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New Meetup: Workshop-Caroline of Cairo in NYC First Time

From: user 3.
Sent on: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 1:08 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for NYC Bellydance Meetup!

What: Workshop-Caroline of Cairo in NYC First Time

When: Saturday, October 9,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Morocco's Dance Studio
6 West 20th Street Second Floor
New York, NY 10011

9th-10th October 2010.

Morocco Academy of Mideastern Dance
6 West 20th Street - 2nd floor (take the stairs)
New York City, NY 10011

teaching her first U.S. Workshops here in NYC!!!

Time: 4-6:30pm Saturday &
10:30am-1pm then 2-4:30pm Sunday.

Cost: $60 per workshop,
$110 for 2,
only $150 for all 3!!!
Pay in full by Sept 20 and take an additional $5 off per workshop.
Make checks out to Morocco & mail to the above studio address.

Sat 9th October, 4pm-6:30pm Shaabi Awi:
The real SHAABI of the Cairo backstreets!
Choreography to "Assalayah".

This is the real deal...not the "shaabi" that most teach which is really either "Oriental" or Reda style put to a shaabi song. This is the real "shaabi" of the backstreet weddings and microbuses! A fun and fantastically real workshop on the music of the street weddings.

Done to a non-commercial shaabi song- played in the back streets- not Saad Soghrayer or Hakim. The moves are not that difficult - they are from the people, the true sense of the meaning of shaabi. Also interesting from an educational point of view - what shaabi really is - as there does seem to be a lot of confusion about it.

Weddings are an important part of Egyptian life. However the majority of Egyptians can not afford to rent hotel ballrooms and have famous dancers come to dance at their weddings. Weddings take place on the streets in the neighbourhoods where these families live. These are the Egyptians who don't take taxis to work but travel on cramped microbuses to get around. These are the Egyptians who can't afford to pay club memberships but instead will spend the time with the family on any piece of green space found in the city near the Nile or on busy streets to eat Koshery together. Their neighbourhoods do not have manicured lawns or doormen. Instead they live in neighbourhoods were sheep feed at the front doors, donkeys pass by with carts full of fresh fruits and vegetables. All in the
heart of Cairo. Even well off neighbourhoods in Egypt have a Baladi part.

Caroline lives beside one of these fantastic, animated neighbourhoods where everyone knows everyone and everyone cares for one another. Having snuck in to these street weddings she has learned how Egyptians dance at weddings and has understood the meaning of the music and words.

This workshop will give dancers an authentic feel, understanding for what Shaabi really is. Caroline will provide everyone at the workshop with the meaning of the words, the explanation of the gestures which are applied to the dance and explain what it all means. A workshop not to be missed where you will discover Egypt through the eyes of a local, right here in New York.

Sun 10th October, 10:30am-1pm,
Modern Egyptian choreography
to "Ma Yhimmak" by Lebanese singer, Yara.

One of those special songs that just grab you by the heart. The choreography incorporates the Modern Egyptian style current on the Cairo stage - an elegant choreography that portrays the meaning and feeling of the song as well as utilising the full space of the stage.

Comment from a teacher who attended this workshop before "It's just that perfect, magic unison between dance and song that happens every so often!"
2-4:30pm: Modern & Classic Khaleegy-

Traditional technique of the dance of the Arab Gulf region with Khaleegy dress plus the latest modern moves without utilising the dress and incorporating a cane!

In modern Khaleegy the thobe is not worn and props such as a small stick can also be used. Most people only know the classic style but trends have changed, even in the Gulf, so it's time to learn the latest moves rarely taught. Caroline has been performing in Cairo for over 11 years and she has also worked on contracts in the Gulf in Qatar, Bahrain and UAE and has even danced in Khaleegy music video clips!

You will gain from her valuable knowledge and experience, so even if you have done Khaleegy before or if you are a complete beginner, this class is not to be missed!

Further information:
Caroline Evanoff has been a fully-licensed Raqs Sharqi performer in Egypt since 1998 in 5-star venues and weddings as well as appearances on television. With a strong background in ballet she moved to Egypt to study Egyptian style dance with the great master teachers such as Raqia Hassan, Aida Nour, Ibrahim Akef, Mahmoud Reda etc and appears in 7 volumes of Raqia Hassan's technique DVDs (vol 4- 10). She has also performed under contract in India, Qatar, Bahrain, UAE and Mediterranean cruises. She is a teacher at the annual Ahlan wa Sahlan festival in Cairo and this year at Raqs Britannia in England. Caroline regularly travels abroad to teach workshops in Germany, France, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore as well as running holiday courses in Dahab (Sinai Red Sea).

Caroline is known for her pure Egyptian style choreographies because of her understanding of the language, music and feelings. Her choreographies are beautifully elegant, fun and sometimes a bit cheeky! Her ability to breakdown the challenging Egyptian Oriental technique makes her workshops a truly valuable experience. Caroline also teaches the various Egyptian and folkloric styles from Modern and Classical Egyptian, Shaabi, Baladi, Tarab, Saidi, Nubian, Alexandrian, Ghawazee, Shamadan as well as modern and traditional Khaleegy styles from the Gulf region.

Here's a short YouTube clip:

Email: contact Morocco

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