I am very passionate about Egyptian Raqs Sharqi and Egyptian Folklore.  So many great dancers came out of Egypt between the 1930's-1980's; casting an everlasting impression on those of us who have been fortunate enough to see even a glimpse of their artistry.  My personal aspiration is to take all the fascinating and wonderful elements of their dance, make it my own, and continue to be a part of keeping their legacy alive.

 

As dancers, and especially as teachers, we have a great responsibility to preserve the integrity of our art form. I strive to concentrate on the elegance, authenticity, technique and inherent fun of Egyptian cultural dances.  I choose to focus on quality of movement -- understanding the music, knowing what to do when and why -- and sharing that knowledge with students who are interested in taking their dance to the next level.

Current Workshop / Class Topics include:

 

 

*Oriental Entrance  Piece:  Set Choreography OR Choreography Improv Lab

 

*Tabla Solo

 

*Saiidi (with or without assaya /cane)

 

*Eskanderani (with or without meleya)

 

*Shamadan

 

*Orientale Classique 

 

*Turns, Transitions & Combos

 

*How to Choreograph to Music--Listening to the Musical Cues 

 

*Beledi

 

*Pop or Shaabi 

 

*Folklore Cocktail

 

*Ballet For Belly Dancers Series

 

 

Saiidi Orientale

 

Intermediate-Professional Material Suitable for All Levels 

Cane / Assaya recommended but not nescessary

 

Saiidi is one of Vanessa's favorite folkloric dances!

In this class, she will share a variety of saiidi combinations as well as

offer options for saiidi with no cane, simple cane option, and advanced cane options.

 

The steps and combos will be put into a choreography which can be performed either with or without a cane.  Either way, Vanessa's students will walk away with many fun and

useful steps, combos, and a variety of options to use or share with others!

Don't miss this opportunity!