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May 2024 Online Lecture!
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$50 USD

Please note that class fees are non-refundable after the start of the session.  Classes missed in the current session may not be used as credit for classes in future sessions.  Registrations are non-transferable.


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Min Farah Li Masrah: Considerations in Staging Egyptian Awalim and Ghawazi Dance Styles
Sunday, May 19, 2024 | 2-5 PM US Central Time

The traditional dance styles of Egypt’s awalim and ghawazi are a source of great interest among belly dance practitioners around the world.  Unfortunately, stage representations of these dance styles frequently bear little resemblance to their sources, lending to misconceptions and misunderstandings about actual awalim and ghawazi dance forms.  It is possible to stage these traditional styles without sacrificing their essential defining features, and in this class, Nisaa explains how.  The class begins with a general discussion of both real and perceived issues in staging traditional dance styles.  Then, Nisaa addresses specific considerations in staging Upper Egyptian ghawazi stylization, followed by specific considerations in staging Lower Egyptian ghawazi/awalim stylizations.  Among the many factors considered are music choice, musical interpretation, costuming considerations, and choreography vs. improvisation.  Taken together, these considerations enable a thoughtful and responsible approach to staging awalim and ghawazi dance styles, balancing faithfulness to the sources with artistic creativity and personal expression.

Some experience with awalim and ghawazi dance styles, such as Nisaa’s Dancers of the Nile course series, is helpful, but not required.  This class primarily involves lecture, discussion, and footage, but includes some gentle movement practice as well.
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