Level One: Figure 8 Unit, Class 3
Updated: Mar 20
Great progress, ladies! To travel with the figure 8, first notice how your weight naturally shifts during the move, then take small steps. During the uneven figure 8 use your standing leg's glute to support yourself. As with all turns, engage your core for balance during the compass turn. During a Saidi step, remember to "go up very little, and down very lot" ^_^
I wanted to take a second to talk about the ways bellydance can be therapeutic, of course it can also be just plain fun ^_^
There is a concept in Arabic music called Tarab, which loosely means "the ecstasy of listening" and is a sort of trance like state of just being immersed in, one with, and carried away by the music as you let it move you (physically and emotionally). The clip below mentions it.
The video clip of a scene from "Whatever Lola Wants" 2008 has been taken down. I will try and replace it to share this snippet with you later.
There are also rituals where dance & music are used, especially for women, for healing. The Zaar is illegal in Egypt now, due to it's pagan roots, but women who feel the need for it can find ways to hold one.
This song was originally sung by Om Kalthoom, she has her own museum in Cairo, and is the most venerated singer in the Arab world. It is an example of how many Arabic songs blend the bitter and the sweet. There are many instrumental versions of these songs that are so classic the audience will “hear” the words even when it’s not there.