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The Art and Science of Middle Eastern Dancing

I have had the pleasure of meeting a vast variety of Middle Eastern dancers throughout my dancing career.  Many of whom are technically brilliant yet lacking emotion, while others are captivating in every way. I think what makes this dance form unique in every sense of the word is the uniqueness of each dancer; the uniqueness of each interpretation of the music and of course the delivery of the emotion through the dance. Not one dancer is the same, not one costume is the same; yet we are all “moved” by one powerful aspect: the Music.

In April this year the opportunity presented itself for me to attend some workshops with local extraordinaire, Ava van Aarde, the fabulous internationally acclaimed Turbo Tabla native Egyptian drummer, Karim Nagi and the legendary dancer of ALL dancers, Bozenka.

All three artists have such a passion for what they do and seeing them in action is such an inspiration. I think the most profound ‘lesson’ I took from these memorable experiences was that dancing is not just about the melody but the emotion.  Melody brings about movement and most importantly: Emotion. Certain instruments for example the accordion in a baladi taqsim and certain melodies/rhythms for example the Saba convey a specific emotion.  To dance to a melody and simultaneously portray the emotions of the music to your audience are the key elements that differentiates a good dancer from a great dancer.

The challenge for western dancers like myself is to shift our focus from being mechanically perfect and technically correct but rather to embrace the nuances of expressive imperfection. It is this challenge that makes belly dancing an art form and not a science.

** Therein lies the reason why we keep coming back for more**

Oriantallia International Bellydance Festival featuring Tamalyn Dallal, Bozenka,Natalie Misplon, Angela Anzilotti and Bianca Jane Pieters



Bozenka and Karim Nagi 2012 by Goddess Divine Productions

Back by Popular Demand in 2012, bookings now open!!!

Workshops in Johannesburg:

Boženka:  2 hrs – R 380 pp, per workshop click here to download the booking form

  • Technique Master Class: An intense master class with complex technique, mechanics of movement, a focus on timing and advanced traveling steps will be covered in this class.  Practicing drills and learning how to articulate moves to maximize visual effect on stage will be discussed as well.  Combined with an intense warm-up and a relaxing cool down, this is the perfect class to get your body in gear. (Advanced)
  • Moving from Head To Toe: This moderately paced class breaks down every basic movement; slides, circles, undulations, figure eights and shimmies to give the beginner student a grasp of the technique necessary for belly dancing.  Not only for beginners; this class is also recommended for those dancers who want to polish their basics or even for those who want to go into teaching. (Beginners – Intermediate)
  • Latin / Arabic Fusion Combinations: Learn how to put your Salsa, Mambo, Cha-Cha and more into your belly dancing.  This moderately paced class will teach you simple and flavorful combinations to incorporate into your own dance routine.  (An Original Latin-Arab Fusion Choreography can be taught in this course if requested and if time allows).  (Intermediate – Advanced)
  • The Boženka Experience: Let yourself be inspired, entertained and challenged in this upbeat master class with Boženka.  Students will learn three beautiful combinations filled with Boženka’s Signature moves that they can apply to their own dance repertoire.  Instruction will be given on immaculate and dynamic hip technique, graceful and fluid upper body posture and stage presence.  Bozenka is known for challenging students while bringing out the best in each dancer at their individual level. (Advanced / Professional)
  • Facial Expression and Body Language by Boženka: This is one of Boženka’s most popular workshops among dancers who are at an advanced or professional level.  This workshop focuses on the interpretation between Dancer and Music as well as the communication between Dancer and Audience.  Boženka uses creative methods to encourage dancers to interpret the feelings caused by the music and to learn to convey that emotion to the audience.  Dancers learn how appropriate body language and using facial expressions take their performance to a higher level.  (Advanced / Professional)

 

Karim Nagi:  2 hrs – R 380 pp, per workshop click here to download the booking form

