Level One: Infinities Unit, Class 2
Class Review This week, we learned the shoulder shimmy (relax, and try to keep the hips and hands still). The grapevine can be layered with lots of different things, but for now remember to take small steps. For the vertical figure 8, also called a Maya or a Taxeem, imagine being between two pieces of glass and avoid twisting. You can start with pushing from your feet to get the hang of the move, but try to drive it from your core muscles.
Here’s the article on my site with suggestions on where to get music to practice to, and what sort of CDs might make good starters. If you hear something you like in class I am always happy to write down the song and artist for you, too ^_^. Music is really important for bellydance, since it is the music made visible, as the drum solo by Sandra below makes pretty clear. I've also included some beledi (that is home style) dancing in the next clip, and Egyptian star, Souheir Zaki, so you can see another of the legends of Bellydance (a contemporary of Fifi, who was in last week's email). On the topic of Practicing, Nadira Jamal of Boston has some great tips in her micro-articles "Do I Have to Practice" and "How to Practice When You Only Have 5 Minutes"
Drum solos do a great job of showing how our dance translates the music into movement, something Turkish dancer Didem is excellent at.
This is a new style popular in Egypt since the revolution, it blends bellydance, hip hop, and post-revolution social issues into an energetic new style of street dance.
Souheir Zaki was known as “Cairo’s Sweetheart” (even thought she was from Alexandria ^_~). Here she's acting in a comedy from 1975. She is famous for the hip move we learned, which is why many dancers name it after her, although she was not the first to do it.