- Write down a bunch of body isolations and movements onto strips of paper and put them in a basket.
- Have one student pull out a slip and demonstrate the move.
- Then a second student pulls a second slip and tries to add that move to the first. And so on and so forth until you have a string of 8-10 movements that now flow as a combination.
We’ve done it as a way to jog our creative brains when we’re working on a new choreography. We’ve used it as simply a technical drill to put together different isolations and practice them over and over. It’s good for shaking up muscle memory and choreography memorization. I also like to use it in my home-practice for days when I really don’t know what I want to work on so I just write down a list of movements and challenge myself to make it danceable to two or three different pieces of music.
But doesn’t it get really tedious writing down the moves over and over again? And those of us without a studio of our own have to bring our supplies each week, and you KNOW the week you need a quick idea because you didn’t have time to prep something – that’s the day you forget to bring your slips of paper.
SO I CHANGED THAT.
This app is a simple isolation generator (hence, “IsoGen”) for the computer, phone, or ipad that has a database of about 50 bellydance isolations and movements and the simple touch of a button will randomly generate one for you. It even compiles them into a running list of 8 in a row.
*As of right now the site is optimized for mobile viewing, since I anticipate that to be the most-utilized format. This means that the generator appears oversized on a traditional computer screen. Version 2.0 aims to change that.
I even spiced it up by adding instructions to change the stylization of an isolation, like “break previous move into 2 counts” and “previous isolation hit and rewind.”
So for this example, you would execute a mya sharply, like a “hit” and then rewind the move, in esssence doing a reverse mya (or taxeem).
Now it’s not perfect – but that’s where you all come in handy! We need to beta test this guy to see where it fails us in practical applications.
So as you’re playing with it let me know:
How often are you getting a series that is physically impossible? Tell me!
Want to request an additional move or sequence? Tell me!
Have a suggestion for formatting the page to use more easily? Tell me!
We are already working on a few changes (such as to remove the last one off the list if you hate it or it’s impossible) and are working on an app that can be used off-line too. Eventually it will get its own domain site but for now it’s parked over at my old studio’s digital stomping grounds, so go check it out.
I’ll be playing with this all month and sending out challenges and games on Instagram and Facebook, so head over to the ISOGEN now to check it out! Let me know if you use it in class or at home by tagging #isogen
*Want to sponsor the Isogen development on it’s own domain and off-line app? We’ll be selling adspace opportunities, so if you have a studio, store, or event relevant to Everyday Tribal content, email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive information as it comes out.