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April 2022 Special Online Lecture Event with Nisaa
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$25 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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  • A recording of the class will be available for viewing for 14 days after the class meeting.  All purchasers will be notified by email as soon as the recording is available.
Rewriting History: Respectability Politics and Revisionist History in Contemporary Egyptian Belly Dance
April 10, 2022 | 2-3:30 PM US Central Time
Recording available for viewing for 14 days.

Current trends in the Egyptian belly dance industry are generating a lot of discussion, and sometimes controversy, both inside and outside Egypt.  A common refrain that echoes throughout present-day discourse about the dance is that today’s dancers – particularly foreign dancers working in Cairo – are deviating from proper technique, aesthetic, and behavior.  Critics of the contemporary scene look to the dance and dancers of prior eras – the raqs sharqi performers of the Golden Era, the awalim of the early 19th century, and even the jawari of medieval Egypt – as benchmarks of artistry and respectability, and lament that belly dance in the present day has been degraded through the incorporation of athletic feats and sexualized movement.  Yet, the dance past that is presented as a counterpoint to the present scene is often highly romanticized and even factually inaccurate.  In reality, dancers in all eras of Egyptian history have existed as marginal figures in their society.  And though technique and costuming have certainly evolved over the centuries, aspects of current dance trends have documented precedent in earlier periods.  Join Nisaa for an examination of the reality of dance and dancers in earlier periods of Egyptian history based on primary source documentation, and gain a more objective perspective on current trends in Egyptian belly dance.
If you purchased the 2021 Bellydance Bundle, this class is included in your Bundle!  You don't need to register here.  Simply redeem the class in your Bundle.