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Saidi Series in Manhattan
Mondays, 7:30-9 p.m.
You asked for it, you got it! :) My Saidi class is making a move across the East River into Manhattan for eight weeks this fall. Class will take place on Monday evenings, 7:30-9 p.m., on October 6, 13, 20, 27 and November 3, 10, 17, 24. We'll be at Ripley-Grier Studios, 520 8th Ave., 16th floor. (Stay tuned for the room number; it may change depending on the number of people who register.)
This eight-week course will introduce Saidi dance and cane work from the ground up. Classes will include an Egyptian technique warmup, cane technique and drills, and Mahmoud Reda-inspired combinations. We'll discuss the cultural and performance contexts for the dance and typical characteristics of Saidi music. We'll also work on movement techniques to capture the Saidi flavor. Finally, you'll learn the mechanics and philosophy of twirling with confidence, ways to use the cane to frame your movements, and also a few nifty cane tricks. ;)
The series is $200 if paid in advance by Friday, Sept. 26. You can pay via Paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me to make other payment arrangements. We need a minimum number of people for the series to run, so please sign up by Sept. 26, and encourage your friends to join in. If you're interested in the series but have a schedule conflict with any of the Mondays, please let me know. Please note that payments are nonrefundable.
Namaste Yoga of Kensington
Thursdays, 7:30-8:45 p.m.
Saturdays, 1:15-2:30 p.m.
Open level Egyptian-style classes are ongoing at Namaste Yoga of Kensington
, 482 Coney Island Ave., Brooklyn. Drop-ins are $20/class; discounts are available with a class card.
This fall, classes will focus on technique, listening skills, and performance approaches for drum solos. We'll explore movements that work well for drum solos, including topics such as muscle and breath techniques for strong accents, framing and transition moves, and shimmies for all occasions. Musically, we'll discuss different rhythms, patterns to listen for, and the similarities and differences in dancing to live and recorded drum solos. Finally, we'll address performance strategies, with structured opportunities for improvisation during class. Every class is likely to include material from each of the three categories – technique, listening, performance.
This series is especially suited for drop-ins (no ongoing choreography) and adaptable to working at your own level, whether you've been dancing awhile or just starting out. Come join us anytime!
Photo: Peter Paradise Michaels, RavenWolfe Photography
Coming up in the near future, I'll be bringing some Saidi to the stage.
First, I'll be performing at Rakkasah East
on Sunday, Oct. 19, 7:32 p.m. Rakkasah takes place at the Ukrainian Cultural Center, 135 Davidson Ave., Somerset, NJ. Admission to the festival is $18 for the day. I'll be there all day Sunday shopping and enjoying the show; if you are too, come say hi. :)
I've also been invited to participate in Anahid Sofian's Atelier Orientale
, coming up on Sunday, Nov. 9 – more details will be posted when they're available, but save the date, because it's going to be a great show.
It would be a pleasure to see you at either or both of these upcoming events – hope you can come!
Thanks for reading, and happy shimmies!