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Oriental dance technique masterclass & Middle Eastern Rhythms, incl Zagat by Akasha

Oriental dance technique masterclass

Time: 7h30 – 10h30
Content:
The secret of impeccable and effortless dance is a solid foundation of clean, clear and precise technique, as well as understanding not only musical, emotional and artistic components of the interpretation, but also understanding your body, your instrument, as a performer.

As with all art forms, dance evolves, and over the years, various cultural and artistic influences have shaped Middle Eastern dance styles around the world, and fusion styles also began to emerge. Specific moves are culturally intrinsic to various countries.

The basic movements, however, remain constant to a homogenous style of Middle Eastern Dance, that is globally recognizable. Akasha will lead and guide dancers through the technical nuances of Oriental Dance

We begin with a body safe warm up which will lead into our basic movements:
Basic Egyptian – make your walk count!
Hip movements – Rotation / sacred 8’s / circles / accents and beyond
Shimmies – So easy, even your gran can do it!
Hands, arms, shoulders – strength, suppleness and fluid beauty
Undulations – not just a side movement
Steps, and travelling movements – own your space and be fabulous while you do it!
Spotting and turns – keeping you upright all the way
Diagonals – from Egyptian to undulation

We will also explore the various types of dance techniques and movements eg: Lyrical / Percussive / Locomotive / Layered and leveled.

We break down even further:
Hip movements – Rotation / sacred 8’s / Baby Jewel / jewel / circles / Accents
Thigh and Hip Shimmies / ¾ Shimmies / Hagalla and other layered movements
Hands, arms, shoulders – strength, suppleness and fluid beauty
Undulations – not everything is a ‘camel’
Steps, turns and travelling movements – own your space and be fabulous while you do it!
Arabesque – adding that something special to your performance
Zohair Zaki hip slides – no Dirty Diapers
Tahiya’s triangle
We will finish with a body safe cool down including rotational yoga stretches

Cost: R300

Middle Eastern Rhythm and Zagat – Zagat level 1 including Basic MED Rhythms
Course information
A / Basic Music theory – understanding music and time signatures
B/ The following Beginner Rhythms will be discussed and identified
Malfouf
Maksoum
Baladi
Saidi
Ciftitelli
C/ Finger work and practice – 10 easy Zagat practice rhythms
D/ Movements with Zagat to basic rhythms through simple exercises
Duration: 3 hours Level: All Props: None
Cost: R300

Studio: Dance Ability Studio’s, Parkside Shopping Centre, Cnr Ostrich & Hawken rd, Bromhof, Randburg

To book: ava@akasha.co.za