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
This class will focus on expanding our movement vocabulary,
adding variations to the steps we already know and love, and finding
a way to incorporate combinations flawlessly into our dancing.
Students and professionals alike will find it to be essential to their continued growth and development as a polished dancer. With Vanessa's extensive background in ballet and other classic dance genres, she will give you the tools you need to take your dancing to the next level.