Geek to Goddess: 7 Steps, 60 Seconds, Total Transformation

Geek to Goddess: How to Transform Your Total Presence in Just 60 Seconds

The following are excerpts from two articles published by Alay’nya in The Gilded Serpent – as a prelude to the video which will be placed here shortly!

Gilded Serpent presents…
How Quickly Can We Become Better? – 3 Tips to Improve Your Dance: Corporate Amazon transforms to Hathor, the Goddess of Love and Pleasure

by Alay’nya (Alianna J. Maren, Ph.D.)
Posted June 11, 2012

Corporate Amazon transforms to Hathor, goddess of love and pleasure, using these three tips.
Corporate Amazon transforms to Hathor, goddess of love and pleasure, using these three tips, posted in Gilded Serpent.

All of us want our dance to be beautiful and captivating. Yet often, especially when we are new, we see a great distance between our own movements and the expressive power of our teachers or the favorites whom we watch on YouTube clips and DVDs. Is there a way to accelerate the process of becoming better? If so, what are the secrets?

We typically impose limiting expectations on ourselves. We may think that we’re at a disadvantage, compared to those whom we admire, because frequently, we have begun dance training as mature adults, and often hold full-time day jobs and other commitments. The truth is, though, that Oriental dance is a perfect realm in which we can experience “breakthroughs”. Indeed, we can develop that mesmerizing quality that inspired us to take up the study of dance!

As adults, even as beginners in our art, we can become powerful and alluring. The secrets? They are threefold: (Continue reading at: How Quickly Can We Become Better?.) Copyright (c) Gilded Serpent, LLC.

Gilded Serpent presents…

Gilded Serpent presents…
Fabulous Hip Drops in 30 Seconds or Less!

Author Alay’nya
by Alay’nya (Alianna J. Maren, Ph.D.)
posted January 18, 2013

Martial Arts Principles and Relevance to Oriental Dance

Alay'nya with veil
Alay’nya with veil: Veils frame us and give greater expressiveness in dance

… Dancers and martial artists both use principles in mastering their art. For example, Martha Graham, one of the most important American modern dancers and choreographers of the last century, built a number of movements based on what she called principles of “expansion and contraction”.

… A principle is a single unifying and guiding idea that when we apply it to our alignment or movement, helps us move more effectively. An advantage of using a principles-based approach to dance or martial arts mastery is that it lets us use a single visualization or body sense to achieve a desired result, instead of having to remember lots of little details.

There are several important principles that can be applied to dance. For the purpose of this dance discussion, the single principle that can transform your hip drops, and in fact all of your dance, is that of anchoring.

(Continue reading at: Fabulous Hip Drops in 30 Seconds or Less!.) Copyright (c) Gilded Serpent, LLC.