My choreography friend and I decided to make ourselves official. We invited two other friends to belly dance with us and we are called the Ancient Ruins.
Of course, with my hearing slowly deteriorating, I thought she wanted to call us the Ancient Runes. I thought, what a cool name! We could get T-shirts with our names converted to runic symbols! A couple weeks previous I’d had a dream that had some letters on a boulder that looked like runes. I’d been wondering what the dream meant. It meant I have ESP!
Oh well. Back to muddling through life without the advantages of fortune telling.
It felt weird at first to go ahead and do this. It felt disloyal, even though we were among the marginalized dancers.
We did not keep it a secret. Our long-time teacher knows and she is actually jealous. Eh, if she wanted a different kind of troupe than what she’s got now, she should have kept a better handle on things. I’m always so impressed by people who wreck things, or are otherwise uncooperative, then get jealous when the marginalized ones cope by doing their own thing.
People be so messed up!
We are teaching our friends the new dance we choreographed and they are enjoying it. Because it was designed at a duet, we need to change parts of it to accommodate two more dancers. All of us are making the changes as equals. We can spend as much time on it as we want without anyone whining that they are bored.
We also have a new dance in the works already. One of our new troupe mates had a favorite song that she thought sounded danceable. She shared it with me and I fell in love with it instantly. It will be perfect for the kind of choreography we want to do–“Heathens” by Twenty-One Pilots. I suspect we will start working on it in earnest after the holidays.
In the old troupe, nobody would have given her idea the time of day. And nobody wanted to learn the dances my friend and I choreographed.
I wonder if all groups kind of fall apart when you go past a certain number of participants. Four seems to be just right for now. I can think of two more compatible people we could invite, but then we would outgrow my spare room.
We still have to navigate what we will do with our new troupe. There will be the possibility of performing at some point. But I think that is the main thing that changed the other troupe into something I don’t recognize anymore. It brought out the divas and control freaks and some passive-aggressiveness on top of it all. Nobody wants that for the Ancient Ruins.
I just want a healthy and nurturing outlet for some creativity and self-expression. We couldn’t have that anymore with the old troupe. I plan to participate in their Christmas Hafla in a month. There will be Mexican food for dinner afterwards. Then I suspect I’m completely done with it. My first graceful exit.