- Date of Birth
- March 10
- About Me
- I'm a dancer and painter; I teach oriental dance in Chicago and I've been performing professionally since 1974 I think:)
I am still learning:)
The fusion and Tribal movements interest me artistically, although I prefer Middle Eastern music.
I keep looking for good modern pieces as well as studying the really old music.
- My Favorite Dancers
- There are many wonderful dancers but my own dance heroine is Nadia Gamal - she showed the dance as a real art, an art capable of the full range of human emotion.
Using mind, soul and body to the fullest - not being afraid to go to the edge emotionally yet keeping the beauty and clarity of the form -
I also love the Golden Age Egyptian dancers. They epitomized elegance and their music was superb.
I love Orit Maftsir.
I think Rachel Brice is terrific - she's created a persona - being creative, being unafraid to explore the new - that's important I think.
- My Favorite Costumes
- My all time favorites are pieces I made - my big heavy silver coin bedlah from the '70's and a black and silver skirt and cape from the '80's - it's just totally "me."
I'm working on a red beaded bedlah though, I think it's gonna be amazing:)
- My Dance/Music Style
- I'm eclectic. I love Turkish dance, I love Egyptian dance, I love music from all over the Middle East and beyond.
So, my style reflects the music, the music drives the dance - I love Turkish Rom, classical styles, flamenco, Gharnati, the wonderful Sephardic repetoire. I'm studying the very old romances, the Andalusian styles - they all have something to say. Armenian music is incredible - Yemenite - music from the Silk Road cultures. I love the dances of Rajasthan. I think the Eastern influences are profound - but also the African.
I look for things that are beautiful, things that say something, things that will last. The body is just an instrument, a prism - let the spirit enter.
- My Favorite Music
- Again, there is so much that's wonderful, so much beauty - it's impossible to pick one favorite - still I can say -
I'm not fond of mechanized music. Drum machines - mechanical music - I vastly prefer traditional instruments. I think electronics can add to the aura of a piece but they can also destroy it - so - whether I like a modern piece will be on a case-by-case basis. Overall then I prefer the older styles just as I prefer classical Western music to Western pop.
I do love a range of music though - from the courtly to the folkloric. I love the elegant, wiry line of a classical piece and hard driving pulse of a saidi. I love the Francoise Atlan and I love Fatme Serhan - I love music, especially, that challenges a dancer. This might be a joyous drinking song or a tragic lament - either way I love music that inspires, music that makes you want to dance and to go beneath the surface, find the gesture that brings the audience into the song.
- My Inspirations
- Started with ballet - still love great theatrical art - on all levels - but I see oriental dance as performance art. Thus - maybe I'll find inspiration in a folkloric piece or a zar, a flamenco, a dance from Rajasthan.
My teacher studied with Jamila Salimpour so she was obviously my most direct inspiration as an oriental dancer - but also Ibrahim Farrah - my teacher went to seminars with him - and his view of the oriental dance as a classical art is one to which I subscribe. I don't see it merely as entertainment though it can be -
Plus, my teacher. Anne Lippe, taught us much of Jamila's Bal Anat choreography - that in turn traces back to various ghawazee dances - but of course as the internet has opened up the world I've kept studying.
I performed full time in nightclubs for about 16 years, traditional Greek and Middle Eastern clubs where the audiences were primarily immigrants. So I worked with dancers from the East, my own style evolved over time and has continued to
- Anything Else . . .
- My website - has some paintings, pix, videos, articles etc, and I hope to keep expanding it.
You will get email notifications of upcoming belly dance events in these areas.
Make sure your email provider allows firstname.lastname@example.org in your inbox (not as spam)
Click on the pencil icon to make your selections.
- Separate your selected cities by commas.
- Chicago, USA
- Total Posts
- Posts Per Day
- Wiki Contributions
- Last contributed
- Last Activity
- 05-23-2013 10:38 PM
- Join Date
Showing Friends 1 to 10 of 22
|Date||Time||Event & Description||Category||Location|