  • Saidi Tahleeb and Raqs Assaya (can dancing): The southern half of Egypt, known as Upper Egypt due to its higher altitude, is called “Al Said” in Arabic (pronounced iSay-yeed)”.  The Saidi people are famous for this semi-acrobatic stick dance called “Tahteeb” for men and “Raqs Assaya” for women.  It is essentially a form of martial art where the manipulation of the stick and the demeanor of movement replicated a battle scene.  The main motions with the stick include spinning, twirling, rowing, flipping and striking.  Often two dancers will enact a friendly battle with synchronized sparing and co-coordinated strikes.  But the essence of the Saidi dance is in its demeanor.  The body moves heavily and confidently with a subtle pulse.  Grace is more valued than aggression.  This dance is done solo or in groups where the sticks are operated in unison, and men and woman play together.
  • Cymbals (zill compositions): Learn a complete multi sound moving sagat & zill composition. Karim Nagi teaches his 8 sound, ambidextrous finger cymbal system, in the context of a song choreography. Students will learn short compositions that feature the highly melodic cymbals, in a way that will enthrall an audience. The songs can be performed by any number of dancers, and can be referenced to a pre existing recording. The students will move and isolate their bodies to emulate the cymbal-melodic phrases and percussive accents. This complete song can be performed by anyone, as an alternative, and segway, to any style of performance to pre recorded music. The multi sound, sustained note, and bi-dexterous positions, will demonstrate a dancers musicality and percussive dialoguing abilities. These cymbal songs will arrest any audience, as they proclaim that the dancer is also a musician !!!
  • Maqam and Taqsim: Maqam is the Arabic system of scales and melody creation. All songs, weather classical, pop or dance, are created in a Maqam, which dictates whether the song is happy, somber, uplifting, spiritual or sensual. Singing the maqam often helps the dancer feel the emotion created by the distances between each note. We then align notes in the scale with specific body isolations, allowing them to follow a Maqam by using their bodily dance vocabulary. Dancers will learn how to recognize, sing and move to maqams by learning famous song examples. Special attention will be given to Taqsim, the art of instrumental solo improvisation. The dancer will practice interpreting the instrumental music into movement and personifying the mood of the music. This workshop is vital for dancers who wish to better interpret melody into movement.
  • Riqq (Arabic Tambourine): RIQQ RAQS (the tambourine dance) : The dance of the tambourine is a perfect synthesis of rhythm and motion. Students will learn to play famous rhythms, accents, and improvised solo phrases on the riqq. A dozen steps, isolations, and folkloric ritual movement combinations will be added to the playing of the riqq. The dancing drummers will play above the head, rotate, travel, and step with their musical prop. The class will create formations using human patterns, where each dancer moves in opposition, and unison, with the other players. The class culminates in a choreographed ritual, where each dancer delivers a rhythmic riqq solo, as the rest answer in a tambourine chorus. Students must bring Any tambourine that has plastic or animal skin surface and cymbals. We will move to our own live music.
  • Rhythm for Dancers – part 2: It’s time to raise the bar for rhythmic literacy! A dancer’s immediate connection to the music is the rhythm produced by the Tabla and percussion. Karim teaches each rhythm using the three-sound clapping approach. Karim then performs sample rhythms on the Tabla. Students will learn each rhythm by name, “dum-tak” vocalization, and clapping. Afterwards the dancers will learn choreography segments to help gain bodily control with the sample rhythm, putting theory into practice. He presents 7 to 10 rhythms that vary in complexity, and inspire a variety of movements. By physically personifying each Rhythm, bodily mastery of that rhythm will be achieved. The dancer will be able to perform and teach each rhythm with greater accuracy and authenticity. This movement workshop is perfect for any dancer who wants to better understand what they are dancing to.

Workshops in Cape Town:

Boženka:  2 hrs – R 380 pp, per workshop click here to download the booking form

  • Technique Master Class: An intense master class with complex technique, mechanics of movement, a focus on timing and advanced traveling steps will be covered in this class.  Practicing drills and learning how to articulate moves to maximize visual effect on stage will be discussed as well.  Combined with an intense warm-up and a relaxing cool down, this is the perfect class to get your body in gear. (Advanced)
  • Moving from Head To Toe: This moderately paced class breaks down every basic movement; slides, circles, undulations, figure eights and shimmies to give the beginner student a grasp of the technique necessary for belly dancing.  Not only for beginners; this class is also recommended for those dancers who want to polish their basics or even for those who want to go into teaching. (Beginners – Intermediate)
  • Latin / Arabic Fusion Combinations: Learn how to put your Salsa, Mambo, Cha-Cha and more into your belly dancing.  This moderately paced class will teach you simple and flavorful combinations to incorporate into your own dance routine.  (An Original Latin-Arab Fusion Choreography can be taught in this course if requested and if time allows).  (Intermediate – Advanced)
  • The Boženka Experience: Let yourself be inspired, entertained and challenged in this upbeat master class with Boženka.  Students will learn three beautiful combinations filled with Boženka’s Signature moves that they can apply to their own dance repertoire.  Instruction will be given on immaculate and dynamic hip technique, graceful and fluid upper body posture and stage presence.  Boženka is known for challenging students while bringing out the best in each dancer at their individual level. (Advanced / Professional)

