Bint al-Sultan

For those who love Egyptian oriental dance and baladi! Take a deep dive into old-school shaabi with this program, on dancing to the classic hit Bint el Sultan.

Sung by the original king of shaabi, Ahmed Adaweia, this was a hit during its time, and a popular song for dancers. In this program, we explore the cultural and political context as well as the lyrics…and of course how to dance to it, inspired by famous dancers Soheir Zaki, Nagua Fouad, and Fifi Abdou!

The song expresses Egypt's highly class-stratified society, with a great separation between rich and poor. Adaweia came from a poor background, but made it rich through his amazing singing voice and mastery of Arabic maqam. I cover the meaning of the song's lyrics as well as the dance approach, and I think you'll enjoy it!

In this Program:

4 ½ hours of video discussion & instruction

Famous dancer videos with commentary

Baladi technique focus on Soheir Zaki, Nagoua Fouad, and Fifi Abdou, including special focus on the "jewel"

Bint al-Sultan song lyrics breakdown - learn the Arabic!

Cultural context, for deeper understanding of Egyptian society and social roles of "regular people" and entertainers

Accordion taqasim baladi dance-through practice, for improvisation inspiration

Baladi song dance-through practice (Ya Baladi ya Wad)

LIFETIME access to course videos

Discussion forum to ask questions


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2 hours of easily searchable online video content, organized from the feet up to the head, to get in touch with your body from the inside out, using the juicy movement vocabulary of traditional Egyptian dance. Baladi style is distinctive for deep connection with the pelvic floor and abdominal muscles, feeling your connection with the earth and really owning your body... and classic Egyptian oriental dance is built on this foundation. This material is a strong grounding for any kind of Egyptian dance, including baladi/shaabi, oriental/raqs sharqi, or folklore for the stage. 

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