June-July 2021 Online Class Series with Nisaa
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Raqs Baladi: An Exploration of the Roots of Egyptian Belly Dance
The dance known in the West as “belly dance” originated as an informal social dance performed at happy occasions by men and women of all ages. It wasn’t until the beginning of the 20th century that this traditional dance – raqs baladi – and its professional variants – performed by the awalim and ghawazi – were transformed into raqs sharqi – the glamorous theatrical style of belly dance that audiences recognize today. Yet, for both ordinary Egyptians and professional dancers, raqs baladi represents the essence of belly dance. In this class series, join Nisaa for a deep dive into the baladi roots of Egyptian belly dance.
Target Audience: Middle Eastern Dance Students (Intermediate to Advanced/Professional)
Week One - What is Baladi?
Saturday, June 19, 2-3:30 PM US Central Time
Discover the deeper meaning of baladi. Baladi is about so much more than just dance. It's a complicated term that embodies many layers of meaning. Through lecture, photos, music samples, and videos, Nisaa introduces you to the concept of baladi and its meaning within Egyptian culture.
Week Two - Baladi Aesthetic and Technique
Saturday, June 26, 2-3:30 PM US Central Time
Explore baladi movement. Nisaa introduces you to baladi aesthetic and technique by comparing and contrasting with theatrical raqs sharqi styling. Learn how raqs baladi varies from region to region within Egypt, and why and how Cairene raqs baladi has become dominant in stage representations of the form.
Week Three - Taqsim Baladi
Saturday, July 3, 2-3:30 PM US Central Time
The taqsim baladi, sometimes known as the baladi progression, is an improvisational music style that is unique to Egypt. It emerged among musicians in early 20th century Cairo in the context of performances at social celebrations such as weddings. It is music specifically meant for baladi dance. Learn the defining characteristics of the taqsim baladi, and explore how to interpret and express this quintessential Egyptian musical form through dance.