Karim Nagi:  2 hrs – R 380 pp, per workshop click here to download the booking form

  • Musicality for Dancers: Despite any mastery of technique and bodily dexterity, true dance expression requires musicality. The best dancers are those who emulate the music into their own movement. Karim will demystify Arab music for the dancer. Several recurring themes in Arab music will be identified (using recorded examples) and explained in emotive, non musical terms. The class will cover Taksim, Melodic Themes, Vocal vs Instrumental Songs, Rhythms & Rhythmic Changes, Melodic Modulation, Song Structure, Orchestration and Instrumentation. Karim will guide the students through several songs and lead them in dancing to each of these themes. This is a movement class that will help the dancer become the physical personification of the music.
  • Sagats: Karim has developed a comprehensive zill method that utilizes drum techniques, and an Ambidextrous approach. He uses the Egyptian Sufi Zikr aesthetic with multiple sounds, open and closed, sizzle and rapid combinations. Karim has crystallized the 8-sound method, and has made it easy and natural to learn. Students will learn the Arabic rhythms by name and how to play them while dancing! They will learn how to use the cymbals to communicate rhythms to a band and accent solo dancing and body movements. Dancers and percussionists of all levels are welcome. He will also teach dance combinations, solo patterns, train the dancer in musicality, and teach when-and-when-not to play within an Arabic song. Karim promises to transform dancers into musicians with his finger cymbal teaching approach.
  • Rhythm for Dancers: It’s time to raise the bar for rhythmic literacy! A dancer’s immediate connection to the music is the rhythm produced by the Tabla and percussion. Karim teaches each rhythm using the three-sound clapping approach. Karim then performs sample rhythms on the Tabla. Students will learn each rhythm by name, “dum-tak” vocalization, and clapping. Afterwards the dancers will learn choreography segments to help gain bodily control with the sample rhythm, putting theory into practice. He presents 7 to 10 rhythms that vary in complexity, and inspire a variety of movements. By physically personifying each Rhythm, bodily mastery of that rhythm will be achieved. The dancer will be able to perform and teach each rhythm with greater accuracy and authenticity. This movement workshop is perfect for any dancer who wants to better understand what they are dancing to.
  • Drum Solo (Dancer Drummer communication): This workshops bridges the gap between the two disciplines. Students will learn how interpret sound into movement by aligning body parts and motions with drum sounds and riffs. Once the movement-to-sound correspondence is established, students will prepare to perform to drum solos. The six-part drum-solo will be explained, theme by theme. Students will then perform to any combination of these 6 major drum solo themes. Students will learn how to both lead and follow the drummer by maintaining the common language. Improvisation skills will be encouraged, and the daunting prospect of dancing to a LIVE drum solo will be demystified. This dance workshop can also be configured to include drummers as well.

Payment plans will be available from June 2011 (3, 6, 8 and 10 months).

For WORKSHOP bookings contact:

Angela Sanders

Belly Dance Goddess

Tel:  082 606 1515

E-mail:  angela@bellydancebabes.co.za

Web:  www.bellydancegoddess.co.za

AND

For PERFORMANCE bookings contact:

Natalie Misplon

Dancing Divinity

Tel:  083 781 2766

Email:  natalie@dancingdivinity.com Web:  www.dancingdivinity.com

 


 

 

Bellydance workshop and retreat in ZANZIBAR by Tamalyn Dallal and Bozenka!!

Tamalyn Dallal presents the first ever

bellydance workshop and retreat in ZANZIBAR!

The most exotic trip you’ll ever take/ workshops by Tamalyn Dallal and Bozenka!

Zanzibar is the melting of cultures between Africa and the Middle East.

Zanzibar is one of the most exotic places in the world.

Zanzibar has amazing music and dance.

Prepaid before February 1, 2011   $800

Prepaid between February 1 and April 15th, 2011    $900

Paid after April 15th, 2011    $1000

One unforgettable week!

Price includes:

7 nights hotel, Four full days of dance classes (total 24 hours of instruction)

Four parties, one film night, a spice tour and a cooking class

Breakfast and dinner every day.

Accommodations in double or triple room in one of Zanzibar’s most beautiful and historic hotels.

