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These excellent instructors are looking forward to sharing their cultural heritage. The workshops are open to people of all genders, backgrounds and experiences. Beginners are welcome. Workshop recordings will be available for a full week after each workshop.
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Moroccan dances are based on the traditional tribal way of life unique to this area. It is not possible to disassociate the social aspect of the dance and keep its true character. Understanding the roots and the context from which those come will be the goal of this workshop. We will see how through the dance appears every character, their social function and the hierarchy system that manages the society across 3 main dances: Ahidouss, Awash and Regadda.
Soumaya MaRose is a native Moroccan woman born and raised in Belgium. She grew up with her Moroccan community in Brussels and spent every summer with her family in Morocco. As far as she can remember, she has danced. Her community often said to her "dik Soumaya, ouhda shataha,” which means "This Soumaya is a dancer." When she was 13, Soumaya started playing tabla and other drums, perfomring and weddings and other events, soon becoming a member of Moroccan girl-band El Housna and playing throughout Europe for 15 years. As an adult, Soumaya has dedicated her life to dance. In 2015 she finished in second-place in the folk dance competition at Rakass Istanbul International Festival. Soumaya is a committed artist who believes that in working as a bridge between cultures. "For me, dancing means language. It is my way to share my culture and keep the Arabic woman in me alive."
In this workshop you will learn the traditional moves of Yemeni Jewish Dance, which is Oreet’s ethnic background. Learn about the creative drum, the small footwork and the head and hand gestures and how to relates to the political climate of that time. Oreet will incorporate 3 Yemeni steps in a dance to song traditionally heard at a Jewish Yemeni wedding.
Oreet is a native New Yorker. She has grew up with Yemeni folk and Oriental dance, and she has over 20 years of experience in fitness and dance. She is an award-winning performer and holds the titles Bellydancer of the Year and Middle Eastern Dance Champion of North America, to name a few. Oreet is also the creator of SharQui – the bellydance workout. SharQui has been featured on NBC, ABC, CBS and CNN, among other outlets. You can learn more about Oreet and SharQui at www.sharqui.com.
These workshops online through Zoom. Livestream attendance is encouraged, but workshop recordings will be available for replay for the full week afer each class so you can make your own schedule or revisit the info.Sign up today!