

And now that you mention it, you're right, my photos do look like a study of pyschology. I'm very interested in the mind and hopefully that will be my declared major at Uni. :) You have a new follower in me.