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Know Your Dance Roots!

There are so many styles of dance that fall under the “belly dance” umbrella, from the very traditional Middle Eastern dances derived from folk dances, to the melting pot of vintage American cabaret, to cutting-edge fusion. These workshops will give you a deeper understanding of dance styles, how they developed and why, and help you as a dancer make intelligent and appropriate choices when designing your own dance.
This weekend event will feature Latifa, Amustela, and Wendy Bhagwati Broadway offering workshops in their specialties. These workshops are essential building blocks for the serious student, especially those who aspire to dance professionally and/or teach.
Saturday workshops topics:
Saturday 9 AM to Noon.
1. Egyptian Beledi: Before there were Egyptian superstar dancers in glittery costumes, there was beledi-style dancing. This style is very playful, understated and subtle, with a more direct connection to the audience than other styles. It’s a different way of thinking about movement and energy. Beledi is mesmerizing in itself, and many of the elements of the beledi style could be applied to other dance styles.
2. Ibrahim Farrah technique: The ripple effect of Ibrahim Farrah’s teaching can be seen in many many dancers, both in the U.S. and abroad. Farrah-trained dancers are marked by elegance and stage presence; they can be ethereal or earthy, or both at the same time. He had a way of making every movement, no matter how small, look significant and interesting. This workshop will present a short sampler of some Farrah basics: weight placement, foot articulation, initiating movements organically, and projecting confidence. Useful for dancers of all styles.
Saturday 1-4 PM
Amustela will explore the styles of dance that came together in the American bellydance performance through the 1950′s – through 1980′s, where the “5 part” restaurant/club show came into existence. Questions such as “What are the parts? Where did they come from and from what styles did they originate?” will be examined. There will be video, and handouts will be provided. The class will touch on the Turkish and Armenian influence, Greek influences and the later Egyptian influences, as well as stuff that evolved from American dancers. The class will also include some folkloric dances that have been incorporated into the “cabaret” show you see performed today.
On Sunday, we’ll have one workshop and then a party!
Workshop 12-3 PM
Wendy “Bhagwati” Broadway offers the “roots” of modern American belly dance spanning from Jamila Salimpour, to Carolena Nericcio’s American Tribal Style (r), to the influences of the Suhaila Salimpour method. Empower yourself with the ability to understand, articulate, and demonstrate similarities and differences among the three styles including what has been “lost in translation” and what was added along the way, and why. The popularity of these intriguing styles has influenced the worldwide belly dance scene.
Early bird prices (expires July 21st): $90 for all workshop, $39 for each 3-hour presentation.
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