"1001 Nights" (Alf Leila Wa Leila) Tuesday night dance series taught by Tamalyn Dallal
4 week series
Tuesday nights, 7-8:30pm on Zoom
August 4, 11, 18 and 25.
I am proud to be part of this retreat
(which is going to be online)
Raq-On Dance's Belly Dance & Folkloric Dance Retreat with International Dancers Leila Farid, Tamalyn Dallal, & Sahra Saeeda
DUE TO COVID-19, ALL CLASSES WILL BE VIA ZOOM OVER 2 WEEKENDS
Friday, August 28th-Sunday, August 30th, 2020 and
Friday, September 11th-Sunday, September 13th, 2020
(ALL TIMES LISTED ARE EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME)
Costs and how to register:
Registration fee includes:
-All workshops/presentations (18 over 2 weekends)
-Admission to the Screenplay
Entire 2 weekends: $450. Individual workshops for $55 each.
To pay in full: raqon-102776.square.site
Friday, August 28th
Zoom opens at 10:00 A.M. (Eastern DaylightTime) for folks to socialize and say hello and introduce themselves
11:30 A.M.-1:30 P.M. IMPORTANCE OF BASIC TECHNIQUE FOR ALL LEVELS WITH TAMALYN
Basics are the building blocks of any art form. The foundation. Tamalyn will share approaches to polishing and perfecting basic movement.
2:30-4:30 P.M. LEILA TECHNIQUE
Every dancer should have her own way of moving, one that is particular to her own body and style. Leila has a unique style that blends classic raks sharki with modern Egyptian. She will break down her technique to include posture, weight change, interpretation of the music while encouraging each dancer to find her own personal stylization
5:00-7:00 P.M. EGYPTIAN SHAABI WITH LEILA
Shaabi is tongue in cheek with lots of sass. Leila will look at Egyptian Shaabi music from the beginning of the genre to the present. She will provide background and cultural information and explore character and attitude for the dancer through experimentation.
9:00-11:00 P.M. SCREENPLAY TABLE READING OF “THE PERFECT PASHA” BY TAMALYN
Calling all Actors & Actresses, join us for Tamalyn’s newest play. The screenplay will be sent to all participants ahead of time and folks will be assigned a role to play and the adventures will begin. "The Pasha" Topaz is an American bellydancer whose identity rests on the fact that her late, great grandfather was a pasha during the Ottoman Empire. She is given an unwanted black kitty who she names "Pasha." As he grows to believe in his entitlement, Topaz decides to live her dream and travel to the Middle East. But she must figure out what to do with Pasha.
Saturday, August 29th
11:30 A.M.-1:30 P.M. LECTURE: WHAT IT IS LIKE DANCING IN CAIRO WITH LEILA
Leila shares her experience of dancing in Egypt for over a decade.
2:30-4:30 P.M. SAIDI WITH SAHRA
The Sa’id is the largest inhabited region in Egypt, extending along the banks of the Nile from south of Cairo to the Nubian region. Usually we represent Sa’idi dance by the “Assaya” or stick dance, but there are many dances in the region that do not use the assaya. This class we will focus on the technique, combinations, and steps for the Folkloric Stage & for Sa’idi moments in your Oriental “mergence” without our canes or assaya.
5:00-7:00 P.M. IMPROVISATION WITH LEILA
Know your music first from your head and then from your heart and then let the movement flow out though you. Leila will offer insights into how to improvise on stage while keeping your audience engaged and still feeding your soul.
Sunday, August 30th
11:30 A.M.-1:30 P.M. MERGENCE WITH LEILA
Here she comes.... Mergence is the opening number for a dancer's show in Egypt. It has to be eye catching, technically sound, and reflect the dancer's own style and character. Using a choreography and improvisation, Leila will deconstruct the modern mergence to help the dancer understand what is happening in the music and find her own vision for how she would like to introduce herself to the audience.
2:30-4:30 P.M. MODERN EGYPTIAN WITH SAHRA
In the Modern Egyptian Era often the stages would be large and dancers could fill them with new traveling steps, exciting audiences and extending the character you wish to convey. As well as the shared Modern Egyptian style, the different dance stars each had their own signature traveling steps, of which we will learn many, increasing your vocabulary of movement. Fun, informational, energetic!
