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Professional Oriental Dance Set Primer

Elements of a Professional Dancer’s Set The Magency – Oriental Entrance Taksim Egyptian Baladi and the Baladi Taksim Cane Dance – Saidi, Baladi or Lebanese Veil and Double Veil dance Sword Dance and Balancing Dances Floor Work in Oriental Dance Middle Eastern Pop, Al Jeel and Shaabi Sagat (Finger Cymbals) The Classics and Om Koulthum […]

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Belly Dance Essentials Homework 5/26/2011

Reading for Sword I’ve organized some class reading and found some pretty awesome video clips worth perusing, so here are your reading/viewing assignments for this session: Sword and Balancing Dances I’ve updated the guidelines that were on the PDF and put them here: Sword, Tips, Tricks and Guidelines Also if you haven’t already contributed a […]

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Belly Dance Basics Homework 5/25/2011

Good advice – Be patient with yourself and enjoy your personal dance journey. Building your Foundation of Knowledge Basics homework is the Belly Dance Workbook. Work through it at your pace. Feel free to post in the comments and let me know if any of my links aren’t working. I feel that every good belly […]

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Technique & Musicality Homework 5/26/2011

updated Your Selections Amira & Samira – Naima Akef – Lama Bada Suite Nawal – Nadia in Pink Ouranitsa – Aziza’s Salome Ana – Naima Akef – Seduction Suite Suzana – Nesrin Topkapı – Wardeh Ghadir – Tulay Karaça – Live Pam – Naima Akef – Aziza Fatiema – Nejla Ateş – Sindbad The Assignment […]

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Videos for Practice at Home – Recommendations & Reviews

I’m often asked for recommendations for good videos that can be used as at home practice companions. There are many, many videos on the market. I’ve made an effort to buy some to try them out. I haven’t gotten around to all of them yet, a few have just left me feeling uninspired, but here […]

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Belly Dance Essentials Homework 4/8/2011

Sword We’ve been developing several different combinations in class. I’d note them for you, but I’m pretty sure they’d be completely indecipherable, so do your best in class. You might want to bring a notebook. For your homework, I’ve prepared a handout for a sword workshop that you can download here: Sword Science Workshop Notes […]

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Belly Dance Essentials Homework 3/8/2011

The second piece of music we are using in Essentials is: Finger Cymbal Patterns Baladi A fill variation on Masmoudi Saghir. D is for Dum – T is for Tek – k is for ka D D kk T D kk T (kk) 1-2- 3- 4-5- 6 -7- 8 D is for Dominant hand – […]

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Special Events with Performances by Shems

Friday, March 4, 5-9pm – Baltimore National Aquarium Cultural Series Explore Traditions in Music, Dance, Literature, and Art From October through March, come to the Aquarium on the first Friday evening of the month for a series of events dedicated to exploring, experiencing, and enjoying cultures from around the globe. Each event is celebrated with […]

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Technique & Musicality Homework 2/24/2011

Since we started working with the magency Banat Eskandria, it is a good time to review what a magency is. Reading and Response Read my article on Oriental Entrances and watch some of the video clips. Take note of anything that inspires or interests you and comment on it in the comments section. Acquire Music […]

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Swords and Finger Cymbals – buying advice

Swords and Finger Cymbals – you need them, where do you find them? What do you look for? Finger Cymbals Also known as zills in Turkey and sagat in Egypt. They are a beautiful and traditional part of a belly dancer’s show. The most important thing when you are buying finger cymbals is to make […]

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