2011 Wendy Allen Weekend

WENDY ALLEN – FCBD® – Tiverton, Devon
22 – 24 July, 2011

This was the first time I had ever hosted an event (with friend and fellow Sister Studio Jacqui Spiers)
Wendy flew in from San Francisco and after a day or so acclimatising and a real Devon clotted cream tea we were treated to a private lesson. The next few days passed in a whirlwind of workshops repeated across 3 days:
The FatChance Flair – the subtleties and attention to detail that sets FCBD® apart – posture, posture, posture, arms,arms, arms – a mantra for all us ATS® students!
Arms and Hands – connecting the dots, transitioning from one move to another with clear cues – really really useful workshop – it’s so difficult to pickup the little things that join everything together when learning from DVD’s – there’s nothing like having a real live teacher to follow
Work that Shimmy! – making your shimmy show all the time, loads of drilling of all types of shimmy in the ATS® vocab
Improv in Action – how to build an effective set on the spot
thinking on your feet, making quick decisions to just get out there and do it – would have liked more time on this one – 2 hours just wasn’t enough

Some of the girls opted to camp at the farm whilst others treated themselves to a bit more luxury. Then after a hard day’s work at the Saturday workshop everyone dressed in their finery for a really lovely informal tribal gathering in the barn which we’d decked out with saris,carpets and cushions. Angela and Mark of Tribe Zuza brought the purple van and set up souk, we feasted on loads of yummy veggie food and stuffed ourselves with Turkish Delight cheesecake. Then set about burning off the calories with loads of dancing and special performances from our wonderful teacher, Wendy and guest Samantha Emanuel