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Introduction to Raqs el-Shamadan (Dance of the Candleabra)
Time Needed: 3+ Hours
Level: Intermediate +
Raqs el-Shamadan is a famous balancing dance with roots in the Awalim culture of late 19th century Cairo. The dancer often performs standing and floorwork movements while playing finger cymbals and balancing a lit candelabra on her head. Learn about the history of the Egyptian candelabra dance while exploring how the aesthetics of bygone eras can enliven contemporary art. We will cover standing and floorwork technique, tips for adjusting your candelabra, music suggestions and fundamental finger cymbal technique (time allowing).
No shamadan required, just bring something to balance on your head.
This class includes floorwork adaptations for all abilities.
At the end of the 19th century as Ottoman rule in Egypt faded away and new European influences entered the culture, the urban entertainers were in the midst of changes which would eventually result in a dedicated name and look for what we now know as “Raqs Sharqi”.
This workshop explores who the Awalim and Ghawazee were historically, the aesthetic and technical differences to modern Raqs Sharqi, as well as the connections between written accounts, vintage film footage and modern entertainers as tools for learning.
Learn simple but important tools to create more captivating performances and a personalized dance voice by addressing 14 concepts in movement, attitude, eye line and intention.
Recommended items to bring:
Notebook, pen, water
Let The Music Speak
Time Needed: 2+ Hours
Level: Beg - Int
Raqs Sharqi is the physical manifestation and visual compliment to music both poetic an luxurious! Learn how to interpret the basic musical structure of Egyptian Belly Dance music, and let it guide your body!