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Journey Through Egypt 2 (JtE-2) – Washington, DC

Journey Through Egypt 2 (JtE-2) – Washington, DC

November 9th – 11th

Sponsored by Sahara Dance

Registration Information

For information regarding the registration process & prices for the weekend intensive please visit the registration page!

Information about Journey Through Egypt 2

Journey Through Egypt 2 is a continuation of the concepts discussed in Journey  Through Egypt 1. In this second 20 hour intensive students will encounter an advanced basic overview, that expands upon the ideas of JtE-1.

We aim to study and understand the movements from each dance zones taught in JtE-1 from a variety of different perspectives

THE PERSPECTIVES USED

  • Authentic non-performance “home-style” dance
  • Local indigenous professional performers
  • Regional government troupes
  • National Government theater-stage troupes: both Reda and Kowmeyya
  • The Dance as represented in Cairo’s Night Club Orientale Dance shows.

In addition to addressing movement and culture, we are introduced to many core Dance Ethnography concepts. During the process of preparation and discovery in JtE-2 we begin to form our personal interests and questions, the base of our future research and specializations and prepare for JtE 3 & 4, which take place in Egypt.

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Journey Through Egypt 1 (JtE-1) – Washington, DC

JtE – 1 in Washington, DC

November 2nd – 4th

Sponsored by Sahara Dance

Registration Information

For information regarding the registration process & prices for the weekend intensive please visit the registration page!

Information about Journey Through Egypt 1

Journey Through Egypt 1 is an overview on the movement, posture, clothing, history, and cultural diffusion in the different regions of Egypt. Sahra’s unique perspective follows how the dance transforms from the homes of the people to the sparkling stages of Cairo.

While the particulars of every dance, and every bit of culture cannot be conveyed in the 20 hours that make up JtE-1, Sahra strives to present a factual and entertaining overview of the dances of Egypt.

THE DANCES STUDIED INCLUDE

Ghawazee

Cairo

Sa’idi

Nubian

Haggallah

Suez Canal

Fellahin

Bedouin

These dances are put into the context of the local culture and histories. Their transformation from homestyle to the stage is also covered in depth. For several of the dances the students break from lecture to stretch their muscles and learn the movements that can traditionally be found in these dances.

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Workshop in Washington DC

Workshops in Washington DC

July 21st 2017

Sponsored by Sahara Dance

Registration Information

For information regarding the registration process & prices for the weekend intensive please visit the registration page!

 Baladi Awad & Tet Baladi

“Baladi” is one of those words that mean so many things; it literally means “my country” but to Egyptian-style dancers it can refer to a specific progression of musical sections. In Cairo “Baladi” is particularly used for dancing and associated with Awalim (the professional dancers) from the famous “Mohamed Ali Street” in Old Cairo. Sahra will first present the cultural history of the Awalem, Mohamed Ali street and of the possible roots of “Baladi” progression. Then we will learn the classic structure of the musical/rhythmic sections in the two basic types Baladi; “Awadi Baladi” and “Tet Baladi” – and learn steps and movement for each section.

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Masterclass Workshops – Washington DC

Masterclass Workshops – Washington D.C.

June 24th – 26th

Sponsored by Sahara Dance

Registration Information

For information regarding the registration process & prices for the workshops please visit the Sahara Dance Website. You may have to scroll down the page a bit to find it.

Information About this Workshop

Classic Advanced Reda Combinations – June 17th 2:00 – 5:00 pm

Mahmoud Reda is the pioneer in Egyptian Folkloric Theatrical dance, crafting his own repertoire of movement and steps from a variety of international media styles to be compatible with Egyptian indigenous dance.

His style has become a genre in itself, an interesting base for Folkloric movement. Very stylized, often a mental challenge, not based on Orientale Dance but beautifully applied to it, Reda Technique needs to be addressed in today’s Egyptian Dance.

In this Advanced Reda Combinations workshop, we will go farther with Reda combinations than ever before! Final videotaping of each combo allowed.
Workshop is recommended for advanced dancers.

Historic Highlights in Belly Dance – June 17th 6:30 – 9:30 pm

100 years of dancing down memory lane
Travel back in time and dance the pivotal moments in belly dance history!

Learn the key movements and music that shaped Egyptian dance in the past 100 years. With special focus on the turning points in dance styles and their accompanying cultural influences, we’ll explore the historical figures who shaped the dance as we know it today.

Prepare to dance! This workshop will be an embodied learning of dance history. We’ll integrate each concept and historical moment through dance and music.

Enrich your dance repertoire and understanding by moving through history with a different lens.

All levels welcome, some belly dance experience recommended.

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