Not included in the price:

Lunch, Transportation (airfare and boat) from Egypt to Zanzibar, Tanzanian visa

Photo shoot with Denise Marino in ancient palace ruins

Tamalyn Dallal and Bozenka will teach this one time only bellydance, music and culture retreat from July 5-11, 2011 (conveniently scheduled right after the Ahlan Wasahlan Festival in Cairo, where Tamalyn will be teaching)

– Live music in classes

– Tamalyn Dallal’s technique that has spawned many a famous dancer

– Bozenka’s beautiful workshops!

– Gorgeous, historic hotel

– Great food

– Learn local dances (hip movements like you’ve never seen) taught by Zanzibaris

– Have a photo shoot by Denise Marino in the ruins of a royal palace

– Spice tour and Zanzibari cooking class

– Parties and performances

– Meet local women and dance with them (women’s party)

– Meet the musicians who played on Tamalyn’s CD’s

 

Leave Cairo the evening of July 4 on Egypt Air, non stop, arriving in Dar Es Salaam the morning of July 5th.

 

July 5th

AM…Arrive in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. Take the boat to Zanzibar, check into the beautiful antique hotel and rest, or walk the romantic winding streets of Zanzibar town.

PM… Welcome dinner/party with taarab musicians, and traditional dances, held on a roof top overlooking Zanzibar town (The most romantic place to see the sunset)

 

July 6th- 10th

4 days of dance workshops:

Breakfast is included

10am to 1pm:  Tamalyn and Bozenka’s workshops, include finger cymbals and Tamalyn’s special veil classes ( from one to seven), plus the latest “Magic Veils”. These can be worn as clothes, wrapped, unwrapped, snapped together, unsnapped to become multiple veils.

1-2pm: Lunch: On your own- We will provide a map and eating guide, or you can come along with us to our favorite local places.

2-3:30pm: Dance classes with live musicians. Learn how to express and dance to each instrument. Learn to recognize and dance to famous songs of Egypt’s Golden Age, as well as Zanzibari “Bashrafs” (Ottomon inspired instrumentals played with Arabic instruments).

3:30- 4:30pm Local Zanzibari dance class

Evening activities;

*Yummy Zanzibari cooking class * Film night* Women’s party- dance and share with the local women *Sunset cruise with live musicians and delicious food

 

July 11th

Morning: Photo shoot with Denise Marino in the palace ruins

Afternoon: Spice tour with lunch

Evening: Farewell party/ show. You are welcome to perform.

July 12

Options;

– You can stay awhile longer, go to a beach area or simply linger on your own in Zanzibar town, drinking in the sights and sounds. There will be a film festival in full swing during that time.

– You can fly to Arusha (another area of Tanzania) and go on a safari- prior arrangements are a must.

-You may choose to stay in Zanizbar or book a safari in Tanzania or go climbing Mt. Kilamanjaro. Contact; info@zanzibarentacar.com Please note that july is high season in Zanzibar. Hotels are often fully booked. If you wish to stay longer, you will find rooms in town, but they may be expensive or not the same quality as you are staying in during the tour. If you plan to stay extra days, I can give you e mail addresses of recommended hotels. Just tell me your price range.

– You can head home.

 

Shopping: Swahili inspired bellydance caftans are perfect for performing at Orientalia.

***This is a cultural trip- not only bellydance, but about the rich history, music, dance and food of Zanzibar. It is highly recommended to read about the island, get aaquainted with the music, and culture. Below are resources that will enhance your experience.:
Blog; http://40daysand1001nights.blogspot.com

Music; “Made in Zanzibar” and “40 Days and 1001 Nights”

DVD’s
“Zanzibar, Dance, Trance and Devotion” by Tamalyn Dallal
“40 Days and 1001 Nights” by Tamalyn Dallal

Books;
40 Days and 1001 Nights, (Available at www.40daysand1001nights.com), Bi Kidudes life Story, Princess Salme, and Zanzibar cookbook. All available at Memories of Zanzibar or Gallery Bookstore in Zanzibar.

 

Contact:

Tamalyn Dallal tamalyndallal@yahoo.com

Denise Marino seicheese@yahoo.com or call (305) 754-1470

Payments made via Paypal on www.tamalyndallal.net or directly through Denise Marino

 

*This is part of a greater trip, of which you may join any or all of the parts: From June 22-26, right after the Nile Group Festival in Cairo, we will be taking a group into the desert and to the Siwa Oasis (Read about it in “40 Days and 1001 Nights”). Price, $750 (Paid before Feb. 1st), $800 (paid between Feb. 1- April 15), $850 (Paid after April 15).

Then Tamalyn will be teaching at the Ahlan Wasahlan Festival in Cairo (June 27-July 4) and we will be going to Zanzibar immediately afterward.