• Lisa Lumina

Level One: Infinities Unit, Class 2

Updated: Mar 20

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.



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.



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.

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