The workshops were being organised by my boyfriend Guy so Ed was staying at our house. You will be surprised to hear I cooked dinner (I'm a bit allergic to kitchens, apparantly a lot of us active dance ladies are) and that it was DELICIOUS. Nut roast, yum!
He taught workshops in Body Awareness, Slow motion, Waving and Contact Juggling. My favourites were the Slow Motion and Waving ones. In slow motion, after choosing a foolishly dynamic pose, Ed made me stay in it unmoving for 15 minutes. My thighs were vibrating by the end of it, and trying to do slow stuff the rest of the workshop often set my crazy tired leg vibrations off.
Doing stuff really slowly is my favourite - as my ATS chums can verify. We also brushed up on some video editing techniques, like rewinding, looping and fast forwarding. A whole chunk of stuff that I have always, always wanted to learn.
The waving workshop was really different from the way I had been taught waves. I'd initially been exposed to waving through bellydancers teaching it and breaking down the technique, but Ed was having none of that. We we worked with up, circles travelling through the body and waves controlling us, rather than us telling the waves and circles what to do. It was totally different to what I had learnt before and I loved it.
I really learnt so much from this weekend, and it was great fun hanging out with Ed - the dude literally practices non stop all the time. So right now I'm looking out for a track I can use so I can combine all this precious knowledge with some awesome belly dance. Fzzham!!