Workshops

Shining offers a variety of subjects and formats, click the button below to explore over 25 independent classes!

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.

Recommended items to bring:
Notebook, pen, water, knee pads, yoga mat, candelabra/balance object, finger cymbals.

Introduction to
 Awalim Movement

Time Needed: 3+ Hours

Level: Beginning +

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.

Recommended items to bring:
Notebook, pen, water, yoga mat, finger cymbals (optional)

Creative Variations: Theory of Visual Interest

Time Needed: 2+ Hours

Level: All Levels

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!

Recommend items to bring:
Notebook, pen, water

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