04 November 2009
Arabic music is magical and unique… and sometimes quite complex. In order to be an accomplished belly dancer, you must be able to identify the these rhythms from the various regions, understand them, and be able to interpret them with complimentary movements and zill playing. It sounds like quite a tall order, but fortunately, there men and women who have already done the work and are here to help you on your musical journey. IAMED offers several instructional programs by world-class performers that make learning Middle Eastern rhythms fun and easy!
Arabic Rhythms and Combinations
with Tamra-henna & Amir Sofi
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!
Tamra-henna and Amir begin by explaining and demonstrating the elements of Egyptian rhythms, and the structure and timing of these popular Egyptian rhythms:
The 4 Beat Rhythms:
~ Masmoudi Sagheer (Beledi)
The 2 Beat Rhythms:
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
Sultry Slow Moves with Sadie
The Taksim ~ the emotional and poetic improvised solo in Middle Eastern Music ~ is often accompanied by the Cifti Telli rhythm with its hypnotic cadence of quick and slow beats. Dancing to a Cifti Teli Taksim uses slow, flowing movements that reflect an emotional connection to and understanding of the music. In this DVD, Sadie teaches you the basic elements of a Taksim and the Cifti Telli, and how to dance to the two together in a Cifti Telli Taksim.
Taksim and Cifte Telli
Sadie first explains the characteristics of a Taksim and the dancer’s role in a Taksim performance. She discusses the origins of the Cifti Telli rhythm, the kinds of music in which it is found, and how the dancer uses it in her performance. Then with the help of tabla player Amir Sofi, she explains and breaks down the structure of both the slow 8/4 and the fast 4/4 versions of this popular rhythm.
Sadie explains and demonstrates how to execute many foundational Belly Dance movements with the fluidity and grace that are the key to a beautiful Taksim dance. Because slow movements can be harder to execute than fast, she teaches you how to develop the muscle control you will need. She shows you how to work many muscle groups together at once so that your slow movements cascade and ripple. Then she puts the movements together into Combinations perfect for a slow Cifte Telli Taksim. You will learn seamless transitions, varying your temp, and using the breath of the movement for subtle effect.
Putting It All Together
Sadie shows you how to turn movements into dancing. You will learn Poses and Extensions that add drama and emotion to your dancing. She will also teach you the technique and timing for: * back bends * how to descend to the floor gracefully – * the 3 and 5-step Arabesque * veil combinations * and spins and turns that are perfect for your slow dancing. For life in the fast lane, Sadie also shows you how to perform several of the moves and combinations to the faster Turkish Cifte Telli! She then puts it all together into a mini choreography you can perform or just practice to.
Finally, you are treated to a beautiful costumed performance by Sadie featuring a Cifti Telli Taksim!
Finger Cymbals with Ansuya
Playing finger cymbals (which are also known as zills) is an integral part of the cabaret belly dance performance. In this video, Ansuya teaches you how to play finger cymbals to add musical energy and excitement to your belly dance!
Demonstration & Technique:
Ansuya breaks down each zill pattern into easy-to-follow steps. You will learn specific technique, then pick up the speed as you follow along with the music.
Movements with Finger Cymbals:
Ansuya teaches you basic belly dance movements that go with each zill pattern, then adds the zills to each of these movements. Moving and dancing with zills, in addition to proper technique, is an important part of learning to play your finger cymbals.
Join Ansuya in a practice session playing your finger cymbals. This unique “zill drill” will help you become proficient in playing each zill pattern while dancing, and also teaches transitions from one move and pattern to another.
Ansuya gives a costumed performance, which demonstrates how playing finger cymbals in your dance enhances the very essence of your performance, and brings another dimension of expression to this art form.
Advanced Finger Cymbals with Ansuya
Whether your style is American, Turkish or Tribal, you’ll want to do more with your finger cymbals than play right-left-right. In this DVD, Ansuya will help you take your zilling to a new levels!
Demonstration & Dancing:
Ansuya breaks down each zill pattern with easy-to-follow demonstrations and explanations. You will learn specific technique, and then pick up the speed as you follow along with the music. And, of course you can’t just stand there, so each zill pattern is accompanied by movements that fit the pattern, so you can perfect your playing while you dance.
Join Ansuya in a practice session”zill drill” to master each pattern and perfect your transitioning from one zill pattern and its movements to another. You’ll learn 6/8, 9/8, Masmoudi Kabir (8/4), Ayoub, and Beledi (4/4) patterns, and using Singles for accents.
Spicing it up:
Ansuya shows you how to introduce variations in to your zill patterns, including varying the sounds your zills make. Then she’ll lead you through blending rhythms and improvising to have fun and add your own interpretation to the music.
Ansuya performs using her finger cymbals to add musical energy and excitement to her dance!
Get both of Ansuya’s wonderful instructional DVDs for one very low price.
There’s no better way to master the zills than to learn from the best and practice your playing with belly dance movements. Ansuya’s many years of teaching has helped her develop this extremely effective system that will have you playing and dancing like a pro in no time!
Rhythms & Drums with Leyla Jouvana & Roland
With 28 excellent tracks of music of all kinds, this is the perfect CD for anyone wanting to learn and practice Middle Eastern rhythms!
1. Drum Solo Leyla Jouvana
3. Celebration (Fallahi)
5. Ritual Drums (Zaar)
7. Malfouf Routine
9. Asian Dreams
11. Hair Waves (Saoudi)
12. Masmoudi saghir
13. Passion (Masmoudi saghir)
15. Saidi Composition
16. El Zaffa
17. Wedding (El Zaffa)
19. Fever (Samba)
20. Masmoudi kabir
21. Mystick Knights (Masmoudi Kabir)
22. Spice (Masmoudi kabir fast)
24. Aphrodite (Chiftetelli)
26. Gipsy Dancer (Karshliamar)
28. Soul (Samaii)
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Ansuya has been belly dancing since the age of four. In addition to her solo career and directing her dance company, Yaleil, she has also toured extensively with The SuperStars of BellyDance. With over 20 years of belly dancing experience and a budding acting career, she is one of the world’s premier Belly Dance artists. She appears internationally as a solo performer and instructor. She also appears with her dance company, Yaleil, and with the Bellydance Superstars show.
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