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Old 06-12-2006, 10:20 AM   #61
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Pray Softly & Give Thanks

I Offer & Pray everyday. Dancing is my Church...It's My place where I can go and Pray and Give Thanks for everything that was gifted to me from my "Gisoolk". I will alway dance with my Tobacco Bag. When I'm at a Gathering I watch all the Dancers & Drummers and can't get over of all the prayers to "Gisoolk'.
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If you are new to dancing, I will encourage you to watch dancers at powwows that you like. Do not be afriad to go up to dancers and ask questions. If you want a photo of a dancer PLEASE!!! ask them first. Keep in mind if you plan on making an out fit, that the desgins and colors are family or tirbal orientented. So do some research before you begin. Aslo dance from your heart and because you love too and you feel good when you dance. Philamayae
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Old 07-05-2006, 01:37 PM   #64
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Remeber what you have learned... don't get scared when your in the arena and start watching other dancers... this will tell the judges that you don't know what you are doing... and keep your back straight... I hate it when I see girls dancing cloth and they are slouched over... it looks like you don't care about what you are doing... Show some pride!!!!!!
Also, stay on beat even if you have never dance northern(just southern) you should still be able to feel the beat... this is what I think is the most important but who am I... I only have about 5 years experence... :(
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Old 08-02-2006, 03:04 PM   #65
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So there I was just dancin' my little heart out and the lady next to me asked what style I was dancin'...well now...that's not good...it was "open" dance for none competitors and we were all doin' our own style...but maybe mine was alittle too my own and didn't fit..or I'm a clod hopper and "got no" rhythum...so when I got home I asked...got some Help found out I needed the help real bad... but got Loved through it all... I don't want to compete... I just don't want to embarrass my family though... All the dancers here at powwows.com have really helped with their experience and sharing hearts...isn't that "Pow Wow"?... well I hope to dance soon...
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Well what I was taught when I first decided to dance was to take a year talking to other dancers & learning from them. talking about the teachings, the dance & the regalia.
You can always tell who made their regalia last weekend!

By the time I had my regalia & did my first grand entery I( felt prepared. Still always learning & always getting better at my dancing.

Northern trad: (live to far noth to know about Southern to help). We don't bounce we bend at the knee. Very slow & graceful, (1 beat bend down, 2nd up). Keep your feet on the ground, your head high & back straight. Listen for the honour beats (& gracefully raise your fan) also listen for the ending. Practce at home. If your doing it right that shawl & fringe will fly! A new dancer should always be behind the more expierenced dancers so watch them, you'll figure out quickly who you think kicks butt. Take some tabacco & go talk to her for assistence.

Also give yourself time to go to the fire before grand entery to offer your thanks, cause if your not there for that why are you dancing?

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HAHA! i got one...when i first started dancing, i listened to the song, not the beat. if you dance southern~ DON'T BEND OVER ON THE PICKUP!! man, i did that once or twice and i felt like a bonehead!!!! how embarrassing!
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Is it the pattern, or the people using it? As with any pattern, it is meant to be altered to the wearer's tastes/traditions. Just because it shows one pattern of ribbon placement doesn't mean you have to use it. I would say that there are even more people wearing the dress made from the Missouri River pattern, but people don't seem to mind that. Why? Probably because people who buy patterns from JoAnn's tend to think they must recreate the exact article of clothing shown in the picture in the pattern book, right down to the exact color scheme and adornments. This is not the intent of a pattern.
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i want to learn how to cloth dance first, befor dressing in outfit
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i want to leard how to cloth dance frist befor dress
When I was a little girl I would pratice in my room ,in front of the mirror, put on a tape and dance away, i was wierd i know . But ive givin some tips to beginners, all I said was stand there feal it in your heart and dance, and if you like watch the other ladies that look like thay know what they are doing, watch the Head lady dancer she was picked for a reason ,and should be a good example to go by.
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Well what I was taught when I first decided to dance was to take a year talking to other dancers & learning from them. talking about the teachings, the dance & the regalia.
You can always tell who made their regalia last weekend!

By the time I had my regalia & did my first grand entery I( felt prepared. Still always learning & always getting better at my dancing.

Northern trad: (live to far noth to know about Southern to help). We don't bounce we bend at the knee. Very slow & graceful, (1 beat bend down, 2nd up). Keep your feet on the ground, your head high & back straight. Listen for the honour beats (& gracefully raise your fan) also listen for the ending. Practce at home. If your doing it right that shawl & fringe will fly! A new dancer should always be behind the more expierenced dancers so watch them, you'll figure out quickly who you think kicks butt. Take some tabacco & go talk to her for assistence.

Also give yourself time to go to the fire before grand entery to offer your thanks, cause if your not there for that why are you dancing?

