What makes Raqs Sharki – Egyptian Style Belly Dance – so special? Find out in this fun and informative video starring one of the most popular Egyptian Style instructors and performers in the United States, Zahra Zuhair!
Raised in Oriental Dance since a young girl, Zahra is known for her musicality, flawless technique, and elegant style. Since the late 1970’s, she has traveled extensively to Egypt and studied the regional dances of the Middle East and North Africa. Now Zahra shares some of her unique skills and knowledge with you by teaching Egyptian Style technique and combinations that you can incorporate into any belly dance performance.
Plus all new exciting combinations!
In addition to all the invaluable instruction, you can also enjoy Zahra’s wonderful belly dancing with an exclusive performance that includes some of the combinations taught in this video!
Rhythm ~ the foundation of Middle Eastern music. As well as express the emotion of the melody and lyrics, a belly dancer must be “on the beat” and respond to the many rhythm changes that add depth and texture to Egyptian music. Tamra-henna and Amir Sofi on tabla teach you everything you need to understand Egyptian rhythms so your Raks Sharqi performances will beautifully interpret the subtle complexities of this wonderful music! And so you don’t miss a beat, diagrams that illustrate each rhythm appear on the screen while Amir plays!
Because it’s not enough to recognize the rhythms, Tamra-henna discusses the kinds of music in which each rhythm is found, and how you can use them in your performance. She then teaches several combinations that reflect the structure of each rhythm. The combinations will help you develop a deeper understanding of Egyptian rhythms. Plus, they’re fun new moves to use in your dancing!
Finally, you are treated to a beautiful costumed performance by Tamra-henna!
Running Time: 136 minutes
A spinning dancer is mystic and mesmerizing. With this DVD you will learn the ancient arts of Spinning and Whirling with Marguerite who studied with the Shamans of Mongolia.
Warm-up and Exercises
Marguerite leads you through balance and neck exercises to warm you up and prepare you for spinning and turning.
Marguerite teaches you how to spot with multiple and single-spot turns, and includes tips on how to keep from getting dizzy. She demonstrates and completely breaks down numerous spins and turns, including:
* Pivot Turns * Barrel Turns * Head Flip Turns * Ceiling Spot Turns * Traveling Spins * Mermaid Turns * and more… * Plus lots of variations to add more texture and dimension to your dance!
This program concludes with a mesmerizing performance by Marguerite featuring the techniques taught on this video.
Silk! It floats, it ripples, it moves like nothing else. A silk veil can be flowing and lyrical, or somber and mysterious. It can be playful, even percussive! In the hands of an artist, a silk veil is more than fabric; it comes alive and dances ~ and no one can make silk dance like Katia can!
On this DVD Katia shares her secrets for dancing with a large silk veil. She’ll show you how to let air and fabric do the work to make your silk veil Float, Flutter, Soar, Billow, and Swell. You’ll learn to create beautiful Butterfly Wings and the secret of Aerial, Opposition and Dragging Pulses. Katia fully breaks down the techniques to execute expert Veil Flips, including the Phoenix, the Orchid, the Funnel, the Geyser, and the Grecian Urn. You’ll learn both horizontal and vertical Waves, including Surge, Swing, Sidewinder, the Cloud, In the Waves, Venus, and the Jazz Walk.
Your veil doesn’t have to be spread out and flowing! Katia shows you how to have Twisted Fun with the Cyclone, Loop-de-loops, and Spirals! You’ll learn how to let your veil go with style, using Discards such as Wave Walks, Outburst, Melt Down, and the Sky Scraper. Katia will also show you some Twisted Discards including the Whip, the Hoop, and the Crazy Eight!
This program also includes a SMOOTH AS SILK performance by Katia and her veil!
Paulina has participated in formal dance training since she was 6 years old. Over the last 13 years she’s studied numerous styles of bellydance: from Egyptian and Tribal to Traditional Dances from all over the Middle East. She spent two years at the University of California at Santa Barbara studying and performing with the Middle Eastern Ensemble, which is where she developed her love for the ancient art of belly dance. Her unique style is a Fusion of Raks Sharqui and classic Oriental Dance. Paulina is also the host of Belly Dance Television (BD-TV).
Paulina is featured in several DVDs sold on this website, including:
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