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When you dance … you go out of yourself, you become larger and more powerful, more beautiful. For a few minutes, you’re heroic. This is power. It is glory on earth. And it is yours, every night.

Agnès de Mille.

 

The dance offers an almost-perfect means of communication with the Infinite Intelligence.

Paulo Coelho.

 

The one who dances walks on water and into a flame.

Garcia Lorca.

 

 

Oriental Dance, an overview :

It is considered as one of the oldest dances in the world, especially in the Middle East (Lebanon, Egypt, Turkey, Syria, Iraq), and Greece.

It is developed especially in Egypt over the tenth century with the arrival of Indian population.

It comes from the “fertility rite”

We dance by inspiration or elevation (for Dervishes, shamans, Druids…).

Oriental dance is adored, loved, disowned or even banned in some countries including those of origin.

Sometimes it breaks a taboo and reveals the sacred.

Oriental dance is traditionally practiced by women, through this art she expresses their femininity, vitality, but also their feelings, joys and sorrows. There are several styles, depending on the country of origin, and also many emerging fusions.

Baladi: Popular style from Arab tribes who settled in northern Egypt: it is a barefoot dance, very expressive that be may be danced with a close-fitting dress

Sharqi: Considered as the classic style of the Egyptian dance born in the 30’s in Egypt. It is an elegant and refined style that may be danced on demi pointe with influences of classical ballet (arabesque, chassé,) an aerial dance in two-piece suit.

Saidi: Folk dance born in the south of Egypt, it is traditionally danced by men (Raqs Tahtib) and parodied by women.

Mahmoud Reda created his unique style combining influences from east and west.

There are many dances and folklore as Haggalah shaabi and Fallahin, Nubian dance, Zaar dance (trance), Khaliji dance, the dance of the dervishes…