DCBA Virtual Belly Dance Convention
Fun with Folkloric Dance - July 2nd 8 AM ET
Get a taste of the joyous and earthy folkloric dances of Egypt in this exciting sampler! Experience the heart and soul of raqs sharqi through its roots in folkloric dance. Explore the movements and flavors of varying styles from different regions of Egypt, including Nubian, Saidi, Simsimiya, and Eskandarani.
Tools for Taqsim - July 2nd 4 PM ET
In these solo improvised sections in classical Arabic music, the dancer uses slow, fluid transitions to swell into the movements of a single instrument like the accordion, oud, or qanoon, or vocal improvisations known as mawal. Leilah’s strong abdominal techniques, attention to pauses and breath, and knowledge of dance aesthetic will assist you in creating luscious, emotional movement that accentuates the music. Suggestions and exercises for how and when to approach taqsim in the context of the music will also be explored. Is the dancer making the music play or is the music making the dancer move? Make your movement so fluid that your audience can’t tell the difference with these tools and tricks!