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
*Saiidi (with or without assaya /cane)
*Eskanderani (with or without meleya)
*Turns, Transitions & Combos
*How to Choreograph to Music--Listening to the Musical Cues
*Pop or Shaabi
*Ballet For Belly Dancers Series
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!