THIS SUNDAY 15 July  3-4 pm.   ***

Venue :    Push Studio, 17 Blackwater St off Lordship Lane, East Dulwich, SE22 8SD

All women are welcome whatever ability, size or age.

(I am offering this workshop so that people in the area have a chance to get to know me as teacher and dancer and to enjoy this dance form.  Look out for more workshops in the area in the future.)      Contact  me for more information.

 ‘Pharaonic Baladi’
Saturday 23 June   2- 6 pm
Sunday 24 June  11 am-3 pm
Village Hall, Nympsfield nr Stroud, GL12 3UA
From the images on the ancient tombs in Egypt we see the geometric contours of gods, priests, pharaohs and queens. The angled shapes give strength to the beautiful  figures which have fascinated down the centuries.
During this year’s workshops in Gloucestershire we will explore these shapes and integrate them into a sophisticated but uncontrived form of Baladi which we call  ‘Pharaonic’. The June workshops will give a thorough basis for Raqs Sharqi arms and will extend the Baladi repertoire for all students. Included in the workshops will be discussion about where the dancer would perform this style, what kind of costume would enhance the dance, and we will contrast ‘Pharaonic’ with the ‘natural’ or more country Baladi with which we are familiar.
Individual workshops have their own focus and can be booked separately. Attended as a weekend and particularly as a year’s project, they offer an intense, deeply satisfying opportunity to integrate the dance physically, mentally and emotionally.  The teaching is holistic and supportive, and because the emphasis is always on ease and authenticity, beginners will find the workshops an enjoyable introduction.  Experienced dancers will gain confidence and find new inspiration.

Cost:   each workshop  £30    (Beginners  £15)
           both workshops £50    (Beginners £25)
I really do have to know numbers, so please book by sending a cheque to Liza, address on application.
Information and Booking   Please click here  Contact
PLEASE NOTE! Next workshops: Saturday and Sunday 4 and 5 August 2012.  Workshops and Events 

**Please tell your friends about the workshops!**

The sun has come out – briefly – and my eyes are caught by the display in my garden of the white upright dazzle of the foxgloves against the dainty tumble of the roses behind. As usual my thoughts drift towards the dance.

This juxtaposition of form and flow is the harmony which we love about the natural world and is what we strive for in art.  Raqs Sharqi is no different!  I wrote previously that it was the beauty of the images in the temples and graves in Upper Egypt which gave me the impetus to look how we can use clarity of arm positioning to bring strength and charisma to our dancing. Arm shape of course is not enough.  Unless the upper spine and the heart area is expressing the melody, subtlety, the effect of this arm positioning would be stiff and contrived.  It is the softness of the the chest and the freedom of movement in the shoulder/arm joints which makes sense of Pharaonic Baladi.

There are still places at the Pharaonic Baladi workshops next weekend.  Please see below.

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