Masterclass Workshops – Washington D.C.
June 26th – 28th
Sponsored by Sahara Dance
For information regarding the registration process & prices for the workshops please visit the Sahara Dance Website
Information About this Workshop
Sahra will be teaching a workshops on
Belly Dance History
Friday from 6:30 – 8:30pm
The Classic B & W Era
Saturday 1:30 – 3:30
The “Golden Age” Classic Black and White Cinema Era was a special fusion of Egyptian star dancers with an international aesthetic of “glamour” all reinforced by the promise of plenty of work and fame in a Hollywood Film Industry centered in Cairo. The charismatic stars of the era demonstrated refined movements layered on the soft strength of Egyptian dance.
Essential Reda Combinations
Saturday 3:45 pm – 5:45 pm
Mahmoud Reda is the pioneer of theater-stage Egyptian folkloric dance. His artistic vision is still the movement base for the Reda Troupe of Egypt, as well as many Egyptian dance teachers touring the world. Once these combinations get into your repertoire of movement, it is difficult to choreograph without them. We start simple and get into some challenging Reda-signature combinations.
Transition Era Dances
Sunday 12pm – 2pm
After the Classic Black and White Cinema Era, Egypt had a new generation of film stars that had started in the end of the Hollywood films. But now that Egypt had taken over their films, story plots changed and dancing no longer followed the musical theater model. Egyptian audiences wanted dancers who danced more like Egyptians. This fascinating Transition Age was highlighted temporarily by a shared vocabulary of steps and movements as Egyptian dancers tried to find themselves in this new world. As the Transition Era matured we see how the star dancers of the time bloomed into the “Modern Egyptian” Era
Sunday 2:15 pm – 4:15 pm
In the Modern Egyptian Era often the stages would be large and dancers could fill them with new traveling steps, exciting audiences and extending the character you wish to convey. As well as the shared Modern Egyptian style, the different dance stars each had their own signature traveling steps, of which we will learn many, increasing your vocabulary of movement. Fun, informational, energetic!
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