Bellydance is getting more complex. In just a few short decades, the artistic expression of an art with age-old cultural roots and ethos, has changed dramatically, reflecting the rapidly moving undercurrents of our new world. Movements are faster, choreographies are tighter and there seems to be an unspoken pressure on dancers to meet a certain criteria - one that would leave some of the world’s most famous Golden Era bellydancers lacking in the technical arena. Yes, times have changed and although the dance has evolved and branched out into new theatrical realms, bellydancers around the world have been expressing concerns about a pervasive sense of dissatisfaction, resulting in the type of frustration and internal conflict that can gradually erode one’s sense of artistic worth and self esteem. We know that bellydance is not an exacting art, and that traditionally, enjoyment, sensuality and self-expression were at its core. So how do you, as a dancer, maintain your artisti
In Somatic practices, ‘embodiment’ is a term often used, and with it comes a sense of richness and fulfilment. Somatics is more about the ‘noticing’ than the judging of movement – as this is when patterns of resistance and flow can be identified. From this authentic space the truth of the body’s bio-circuitry, sensory knowledge, even blockages from old traumatic memories, and their effect on movement, can be revealed. Only then, can a remedial approach be integrated, through movement and the body’s inner-knowing, to correct the energy flow, restore balance, refine movement and even improve health.
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Hi everyone, as you know online classes are becoming more popular around the world as many countries have experienced covid lockdowns and temporary studio closures. I ran events, festivals and classes in Egypt for many years, but of course like many others, am still waiting until its the right time to recommence. For now, we have online options for dancers to study various cultural dance arts with live Egyptian music & percussion. One of the courses I offer is A-Z Bellydance. Recently, many of my former Egyptian students (from Cairo, Luxor, Alexandria, Fayoum, Red Sea) and new students from Egypt, are taking A-Z Bellydance classes. I was curious as to why they were interested in taking classes when they already know how to Bellydance... a social norm in Egypt! Here's a short 4 minute chat about why they are doing bellydance classes. Listen here: http://ketisharif.com/music/egyptiandancestudents.mp3 Warm wishes, Keti