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Belly Dance

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Mary McClintock

on 4 December 2012

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Mary McClintock Belly Dance Wind
Music Interpretations Instruments: Nay Wind Kawala Arghul Mizmar Turkish, Arabic, Persian.
Ethereal quality suggesting lightness
Respond with arms and upper body or with a veil. Nay 0:13 Arabic and Turkish music.
Calling instrument.
Playful and light – soulful, wailing affecting dancer with upper body and arms. Kawala Double – reed, ‘Egyptian oboe’.
Soulful, wailing similar to clarinet, but more nasal.
Sinewy, snake-like with the smooth melodies. 2:25 Arghul Horn – Scottish bagpipes but loud and trumpeting.

Saiidi cane of Upper Egypt.

Vitality and energy, synchronizes with lifting of arms or full body-turning movements Mizmar Qanoon String Saz oud Bazouki Oud 2:25 Saz Smaller, long-necked (Turkish origin). Bazouki Pear – Shaped, played with a plectrum.
‘Flexible stick’
Melody with notes, Rhythm with strumming style.
Life and energy – middle of body.
Soft shimmies or figure – eight with hips or torso. Qanoon Percussion Darbuka/tabla Doholla Zills Darbuka/tabla "to strike"
'Dom' & 'Tak'
Personality Dumbek Turkish & Persian
Clicks & Rolls
'Taks' - finger roll
'Doms' - Center
Shimmies & Hip accents Doholla Bigger, thicker skinned
Rhythm (deep, hollow)
Footwork & Big hip movement Dumbek Maktoum (Katem) Large, round based played between knees
Rhythm (strength & dynamism)
Follow with hips or stepping of feet Zills Turkish name / Arabic-'sagat'
Thumb & Middle finger (knuckle & nail)
Embellishes with light tinkering pattern Turkey
Shimmy in shoulder or hips or curling inward figure-eights Arabic & Turkish
Horsehair or metal
Vibrate hips & belly Music Interpretation Dancer becomes
Uses body to express
Melody & rhythm Taqsim Improv (only part of body)
Note duration Call-&-Response Question & Answer relating to conversation Repetitive Rhythmic Steps, hip moves, or sequences Accents Short, Sharp on beat Full Orchestration Muscial Pic or Story
Larger, spatial moves Isolation
Shoulders – rolls, accent, or shimmies
Arms – Holding the arms out in front and snake arms
Hands – elongated and graceful
Wrists – a roll created by inward scooping motions that are smooth and flexible.
Head – Slides by using the muscle behind the neck.
Rib Cage- roll (cage is isolated from rest of body)
Torso – forward and backward rocking motions
Belly Roll –
Hips and Pelvic - Hip Circles & Pelvic Rolls Props Dancing Upper Body Middle Body Candle's - Flickering adds mystery & drama. Very traditional for an Egyptian wedding.
Veils - Elegance.
- American: Enter wearing the veil wrapped around covering costume. Half way through dancer undulates or spins. End discard.
- Egyptian: Held behind in both hands. Occasionally swirls arms, walks, & spins. Min in & discard. Naima Akef
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