Suzze
I got scared for a moment seeing everyone talk about bowing during dancing, that I had thought I had been taught wrong for a second. Seems though I live in the south, I was taught the northern way. It's good to know where the style comes from.

I'm going to my second powwow ever this weekend, I'm nervous because last time some friend sand I were doing a different style than the rest and I felt out of place. I've gain some confidence since then, so I'm ready.

If you have any more advice on the this style of cloth dance, please let me know, I'm opena dn eager to learn more.

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I got scared for a moment seeing everyone talk about bowing during dancing, that I had thought I had been taught wrong for a second. Seems though I live in the south, I was taught the northern way. It's good to know where the style comes from.

I'm going to my second powwow ever this weekend, I'm nervous because last time some friend sand I were doing a different style than the rest and I felt out of place. I've gain some confidence since then, so I'm ready.

If you have any more advice on the this style of cloth dance, please let me know, I'm opena dn eager to learn more.

~Rissa
hi and yea i though im supposed to bow on honner beats then on pick up start to move foward in step with drum,
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Talking Dancing

I have just started dancing cloth. I think the last time that I danced at a powwow was a long time ago when I was about 10. Now I am 20. Even though many people think that this is the most easiest category to dance, I think differently. While all categories have their challenges, with Southern Cloth I found that it is difficult to be gracefull and on beat. I am clumsy. I mean really clumsy. WHen I started dancing the thing that hurt me the most was my calves and my thighs.

Here is my tip.
My sister told me to practice dancing whenever I have the time to. This helps me a lot.
My brother, being a health nut, suggested to me to work out my calves and my thighs.

WHen I am climbing stairs in my house I stand at the edge with my toes on the end of the step. Then I push up to lift myself. I do this about ten times each step. Its hard at first but it really helps when you are dancing. My steps are more gracefull because my legs can handle it. Also biking can help with the thigh muscles. putting your gear on high or just plain biking up a hill can help build muscle on your legs.

I hope that this is helpful to someone who is having trouble with gracefullness. This tip really helped me out
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I am Eastern Miami. I have danced at Miami gatherings, but never at a Powwow, and I would like to do so. I'm working on my Miami regalia, which is cloth, but I'm not certain of how to fine tune my dance. I have watched the Aunties, danced with them. They all have a slightly different way about them. None of it seems to exactly follow any of the dance catagories that I've read about here. Also, everyone says to 'be yourself'. Well 'myself' has a bounce in my step, a slightly quick and light way about it, but it's not fancy shawl. Is that inappropriate? I don't want to offend or dishonor anyone.

Also, I've read here about sponsoring new dancers and give aways. None of my Aunties have ever spoke of it. I don't even know if they do it and I know that they dance at Pow Wows here in Indiana. I'll have to ask them, though.

Next ?'s Where in the line up of grand entry would Miami cloth be? With other cloth traditional?

Last question(for now..I'm sure I'll think of more) I read the tip on following a more experienced dancer in the arena. As one gains experience, it ok to not follow someone with more experience. Should one always be behind the head lady? I ask this because I noticed that people dance at different paces. Is it rude to pass people or ladies in your category who have more experience?
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Last question(for now..I'm sure I'll think of more) I read the tip on following a more experienced dancer in the arena. As one gains experience, it ok to not follow someone with more experience. Should one always be behind the head lady? I ask this because I noticed that people dance at different paces. Is it rude to pass people or ladies in your category who have more experience?
I can't answer your other problems because I'm from Ontario 9although I'm guessing you'd line up with cloth but always best to ask your Aunties (a with the giveaway)

If you find you dance at a slightly faster pace I would suggest dancing more to the outside of the circle (that way your making a larger circle & will take longer to go around, just watch out for fancy shawl dancers, many stick to the outside so as to clear the tradish dancers. Also keep your steps close (looks more elegant too) that way your moving slower with out changing your natural movement. As far as your natural style of dancing I'd say that everyone dances slightly different cause were not all cookie cutter people, we're all individual, just so long as your keeping your feet on or close to the ground.
I myself generally do not pass other dancers, especially the head lady. i dance trad powwows so we don't have to show off to judges or anything so sometimes someone may slow down or speed up to dance by an old friend & chat a bit
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Hey Sask girly, thats a great suggestion about the stairs!! I usually try to use the stairs alot at work during the day to help build up my knees and calves, but I'm going to try out the standing on the edge and raising up and down!! Um, well, maybe I'll try that at home, if I get caught doing it at work I might get accused of goofing off!! haha

I think this may of already been said here in the thread, but I'd still encourage women to not use your shoulders or your arms to make the fringe on your shawl swing. If your dancing right, the fringe will move on its own. Keep your shoulders and arms still (but relaxed) dance your steps right and the rythm of your step/dip will get that fringe moving gracefully.

It also helps to stick your elbows out (like you would if you were standing with your hands on your hips).........that helps the fringe have room to sway.
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