Level One:Undulations Unit, Class 1
Updated: Mar 20
Today, we learned the hip bump and basic Egyptian (use your glutes to catch the move and protect your hip joints), the chest lift and drop (use your back muscles to lift, rather than your breath, and your upper abs for the drop, rather than your pectorals), the Egyptian shimmy (remember, NEVER lock out your knees, and focus on keeping time with the music) and the tuck-step, using the psoas to pull the hips back while dropping the tailbone and opening the lower back.
Bellydancers occupy something called a "liminal" space in MENAHT culture. Both an integral part of celebrations, and a profession that is not considered respectable by many parts of society. This can make life hard for professional dancers working in the countries of origin, but is also conveys a certain power that is the subject of this week's reading.
lim·i·nal /ˈlimənl/ adjective:
occupying a position at, or on both sides of, a boundary or threshold.
In anthropology, liminality is the quality of ambiguity or disorientation that occurs in the middle stage of a rite of passage, when participants no longer hold their pre-ritual status but have not yet begun the transition to the status they will hold when the rite is complete.
This is Randa Kamel dancing shaabi style. She is popular at international workshops. Interpreting the music can mean pantomiming the lyrics, especially if the melody is repetitive and there aren't many rhythm changes.....
.... or it can mean just dancing, and holding the feeling of the song in your face and manner. (this song is about going crazy over a lost love).
Or, you can just make your own music ^_~