Level One: Figure 8 Unit, Class 2
Updated: Mar 20
Class Review When practicing "the Tunisian" pay attention to your weight shift and link it to your hip movement. The speed for both the "Tunisian" and the Egyptian shimmy (remember, do NOT lock our your knees!) will come with time ^_~. When doing the flat figure 8, keep your hips flat from side to side, and avoid hyper extending your back by keeping your tailbone down and imagine a string pulling from your "above butt".
For this week, let's start widening our understanding of the MENAHT area! Every 4 weeks these same links will come up, click around on Wikipedia and get to learn how diverse the Middle East, North Africa, Helenic areas, and Turkey are. Another good acronym to know is SWANA, which stands for South West Asia and North Africa. All of these regions have influenced the development of bellydance, and future classes will get into how, so having an understanding of the region is important.
No matter how wild the dance gets, bellydance is always the music translated into movement. Nadia Jamal was a major player in the development of Lebanese style.
Here's Shahrzad, she is from the states, but has a career in Egypt now. This is her dancing to my all time favorite song. It's the intro to one of Om Kalthoom's classics, and an example of a song where parts have words, but you usually hear instrumental versions.
The vintage American style is known for alternating between being fiery and languid.