5:00-7:00 P.M. MELEYA: FROM FOLKLORE TO AWALIM WITH LEILA
The meleya-traditional Egyptian folklore or sassy street dance.....or both? We will learn two very different approaches to dancing with a meleya, from a Reda style tribute to Alexandria to an Awalim inspired number from the backstreets of Cairo. History of the meleya, technique for dancing with it and video footage from Cairo will be presented.
Friday, September 11th
11:30 A.M.-1:30 P.M. FANTASY AND FUSION WITH TAMALYN
To avoid confusion, we will explore the similarities and differences between fantasy and fusion in dance. Are we really fusing or are we creating something new? Where does fantasy and fusion overlap? This workshop is fun and creative.
2:30-4:30 P.M. GHAWAZEE TECHNIQUE WITH SAHRA
The Ghawazee dancers are some of the indigenous Egyptian professional dancers of Egypt. These traditional entertainers are becoming harder and harder to find as time passes. Sahra will teach you the movement and positioning of two of the different Ghawazee groups that are found in Egypt: the Banat Mazin of Luxor and the Sumbati Ghawazee of the Nile Delta. For the last 15 years, Sahra has been taking lessons with Khayriyya Mazin, bringing you the dance straight from it’s source. There will be a Banat Mazin vintage-style costume available for viewing, so you can see how the movements would be affected by the costuming. If you have a Ghawazee costume please bring it – Sahra would love to take a group photo and show it to Khayriyya when she returns to Egypt in June! Sagat (finger cymbals), are optional but recommended.
5:00-7:00 P.M. SA'IDI ORIENTALE STYLE WITH SAHRA
Sahra will show you how to use Sa'idi Folkloric and add them into your Sa'idi Orientale sets
Saturday, September 12th
11:30 A.M.-1:30 P.M. PAUSES, POSES, AND STILLNESS WITH TAMALYN
The space between the notes, between the beats, and making your own space by skipping a few beats. In this workshop we will explore the importance of silence and stillness, which actually makes your dance more dynamic
2:30-4:30 P.M. NUBIAN DANCE TECHNIQUE WITH SAHRA
Sahra has been going to Nubia yearly for nearly 20 years and studying the dance of the diverse populations that we know as Nubians. In this workshop she will teach the fundamental Nubian movements as well as steps for the stage and weddings. Students will need to bring a head veil long enough to reach the tips of the fingers when draped over the head and a neck scarf (not a hip wrap)
5:00-7:00 P.M. VEILS: HISTORY AND STRUCTURING VEIL IMPROVISATION WITH TAMALYN
Bring a 3-yard veil and explore the art of veil dancing, including history and techniques for creating your own structured improvisation that allows you to get out of your head and flow with the veil.
Sunday, September 13th
11:30 A.M.-1:30 P.M. FALLING IN LOVE WITH TAXSIMS WITH TAMALYN
Tamalyn will teach about the traditional instruments in Oriental dance and how to dance to them during a taksim. She will guide you in giving each instrument a character and learning to love Oriental music all over
2:30-4:30 P.M. LECTURE: ORIENTAL DANCE AS A GLOBAL PHENOMENON WITH TAMALYN
How did Oriental dance go from a social dance to a globally popular subculture. Tamalyn will share her experiences and observations dancing all over the world.
5:00-7:00 P.M. GOLDEN ERA WITH SAHRA
The “Golden Age” Classic Black and White Cinema Era was a special fusion of Egyptian star dancers with an international aesthetic of “glamour” all reinforced by the promise of plenty of work and fame in a Hollywood Film Industry centered in Cairo. Refined movement, layered on the soft strength Egyptian dance, highlighted the charismatic stars of the time! Bring high-heeled dance shoes if you have them, just to try out some of the movement. Bring high-heels even if they are not dance shoes, but you will have to try out the movement in the next room. This is only a few minutes of class, but crucial to your understanding of the genre.