Monday, January 30, 2012

Musical instruments and a little history

D you know your nay from a quanoon???  Go here to learn (and listen) about the most commonly used musical instruments in Middle Eastern Music.

An overview of bellydance since 1900.  Pay special attention to Nawga Foud, Samia Gamal, Souheir Zaki, Dina (not specifically named but in a video clip) and Randa in the Golden Era and Egyptian section. 

The term "Tribal Dance" means many different things to many different people.  This film talks to some of the "names" in the movement and asks them to define what their dance is and how it is different from other middle eastern dance.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Inspiring videos

Beginners - if you want notes on the moves we will be learning, go to my "Student Resources" page.

Ramsey Intermediates - If you want a video of the arabics to practice along to, go to the "Student Resources" page

Now on to the video fun......

One of the first dancers I fell in love with - Tamra-Henna.  This was filmed shortly after she moved back to the states after being the dancer at the Nile Hilton.

Atlanta's own Awalim - so much fun to watch!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Notes for Healing Arts Center students

Over view of zills and rhythms so far

Article with good background AND "zill phrases"

Both of the songs we have been dancing to are by Gypsy Caravan off of Caravan Rhythms

Mafuf (sometimes spelled Malfoof) used heavily in oriental numbers as an entrance.  Good example – “Escape from Cairo” that we danced to last spring.  Works well with chasse’, spins, walking entrances

Sample of rhythm you can download

Malfuf with clap
Dtt  (1 – 2 -2)
Play RLL(1 – 2 -2) RLL(1 – 2 -2) RLL (1 – 2 -2)clap 3X
3 Basic Egyptians and 3 accents on the claps (hips down, down, down)

Masmoudi Kebir (usually called just masmoudi)
Masmoudi  (this version has room for you to play 1-1-123-1-123123)

Dd tkt D tkt
Dd       double drop on R
Tkt      scoop R hip up and in
D         chest drop
Tkt      shoulder shimmy or undulate

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Happy New Year!

Belly Dance With Samira

If you want to stop by Worldwide Fashions, here's a map showing it's location if you are new to the area. 

1375 Prince Avenue

Athens, GA 30606-2733

(706) 208-9915

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